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Health Awareness Month

September

Harvest of the Month: Cucumbers

Build 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.

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 9/13/17

WATCH FOR THE WAD for ideas & info. | View all Health Awareness themes

 

Top News


DACA Program Community Advisory (Sept. 5, 2017)

To date, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth have been granted DACA status, which provides work authorization and temporary relief from deportation. The program has enabled our graduates to contribute to their communities by significantly increasing opportunities for higher education and jobs. Unfortunately, on Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end DACA over two and half years. What do I need to know about the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)? | Visit Project Caminos website.

SIT September Newsletter

Please read the SIT September Newsletter, for program highlights and updates, current staff biographies, and a description of trainings taking place this month. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team. 

Wellness Policy in Action! (Audio)

Listen to how Principal Emmanuel Stewart from Carver Elementary School has put SFUSD's Wellness Policy into action. Listen now at Soundcloud! 

 

Project SECURE: Keeping Kids Safe in SFUSD

SRI International will partner with SFUSD to develop, implement, and evaluate Project SECURE to enhance the physical and emotional security of more than 12,000 students in 30 elementary schools by increasing their Safety, Equity, Caring, Understanding, and Resilience. Learn more.

Save the Dates for 2017-18 Health Education PDs

The 2017-18 Save the Date lists of Health Education Professional Deveopment Opportunites are now available for Elementary and Secondary (updated).

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 Choices AmeriCorps Now Recruiting for 2017-18

Do you know a young person (over 18 years old) who is looking for experience working with youth? Healthy Choices AmeriCorps (a program of School Health Programs, SFUSD) is recruiting AmeriCorps Members for School Year 2017-18. 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.

2017 Anti-Tobacco/Vape PSA Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Anti-Tobacco/Anti-Vape PSA Contest "See Through the Smoke". The winning artwork and video PSAs from SFUSD LGBTQ, Middle School and High School students are now posted on the San Francisco Wellness Initiative website. View the winning entries!

Wellness Champion MUNI Bus Campaign

SFUSD Wellness Champions are being recognized on SF MUNI buses through May 1st with MUNI Bus Campaign posters honoring Mr. Emmanuel Stewart at Dr. Carver ES and the Nutrition Outreach Workers at Willie Brown MS. Read full story with photos on our Nutrition site.

Seventh Grade Vaccine Requirements

All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap vaccine and 2 MMR vaccinations. Students who are 13 years of age or older also need proof of a second Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination.  Additionally, all 8th – 12th grade students must be up to date on all vaccinations required for school entry, including Tdap, Varicella, and MMR. Personal Belief Exemptions are no longer valid for incoming 7th graders. Medical exemptions are still accepted.  Read WAD for more information and locations.     

Nurses and Social Workers Core Supports One-Pagers

Learn more about core supports provided by school district nurses and social workers with these one-pagers! School District Nurses: ES | SEC Social Workers: K-8.

2015-16 FITNESSGRAM Results

2015-16 FITNESSGRAM data for SFUSD students is now posted in our Data and Statistics section - we are going in the right direction! Take a look at the new numbers.

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.

Self-Efficacy: Which Four Sources?

The first ExCEL SEL meeting for the 2017 has taken off with Self Efficacy, which promotes the belief that you can succeed in achieving an outcome or reaching a goal. Read full story to learn more!

Universal Precautions / Asthma Information

Universal Precautions are best practices, procedures, and other ways to prevent exposure to infectious diseases. Ten to fifteen percent of SFUSD children have asthma. Asthma management and emergency response in schools may assist in the prevention of negative outcomes. Learn about both! Read WAD for more info.

Self-Management: What’s Your Marshmallow?

December marked the end of the Fall semester and also the last ExCEL SEL Meeting of 2016! Our December SEL Meeting focused on self-management.. Read full story to learn more!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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


Nurses and Social Workers Core Supports One-Pagers

Learn more about core supports provided by school district nurses and social workers with these one-pagers! School District Nurses: ES | SEC Social Workers: K-8.

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

Curriculum Resources at Health Education 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. 

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.

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!

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


Project SECURE: Keeping Kids Safe in San Francisco Unified School District

SRI International will partner with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to develop, implement, and evaluate Project SECURE. The purpose is to enhance the physical and emotional security of more than 12,000 students in 30 elementary schools by increasing their Safety, Equity, Caring, Understanding, and Resilience. Project SECURE will offer universal (Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum) and targeted (Bounce Back) interventions aimed to improve social-emotional skills, reduce bullying, and ameliorate traumatic stress. Furthermore, the project will revitalize the Citywide Interagency Council to triage and refer those students and their families who need tertiary-level support to responsive community-based services.

