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Health Awareness Month

August/September

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.

IN THE CLASSROOM
  • 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
SCHOOL WIDE
  • 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.


Top News


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 October 30, 2016. Read WAD to learn more.

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

FYS logoBeing 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.

Armani Johnson Asthma Awareness Month

On March 26, 2002, Armani Johnson died tragically as the result of an asthma attack while attending a SFUSD Child Development Center.  Although there is no cure, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of indoor and outdoor environmental triggers. Plan an Armani Johnson Asthma Awareness Event in your school and learn the 4 steps to improve asthma management in schools. Read WAD for more information and resources.

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!

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

 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:
    • TK/Kindergarten
    • 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.

Parent Notification

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.

Marshall NOWs Highlighted in School Lunch News

Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOW's) at Thurgood Marshall High School , Nancy and Kevin are featured in this months SFUSD School Nutrition Services Newsletter - What's For Lunch? Read the SNS newsletter/article.

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Needs You Now!

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. Read WAD | Apply Today!

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. Learn more about Caminos.

Ebola Information for Parents/Guardians and Staff

Although there is an extremely low risk of getting Ebola in San Francisco, it is important that accurate information and guidance about Ebola is available to parents/guardians and staff.
Read WAD for info sheet and letters for parents/guardians.

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. Learn more.

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.  All interventions and supports assigned during your school’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) and Student Success Team (SST) meetings should be entered in the online tracker. BASIS works to keep all critical intervention data in one place for student support service team access. BASIS can help you work more efficiently with email reminders when interventions are due.  By showing you a students’ progress in one click, monitoring of assigned supports and interventions is simplified.  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.

SFUSD Bed Bug Procedure

Bed bugs can occasionally travel to school from an infested home in backpacks or in student clothing. Learn what should be don if a bed bug is found at a school site. Read WAD with fact sheets and notification letters.

After School Supper Program

We are starting off another year with more schools participating in the After School Supper Program! This program provides students access to nutritious foods. Meals are prepared fresh and offer healthy proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk. The program is funded through the Federal Child & Adult Care Food Program. Meals are prepared daily by Revolutions Foods and Student Nutrition employees. Read story.

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. Read WAD.  

Mentoring For Success Partners with Mission Promise Neighborhoods

Darren Gapultos, Education Manager of MPN, expounds on the import of Mentoring for Success: “The journey of our children into adulthood can be a scary and unpredictable one. That’s what makes the Mentoring for Success program so important to our MPN-supported schools. Read more at the Mission Promise Neighborhoods website.

Updated Student Safety Data Available

Learn about current health and safety risks associated with our LGBTQ youth from YRBS Survey Results for School Year 13-14 in the "Get the Facts" section of LGBTQ Support Services.

New Personal Beliefs Exemption Form to Required Immunizations

Effective January 1, 2014, AB 2109 requires parents who want to exempt their child from one or more required immunizations because of their personal beliefs to use the new Personal Beliefs Exemption Form to Required Immunizations (CDPH 8262). Read WAD for further information and form with translations.

Child Abuse Reporting

All SFUSD employees are mandated reporters of child abuse/neglect. Anyone who has reason to suspect child abuse or neglect is responsible for making a report to Children’s Emergency Services (CES), also known as Child Protective Services (CPS), as soon as possible. The duty of the mandated reporter is to report suspected child abuse, not to investigate. Learn more including definitions of abuse, and regulations and reporting procedures: Read WAD.

Affordable Care Act

Student, Family and Community Support Department (SFCSD) is assisting families in accessing information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and opportunities for health care enrollment. ACA offers access to affordable health insurance coverage and expands Medi-Cal eligibility to low income adults between 19 – 64 so that more people can get health coverage. An upcoming SFUSD school board resolution will require SFUSD staff to disseminate information to families about the Affordable Care Act. Please review the following resources regarding ACA.

