May is Summer Health Month and National Foster Care Month
May’s Health Awareness Month: Summer Health
This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on preparing for a healthy and fun summer break. Schools should emphasize sun safety and skin cancer awareness. Read WAD with suggested curriculum for ES/MS/HS.
Harvest of the Month for May is Strawberries
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
National Foster Care Month
Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people nationwide to focus attention on the year-round needs of youth in foster care and encourage more people to get involved in their lives. We invite you to recognize May as National Foster Care Month and to celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of children in the foster care system. For more information on how to get involved in National Foster Care Month activities, visit www.fostercaremonth.org and View WAD for more information.
Student Intervention Team
Check out our amazing statistics from this year and projected statistics for next year, read a few of our intern success stories from the 2012-2013 School Year, and see where our interns have landed positions in our mental health community in our "Life after SIT" column. We thank you for supporting our program by taking the time to read our Newsletters this year! See Newsletter.
Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Vaccine Requirement
All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap 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 with Parent Notification Letters. For more information about the Tdap requirement, please go to www.shotsforschool.org.
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 permancy team or just help spread the word. Interested? Learn more | Let us know how you would like to help.
Guardian Scholars Summer Academy
The six-week long 2013 City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Guardian Scholars Summer Academy, June 10 - July 19, is designed to prepare foster youth students for a smooth transition from high school to college. The program provides college success and career development courses, college tours, free tuition, transportation passes, books and supplies. High school students will receive high school and college credit. View brochure.
Peer Resources has a New Website!
Peer Resources has a new website! Learn more about Peer Resources model for youth leadership and empowerment through partnerships with schools and long-term impact over 34 years of operation: Visit www.peerresources.org.
This year, SFUSD students began participating in San Francisco’s Municipal Transit
Agency’s Free MUNI for Youth Program. Traveling to and from school safely and responsibly is important so download the flyer, lessons and ideas for other ways to continue to prepare students for MUNI! Download the WAD packet (8mb) | View "On MUNI" video
Free Muni Passes for SF Youth Pilot Program
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is offering a 16-month program to provide free Muni rides for low and moderate-income students from ages 5-17. The pilot program began in March 2013 and will last for a minimum of 16 months. You can apply online with SFMTA. Call 3-1-1 for more information.
Office of Pupil Services Relocation
The Office of Pupil Services has relocated to 727 Golden Gate Avenue. Pupil Services can be contacted by phone at (415) 241-3030 or by fax at (415) 241-6213. View all SFCSD locations.
New Law Highlights Restorative Practices and Interventions
AB 1729 sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires in most cases that administrators use suspensions only after alternative disciplinary practices fail to correct student misbehavior. The new law expands those alternatives to include community service, restorative justice programs and positive behavior incentives. This law supports Tobacco/Alcohol/Drug Policies/ Intervention Protocols and Brief Intervention Trainings for alternative disciplinary activities as innovative ways to address student substance use:
2012-13 is a Tobacco Free School District Certification Year
2012-13 is a Tobacco Free School District Certification Year for SFUSD, including ensuring that “Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco Use Prohibited” signs are posted at all entrances to district property. If you do not have a sign, please contact Donna Blanchard, Program Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The updated 2013 Department of Public Health Dental Referral Directory is available in English, Spanish and Chinese to assist families in need of dental resources.Download the Dental WAD packet for information.
SFCSD Video Collection
We've collected a lot of great videos from throughout our website and placed them (or links to them) in one handy place under our resources section. Each month we will feature one of our videos on the homepage (right column). Visit our video page.
Choosing Healthier Food & Drinks Begins in Our Own Workplace!
Schools have led the way to healthier choices. It is time for SFUSD administrative offices and school staffrooms to take action! SFUSD staff can be role models for peers, students and families by creating healthier environments throughout the District. We want our staff to be fit and healthy. Read more at Nutrition Education In Action.
Updated Contact Information for Department
View an updated list of Department contacts including program, contact person, phone number and email address. SFCSD Program Contact Sheet 2012-13.
Re-Think Your Drink
How much sugar does the average American consume in a year? More than 100 pounds … which is about quarter of a pound of sugar a day! Download resources to help you Re-Think Your Drink.
Restorative Practices Newsletter
Read a summary of this year's outcome and reflections on the principle-based restorative practice that emphasizes the importance of positive relationships as central to building school community. View Newsletter.
Know Families that Need Extra Support
Dial 2-1-1 to access hundreds of community services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all in multiple languages. Visit theDial 211 website for more information..
Fingerprinting Clearance Agencies
View locations of San Francisco County Department of Justice Fingerprinting Clearance agencies. View Agencies.
Family Health Event Resource Binder
Planning for a family health event is easier than ever now that we've put all the information in one place. The new Family Health Event Resource Binder has resourcs for creating nutrition education and physical activity stations. Plus, it's available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Visit: Plan a Family Health Event.
Health Survey Results
View the latest SFUSD survey results on the health of students attending San Francisco’s public middle and high schools.
YRBS/CHKS Health Survey Results:
View more information about YRBS/CHKS
Student Wins Peacemaker Award
Congratulations to Fatima Albowyha for facilitating mediations with dozens of students and leading her peers in developing a safer, more understanding school culture. As a member of Abraham Lincoln High School's Peer Resources program, Fatima prides herself on helping other youth by listening to their concerns and helping them develop solutions to their conflicts. One of her teachers writes, "I feel safer and more comfortable on campus knowing that Fatima is walking the halls." For this work, Fatima is being honored by Community Boards as this year’s recipient of the Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award. For more information contact Pui Ling Tam email@example.com (415) 749-3700 x3002.
Students at Francisco Middle School Combat Homophobia
Francisco Middle School Peer Resources have been fighting homophobia by leading peer education workshops in classes and by starting a lunchtime ally group, Allied Allegiance. The group received a $700 grant to bring together allies in learning about what LGBTQ youth face and what everyone can do to support LGBTQ youth in their schools and communities. Read The Bay Reporter blog. Visit Peer Resources or their Facebook page.