Harvest of the Month
: Winter Squash
Be An Ally & Stand Up For Peace: Violence Prevention
- Promote gang violence awareness
- Practice conflict resolution and effective communication skills
- Analyze media messages promoting violence
- Facilitate daily/weekly community circles
- Teach lessons on understanding, preventing, and reporting bullying and cyber– bullying
- Use Restorative Practices to prevent violence and facilitate conflict resolution
- Paint Peace Paths on the yard, display Peace Path art projects, develop Peacemakers
- Play “Good Behavior Game”
- Organize assemblies on gun violence
- Celebrate World AIDS Day - Dec. 1 Check out an AIDS Quilt to display; hold penny drives for AIDS emergency fund; order and distribute promotional items (stickers...)
Wellness Policy Awareness, Updates, and Translations
The NEW Wellness Policy is now translated into Spanish and Chinese. Learn about the changes and what it means to your school: take the Wellness Policy Quiz! Read WAD for more info | View our Wellness Policy section at Nutrition Education Project.
Free YouthAware Educational Theatre Play, Real Talk!
Real Talk! explores the basics of healthy choices, conflict resolution, peer pressure, self-esteem, and age-appropriate HIV & AIDS education through four engaging young characters who present fast-paced scenes and songs. The play is for fourth and fifth grade students and runs from January 10-26 at New Conservatory Theatre Center on Van Ness. Read WAD for more info and fact sheet.
Tips for Avoiding the Flu
Flu season is upon us. The San Francisco Department of Public Health reports increased influenza activity locally. The following are effective ways to prevent the spread of influenza:
- Receive an annual seasonal flu vaccination (6 mos. & older)
- Wash your hands
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough and sneeze with tissue or sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects with district-approved cleaning agents.
Read WAD with more information and resources links for posters, etc.
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.
Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration is December 1 through December 8, 2016. View WAD.
SIT November Newsletter
Please read our November Newsletter for SIT program program updates, appreciations and this month’s training opportunities. Don’t miss out on reading about “Coping with Holiday Stress” in our mental health corner. Valuable information and resources are available in this month’s newsletter related to supporting students during the holiday season. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.
Fall 2016 LGBTQ Data Snapshot
View shapshot of Support Services for LGBTQ data such as sexual orientation populations, gender identity breakdowns, frequencies of anti-LGBTQ slurs, and more. Based on the 2014–15 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). View Snapshot PDF | More student safety data.
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.
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!
Healthy Party Ideas
Leave the candy and sugary snacks out of the classroom
and teach students and parents/caregivers about the importance of healthy snacks and being physically active. Healthy party resources
Healthy Schools Checklist
The “Healthy Schools Checklist” was developed to assist school staff in ensuring the health and safety of all students by being prepared to respond to illnesses, injuries and health emergencies. Schools that submit a completed copy of the “Healthy Schools Checklist” will receive a Healthy School Certificate from School Health Programs. Checklists must be submitted by by October 30, 2016. Read WAD to learn more.
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.
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.
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.