MAY: Summer Health | Strawberries
Our School Health Program theme focuses on preparing for a healthy and fun summer break. Schools should emphasize sun safety and skin cancer awareness. Read WAD for more information, curriculum, and activity ideas.
Harvest of the Month: Strawberries
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
Help Support our Foster Youth
Being 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.
Dental Poster Contest Winners
The 41st annual SF Dental Society Poster Contest Awards Ceremony was a joyous occasion with so many talented students, and proud teachers, principals and families. A big congratulations to all the winners and appreciation for all the students who entered a poster for their thoughtful and time-intensive artwork! The posters will be displayed in the Children's room in the Civic Center Library this summer. Thanks to the SF Dental Society for planning this event each year! See two of the winning posters and read more at the SF Dental Society website. This summer, remember: "Strike out Sugar for a Healthy Smile!". Read more.
Armani Johnson Asthma Awareness Month
On March 26, 2002, Armani Johnson died tragically as the result of an asthma attack while attending a SFUSD Child Development Center. Although there is no cure, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of indoor and outdoor environmental triggers. Plan an Armani Johnson Asthma Awareness Event in your school and learn the 4 steps to improve asthma management in schools. Read WAD for more information and resources.
SIT May Newsletter
Please read our May Newsletter, the final one of the year for program updates, monthly appreciations and resources. May is Summer Health Month so check out our intern corner with information and resources for summer. Also, if you are curious as to where some the SIT Interns are headed next year, please check out the Life After SIT corner in this newsletter! We also want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for being a part of and/or supporting the SIT Internship Program! We wish everyone a happy and healthy summer! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.
Universal Precautions / Asthma Information
Universal Precautions are best practices, procedures, and other ways to prevent exposure to infectious diseases. Ten to fifteen percent of SFUSD children have asthma. Asthma management and
emergency response in schools may assist in the prevention of negative outcomes. Learn about both! Read WAD for more info.
New Restorative Practices Videos
Observe students learning and practicing communication, empathy, and cooperation skills in three new videos of Restorative Practices circles at Flynn Elementary (Kindergarten), Feinstein (5th graders), and Wallenberg High School (two-part). View videos!
Health Education Website Launched
The Health Education Team at School Health Programs announces the launch of our new website! Teachers can visit the website to plan their health course by viewing all of the recommended materials to fulfill the required Health Education lessons.
Parents, students, nurses, social workers, and policy makers are also likely to find the website helpful in their work.
Elimination of Personal Beliefs Exemption from Immunizations
Effective January, 2016, California Senate Bill 277 will eliminate personal and religious exemptions from immunization requirements for children in child care and public and private schools.
- The law will allow personal belief exemptions (PBEs) submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a student enters:
- 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.
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.
Tdap Notice Requirements
All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) vaccine for school entry. Additionally, all 8th – 12th grade students transferring from outside of California who have not been vaccinated or existing students lacking evidence of Tdap must meet the requirement. Read WAD for more information, waiver forms, and notices.
New LGBTQ Pride Series Posters!
Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety by posting our beautiful new LGBTQ Pride Series Posters! (downloads available) We now have three posters in three languages! Copies of the posters are being distributed to all schools. Additional printed copies can be acquired by contacting LGBTQ Support Services.
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.