Violence Prevention Snapshot

We have some hopeful information from our last administration of the YRBS.  We still have much to do, but it is gratifying to see our efforts to create safer learning environments for all of our students is paying off. View snapshot (pdf).

FREE Resources for SFUSD Students for Eye Exams & Glasses

SFUSD students who do not have vision coverage (or who have exhausted their vision coverage) and need an eye exam or new glasses can benefit from two programs. Children’s Vision First offers one free pair of glasses per student through participating volunteer optometrists. LensCrafters OneSight program will offer up to 200 SFUSD students free new glasses during March 2014. Watch for the Vision Van WAD coming in January. For more information: Read Vision Resources WAD

Head Lice

The prevalence of head lice (pediculosis) in children continues to be a recurring problem. While head lice do not transmit disease to humans, they are a nuisance resulting in lost school days and work days. Immediate exclusion of students identified with live lice is no longer recommended. Read WAD for SFUSD Head Lice Procedure and supporting documents.

Archives


Resources


Tdap Notice for Current 6th Graders

Prepare families for 7th grade by distributing Tdap requirement information slips.. Download notice (English, Spanish, Chinese)

SFCSD Program Highlights

Learn more about many of SFCSD’s PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS and how they support the district goals of Access & Equity, Achievement and Accountability while making a huge difference in the lives of our students and families. Download booklet (pdf) | Learn more about our Programs

School Health Manual now Web-accessible!

FYS logoThe SFUSD School Health Manual, your #1 resource for health-related policies, procedures, forms and parent letters, is now more accessible than ever - just point and click to get the document you're looking for. Parent notification letters are now available in Word so you can customize school headers, details, etc. If you're not sure where to find what you're looking for, a search feature allows you to find every document related to a topic or key word. Visit the School Health Manual.

SFCSD Video Collection

We've collected a lot of great videos from throughout our website and placed them (or links to them) in one handy place under our resources section. Each month we will feature one of our videos on the homepage (right column). Visit our video page.

Choosing Healthier Food & Drinks Begins in Our Own Workplace!

Schools have led the way to healthier choices. It is time for SFUSD administrative offices and school staff rooms to take action! SFUSD staff can be role models for peers, students and families by creating healthier environments throughout the District.  We want our staff to be fit and healthy. Read more at Nutrition Education In Action.

Re-Think Your Drink

How much sugar does the average American consume in a year? More than 100 pounds … which is about quarter of a pound of sugar a day!  Download resources to help you Re-Think Your Drink.

Know Families that Need Extra Support?

Dial 2-1-1 to access hundreds of community services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all in multiple languages. Visit the Dial 211 website for more information..

Healthy Food and Beverage Guidelines

Promote health and wellness for students, staff and families by making healthier choices. This policy, developed by School Health Programs, makes healthy recommendations for food and beverages offered at school activities and events. Questions? Contact Mark Elkin at (415) 242-2615 ext. 3217 or elkinm@sfusd.edu. View Guidelines.

Know Families that Need Extra Support

Dial 2-1-1 to access hundreds of community services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all in multiple languages. Visit the Dial 211 website for more information..

Fingerprinting Clearance Agencies

View locations of San Francisco County Department of Justice Fingerprinting Clearance agencies.  View Agencies.

Family Health Event Resource Binder

Planning for a family health event is easier than ever now that we've put all the information in one place.  The new Family Health Event Resource Binder has resources for creating nutrition education and physical activity stations. Plus, it's available in English, Spanish and Chinese.  Visit: Plan a Family Health Event.

Immunization Website Now Online

Visit Shots for School and find tools and resources for parents, schools, and providers about AB 354, and other school immunizations.

More resources...

 


Congratulations


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. 

Project Prevent Grant Awarded to SHP

School Health Programs, SFCSD, applied for a Project Prevent grant in June and recently received the good news that SFUSD is one of 22 projects funded (out of 130 school Districts which applied) to address the needs of students exposed to violence. SFUSD will receive over 570K/year for a total award of $2.8 million the next five years to provide targeted services to schools. Learn more.

