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Overview and History
In May of 1990, the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education approved the establishment of a program to provide counseling services to gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) high school youth. The program, Support Services for Gay Youth, began in September of 1990 as one of the programs in Student Support Services
Within two years, services were expanded beyond high schools to include responding to the needs of students, families, and staff at all San Francisco Unified School District sites.
In 1996, the School Board passed Board Resolution #610-8A6 which recognized the work of Support Services for LGBTQ Youth and mandated a series of changes. These changes include expanding curriculum, increasing educational materials, increasing awareness and implementation of the Anti-Slur Policy, and providing professional development for all staff in meeting the needs of LGBTQ youth. Further board resolutions (#5163) provide added support for transgender staff and students.
SFUSD Board of Education Resolutions
On February 10, 2010, the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt Board Resolution 9128A3, supporting Support Services for LGBTQ Youth, and guaranteeing School District Support of the program.
The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education passed Resolution 69-26A1 that reaffirms the Family Diversity Curriculum be implemented by Support Services for LGBTQ Youth, of the Student Support Services Department. In addition, the Resolution required monitoring the teaching of two Elementary School Family Diversity lessons, and
updating the curriculum to meet the changing needs of school communities. This was to be done through the convening of a Family Diversity Task Force. The Board also resolved that the Superintendent make materials available to every school in sufficient numbers in order that teachers could implement the lessons.
What is the goal of Support Services for LGBTQ Youth?
The goal is to provide school site resources and district support to meet the needs of gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and families.
What Is Support Services for LGBTQ Youth?
A program that is completely integrated within San Francisco Unified School District that
collaborates with other programs to make schools safer for all students including gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender students. The program includes:
- Curriculum development, training, and implementation;
- Counseling and referral services, including school-site group for students, families, and staff regarding LGBTQ issues;
- Professional developments regarding LGBTQ youth issues;
- Theater presentations;
- Community Based Organizations presentations in elementary, middle, and high school classes;
- Gay Pride Commemorations.
Activities within SFUSD and SSSD that support or enhance Services FOR LGBTQ Youth
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of HIV
- Collaboration with Curriculum Improvement Professional Development (CIPD) regarding Social Studies/Language Arts Curriculum
- District Anti-Slur Policy
- District Anti-Discrimination Policy
- Elementary Health Advocates
- Health Education Curriculum
- Health Education Teacher Leaders
- Middle School Healthy School Teams and High School Health Promotion Committee
- Safe School Planning
- School District Nurses
- LGBTQ Support Liaisons
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