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. 23-29)
- Schedule health theater presentations:
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. Please apply by Oct. 28. View WAD for flier and more information.
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.
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.
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 by October 30, 2016. Read WAD to learn more.
Seeking Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members
This coming school year School Health Programs will partner with 30 schools to strengthen mentoring programs and to support positive school climate by hiring 20 AmeriCorps Members. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members will be paid a monthly stipend and an education award for service engaging students, families, and school community members. The hiring process is in August and September 2016. Service will begin at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Read WAD to learn more.
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.
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!
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.
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.