CDC YMSM GRANT
After a competitive process, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a five year grant to San Francisco Unified School District/School Health Programs, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Broward County, Florida School District to pilot and implement programming for young men of color who have sex with men (YMSM). Learn more.

CDC HIV Prevention Grant
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded grants to San Francisco Unified School District/School Health Programs since 1991. The grants assist us to implement both STD and HIV education, and to administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a nationwide student survey to assess risks and health factors affecting our youth. This grant is essential to providing school sites much needed comprehensive school health programming and support. School Health Programs was successfully awarded this grant again, for school years 2013-2018. We are eager to continue implementing programs that address comprehensive health education.

Longfellow Elementary After School Program Honored!

Green Arts Workshop encouraged Longfellow participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art that reflects a commitment to environmentally sustainable behavior. Read full story at ExCEL Afterschool Programs.

LGBTQ Families Dinner Night Welcomes Over 120

On Wednesday March 26, SFUSD's Student, Family, and Community Support Department held its 3rd annual Families Dinner, “LGBTQ Pride District Wide.” Over 120 parents, students, district staff, school board members and CBO partners mingled, took pictures in our photo booth, and played games while sharing a welcoming space at Aptos Middle School. Learn more

Vision Van Reached Over Two Hundred Students

From March 5-7, 2014, 207 high-need SFUSD students received FREE eye exams and glasses through the Vision Van Program, sponsored by OneSight, a Luxottica Foundation group based in Cincinnati.

  • 200, or 97%, of these students needed glasses.
  • 166, or 83%, of those who needed glasses received them on the same day.
  • The other 34, or 17%, will receive their glasses in about two weeks, after the glasses are finished at a LensCrafters store. Six, or 3%, of the students were referred to an optometrist at Eyexam of CA at LensCrafters for a more in-depth examination.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education Grant Funded

SFUSD received notification March 7 that our Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program grant has been funded. We are one of 14 LEAs out of 54 applicants to be awarded.

Student Mentoring Thrives at Carver Elementary

Emily Wade-Thompson, former Principal, and Kimm Waller Ware, School Social Worker at G. Washington Carver Elementary, are two SFUSD employees who model how to develop a culture of caring and mentorship into a school’s community. Read story.

School Health Programs Receives Clean Air Award

The BREATHE California Award was received by SFUSD School Health Programs as the Outstanding Partner with BREATHE California, statewide air quality program. BREATHE California continues to collaborate with School Health Programs in programs related to the Tobacco Use Prevention Education Grant by:

  • Tobacco education and cessation programs that can be used for prevention education trainings
  • A working partnership with the school district nurses by providing a quit group in every high school
  • Trainings for the school district nurses so they can offer quit groups
  • Awareness sessions and brief intervention sessions
  • Collaborating events such as the Clear the Air FilmFest which encourages Teen Tackle Tobacco Leaders and other SFUSD students to attend and participate in the proposed activities of student’s films with anti-tobacco messages

BREATHE California is dedicated to fighting lung disease, advocating for clean air and promoting public health in our local communities. Since 1908, they have addressed the most serious health threats of our time through grassroots programs that empower individual, institutional and community change for better breathing and healthier living.

Student Wins Peacemaker Award

Congratulations to Fatima Albowyha for facilitating mediations with dozens of students and leading her peers in developing a safer, more understanding school culture. As a member of Abraham Lincoln High School's Peer Resources program, Fatima prides herself on helping other youth by listening to their concerns and helping them develop solutions to their conflicts. One of her teachers writes, "I feel safer and more comfortable on campus knowing that Fatima is walking the halls." For this work, Fatima is being honored by Community Boards as this year’s recipient of the Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award. For more information contact Pui Ling Tam ptam@sfedfund.org (415) 749-3700 x3002.

