Dec 2014

Health Awareness Month

December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month

Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Responsible Since 1991, as part of the world-wide effort to call attention to the AIDS pandemic and to promote understanding, compassion, and prevention strategies directed at HIV infection, SFUSD has named the month of December HIV/AIDS Prevention Month. This occurs in conjunction with World AIDS Day, December 1.

To start things off, 25 Names Project Quilt squares were distributed to schools throughout San Francisco and an HIV/AIDS workshop was held on November 27 for grade K-5 teachers where more resources were made available to schools. There were 12 participants and everyone gained awareness of curriculum and teaching strategies!

Support HIV/AIDS Prevention Month at your school site: Read WAD.
What you can do: Elementary | Secondary.

Harvest of the Month is Cooked Greens

View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.

Top News

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.

Learn how to Implement Brief Intervention Sessions

Brief Intervention is a short-term intervention and an innovative way to address student use of alcohol and other drugs. Sign up for the Brief Intervention Training PD on January 21, 2015. Applications are due January 16. Learn more.

Tdap Notice for Current 6th Graders

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

 Young Men’s Health Groups Kick Off In High Schools

SFUSD is hosting groups for young men in 7 high schools to talk about masculinity, sexuality and health. The groups, which aim to reduce HIV risk in young men, are facilitated by staff members from the schools’ Wellness Centers/Health Centers in collaboration with staff members’ from LYRIC, Health Initiatives for Youth and Huckleberry Youth Programs. This innovative project is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the groups will be meeting weekly throughout the 2014-15 school year.

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.

Post our New LGBTQ Pride District Wide Poster

Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety by posting our beautiful new LGBTQ Pride District Wide poster! Copies of the poster were distributed to all schools. Additional copies can be acquired by contacting LGBTQ Support Services.

November SIT Newsletter

Please see the November Newsletter from the Student Intervention Program (SIT), 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, and resources for supporting students during the holiday season. 

Universal Precautions and Asthma Management/Emergency Information 2014-2015

Every day is a day for Universal Precautions (ways to prevent infectious disease exposure) and Asthma Awareness. Asthma accounts for more than 15 million missed school days per year. Read WAD to learn best practices, requirements and 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 If you need support, please contact or call 415 242 2615 at School Health Programs.

Prevent Spread of Enterovirus D68 and Flu

Cases of Enterovirus D68 have been reported in San Francisco. As we enter cold and flu season, the single most important prevention strategy for colds, Enterovirus D68, and flu is frequent hand washing. And don’t forget to get a flu shot. Read WAD to learn more including prevention tips.

October SIT Newsletter

SIT is up and running. Please read our October Newsletter for Student Intervention Team program staff numbers, resources on Confidentiality and Reporting Laws, and trainings this month.

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.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law. Early detection of vision and hearing loss can provide the opportunity to correct the problem earlier, and with less interference to learning. Read WAD with futher informaiton and screening schedules.

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 thanconcern for possible incurred costs. Read WAD.  

Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Vaccine Requirement

All students entering 7th grade should 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 about the Tdap requirement, please go to 

Create a Healthy Classroom

Start the year off right with healthy classroom ideas from our Nutrition Education Project that support academic success. And while you are at it, check out the Nutrition and Physical Activity Resource Bin full of nutrition education and physical activity promotion materials and resources.

By the Numbers – LGBTQ Pride District Wide

As we begin the 2014-15 school year, we want to take this moment to reflect on the success our schools had in creating supportive environments for LGBTQ students, families, and staff. During the 2013-14 school year, our school district saw: Over 4,000 LGBTQ Pride ... Read story.

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.

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.

We have a new calendar!

The Student, Family, and Community Support Department is debuting our new calendar based on Google calendar. If you had bookmarked the old calendar, please update your bookmarks or better yet, add our new calendar to your Outlook! On our new calendar page instructions for adding to Outlook are at the bottom. You can also click the EXPAND link to see the calendar at a larger size.

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 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.

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.

