This month’s Student, Family & Community Support Department theme focuses on promoting the SFUSD Wellness Policy and providing nutrition education lessons in the prevention of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Schools can encourage healthier eating by sponsoring activities that promote a diet which includes colorful fruits & vegetables, nutrient-rich foods and water, while limiting foods that are high in fat, salt and added sugars, such as soda, chips and candy. Visit our Nutrition Education Program website for more ideas!
Harvest of the Month is Peas
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
Dental Poster Contest Entries Due March 13
Any K-5th grade student is welcome to participate in the SF Dental Society's Dental Poster contest. Prizes are awarded to winners. Entries must be received by March 13. See the Dental Poster Contest flyer.
March SIT Newsletter
Please see our March Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings. In recognition of “Nutrition Awareness” month, read about the connection between nutrition and mental health in our “Intern Corner”. Also, don’t miss out on reading who’s in the Intern Spotlight this month.
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.
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.
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.
Tdap Notice for Current 6th Graders
Prepare families for 7th grade by distributing Tdap requirement information slips. Download notice (English, Spanish, Chinese)
Young Men’s Health Groups Kick Off In High Schools
SFUSD is hosting groups for young men in 7 high schools to talk about masculinity, sexuality and health. The groups, which aim to reduce HIV risk in young men, are facilitated by staff members from the schools’ Wellness Centers/Health Centers in collaboration with staff members’ from LYRIC, Health Initiatives for Youth and Huckleberry Youth Programs. This innovative project is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the groups will be meeting weekly throughout the 2014-15 school year.
NEW! Monthly Featured Curriculum Debuts
To further support our Health Awareness Month themes, we have added a Featured Curriculum spot on our home page in addition to our monthly featured programs and videos. This month we feature the sexuality curriculum "Be Real, Be Ready".
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. More information.
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.
Help Students Manage Asthma and Avoid Infections
Asthma accounts for more than 15 million missed school days per year. How can you support students with asthma? What are the Universal Precautions you can put in place to prevent infectious disease exposure? Find out here.
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. BASIS works to keep all critical intervention data in one place for student support service team access. 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.
Tips for Avoiding the Flu and Other Viruses (Including Enterovirus-D68)
You've probably heard on the news that Enterovirus-D68 has been diagnosed in the Bay Area, and the SF Department of Public Health is working with local hospitals to contain it. To prevent yourself from coming down with any sort of flu or virus, try the following tips:
- Receive an annual seasonal flu vaccination (6 mos. & older)
- Wash your hands
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough and sneeze with tissue or sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
More about seasonal influenza | Read WAD
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. Find out more