Students at Francisco Middle School Combat Homophobia

Francisco Middle School Peer Resources have been fighting homophobia by leading peer education workshops in classes and by starting a lunchtime ally group, Allied Allegiance. The group received a $700 grant to bring together allies in learning about what LGBTQ youth face and what everyone can do to support LGBTQ youth in their schools and communities. Read The Bay Reporter blog.  Visit Peer Resources or their Facebook page.


Our Department Has A New Name


The Student Support Services Department (SSSD) will now be called the Student, Family, & Community Support Department  (SFCSD). The simple explanation is that our department is not just for “student” support. Everything we do to support students must intentionally consider and involve their families and the communities where they live. Moreover, we are extremely fortunate in San Francisco to have the support of the hundreds of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with specialized skills and unique services that our department assists in establishing and promoting partnerships with our school communities. This essential connectedness also supports the transition of the district’s Community Schools initiative to SFCSD. Learn more...

Our District Wins Health Award

We can all breathe a little easier knowing that our school district won the 2011 Achievements in Respiratory or "AIR" Health Award from California Breathing for implementing strategies making our school environments healthier for students and staff with asthma. To be eligible for the award, schools districts must have instituted air quality improvement efforts that address asthma-causing cleaning supplies, pesticide use, classroom pets, and maintenance problems.  Additionally, the districts must have demonstrated enforcement of state regulations reducing bus idling near schools, and banning smoking on school property.  Each school district will receive a monetary prize of $5000, a trophy and acknowledgment in the press.  The funds are provided through a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View 2011 Air Health Award winners at California Breathing website.

 


Reminders


 


Meetings



ARCHIVED NEWS 2016-17     

Elementary Health Advocate Applications due September 9

Health Advocates collaborate with School Health Programs to provide resources, updated health education information, and professional development opportunities for their schools. This position is for the 2016-17 school year. Position will be open to  twenty-five (25) schools that apply. All schools will receive some level of support from School Health Programs office. Elementary Certificated Staff preferred. Please apply even if you have been the Health Advocate in previous years. Learn more and apply now!

Elementary HETL Applications due September 9

Health Education Teacher Leaders collaborate intensively with School Health Programs, their principal, and staff to provide lessons, resources, updated health education information, and professional development opportunities for their schools. This position is for the 2016-17 school year. The position will be open to the first fifteen (15) schools that apply. Elementary Certificated Staff preferred. Learn more and apply now!

Middle School Health Science Credential Opportunity

Get funding and support to become a middle school Health teacher in SFUSD. Teachers will join a Middle School Health Science Professional Learning Community (PLC) to help prepare and support one another in getting a Health Science credential. All staff who currently hold a preliminary or clear teaching credential in any subject. Middle school teachers highly encouraged to apply Applications due September 16. Learn more and apply now!

Become a Mentor! Attend Orientation on September 6

SFUSD Central Office Staff, attend the New Mentor Orientation on Tuesday, Septermber 6 to volunteer to support a SFUSD student. Event will include Orientation to SFUSD Mentoring For Success Program and Introduction to Mentoring Best Practices. You’re Perfect For a Student We Know! Learn more


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SIT May Newsletter

Please read our May Newsletter, the final one of the year for program updates, monthly appreciations and resources. May is Summer Health Month so check out our intern corner with information and resources for summer.  Also, if you are curious as to where some the SIT Interns are headed next year, please check out the Life After SIT corner in this newsletter! We also want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for being a part of and/or supporting the SIT Internship Program! We wish everyone a happy and healthy summer! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

“ReThink Your Drink!” WEEK

Celebrate SFUSD’s Rethink your Drink Week (May 9 – May 13). Encourage students to cut down on sugary drinks and support the newly revised SFUSD Wellness Policy: run a poster contest, track classroom no-sugary-drink days, and more. Read WAD with attachments for more info.

