This Month

Health Awareness Month


Harvest of the Month: Avocados

Finding Your Voice & Following Your HearT: LGBTQ Pride & Advocacy Improve school climate and promote welcoming schools by celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Promote respect for all members of your school community.

  • 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
  • Implement Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Put up displays of famous LGBTQ people
  • Request LGBTQ wristbands, posters, buttons to distribute
    • 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 OASIS for ideas & info. Calendar of health education topics | View all Health Awareness themes

Top News

Congtulations to Breath of Fresh Air PSA Contest Winners!

Each year, the SFUSD Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program, under the guidance of the Student Health Advisory Board Super YOW committee, holds a PSA contest to make their peers and school communities aware of the importance of being tobacco and vape free. With that effort, the use of tobacco products in SFUSD middle and high school students have decrease over the past years. OASIS | Winning Artwork Poster | Video Winners | Data Trends

Student Tranisition Program - Spring

This spring, ES and MS SAP Teams should focus on identifying PreK, 5th grade and 8th grade students for the Transition Program and complete a Transition Form. The goal of the SFUSD Student Transition Program is to facilitate positive transitions and ensure that students who receive or are in need of effective support services continue to receive the support as they transition from Pre-K/T-K to T-K/Kindergarten, 5th grade to 6th grade, and from 8th grade to 9th grade. OASIS | Transition Program Memo

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps is Hiring for 18-19!

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks San Francisco community members to provide service to strengthen mentoring programs and to support a positive school climate. Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps members are paid a monthly stipend and are awarded an education award upon completion of the term of service. OASIS | Position Description | Mentoring for Success Description | Learn more and apply now!

Planning and Presenting Trauma PD at Your Site

Attend a 1-day training on Planning and Presenting Trauma PD at Your Site on May 7 (for staff who have previously attended the HEARTS 2-day Transforming Trauma PD). This one-day professional development will provide an opportunity for participants to plan and practice presenting Trauma PD that they can share at their sites. OASIS | Flyer | Registration Form

 SF Guardian Scholars Summer Academy's Orientation

The Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is a 6-week program from June 11-July 20, designed to prepare foster youth students for a smooth transition to college and career by participating in a CCSF College Success class and job readiness workshops. Mandatory Orientation Meetings are April 18 & May 10. Contact FYS if you have any questions regarding our Summer Academy for Foster Youth - 415-242-2615. Application | Flyer

CPM Tool Survey in May

Elementary and middle grade classroom teachers: check your email for the Coordinated Program Monitoring (CPM) survey arriving in May. This survey tracks the number of health lessons that your students have received and will uncover critical data to help School Health Programs make decisions on resource distribution and programmatic success. The survey is sent twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, and we ask that you fill it out both times, thanks so much. Fall OASIS Link | Fall CPM Promotion Flyer

Cannabis Laws + Substance Use Prevention Education

Using cannabis is now legal for adults over 21 in California. It’s important for SFUSD teachers, administrators, school social workers, school district nurses, Youth Outreach Workers, and Wellness Center staff to continue to educate students and families on the effects of cannabis use. OASIS | Cannabis Lessons | Youth and Cannabis Fact Sheet | Guardian/Mentor Fact Sheet

SIT March Newsletter

Please see the SIT 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! Wishing you a happy and restful Spring Break! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team. 

K-5 Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Resources Online

The Second Step SEL Curriculum videos/songs for K-5 kits are now available online, get your kit activation codes from the first page of your teacher’s manual or from your school social worker. OASIS | Register Code

Immigrant Support at School Sites

There have been a few news reports recently warning of possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to target Northern California for immigration arrests. While these reports do not reflect an official statement made by Homeland Security/ICE, it is still important to be informed and prepared. Thankfully, we have plans in place for supporting vulnerable families. View Resources

Interested in having legal advocates or representatives at your school site to outreach to caregivers, students, and staff about DACA or other immigrant topics? Read OASIS | Community Speaker Request Form - Immigrant Support

Additional resources: What do I need to know about the end of DACA? | Visit RISE-SF - new videos and resources posted!

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

Tips for Prevention of Influenza

Flu season is upon us. The San Francisco Department of Public Health reports increased influenza activity locally. All staff, students and families must take the proper precautions to remain healthy and stop the spread of germs. OASIS

Be a Mentor to an SFUSD Student!