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.

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 2017-18     

DACA Program Advisory

There are some reports that President Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At this time, we do not know when or if the DACA program will be terminated or what the end of the program may look like. While the DACA program remains in effect at this time, this community advisory contains some things to keep in mind should the program end. View multilingual FAQs, on the ILRC website | Visit Project Caminos website.

BeWell Fall Institute: Become a Wellness Champion

Join us for the BeWell Fall Institute, August 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Stipend $120. Learn how to become a Wellness Champion at your school or in your office! Learn more!

Seeking Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members

School Health Programs partners with 30 schools to strengthen mentoring programs and to support positive school climate by hiring 20 AmeriCorps Members. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members are paid a monthly stipend and an education award for service engaging students, families, and school community members. Learn more.

 


ARCHIVED NEWS 2016-17     

SIT May Newsletter

Please see our May Newsletter, the final one of the year, for program updates, monthly appreciations and resources.  May is Summer Safety and Environmental Health 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. 

Mentoring For Success Spring 2017 Newsletter

See the Spring 2017 MFS Newsletter for: Spotlight on Mentors, MLK Service Day, Project Arrive Launches in MS, Growth Mindset, Mentor Challenges Learn more about the Mentoring for Success Program. 

May is Armani Johnson Asthma Awareness Month

Plan an Asthma Awareness event in your school! On March 26, 2002, Armani Johnson died tragically as the result of an asthma attack while attending a SFUSD Child Development Center. Currently, 10-15% of SFUSD students have asthma (or 2-3 students per average classroom). Although there is no cure, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of indoor and outdoor environmental triggers. Read WAD for more information.

Fall 2017 BeWell School Committee Institute - August 14

All Staff at SFUSD Schools: EED, Elementary, K-8, Middle & High Schools are invited to attend the institute on August 14. Join a small school team to make big changes in school environments: reward your school for Wellness Activities, help set school and district priorities around food, fitness and wellness, receive a stipend or use Prop A Hours if available. RSVP by Friday, May 26. View the WAD for more information.

Apply Now for 2017-18 Elementary HA and HETL Positions

Health Advocate and Health Education Teacher Leader (limited to 15) serve as activists, promoters, and role models of health and wellness to students, teachers, staff, and families. The first round of applications for the positions are due May 26. The second round will occur in August. Read WAD with Job Descriptions. Apply now on Google Forms: Health Advocate | Health Education Teacher Leader

Kick-Off Your School’s BeWell Committee!

Join a small school team to make big changes in school environments: reward your school for Wellness Activities, help set school and district priorities around food, fitness and wellness, receive a stipend or use Prop A Hours if available.More oppotunities in 2017-18. Attend one of four meetings May 2-10. View the WAD for registration information and dates.

May is Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people nationwide to focus attention on the year-round needs of youth in foster care and encourage more people to get involved in their lives. We invite you to recognize May as National Foster Care Month and to celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of children in the foster care system. View the WAD for more information. SFUSD holds two Foster Youth events in May:

  • Foster Care Awareness Day – Go Blue for Foster Youth - Millions of people will “go blue”, to stand in solidarity with those who have been impacted by foster care and show their support for the 402,000 youth in foster care in the United States. All SFUSD staff, students, families/caregivers, and community. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at SFUSD Schools and Sites. Wear blue, decorate your school or site blue, and use the #goblueday on social media. 
  • Foster Youth Services End-of-Year Celebration – Celebrating SFUSD students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success and acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of SFUSD foster youth students. All are welcome. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. School Health Programs Office – 1515 Quintara St. San Francisco, CA 94116  * RSVP for the event online by May 4th at or call (415) 242-2615 x3208 

MAY

Harvest of the Month: Strawberries

Open the Door, Get Out & Explore: Summer Safety and Environmental Health

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Choose books on safety topics: fire, water, weapons
  • Practice effective communication skills when dealing with emergencies
  • Practice decision-making skills regarding safety topics
  • Provide instruction on sun safety practices
  • Research environmental health issues
  • Set goals for a safe, healthy summer
  • Teach First Aid skills
  • *Celebrate National Foster Care Month!

SCHOOL WIDE

  • Encourage parents to attend February DCYF workshop on community-based summer health resources
  • Coordinate a summer safety poster contest
  • Share resources for safety equipment, i.e., bike helmets
    Display Summer Safety bulletin boards
  • Coordinate a Summer Safety fair: pedestrian safety, use of caps and sunscreen, pool safety, hydration...
  • Hold a Bike Rodeo to promote bicycle safety

VIEW THE WAD for ideas & info

Annual Immigrant Family Day - April 26

The San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN) invites community members to an opportunity to speak with the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s Office about issues facing the San Francisco immigrant community on April 26. Read WAD with flyers.