Medication Retrieval From Schools

All unused, discontinued, or outdated medication must be returned to student’s parent/guardian at the end of the school year. The deadline to notify parents/guardians is May 12. Read WAD for more information and notification letters.

SIT April Newsletter

Please see our April Newsletter for program updates, monthly appreciations and upcoming trainings.  April is Gay Pride/Respect Month!  Don’t miss our intern corner with information and resources related to Transitions and Terminations.  Finally, catch our “Intern in the spotlight” this month, highlighting SIT Intern, Lisa Horowitz. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

LGBTQ Pride/Respect

This month’s campaign celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. District approved bulletin board materials and curriculum that promote understanding, recognize the civil rights movement, historical achievements and rights of the LGBTQ community are made available to all schools. April also includes the National Day of Silence, April 15, which is an additional activity to create a safe school by raising awareness of the discrimination LGBTQ people face and how they are often silenced due to the fear of discrimination. Read WAD for more information, Curriculum, and activity ideas: Elementary | Secondary. Visit LGBTQ Support Services website for more ideas!

Harvest of the Month: Cucumbers

FREE Citizenship Workshop Saturday April 23

SF Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (HSA and OCEIA) is offering FREE citizenship workshops and fee waiver assistance to encourage and support those on the path to citizenship! SFUSD staff, students, and families can receive free assistance with:

  • Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
  • Assessment of your eligibility to naturalize
  • Application preparation & documentation packaging
  • Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative
  • Accessing community resources

View WAD with fliers | Volunteers Needed

Hearing and Vision Screening Schedule

Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law.  The following children in SFUSD are to receive vision and hearing screening during the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Students in grades 1 and 4
  • Referrals from other elementary, middle and high school grade levels
  • Students being referred for initial psycho-educational testing
  • Students with IEPs with upcoming Triennial Reviews

Read WAD | Updated Screening Schedules: Hearing, Vision

Volunteers Needed for FREE Immigration Legal Consultations

Volunteer to help staff the Free Immigration Consultations and Resource Fair Event at Balboa High School on Saturday, March 19. We are expecting more than 250 participants and we will need some help to make it a success. Read WAD for more information.

Poster Contest Entries Due March 14

K-5 Dental Poster Contest: The theme this year will be Strike Out Sugar For a Healthy Smile”. Posters are due by March 14, winners will be announced April 8. Lots of great prizes! Read WAD for more information. View flyer.

Dental Resources: the Department of Public Health Dental Health Referral directories: English | Spanish | Chinese. Read WAD for more information.

"Cootie Shots" In March

New Conservatory Theatre Center presents A FREE YouthAware Educational play, Cootie Shots, for grades 1-3. Cootie Shots is an innovative program featuring short scenes and poems that provide teachers a fun, age-appropriate way to help prevent bullying, promote tolerance, and celebrate diversity in school communities Performances are Tuesday, March 8 through Thursday, March 24. Read WAD for dates, lesson plans and registration information.

FREE Citizenship Workshop, February 27

SF Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (HSA and OCEIA) is offering a FREE citizenship workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016, and fee waiver assistance to encourage and support those on the path to citizenship! SFUSD staff, students, and families can receive free assistance with:

  • Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
  • Assessment of your eligibility to naturalize
  • Application preparation & documentation packaging, if eligible to naturalize
  • Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative
  • Accessing community resources (resource tables) 

Registration is NOT necessary. Volunteers needed! Please see WAD for more information and fliers.

SIT February Newsletter

Please see our February Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings. In recognition of "Physical Activities Awareness" month, read about the impact exercise has on mental health in our "Intern Corner". Also, don't miss out on reading who's in the intern spotlight this month! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

February is Oral Health Month

Give Kids A SmileScreenings/Events: Free dental screening and events are open to everyone at dental clinics around SF during February from 2/5 to 2/27. View Give Kids a Smile Day events fliers and schedule: English | Spanish | Chinese.