All SFUSD Employees: become that special caring adult at school - offer support to an SFUSD student by becoming a mentor. Become familar with best practices in mentoring at ongoing meetings. OASIS | Become a Mentor! | Sign up for a Mentoring For Success Orientation

School-wide and Classroom Resources to Address Sexual Harassment

SFUSD is dedicated to ending sexual harassment and violence. In response to Violence Prevention Month, please review these resources and training opportunities focused on helping SFUSD
students better understand healthy relationships, sexual harassment and sexual assault. School Health Programs provides training and support for SFUSD staff using these resources. OASIS | Resources for SFUSD School Staff to educate about sexual harassment.

Elimination of Personal Beliefs Exemption from Immunizations

All students entering PreK-12th Grade are required to be current with ALL required vaccinations unless the student has a medical exemption in place. Effective January 1, 2016, SB277 eliminated personal and religious exemptions from immunization requirements for children in child care, public and private schools. OASIS

Vision and Hearing Screening 2017-2018

Children in SFUSD receive vision and hearing screening during the school year to prevent problems that can interfere with coordination, acquisition of skills, achievement of developmental milestones, and the ability to learn properly. Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law. OASIS | Vision and Hearing Screening Schedule | Screening Documents

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

Wellness Policy in Action! (Audio and Video)

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

See what students and staff are saying about SFUSD's Wellness Policy in this new video!  

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).

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.

DACA Program Community Advisory of Sept. 5

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- new videos posted!

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.

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 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.

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.



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 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 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.

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 (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.





ARCHIVED NEWS 2017-18     

Qu**r Revolution GSA Alliance Day - April 5

LGBTQ Support Services with the Office of School Health Programs will be hosting "Qu**r Revolution," the 5th annual SFUSD Genders & Sexualities Alliance Day on April 5. GSA Day brings together LGBTQ and allied students across multiple SFUSD high school for a day of community building, affirmation and celebration. View flyer.

Puberty Professional Development - 5th and 6th Grades

Attend the Puberty Workshop with Planned Parenthood on Thursday, April 26, to review Planned Parenthood puberty curriculum, practice using curriculum and answering difficult questions around puberty and sexuality, and get access to additional resources and information to empower educators in teaching about puberty Stipend available. Register by April 19. OASIS | Registration | Flyer

Identify a K2C School Site Ambassador

In November, all schools were asked to identify a Kindergarten to College (K2C) Ambassador to represent your school. This is a reminder that if you have not done so, please do so ASAP! OASIS

2-hour Trauma Basics PD

Attend the 2-hour Trauma Basics PD on March 19. This introductory training will cover fundamentals of the neurobiology of stress and trauma, its implications for schools and other systems working with children and youth, and practical, effective approaches that can be implemented by educators, administrators, and other school staff who interact with children exposed to trauma. OASIS | Flyer | Registration

ES Dental Poster Contest

The San Francisco Dental Society is sponsoring its 43rd Annual Dental Poster Contest! The theme this year is: “Join the San Francisco Tooth Team”. Any K-5th grade student may participate. Entries must be received by March 9. OASIS | Flyer

Diversity and Pride PD: Gender Inclusive Schools

Attend the K-5 Creating Gender Inclusive Schools professional development opportunity on March 13. Understand your role and responsibility to provide inclusive education and support transgender and gender non-conforming students. Stipend or Prop A available. OASIS | Flyer | Registration

Breath of Fresh Air Video Contest

Encourage Middle and High School students to spread awareness about Tobacco and Vaping prevention by creating a 90 second video or a poster and entering the Anti-tobacco/Anti-vaping Public Service Announcement Contest “Breath of Fresh Air”. Submission deadline is March 5th. Please post flyers on school bulletin boards, websites, and classrooms! OASIS | View website for flyer and criteria | Submissions

 FYS FAFSA Challenge - Submit by March 1

In order to win the Foster Youth FAFSA challenge for $500 student scholarships and our county to be eligible for the $1000 award, you must submit the names of the SFUSD foster youth seniors that completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application to Susana Diaz at School Health Programs by email: or by phone: 415-242-2615. All FAFSA applications must be submitted by March 1. Please see flyer for more information.