FREE Citizenship Workshop April 22

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 flyers | Volunteers Needed

Preparing and Presenting Trauma PD Workshop - April 19

This training will provide an opportunity for participants to plan Trauma PD that they can present at their sites. Participants will practice synthesizing key points from each HEARTS principle, personalize and differentiate the material to connect to their sites, and refine presentation style. Participants must have already attended “Transforming Trauma” presented by HEARTS with SFUSD. Read WAD with registration information

Bike to School Week: April 17 - 21

All SFUSD students are encouraged to participate in SF Bike and Roll to School Week in April. Celebrate the joys and many health benefits of biking or “rolling” to school as a family. The Safe Routes to School Partnership provides incentives and resources to participating schools who sign up to hold an event during the week of April 17-21. Hurry, supplies are limited, so first come first served! View WAD for more information, flier, and registration link.

SIT April Newsletter

Please see our April Newsletter for program updates, monthly appreciations and upcoming trainings. April is LGBTQ Pride & Advocacy 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, Sasha Rodriguez, MFTT at SF International HS. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team. 

Application for Guardian Scholars Summer Academy

The Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is a 6-week program (June 12 - July 21, M-Th 9 am-1 pm) at CCSF designed to prepare students for a smooth transition to college and career. Students will receive college and/or high school credit, and up to a $1000 stipend for participating in a CCSF College Success class and job readiness workshops. Stipend provided by the JVS YES Program. Mandatory orientations. Complete and return application by April 11.  Read flyer to learn more | Download application

April

Harvest of the Month: Carrots

Finding Your Voice & Following Your Heart: LGBTQ Pride & Advocacy

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Teach respect for differences in growth, development, physical appearance, gender roles, and sexual orientation
  • Research LGBTQ people in history
  • Identify/promote Allyship characteristics
  • Utilize LGBTQ curricula, books, resources
  • Plan art activities: Rainbow flags, posters...
  • Analyze influences of culture and media, on perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, and sexual orientation
  • Teach Personal Pronoun Education lessons in every classroom on a selected day

SCHOOL WIDE

  • Implement Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Put up displays of famous LGBTQ people
  • Request LGBTQ wristbands, posters, buttons to distribute
    Schedule/coordinate:
    • a Rainbow Parade: assign each room a color and create flags and banners
    • Family Diversity Celebration where students introduce their families
    • A Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Day
    • LGBTQ Spirit Day: Pink Tsunami, Rainbow Day

READ THE WAD for ideas & info. | View all Health Awareness themes, pdf

SIT March Newsletter

Please see our March Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings.  In this month's newsletter, read about nutrition and the impact on mental health. Also, don’t miss out on reading who’s in the intern spotlight this month! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team. 

March

Harvest of the Month: Broccoli

Be Well: Nutrition & Physical Activity Awareness

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Identify healthy foods, drinks and snacks
  • Provide lessons on benefits of drinking water and avoiding sugary beverages
  • Analyze caloric and nutritional value of foods and beverages, read food labels
  • Practice decision-making/goal-setting skills for food intake and physical activity
  • Explore the physical, academic, mental, and social benefits of physical activity
  • Analyze the influences of culture, peers, and media on food choices

SCHOOL WIDE

  • Plan a school community meeting on the benefits of a daily nutritious breakfast
  • Create schoolwide agreement on implementing classroom physical activity breaks
  • Establish systems for Grab n Go Breakfasts
  • Hold a poster contest for Rethink your Drink
  • Share the Wellness Policy with staff and families
  • Schedule a fun run or walk-a-thon
  • Plan a Food and Fitness Fair for students and families
VIEW THE WADfor ideas & info. | View all Health Awareness themes, pdf

Elementary Family & Gender Diversity PD on March 21

K-5th Grade Educators, register by March 14 for the One of a Kind, Like Me/Único Como Yo LGBTQ Family & Gender Diversity in Elementary School Workshop on March 21. At the workshop, you will hear from the authors, learn best practices for creating a supportive learning environment and how to comply with educational policiy requirements. Stipend included. View WAD including registration link and flier.

Call For Entries! Videos and Artwork

Give Kids A SmileSFUSD youth, submit your videos and artwork for the See Through the Smoke! Teens Tackle Tobacco Presents: Anti-Tobacco/Anti-Vape PSA Contest. Prizes and movie tickets available. The deadline for submittals is March 15, 2017. Learn more!

