Be Drug Free
This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on being drug free. Schools should emphasize the tobacco and drug free policy and the Tobacco Free School Zone policy (which now includes e-cigarettes and vaping devices). Participate in Red Ribbon Week (October 27-31) where students take a drug and alcohol free pledge and learn about substance use prevention. Read WAD for resources, curriculum, and ideas.
Harvest of the Month is Winter Squash
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
Fall Into Pride - LGBTQ Families Dinner is November 6
The SFUSD Student, Family, and Community Support Department and the Office of School Health Programs invite you to our 4th annual Families Dinner, "Fall Into Pride", Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Aptos Middle School. All SFUSD students and families are welcome to this event! Meet, mingle, and share a meal with our LGBTQ parents, families, and students in a welcoming environment. Please RSVP by October 31. See flyer, registration information, and pictures from past dinners.
Happy Healthy Halloween
Elementary school staff - celebrate Halloween with fun and healthy substitutions for Halloween candy! Read WAD for classroom tips, recipies, posters and handouts.
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.
Prevent Spread of Enterovirus D68 and Flu
Cases of Enterovirus D68 have been reported in San Francisco. As we enter cold and flu season, the single most important prevention strategy for colds, Enterovirus D68, and flu is frequent hand washing. And don’t forget to get a flu shot. Read WAD to learn more including prevention tips.
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.
Red Ribbon Week - October 27-31
Celebrate Red Ribbon Week: “DRUG FREE, The Healthy Choice for Me!” October 27-31. The Red Ribbons are worn during Red Ribbon Week each year to demonstrate our unified commitment to a healthy, drug free lifestyle. Read WAD to learn more.
After School Supper Program
We are starting off another year with more schools participating in the After School Supper Program! This program provides students access to nutritious foods. Meals are prepared fresh and offer healthy proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk. The program is funded through the Federal Child & Adult Care Food Program. Meals are prepared daily by Revolutions Foods and Student Nutrition employees. Read story.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law. Early detection of vision and hearing loss can provide the opportunity to correct the problem earlier, and with less interference to learning. Read WAD with futher informaiton and screening schedules.
Injuries and Acute Health Issues at School
It is essential that school staff respond appropriately to accidents and acute health issues. A decision to call 911 should be based on the immediate need of the student, rather thanconcern for possible incurred costs. Read WAD.
Healthy Schools Checklist
The “Healthy Schools Checklist” is a tool to help school staff prepare to respond to
illnesses, injuries and health emergencies. Schools that submit a completed copy of the “Healthy Schools Checklist” will receive a Healthy School Certificate from School Health
Programs. Completed checklists must be returned by October 30. Read WAD.
SIT September Newsletter
Welcome to a new School Year! Please read our September Newsletter for Student Intervention Team program highlights and updates, current staff biographies, and a description of trainings taking place this month.
HS Health Promotion Committee (HPC) Positions
Staff at school sites interested in being members of the High School Health Promotion Committee and to serve as liaisons to the Student, Family and, Community Support Department (SFCSD). Positions include Health Education Leader and LGBTQ Support Liaison. Read WAD for more information including HPC applications and job descriptions.
MS Healthy School Team (HST) Positions
The Student, Family, and Community Support Department has been funded to implement a Comprehensive School Health Program at all middle school sites. This program includes the hiring of certificated staff at school sites to be members of the Middle School Healthy School Team (HST). Positions include Health Education Leaders, LGBTQ Support Liaison, and Youth Outreach Coordinator. Read WAD for more information including HST applications and job descriptions.
Elementary School Health Advocate Positions
Elementary School Health Advocate serves a critical function as a promoter and role model of health and wellness to students, teachers, staff, and families. Read WAD for more information including application and job description.
Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Vaccine Requirement
All students entering 7th grade should have proof of a Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) vaccine for school entry. Additionally, all 8th – 12th grade students transferring from outside of California who have not been vaccinated or existing students lacking evidence of Tdap must meet the requirement. Read WAD. For more information about the Tdap requirement, please go to www.shotsforschool.org.
Create a Healthy Classroom
Start the year off right with healthy classroom ideas from our Nutrition Education Project that support academic success. And while you are at it, check out the Nutrition and Physical Activity Resource Bin full of nutrition education and physical activity promotion materials and resources.
By the Numbers – LGBTQ Pride District Wide
As we begin the 2014-15 school year, we want to take this moment to reflect on the success our schools had in creating supportive environments for LGBTQ students, families, and staff. During the 2013-14 school year, our school district saw: Over 4,000 LGBTQ Pride ... Read story.
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.
ExCEL Request for Qualifications (CBOs)
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD or the District) ExCEL Afterschool Programs Office invites interested community-based organizations (CBO) to respond with their qualifications to serve as a Lead Agency in designing, planning, coordinating and operating an effective and high-quality afterschool and/or summer program that supports and aligns with the District’s goal of eliminating the achievement gap. With this Request for Qualifications, the District will provide to principals and individual school site stakeholders a list of pre-qualified CBOs from which principals and stakeholders may evaluate and choose as a Lead Agency. The deadline for the RFQ is September 30, 2014 at 12 noon. For more information go to: RFQ and the application is also online.
Tips for Avoiding the Flu
Flu season is upon us. The San Francisco Department of Public Health reports increased influenza activity locally. The following are effective ways to prevent the spread of influenza:
- Receive an annual seasonal flu vaccination (6 mos. & older)
- Wash your hands
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough and sneeze with tissue or sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects with district-approved cleaning agents.
Download WAD with more information for schools including info sheets, FAQs, links to posters, etc.
Free Muni Passes for SF Youth Program
Low and moderate-income San Francisco youth between the ages of 5 to 17 can apply for SFMTA's Free Muni for Youth program. The program will run through June 2014. Find out about eligibility requirements and how to apply. Traveling to and from school safely and responsibly is important so download the Responisble Ridership flier, lessons and ideas from earlier this year for ways to continue to prepare students for MUNI! Download the WAD packet (8mb) | View "On MUNI" video