ARCHIVED NEWS - 2015-2016

SIT May Newsletter

Please read our May Newsletter, the final one of the year for program updates, monthly appreciations and resources. May is Summer Health Month so check out our intern corner with information and resources for summer.  Also, if you are curious as to where some the SIT Interns are headed next year, please check out the Life After SIT corner in this newsletter! We also want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for being a part of and/or supporting the SIT Internship Program! We wish everyone a happy and healthy summer! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

“ReThink Your Drink!” WEEK

Celebrate SFUSD’s Rethink your Drink Week (May 9 – May 13). Encourage students to cut down on sugary drinks and support the newly revised SFUSD Wellness Policy: run a poster contest, track classroom no-sugary-drink days, and more. Read WAD with attachments for more info.

Medication Retrieval From Schools

All unused, discontinued, or outdated medication must be returned to student’s parent/guardian at the end of the school year. The deadline to notify parents/guardians is May 12. Read WAD for more information and notification letters.

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.

LGBTQ Pride/Respect

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

FREE Citizenship Workshop Saturday April 23

SF Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (HSA and OCEIA) is offering FREE citizenship workshops and fee waiver assistance to encourage and support those on the path to citizenship! SFUSD staff, students, and families can receive free assistance with:

  • Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
  • Assessment of your eligibility to naturalize
  • Application preparation & documentation packaging
  • Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative
  • Accessing community resources

View WAD with fliers | Volunteers Needed

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

Volunteers Needed for FREE Immigration Legal Consultations

Volunteer to help staff the Free Immigration Consultations and Resource Fair Event at Balboa High School on Saturday, March 19. We are expecting more than 250 participants and we will need some help to make it a success. Read WAD for more information.

Poster Contest Entries Due March 14

K-5 Dental Poster Contest: The theme this year will be Strike Out Sugar For a Healthy Smile”. Posters are due by March 14, winners will be announced April 8. Lots of great prizes! Read WAD for more information. View flyer.

Dental Resources: the Department of Public Health Dental Health Referral directories: English | Spanish | Chinese. Read WAD for more information.

"Cootie Shots" In March

New Conservatory Theatre Center presents A FREE YouthAware Educational play, Cootie Shots, for grades 1-3. Cootie Shots is an innovative program featuring short scenes and poems that provide teachers a fun, age-appropriate way to help prevent bullying, promote tolerance, and celebrate diversity in school communities Performances are Tuesday, March 8 through Thursday, March 24. Read WAD for dates, lesson plans and registration information.

FREE Citizenship Workshop, February 27

SF Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (HSA and OCEIA) is offering a FREE citizenship workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016, and fee waiver assistance to encourage and support those on the path to citizenship! SFUSD staff, students, and families can receive free assistance with:

  • Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
  • Assessment of your eligibility to naturalize
  • Application preparation & documentation packaging, if eligible to naturalize
  • Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative
  • Accessing community resources (resource tables) 

Registration is NOT necessary. Volunteers needed! Please see WAD for more information and fliers.

SIT February Newsletter

Please see our February Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings. In recognition of "Physical Activities Awareness" month, read about the impact exercise has on mental health in our "Intern Corner". Also, don't miss out on reading who's in the intern spotlight this month! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

February is Oral Health Month

Give Kids A SmileScreenings/Events: Free dental screening and events are open to everyone at dental clinics around SF during February from 2/5 to 2/27. View Give Kids a Smile Day events fliers and schedule: English | Spanish | Chinese.

Growing Up Academy PDGender, Diversity & Respect

Attend the K-5 Growing Up Academy Professional Development Workshop: Gender, Diversity & Respect on February 9 for an overview of gender identity and impact of gender norms, strategies to promote fairness, safe learning environments, and respect for diversity, plus learn how to discuss LGBTQ families and transgender people with students. Receive NEW K-5 books that discuss Transgender identity with students that are approved for use in SFUSD classrooms. Read WAD for further information and register now.

MS Comprehensive Sexuality PD - February 2

Middle school teachers, social workers and school district nurses - attend the February 2nd Health Education PD, How to Teach about Comprehensive Sexuality in Middle School and Still Stay Calm. Participants must register by Thursday, January 28. Read WAD for further information and sign-up now.

Bring your Class for HIV Education at Real Talk!

New Conservatory Theatre Center presents A FREE YouthAware Educational play, Real Talk!, for 4th and 5th grade students. The fast paced play covers the basics of healthy choices, conflict resolution, peer pressure, self-esteem, and age-appropriate HIV & AIDS education. Performances are Tuesday, January 12th through Thursday, January 28th. The approved HIV/AIDS curriculum Tell Me About AIDS can be taught prior to the theatre experience. Read WAD for further information, dates and times.