Project Secure Opportunity for ES and K-8 Schools

Project Secure is a research grant to improve social emotional skills and address trauma & stress in students. We are looking for ten elementary and K-8 schools to participate in the 2018-2019 school year. Selected schools receive training, coaching, & curriculum materials to implement K-5 Second Step and Bounce Back group intervention. Please complete the Project SECURE Interest
Survey by March 2. OASIS | Flyer | Slides | Survey

2-hour Trauma Basics PD

Attend the 2-hour Trauma Basics PD on February 22 or March 19. This introductory training will cover fundamentals of the neurobiology of stress and trauma, its implications for schools and other systems working with children and youth, and practical, effective approaches that can be implemented by educators, administrators, and other school staff who interact with children exposed to trauma. OASIS | Flyer | Registration

Trauma-Informed Mental Health Consultation PD

This PD offered February 6 OR February 15, will focus on trauma-informed mental health consultation that can help create more trauma-sensitive learning environments by building teachers’ capacity to work more effectively with students exposed to trauma. OASIS | Flyer | Registration

SIT February Newsletter

Please see the SIT 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. 

February is Oral Health Month: Free Dental Screenings

Community dental providers will be offering free dental exams and supplies to children through February 24 as part of the “Give Kids A Smile Day” campaign. OASIS | Flyers: EN | CH | SP

Culture Shift: Consent-Based Sex Ed

SFUSD Middle and High School teachers of Health, Science and Physical Education and support staff will review current trends and new requirements about sexuality education, and practice using SFUSD’s sexuality education curriculum at Culture Shift: Why Consent-Based Sex Ed Matters Now More than Ever on February 13. OASIS | Flyer

SIT January Newsletter

Happy New Year! Please see the SIT January Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings. Don't miss the article about the Search Institute’s research on developmental assets, relationships, and communities improving the lives of young people in our “Intern Corner”. Help us spread the word...SIT recruitment for the 2018-2019 school year is underway! Read more about what a SIT Internship Opportunity has to offer in this month's Newsletter. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team. 

Harvest of the Month: Cooked Greens (January)

Intervention Training for Substance-Using Adolescents

Brief Intervention for Substance-Using Adolescents training is offered January 25th, 2018. Brief Intervention is a behavioral intervention program for adolescents who use tobacco, alcohol and/or other drugs. The program consists of 2-4 sessions between an adolescent and youth-serving adult, including up to three youth intervention sessions and one optional session with parents or family members. OASIS | BIS Flyer | Register

Safe Touch Elementary Health Education Workshop

Attend the Safe Touch Elementary Health Education Workshop PD on January 24 for a review of SFUSD's and Safe and Sound's new Safe Touch curriculum with special guest speaker Will Roy, Safe and Sound (formerly SF Child Abuse and Prevention Center) Learn about how and when to report child abuse and new lessons about safe versus unsafe touch for K-5 students. OASIS | Flyer | Register

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.

SIT December Newsletter

Please see the SIT 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. 

Growing Bodies and Active Consent PD

Third to fifth grade teachers and other elementary health educators are invited to attend the Elementary Health Education Workshop: “Growing Bodies & Active Consent”, How to Teach Puberty to Elementary School Students on February 7. OASIS | Flyer | Registration


Harvest of the Month: Persimmons (November)

Harvest of the Month: Apples (December)

Be An Ally & Stand Up For Peace: Violence Prevention

  • Promote gang violence awareness
  • Practice conflict resolution and effective communication skills
  • Analyze media messages promoting violence
  • Facilitate daily/weekly community circles
  • Teach lessons on understanding, preventing, and reporting bullying and cyber– bullying
  • Use Restorative Practices to prevent violence and facilitate conflict resolution
  • Paint Peace Paths on the yard, display Peace Path art projects, develop Peacemakers
  • Play “Good Behavior Game”
  • Organize assemblies on gun violence
  • Celebrate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1: Check out an AIDS Quilt to display; hold penny drives for AIDS emergency fund; order and distribute promotional items (stickers...)

Read the OASIS for ideas & info. Resources: Elementary | Secondary | Calendar of health education topics
| View all Health Awareness themes

SIT November Newsletter

Please see the 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. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team. 

Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt - Required Meeting

Host a Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt to commemorate World AIDS Day December 1-8! Only 17 panels are available this year and are assigned on a first come first serve basis. Submit agreement by Nov. 17 and attend a mandatory meeting on Nov. 27. OASIS | Registration/Agreement

Puberty PD with Planned Parenthood - Nov. 7

Fifth and Sixth Grade teachers of Health, Science, Physical Education, as well as School Social Workers, School District Nurses, and other Student Support Staff are invited to attend Puberty Education with Planned Parenthood on November 7. Review puberty curriculum, practice using curriculum and answering difficult questions around puberty and sexuality, and get access to additional resources and information to empower educators in teaching about puberty. Substitute provided for classroom teacher. Read OASIS 

PD: Trauma Basics Training

This two-hour professional development offered Nov. 2, will provide the basics of brain development, the effects of trauma, vicarious trauma, and strategies to create trauma-sensitive learning environments. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registration Form

Have a Healthy Halloween!  