Universal Precautions and Asthma Management/Emergency Information 2013-2014

Every day is a day for Universal Precautions (ways to prevent infectious disease exposure) and Asthma Awareness. Asthma accounts for more than 15 million missed school days per year. All SFUSD schools will implement the “Indoor Air Quality: Tools for Schools” program.  Download WAD to learn more.

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.

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.

Sunset Elementary After School "Good Time" Video

Earlier this year, Sunset Elementary’s After School Program put together this fun video featuring Carly Rae Jepson and Owl City’s “Good Time.” After School Program Staff Member Jason Parmele came up with the idea and plan of execution. Each class came up with a concept of what they wanted to do within the video. Learn more and watch this fun video!

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.

Student Intervention Team (SIT) November Newsletter

Please read our November Newsletter for important updates, highlights and training information. Included in our intern corner is an article on “Coping with the Holidays”, as well as crisis lines available in the community. 
See Newsletter | Read more about SIT

Free Muni Passes for SF Youth Program

MUNI LogoLow and moderate-income San Francisco youth between the ages of 5 to 17 can apply for SFMTA's Free Muni for Youth program. The program will run through June 2014. Find out about eligibility requirements and how to apply. Traveling to and from school safely and responsibly is important so download the Responsible Ridership flier, lessons and ideas from earlier this year for ways to continue to prepare students for MUNI! Download the WAD packet (8mb) | View "On MUNI" video

Restorative Practices New Website

Restorative Practices, a movement grounded in principles designed to create powerful relationships central to building thriving communities, has a new website full of information and resources. View website.

Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Vaccine Requirement

All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap 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 with Parent Notification Letters. For more information about the Tdap requirement, please go to

Peer Resources has a New Website! 

Peer Resources has a new website!  Learn more about Peer Resources model for youth leadership and empowerment through partnerships with schools and long-term impact over 34 years of operation: Visit

Office of Pupil Services Relocation

The Office of Pupil Services has relocated to 727 Golden Gate Avenue. Pupil Services can be contacted by phone at (415) 241-3030 or by fax at (415) 241-6213. View all SFCSD locations.

New Law Highlights Restorative Practices and Interventions
AB 1729 sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires in most cases that administrators use suspensions only after alternative disciplinary practices fail to correct student misbehavior. The new law expands those alternatives to include community service, restorative justice programs and positive behavior incentives. This law supports Tobacco/Alcohol/Drug Policies/ Intervention Protocols and Brief Intervention Trainings for alternative disciplinary activities as innovative ways to address student substance use:




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

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 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...



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.

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.

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 (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.





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Tell Me About AIDS PD - November 13

Elementary school treachers, don't miss this Professional Development opportunity for the mandated and approved HIV/AIDS curriculum, Tell Me About AIDS, on November 13. Please sign up by November 10. See WAD for futher information.

Fall Into Pride - LGBTQ Families Dinner is November 6

The SFUSD Student, Family, and Community Support Department and the Office of School Health Programs invite you to our 4th annual Families Dinner, "Fall Into Pride", Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Aptos Middle School. All SFUPlease RSVP by October 31SD students and families are welcome to this event! Meet, mingle, and share a meal with our LGBTQ parents, families, and students in a welcoming environment. See flyer, registration information, and pictures from past dinners.

Happy Healthy Halloween

Elementary school staff - celebrate Halloween with fun and healthy substitutions for Halloween candy! Read WAD for classroom tips, recipies, posters and handouts.

Healthy Schools Checklist

The “Healthy Schools Checklist” is a tool to help school staff prepare 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. Completed checklists must be returned by October 30. Read WAD. 

Red Ribbon Week - October 27-31

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week: “DRUG FREE, The Healthy Choice for Me!” October 27-31. The Red Ribbons are worn during Red Ribbon Week each year to demonstrate our unified commitment to a healthy, drug free lifestyle. Read WAD to learn more.

