APRIL: LGBTQ Pride Celebration Month
This month’s campaign celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. District approved bulletin board materials and curriculum that promote understanding, recognize the civil rights movement, historical achievements and rights of the LGBTQ community are made available to all schools. April also includes the National Day of Silence, April 15, which is an additional activity to create a safe school by raising awareness of the discrimination LGBTQ people face and how they are often silenced due to the fear of discrimination. Read WAD for more information, Curriculum, and activity ideas: Elementary | Secondary. Visit LGBTQ Support Services website for more ideas!
Harvest of the Month: Cucumbers
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
SIT April Newsletter
Please see our April Newsletter for program updates, monthly appreciations and upcoming trainings. April is Gay Pride/Respect 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, Lisa Horowitz. 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 two new videos of Restorative Practices circles at Flynn Elementary (Kindergarten) and Wallenberg High School (two-part). View videos!
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.
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
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.
Hearing and Vision Screening Schedule
Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law. The following children in SFUSD are to receive vision and hearing screening during the 2015-2016 school year:
- Students in grades 1 and 4
- Referrals from other elementary, middle and high school grade levels
- Students being referred for initial psycho-educational testing
- Students with IEPs with upcoming Triennial Reviews
Read WAD | Updated Screening Schedules: Hearing, Vision
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.
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.