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. Celebrate Halloween with fun and nutritious substitutions for Halloween candy! OASIS | Healthy Halloween Treats | Celebrating a Healthy Halloween Poster | Non-food Halloween Treats Handouts for parents/caregiver

Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31

 “Your Future is Key, so stay Drug Free!” - The purpose of the Red Ribbon celebration is to present a united and visible commitment toward the creation of a Drug Free America; as well as 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 health, drug free lifestyle.  Read OASIS | Request Form | Coordinator Memo | Activities and Resources

Apply to be a Foster Youth Services Liaison 

FYS logoThe Foster Youth Services (FYS) Liaison position is designed to provide on-site support and coordinated services to foster youth students. The FYS Liaison will work with the FYS Program to support the goal of improving educational outcomes for students in foster care. Liaisons will receive an additional stipend for completing role responsibilities. We are recruiting a FYS Liaison at each elementary and secondary school site. SFUSD staff are eligible to apply; only one FYS Liaison will be assigned per site. Applications date extended to Monday, October 23, 2017. Read OASIS | 17-18 FYS Liaison Job Description | 17-18 FYS Liaison Stipend Structure | FYS Liaison application 

17-18 Refugee & Immigrant Liaison Application

In response to the youth-led San Francisco Unified Board of Education resolution, “Undocumented, United, and Unafraid,” SFUSD is recruiting staff (Certificated or Classified) interested in promoting positive school climate for our immigrant and refugee students and families as Refugee & Immigrant Liaisons ($800 stipend). Read OASIS | Refugee & Immigrant Liaison Application | ES School Description | Middle and High School Role Description 

Be An Ally and Stand Up For Peace Oct. 25

K-5 Teachers and other Health Educators, attend the Elementary Health Education Workshop:  Be An Ally and Stand Up for Peace a violence prevention workshop for educators. In the session we will review latest data on bullying; review the SEL component of the TK-5 SBRC; practice using adopted curricula; identify de-escalation techniques, Restorative Practices, and conflict resolution practices. Stipend available. Read OASIS | Registration Link | Flyer

Highs and Knows PD October 24

All Wellness staff are welcome to attend the October 24 Highs and Knows professional development day on how to teach secondary students about substance use prevention using updated techniques and methods. Review the data regarding substance use among SFUSD students and plan what you can do about it! OASIS | Register by October 2.

SIT October Newsletter

Please read the SIT 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. 


Harvest of the Month: Root Vegetables

Be Safe, Be Smart: Substance Use Prevention.

  • 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
  • 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. 23-31)
  • Schedule health theater presentations:

READ OASIS for ideas & info. | View all Health Awareness themes

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps is hiring for the 17-18 school year! 

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks San Francisco community members to provide service to strengthen mentoring programs and to support a positive school climate. This position is an excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door in San Francisco public schools. OASIS | Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Position Description | Mentoring for Success description 

ES Health Workshop: Report Card Assessments

K-5 Teachers and other Health Educators are invited to attend the Elementary Health Workshop, 4-6 p.m. on October 5, to review the Health report card indicators, become familiar with the online Healthsmart curriculum and access health assessments by grade levels. Stipend available. Registration is due Sept. 29. OASIS | Flyer | Registration Link

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. 

Section 504 Training September 20-28

New and returning Section 504 team members at elementary and secondary levels are invited to attend this annual training session providing information on legally mandated Section 504 procedures, recommendations, implementation strategies and an updated Section 504 Resource Guide. This training is required for many staff, see OASIS for more information. Please attend the training date that best meets your needs. OASIS | Registration Link

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.


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.

  • 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
  • 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

READ OASIS for ideas & info. | View all Health Awareness themes

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!

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!

Apply to be a Foster Youth Services Liaison

The Foster Youth Services (FYS) Liaison position is designed will work with the FYS Program to provide on-site support and coordinated services to foster youth students. We are recruiting a FYS Liaison at each elementary and secondary school site. SFUSD staff are eligible to apply; only one FYS Liaison will be assigned per site. Applications are due by Monday, September 18, 2017. Stipend available. OASIS | Registration Link

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.


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