ExCEL Request for Qualifications (CBOs)

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD or the District) ExCEL Afterschool Programs Office invites interested community-based organizations (CBO) to respond with their qualifications to serve as a Lead Agency in designing, planning, coordinating and operating an effective and high-quality afterschool and/or summer program that supports and aligns with the District’s goal of eliminating the achievement gap. With this Request for Qualifications, the District will provide to principals and individual school site stakeholders a list of per-qualified CBOs from which principals and stakeholders may evaluate and choose as a Lead Agency. The deadline for the RFQ is September 30, 2014 at 12NOON. For more information go to: RFQ and the application is also online.

SIT September Newsletter

Welcome to a new School Year! Please read our September Newsletter for Student Intervention Team program highlights and updates, current staff biographies, and a description of trainings taking place this month.

HS Health Promotion Committee (HPC) Positions

Staff at school sites interested in being members of the High School Health Promotion Committee and to serve as liaisons to the Student, Family, and Community Support Department (SFCSD). Positions include Health Education Leader and LGBTQ Support Liaison. Applications are due Tuesday, September 16. Read WAD for more information including HPC applications and job descriptions.

MS Healthy School Team (HST) Positions

The Student, Family, and Community Support Department has been funded to implement a Comprehensive School Health Program at all middle school sites. This program includes the hiring of certificated staff at school sites to be members of the Middle School Healthy School Team (HST). Positions include Health Education Leaders, LGBTQ Support Liaison, and Youth Outreach Coordinator. Applications are due Tuesday, September 16. Read WAD for more information including HST applications and job descriptions.

Elementary School Health Advocate Positions

Elementary School Health Advocate serves a critical function as a promoter and role model of health and wellness to students, teachers, staff, and families. Applications are due Wednesday, September 17. Read WAD for more information including application and job description.

Summer Safety and Activities

This month’s School Health Program theme focuses on preparing for a healthy and fun summer break. Schools should emphasize sun safety and skin cancer awareness. Teach health related lessons, organize a summer safety promotion activity, and provide families with information about summer activities. Read WAD | "What You Can Do" with resources

Harvest of the Month is Avocados

View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.

Student Intervention Team (SIT) May Newsletter

Please read our May Newsletter for program updates and appreciations.  May is Summer Health Month!  Don t miss our intern corner to find out where our interns have landed positions in the mental health community.  Also available in the intern corner, information and resources for youth summer in San Francisco.  See Newsletter | Read more about SIT

CHKS Survey Administration: March 24 - May 2

Survey administration of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) will begin March 24 and continue by school cluster through May 2. During this census year, please ensure that the survey is administered to all students with consent in grades 6 through 12 (Active Consent for Grade 6, Passive Consent for Grades 7-12). It is very important to survey as many students as possible!

May is National Foster Care Month

Two SFCSD Foster Youth Services events occur in May:

  • May 14 - FYS End-of-Year Celebration
    Celebrating students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success as well as acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of foster youth students. Learn more.
  • May 7 - 2014 Foster Care Month Youth Leadership Awards
    Acknowledging current and former foster youth that have demonstrated leadership in their communities and in their own personal growth. Learn more.

Student Intervention Team (SIT) March Newsletter

Please read our March Newsletter for program updates, monthly appreciations and upcoming trainings. March is Nutrition Awareness Month!  Don t miss our intern corner with information and resources related to nutrition and mental health. Finally, catch our Intern in the spotlight  this month. Read about the journey of SIT Intern, Mansur Narullah, and what led him to SIT. See Newsletter | Read more about SIT

Student and Family Handbook Updates

The 2013-14 revision of the of the Student, Family and Community Handbook is now posted. Translated copies will be available very soon. View handbook: English

Save these Dates

Is your staff looking for professional development in the area of Health? See the attached fliers announcing professional development opportunities offered by School Health Programs Office for both elementary and secondary levels, stipends are given to attendees. Please encourage your staff to attend! Elementary Save the Dates; Secondary Save the Dates

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law (CA Ed Code, Section 49452).  The following children in SFUSD are to receive vision and hearing screening during the 2013-2014 school year:

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

Learn More

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