SIT January Newsletter

Please see our January Newsletter for important updates, appreciations, and upcoming trainings.  In recognition of “Build Friendships and Healthy Relationships” month, read about the Search Institute’s research on developmental assets, relationships, and communities improving the lives of young people in our “Intern Corner”.  Don’t miss out on reading who’s in the intern spotlight this month! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

Build Friendships and Healthy Relationships

Our district celebrates Building Friendships and Healthy Relationships Month throughout January. Schools are encouraged to hold events and teach lessons about friendships and healthy relationships. Read WAD for further information, including lesson plans and professional development opportunities.

K-5 Safe Bodies Workshop - January 27

Attend the K-5 Safe Bodies workshop on January 27 to learn more about SFUSD’s child abuse and sexual harassment policies and identify safe classroom practices and materials. Read WAD for further information and register now.

Growing Up Academy: Elementary PD Series (November - April)

Growing Up Academy: (Growth, Development, and Identity) Professional  Development series for Elementary School Educators includes six different workshops to be held November - April. The workshops can be done as a series or stand-alone. Read WAD for more information. Coming up:

SIT December Newsletter

Please see our December Newsletter for SIT updates, appreciations, and who’s in the SIT spotlight this month.  Check out our intern corner, which includes an article with valuable tips for caregivers about reducing family stress.  December training announcements, resource information and crisis lines are also provided in the intern corner of this month’s Newsletter. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.

HIV/AIDS Prevention - Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Every 9 ½ minutes someone in the US becomes infected with HIV, and 40% of new infections in the U.S. are among young people ages 13-29. Since 1991, SFUSD has named the month of December HIV/AIDS Prevention Month. This occurs in conjunction with World AIDS Day, December 1. The focus of this month is to call attention to the AIDS pandemic and to promote understanding, compassion, and share HIV prevention strategies.

Harvest of the Month: Apples

Gun Buy-Back: December 12

Help end the pollution and be the solution to gun violence. View WAD more information and posters.

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.

SIT November Newsletter

It's November! Please read the Student Intervention Team's (SIT) November Newsletter for program updates, appreciations and this month’s training opportunities.  Don’t miss out on reading about “Coping with Holiday Stress” in our mental health corner.  Valuable information and resources are available in this month’s newsletter related to supporting students during the holiday season. 

Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt - Meeting Nov. 23

Participating in SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration (December 1-4) by hosting a panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt? There is a required meeting on November 23. View WAD more information.

Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt - Apply Now

Participate in SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration (December 1-4) by hosting a panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Quilt applications/agreements are due November 13. There is a required meeting on November 23. View WAD for agreement and more information.

Middle School Health Science Credential PLC

Get funding and support to ​become a Middle School Health Teacher in SFUSD. ​Teachers will join a M​iddle School Health Science Professional Learning Community (PLC) t​o help prepare and support one another in getting a Health Science credential. Applications are due by F​riday, November 13 and attendance is required at a M​ANDATORY ORIENTATION o​n ​T​uesday, November 17. Read WAD for further information and an application.

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.

Brief Intervention Training: November 4

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 October 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.

Red Ribbon Week: October 26-30

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (“I Believe in Me Drug Free!”) from October 26-30 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.

E-Rate Cyber Safety Instruction: Oct. 20-29

E-rate is the Federal program designed to bring Internet connectivity and telecommunications to schools. The program provides discounts to schools to afford internet access.  In order to continue District funding, each student must receive one lesson of internet safety instruction. Read WAD for more information.

Get your Healthy Schools Certificate!

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, 2015. Read WAD to learn more.

SIT October Newsletter

Welcome to a new School Year! 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.

Harvey Milk Junior Leaders Gain Work Experience
The Junior Leaders program is a great opportunity for the older participants, who are in 3rd-5th grade, to experience the steps to apply for a job and the responsibilities to have a job. Read full story at ExCEL Afterschool Programs.

LGBTQ Support Services Families Dinner - October 15

Join LGBTQ Support Services for our 5th Annual SFUSD LGBTQ Families Dinner - "Visions of Pride" on October 15. We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Support Services for LGBTQ Youth! RSVP by October 13 Learn more and view fliers.

October Health Awareness - 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 26-30) 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: Grapes

SIT September Newsletter

Welcome to a new School Year! Please read our September Newsletter for SIT program highlights and updates, current staff biographies, and a description of trainings taking place this month.

Middle & High School LGBTQ Liaison Application

We are now taking applications for 2015-2016 LGBTQ Liaisons to implement and support safe and supportive environment activities at all middle and high school sites, stipend included. Applications are due by September 22. View WAD for more information.