Growing Up Academy PDGender, Diversity & Respect

Attend the K-5 Growing Up Academy Professional Development Workshop: Gender, Diversity & Respect on February 9 for an overview of gender identity and impact of gender norms, strategies to promote fairness, safe learning environments, and respect for diversity, plus learn how to discuss LGBTQ families and transgender people with students. Receive NEW K-5 books that discuss Transgender identity with students that are approved for use in SFUSD classrooms. Read WAD for further information and register now.

MS Comprehensive Sexuality PD - February 2

Middle school teachers, social workers and school district nurses - attend the February 2nd Health Education PD, How to Teach about Comprehensive Sexuality in Middle School and Still Stay Calm. Participants must register by Thursday, January 28. Read WAD for further information and sign-up now.

Bring your Class for HIV Education at Real Talk!

New Conservatory Theatre Center presents A FREE YouthAware Educational play, Real Talk!, for 4th and 5th grade students. The fast paced play covers the basics of healthy choices, conflict resolution, peer pressure, self-esteem, and age-appropriate HIV & AIDS education. Performances are Tuesday, January 12th through Thursday, January 28th. The approved HIV/AIDS curriculum Tell Me About AIDS can be taught prior to the theatre experience. Read WAD for further information, dates and times.

SIT January Newsletter

Please see our January Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings.  In recognition of “Build Friendships and Healthy Relationships” month, read about the Search Institute’s research on developmental assets, relationships, and communities improving the lives of young people in our “Intern Corner”.  Don’t miss out on reading who’s in the intern spotlight this month! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

Build Friendships and Healthy Relationships

Our district celebrates Building Friendships and Healthy Relationships Month throughout January. Schools are encouraged to hold events and teach lessons about friendships and healthy relationships. Read WAD for further information, including lesson plans and professional development opportunities.

K-5 Safe Bodies Workshop - January 27

Attend the K-5 Safe Bodies workshop on January 27 to learn more about SFUSD’s child abuse and sexual harassment policies and identify safe classroom practices and materials. Read WAD for further information and register now.

Growing Up Academy: Elementary PD Series (November - April)

Growing Up Academy: (Growth, Development, and Identity) Professional  Development series for Elementary School Educators includes six different workshops to be held November - April. The workshops can be done as a series or stand-alone. Read WAD for more information. Coming up:

SIT December Newsletter

Please see our December Newsletter for SIT updates, appreciations, and who’s in the SIT spotlight this month.  Check out our intern corner, which includes an article with valuable tips for caregivers about reducing family stress.  December training announcements, resource information and crisis lines are also provided in the intern corner of this month’s Newsletter. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

HIV/AIDS Prevention - Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Every 9 ½ minutes someone in the US becomes infected with HIV, and 40% of new infections in the U.S. are among young people ages 13-29. Since 1991, SFUSD has named the month of December HIV/AIDS Prevention Month. This occurs in conjunction with World AIDS Day, December 1. The focus of this month is to call attention to the AIDS pandemic and to promote understanding, compassion, and share HIV prevention strategies.

Harvest of the Month: Apples

Gun Buy-Back: December 12

Help end the pollution and be the solution to gun violence. View WAD more information and posters.

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.

Download WAD with more information for schools including info sheets, FAQs, links to posters, etc.

SIT November Newsletter

It's November! Please read the Student Intervention Team's (SIT) November Newsletter for 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. 

Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt - Meeting Nov. 23

Participating in SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration (December 1-4) by hosting a panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt? There is a required meeting on November 23. View WAD more information.

Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt - Apply Now

Participate in SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration (December 1-4) by hosting a panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Quilt applications/agreements are due November 13. There is a required meeting on November 23. View WAD for agreement and more information.

