Summer Safety and Activities
Our School Health Program theme focuses on preparing for and enjoying a healthy and fun summer break. Schools should emphasize sun safety and skin cancer awareness. Read WAD with more information, curriculum, and activity ideas for Elementary and Secondary levels.
Harvest of the Month is Berries
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Needs You!
Serve. Learn. Gain. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks energetic San Francisco community members to join us in helping to strengthen mentoring programs and support positive school climate. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members are paid a monthly stipend for their service engaging students, families, and school community members in positive activities. Learn more | Apply Today!
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Grant Awarded
Great news to share! School Health Programs, SFCSD, has been awarded a three year grant from the California Volunteers to launch Healthy Choices AmeriCorps California. School Health Programs will guide Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members who will work directly with schools to support the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), school climate activities such as one-to-one and small group mentoring, social emotional learning activities, peacemaking circles, volunteer and family engagement, as well as other structured group activities. Learn more. Special recognition to Erin Farrell who leads SHP’s Mentoring for Success program and prepared this grant application.
Help Support our Foster Youth
Being a Foster Parent is a big part of supporting our Foster Youth in San Francisco, but it certainly isn't the only way. You could be a mentor, backup childcare provider, or educational surrogate. Or you could donate, start a permanency team or just help spread the word. Interested? Learn more | Let us know how you would like to help.
Harvey Milk Junior Leaders Gain Work Experience
At Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Elementary School we are proud to have the Junior Leaders Program. The Junior Leaders program is a great opportunity for the older participants, who are in 3rd-5th grade, to experience the steps to apply for a job and the responsibilities to have a job. Junior Leaders learn responsibility and the skills to supervise and work with the younger grade K-2nd. Read full story at ExCEL Afterschool Programs.
Two Great Programs at Visitacion Valley Elementary
The After School Program at Visitacion Valley Elementary overseen by Jacquelyn Severino, currently offers two wonderful programs for their students - MIGHTEE and Y Prep. These two programs focuses on helping upper grade students navigate the jungles of being a preteen. Read full story at ExCEL Afterschool Programs.
Tobacco-Free Signs Required
Tobacco-Free signs were sent to all secondary schools in March and elementary schools will receive their signs in April 2015. The signs, available in English, Chinese and Spanish, are to be placed near the main entrances as part of grant requirements for our Tobacco-Free District. Learn more by reading the WAD.
Tdap Notice Requirements for 2015-16
All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) vaccine for school entry. Additionally, all 8th – 12th grade students transferring from outside of California who have not been vaccinated or existing students lacking evidence of Tdap must meet the requirement. Read WAD for more information, waiver forms, and notices.
New LGBTQ Pride Series Posters!
Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety by posting our beautiful new LGBTQ Pride Series Posters! (downloads available) We now have three posters in three languages! Copies of the posters are being distributed to all schools. Additional printed copies can be acquired by contacting LGBTQ Support Services.
Measles Information and Guidance for Staff, Parents/Guardians
As news reports increase about MEASLES outbreaks in California and the recent cases in counties adjacent to San Francisco, we are reminded that prevention and early identification of measles is the best way to avoid an outbreak in our community. It is important that information and guidance is available to parents/guardians and staff. Read WAD for further information, posters and letters.
Tuberculosis Screening Requirement for Students
A signature of a health provider attesting to no risk factors for Tuberculosis (TB) OR a skin or blood test for TB is required within one year prior to admission to school in San Francisco. Read WAD for further information.
SFUSD Supports Undocumented Newcomer Students
This year, San Francisco has seen an unprecedented wave of refugee newcomer students arriving from Mexico and Central America, often fleeing violence and danger in their home countries. SFUSD is committed to the belief that these students have the right to a safe, supportive, and equitable education. Caminos is a new program to address the needs of newcomer students and their families, helping connect them with schools and with supportive services. More information.
Project Prevent Grant Helps Students Overcome Trauma
SFUSD students will have more support dealing with the effects of trauma and violence thanks to a new $2.8 million Project Prevent grant. The funding will allow SFUSD to provide targeted services to schools for the next five years. This includes establishing a new Integrated School-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIP program) to schools in the Bayview Zone.
Help Students Manage Asthma and Avoid Infections
Asthma accounts for more than 15 million missed school days per year. How can you support students with asthma? What are the Universal Precautions you can put in place to prevent infectious disease exposure? Find out here.
BASIS Intervention Tracker is LIVE
The new student intervention tracker, BASIS (Behavioral, Academic, Social Emotional Supports and Interventions), is designed to enable your school to track and monitor supports and interventions assigned to ensure student success. BASIS works to keep all critical intervention data in one place for student support service team access. You can connect to the on line tracker at usebasis.com. If you need support, please contact
or call 415 242 2615 at School Health Programs.
Injuries and Acute Health Issues at School
It is essential that school staff respond appropriately to accidents and acute health issues. A decision to call 911 should be based on the immediate need of the student, rather than concern for possible incurred costs. Find out more