Develop a Healthy School Community

This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on starting the school year with developing healthy habits for the entire year. The WAD includes Save the Dates fliers for Elementary and Secondary levels, announcing upcoming professional development, and the "Tips for a Healthy School Year" flier with 10 suggested ideas to start off a healthy school year including health lessons, event ideas and more. Read WAD

Global Character Day is September 18

Participate in Global Character Day 2015 - a global day of over 4500 events centered around film premieres, conversations, and resources exploring how to live meaningful and purposeful lives in today’s 24/7 world! There is enormous benefit to teaching students to reflect on their character strengths and aspirations. Please consider celebrating Global Character Day with your students and school sites on September 18th! Read WAD  & Get resources (pdf). | Learn more about Global Character Day at

Two Great Programs at Visitacion Valley Elementary 

The After School Program at Visitacion Valley Elementary overseen by Jacquelyn Severino, currently offers two wonderful programs for their students - MIGHTEE and Y Prep. These two programs focuses on helping upper grade students navigate the jungles of being a preteen. Read full story at ExCEL Afterschool Programs.

CPR and Anaphylaxis Training for Staff - Aug 13

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to an environmental allergic trigger, such as certain foods or bee stings. Being able to respond immediately and appropriately is key to saving the life of someone with anaphylaxis. Training for certificated staff is being offered on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Please register by Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Read WAD for more information and registration details.

VIDEO: ExCEL Afterschool Spotlights Hillcrest World Fair

In it's 3rd year, Mission YMCA Hillcrest World Fair is a culminating event and showcase for a month-long world cultures exploration. Held in May, the ExCEL Afterschool event was a great success! Read story, see pics, and watch video.

Dental Poster Contest Winners

The 41st annual SF Dental Society Poster Contest Awards Ceremony was a joyous occasion with so many talented students, and proud teachers, principals and families. A big congratulations to all the winners and appreciation for all the students who entered a poster for their thoughtful and time-intensive artwork!  The posters will be displayed in the Children's room in the Civic Center Library this summer. Thanks to the SF Dental Society for planning this event each year! See two of the winning posters and read more at the SF Dental Society website. This summer, remember: "Strike out Sugar for a Healthy Smile!". Read more.

Parent Notification

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.

Marshall NOWs Highlighted in School Lunch News

Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOW's) at Thurgood Marshall High School , Nancy and Kevin are featured in this months SFUSD School Nutrition Services Newsletter - What's For Lunch? Read the SNS newsletter/article.

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Needs You Now!

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks energetic San Francisco community members to join us in helping to strengthen mentoring programs and support positive school climate. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members are paid a monthly stipend for their service engaging students, families, and school community members in positive activities. Read WAD | Apply Today!

Tobacco-Free Signs Required

Tobacco-Free signs were sent to all secondary schools in March and elementary schools will receive their signs in April 2015. The signs, available in English, Chinese and Spanish, are to be placed near the main entrances as part of grant requirements for our Tobacco-Free District. Learn more by reading the WAD.

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.

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. Learn more about Caminos.

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. Learn more.

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 If you need support, please contact or call 415 242 2615 at School Health Programs.

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.

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.

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. Read WAD.  

Mentoring For Success Partners with Mission Promise Neighborhoods

Darren Gapultos, Education Manager of MPN, expounds on the import of Mentoring for Success: “The journey of our children into adulthood can be a scary and unpredictable one. That’s what makes the Mentoring for Success program so important to our MPN-supported schools. Read more at the Mission Promise Neighborhoods website.

New Personal Beliefs Exemption Form to Required Immunizations

Effective January 1, 2014, AB 2109 requires parents who want to exempt their child from one or more required immunizations because of their personal beliefs to use the new Personal Beliefs Exemption Form to Required Immunizations (CDPH 8262). Read WAD for further information and form with translations.

Child Abuse Reporting

All SFUSD employees are mandated reporters of child abuse/neglect. Anyone who has reason to suspect child abuse or neglect is responsible for making a report to Children’s Emergency Services (CES), also known as Child Protective Services (CPS), as soon as possible. The duty of the mandated reporter is to report suspected child abuse, not to investigate. Learn more including definitions of abuse, and regulations and reporting procedures: Read WAD.

Violence Prevention Snapshot

We have some hopeful information from our last administration of the YRBS.  We still have much to do, but it is gratifying to see our efforts to create safer learning environments for all of our students is paying off. View snapshot (pdf).

Head Lice

The prevalence of head lice (pediculosis) in children continues to be a recurring problem. While head lice do not transmit disease to humans, they are a nuisance resulting in lost school days and work days. Immediate exclusion of students identified with live lice is no longer recommended. Read WAD for SFUSD Head Lice Procedure and supporting documents.

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