Middle School Health Science Credential PLC

Get funding and support to ​become a Middle School Health Teacher in SFUSD. ​Teachers will join a M​iddle School Health Science Professional Learning Community (PLC) t​o help prepare and support one another in getting a Health Science credential. Applications are due by F​riday, November 13 and attendance is required at a M​ANDATORY ORIENTATION o​n ​T​uesday, November 17. Read WAD for further information and an application.

Brief Intervention Training: November 4

Learn how to implement Brief Intervention Sessions, an innovative way to address student use of alcohol and other drugs such as using motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy. Please apply by October 28. View WAD for flier and more information.

Happy Healthy Halloween

Celebrate Halloween with fun and healthy substitutions for Halloween candy! Celebrating  a nutritious and active Halloween is a great way to implement the SFUSD  Wellness Policy and model a healthy lifestyle for students, staff and families. See WAD for recipes, posters, Family handouts.

Red Ribbon Week: October 26-30

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (“I Believe in Me Drug Free!”) from October 26-30 and present a united and visible commitment toward the creation of a Drug Free America; as well as providing education and resources for tobacco, alcohol and other drug prevention, per the Health Education Policy of mandated lessons.  The Red Ribbons are worn during Red Ribbon Week each year to demonstrate our unified commitment to a healthy, drug free lifestyle. Read WAD for ribbon request form and activity ideas.

E-Rate Cyber Safety Instruction: Oct. 20-29

E-rate is the Federal program designed to bring Internet connectivity and telecommunications to schools. The program provides discounts to schools to afford internet access.  In order to continue District funding, each student must receive one lesson of internet safety instruction. Read WAD for more information.

Get your Healthy Schools Certificate!

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, 2015. Read WAD to learn more.

SIT October Newsletter

Welcome to a new School Year! Please read our October Newsletter for SIT program highlights and updates, information on CPS reporting and confidentiality, and a description of trainings taking place this month.

Harvey Milk Junior Leaders Gain Work Experience
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. Read full story at ExCEL Afterschool Programs.

LGBTQ Support Services Families Dinner - October 15

Join LGBTQ Support Services for our 5th Annual SFUSD LGBTQ Families Dinner - "Visions of Pride" on October 15. We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Support Services for LGBTQ Youth! RSVP by October 13 Learn more and view fliers.

October Health Awareness - Be Drug Free 

This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on being drug free. Schools should emphasize the tobacco and drug free policy and the Tobacco Free School Zone policy (which now includes e-cigarettes and vaping devices). Participate in Red Ribbon Week (October 26-30) where students take a drug and alcohol free pledge and learn about substance use prevention. Read WAD for resources, curriculum, and ideas.

Harvest of the Month: Grapes

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.

Middle & High School LGBTQ Liaison Application

We are now taking applications for 2015-2016 LGBTQ Liaisons to implement and support safe and supportive environment activities at all middle and high school sites, stipend included. Applications are due by September 22. View WAD for more information.

Develop a Healthy School Community

This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on starting the school year with developing healthy habits for the entire year. The WAD includes Save the Dates fliers for Elementary and Secondary levels, announcing upcoming professional development, and the "Tips for a Healthy School Year" flier with 10 suggested ideas to start off a healthy school year including health lessons, event ideas and more. Read WAD

Global Character Day is September 18

Participate in Global Character Day 2015 - a global day of over 4500 events centered around film premieres, conversations, and resources exploring how to live meaningful and purposeful lives in today’s 24/7 world! There is enormous benefit to teaching students to reflect on their character strengths and aspirations. Please consider celebrating Global Character Day with your students and school sites on September 18th! Read WAD  & Get resources (pdf). | Learn more about Global Character Day at letitripple.org.

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.

CPR and Anaphylaxis Training for Staff - Aug 13

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to an environmental allergic trigger, such as certain foods or bee stings. Being able to respond immediately and appropriately is key to saving the life of someone with anaphylaxis. Training for certificated staff is being offered on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Please register by Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Read WAD for more information and registration details.


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