Harvest of the Month: Apples
This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on starting the school year with developing healthy habits for the entire year.
- Identify trusted adults with students
- Give instruction on cooperation, appropriate expression of needs/wants, problem-solving strategies, health-enhancing goal setting /decision making
- Recognize & name emotions and feelings
- Establish positive behavior reward system (PAX Good Behavior Game, GoNoodle)
Establish daily/weekly community circles
- Review healthy routines: sleep, breakfast, water, nutrition, physical activity
- Resolve conflicts with Restorative Practices
- Invite Social Worker or Nurse to discuss health topics
- Schedule assemblies on school rules/routines (meals, recess, emergency procedures)
- Log students with medical needs, confirm meds are available w/trained staff member
- Coordinate with Safe Routes to School for participation in events
- Establish school wellness guidelines for Wellness Policy: Share with school community
- Offer alternatives to benching at recess/PE
- Recruit/refer students to physical activity clubs and After School Programs
- Take a tour of the Wellness Center (MS/HS)
- Celebrate Character Day on 9/22/16
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
SIT September Newsletter
Welcome to a new School Year! Please read our September Newsletter for SIT program highlights and updates, current staff biographies, and a description of trainings taking place this month. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.
2016-17 Health Awareness Themes At a Glance
Plan ahead! Download a handy PDF with information about the Health Awareness Themes for the entire school year. View PDF.
Seeking Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members
This coming school year School Health Programs will partner with 30 schools to strengthen mentoring programs and to support positive school climate by hiring 20 AmeriCorps Members. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members will be paid a monthly stipend and an education award for service engaging students, families, and school community members. The hiring process is in August and September 2016. Service will begin at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Read WAD to learn more.
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.
New FITNESSGRAM Data
2014-15 FITNESSGRAM data for SFUSD students is now posted in our Get the Facts section. See how they did.
VIDEO: ExCEL Afterschool Spotlights Hillcrest World Fair
In it's 3rd year, Mission YMCA Hillcrest World Fair is a culminating event and showcase for a month-long world cultures exploration. Held in May, the ExCEL Afterschool event was a great success! Read story, see pics, and watch video.
Dental Poster Contest Winners
The 41st annual SF Dental Society Poster Contest Awards Ceremony was a joyous occasion with so many talented students, and proud teachers, principals and families. A big congratulations to all the winners and appreciation for all the students who entered a poster for their thoughtful and time-intensive artwork! The posters will be displayed in the Children's room in the Civic Center Library this summer. Thanks to the SF Dental Society for planning this event each year! See two of the winning posters and read more at the SF Dental Society website. This summer, remember: "Strike out Sugar for a Healthy Smile!". Read more.
Universal Precautions / Asthma Information
Universal Precautions are best practices, procedures, and other ways to prevent exposure to infectious diseases. Ten to fifteen percent of SFUSD children have asthma. Asthma management and
emergency response in schools may assist in the prevention of negative outcomes. Learn about both! Read WAD for more info.
New Restorative Practices Videos
Observe students learning and practicing communication, empathy, and cooperation skills in three new videos of Restorative Practices circles at Flynn Elementary (Kindergarten), Feinstein (5th graders), and Wallenberg High School (two-part). View videos!
Health Education Website Launched
The Health Education Team at School Health Programs announces the launch of our new website! Teachers can visit the website to plan their health course by viewing all of the recommended materials to fulfill the required Health Education lessons.
Parents, students, nurses, social workers, and policy makers are also likely to find the website helpful in their work.
Elimination of Personal Beliefs Exemption from Immunizations
Effective January, 2016, California Senate Bill 277 will eliminate personal and religious exemptions from immunization requirements for children in child care and public and private schools.
- The law will allow personal belief exemptions (PBEs) submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a student enters:
- 7th grade
- Out-of-state PBEs will not be valid. The following exempt categories will not have to meet existing immunization requirements for entry:
- Home-based schools
- Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction.
Additional information may be found online at shotsforschool.org or contact the SFUSD Nurse of the Day at 415-242-2615. Read WAD for further information and letters for parents/guardians.
Parents/guardians are to be notified at least 14 days prior to classroom instruction about sexuality, including human reproduction and sexually transmitted disease. Read WAD for further information.
Tdap Notice Requirements
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.
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.