 

Dental Poster Contest - Entry Deadline is March 6

Any K-5th grade student is welcome to participate in the 42 annual SF Dental Society's Dental Poster contest.  The theme this year will be “Choose Water for a Sparkling Smile” Prizes are awarded to winners. Entries must be received by March 6. See the WAD for more information.

SIT February Newsletter

Please see our February Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings.  In this month's newsletter, 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. 

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.

January/February

Harvest of the Month: Cooked Greens (February)

Growing Bodies & Active Consent: Healthy Sexuality & Relationships

San Francisco Unified School District celebrates ​Growing Bodies & Active Consent: Healthy Sexuality and Relationships Month​ throughout ​February​. Schools are encouraged to hold events and teach lessons about friendships and healthy relationships.

READ THE WAD for ideas & info. | View full list of Health Awareness themes, pdf

SIT January Newsletter

Happy New Year! 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. 

January/February

Harvest of the Month: Citrus (January)

1-Day Trauma-Informed Consultation PD

This day long professional development will focus on trauma-informed teacher consultation that can help to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments by building teachers’ capacity to work more effectively with students exposed to trauma. Choose between two dates: January 25 or February 2. Read WAD to learn more | Register online.

Be Well, Do Well: a Professional Development Workshop                                                                 
The Be Well, Do Well workshop on February 2 will cover creating a personal, classroom and school wellness vision. Topics include setting goals and plans around food, fitness and welness, and the materials and resources to implement wellness action plans. School teams are encouraged to attend! Stipend included. Register by January 23. Read WAD to learn more

We have to grade students on Health? Yes, we do!

Register by January 13 for the Elementary Health Education Workshop: WE HAVE TO GRADE STUDENTS ON HEALTH?  YES, WE DO! to be held on January 18. This workshop is mandatory for all Health Advocates and Health Education Teacher Leaders and will cover health report card indicators and health curriculum. Stipend included. See WAD for more info and registration form.

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 and resources links for posters, etc.

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. 

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

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. 

November/December

Harvest of the Month: Winter Squash
Be An Ally & Stand Up For Peace: Violence Prevention

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • 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

SCHOOL WIDE

  • 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 on Dec. 1: Check out an AIDS Quilt to display; hold penny drives for AIDS emergency fund; order and distribute promotional items (stickers...)
DOWNLOAD WAD for ideas & info. | View full list of Health Awareness themes, pdf

2015-16 FITNESSGRAM Results

2015-16 FITNESSGRAM data for SFUSD students is now posted in our Data and Statistics section - we are going in the right direction! Take a look at the new numbers.

Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration is December 1 through December 8, 2016. To participate, complete the agreement to host a panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display, which includes a commitment to attend the training on November 28, 2016. Only 17 panels are available this year and are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Agreements MUST be submitted by November 21. View WAD and agreement form.

Register for Elementary HIV/AIDS Workshop

Attend the ES Workshop: Safe, Smart & Healthy 2 - HIV/AIDS Educated Me! on November 30. HIV/AIDS prevention lessons are mandated as part of the 20 health education lessons that elementary school students should receive every year. Participants receive a stipend. Register by November 28.  Read WAD for more information.

Brief Intervention Training: November 2

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. View WAD for flier and more information.

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 October Newsletter

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. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

October

 Be Safe, Be Smart: Substance Use Prevention  | Read WAD

IN THE CLASSROOM
  • Provide instruction on awareness of medicines and household products
  • Practice reading product labels
  • Arrange for CBO presentations on substance use prevention
  • Teach lessons on tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
  • Reinforce health-enhancing behaviors
  • Practice skills for stress management, refusal, and decision making
SCHOOL WIDE
  • Celebrate a Healthy Halloween (candy-free and substance-free)
  • Create poetry, slogans, raps on substance use prevention
    Teach substance use prevention in all homeroom classes
  • Plan peer presentations in classrooms
  • Celebrate Red Ribbon week (Oct. 23-29)
  • Schedule health theater presentations:
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year | | Download PDF

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 for alternative treats and tooth information.

Red Ribbon Week: October 24-28

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (“I Believe in Me Drug Free!”) from October 24-28 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.

Substance Use Prevention PD

Attend the "How to Teach Youth About Substance Use Prevention" Professional Development event on September 28. Learn about currents trends, the relationship between drug use and social-emotional health, research-based curricula and resources. 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.

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

August/September

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

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.

 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. 

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!


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