ARCHIVED NEWS 2018-19
SFUSD Celebrates National Foster Care Month in May
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 celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of the 75,000 children in California's foster care system. More information on National Foster Care Month.
- Foster Care Awareness Day – Go Blue for Foster Youth - Millions of people “go blue”, to stand in solidarity with those who have been impacted by foster care and show their support for the 402,000 youth in foster care in the United States. SFUSD staff, students, families/caregivers, and community participants wore blue, decorated school or sites blue, and used the #goblueday on social media.
- Foster Youth Services End-of-Year Celebration – Celebrates SFUSD students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success and acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of SFUSD foster youth students.
OASIS | Resources | RSVP for Event | Website
Mentoring For Success Spring Newsletter 2019
Mentoring For Success, SFUSD's school-based mentoring program
that matches students with committed and dedicated adults, is completing its 11th school year this Spring! We are thrilled to share that over 500 adults have started building positive and intentional relationships with young people across the district. OASIS | Read Newsletter
Scholarship: Donate or Refer a Graduating Filipinx Senior!
There are over 250 graduating Filipino/a (Filipinx) seniors in the Class of 2019 and over 150 of them have a 3.0 and above GPA! Donate Now: Kababayan-SFUSD would like to honor at least 20 of these graduates this year and to do that we are seeking donations from educators in the community to support our graduates in their postsecondary plans. Scholarship applications close April 15. OASIS | Flyer | Application
2-day Transforming Trauma Training
This two-day professional development on April 22 will focus on brain development, the effects of trauma, vicarious trauma, and strategies to create trauma-sensitive learning environments. Participants must attend both all-day sessions. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registration
Staying Safe Online
“Staying Safe Online” Secondary and Elementary Resources for curricula and activities for teachers and other SFUSD staff! Read OASIS | Educational Resources | Student and Family Handbook 2018-2019 Internet Safety Administration Regulation for Students
2018-19 Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution Update
The first 2018-19 Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution report was presented at the January 15, 2019 Regular Board Meeting. Here is an updated presentation based on discussion from the Board of Education.
Universal Precautions, Asthma Management/Emergency Information, and Green Cleaning Resolution 2018-2019
Each Site Administrator will receive a packet with an employee roster and Universal Precautions Fact Sheet and Asthma Management and Emergency Plan Information. The Administrator is responsible for ensuring that certain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements are met. Read OASIS
DCYF Funded Programs Information and Resource Tool
San Francisco's Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF) has released an online tool to help SFUSD site staff find out which DCYF funded programs are located at or near school sites. Read OASIS | Visit Tool
Mentoring For Success Fall Newsletter 2018
Mentoring For Success (MFS) is starting its 11th school year this fall! We are thrilled to share that over 500 adults have already gotten started building positive and intentional relationships with young people across the district. Read OASIS | Read Newsletter
Help Accessing www.healthiersf.org
Having trouble accessing the Student, Family, and Community Support Department (SFCSD) Website at www.healthiersf.org? Please complete the Google Form. Read OASIS | Form
New to BASIS? Need a Refresher?
Please review the BASIS training Powerpoint Slide Deck and a video Read OASIS | Slide Deck | Video
SFUSD School Site Emergency Plan - UPDATED!
The SFUSD School Site Emergency Plan has been updated and posted on the healthiersf.org website. All are encouraged to review the new plan and replace your old ones with the updated September 2018 version. Read OASIS | SFUSD School Site Emergency Plan
Vision and Hearing Screening 2018-2019
The following children in SFUSD receive vision and hearing screening during the 2018-2019 school year: students in grades 1 and 4, and 7th-grade vision, plus referrals and other special cases. Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law and prevents problems that can interfere with coordination, acquisition of skills, achievement of developmental milestones, and the ability to learn properly. Read OASIS | Vision and Hearing Screening Schedule-K-5 | Screening Documents
BeWell Poster Contest: Make Half Your Plate CA Grown!
All SFUSD Students are invited to enter the Make Half Your Plate California Grown! Create a poster that features California fruits and vegetables, like cucumbers, persimmons, greens, asparagus, avocados and strawberries. Winning posters may appear on San Francisco MUNI buses. Posters must be submitted by April 30. OASIS | Contest Guidelines
ES Wellness Center PD
This professional development on April 30 will discuss school readiness factors needed to utilize Elementary Wellness Centers, components and best practices for implementation, as well as advice on how to avoid pitfalls and collect data. OASIS | Flyer | Registration
Mayor Breed's "Bridge to Excellence" Scholar's Program
The “Bridge to Excellence” Program will award up to two students from each of San Francisco’s public high schools with $2,500 each in scholarship awards. SFUSD High School Seniors graduating Spring 2019 who can demonstrate a financial need and are the first in their family to attend a four-year college are encouraged to apply. Applications open until April 29. OASIS | Application
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps is Hiring for 19-20!
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks San Francisco community members to provide service to strengthen mentoring programs and to support a positive school climate. Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps members are paid a monthly stipend and are awarded an education award upon completion of the term of service engaging students, families, and school community members in positive activities. Apply by April 28. Apply Now at EdJoin | Position Description | More about Mentoring
6th Annual SFUSD Genders & Sexualities Alliance Day
LGBTQ Support Services and the Queer Trans Youth Advisory Council invite you to attend the 6th Annual SFUSD Genders & Sexualities Alliance Day, Stonewall: The Next 50 Years of Resistance, on Wednesday, April 3. Hosted at the SF County Fair Building at 1199 9th Ave GSA Day brings together LGBTQ+ and allied students across multiple SFUSD high school for a day of community building, affirmation and celebration. Local community organizations will also be on hand to provide information about services, internships and more! View flyer | Visit the LGBTQ Support website
Harvest of the Month: Asparagus
Be Well: Nutrition and Physical Activity Awareness
San Francisco Unified School District celebrates Be Well, Do Well: Nutrition & Physical Activity Month throughout March. Schools are encouraged to hold events and teach lessons which promote The SFUSD Wellness Policy, Nutrition Education and Physical Activity.
- Identify healthy foods, drinks and snacks
- Provide lessons on benefits of drinking water and avoiding sugary beverages
- Analyze caloric and nutritional value of foods and beverages, read food labels
- Practice decision-making/goal-setting skills for food intake and physical activity
- Explore the physical, academic, mental, and social benefits of physical activity
- Analyze the influences of culture, peers, and media on food choices
- Plan a school community meeting on the benefits of a daily nutritious breakfast
- Create schoolwide agreement on implementing classroom physical activity breaks
- Establish systems for Grab n Go Breakfasts
- Hold a poster contest for Rethink your Drink
- Share the Wellness Policy with staff and families
- Schedule a fun run or walk-a-thon
- Plan a Food and Fitness Fair for students and families
2-day Transforming Trauma Training
This two-day professional development on March 18 and April 22 will focus on brain development, the effects of trauma, vicarious trauma, and strategies to create trauma-sensitive learning environments. Participants must attend both all-day sessions. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registration
Teaching Gender + LGBTQ Diversity in Elementary
Attend the Teaching Gender + LGBTQ Diversity in Elementary Schools professional development opportunity on either March 13 or 14. Learn about the various aspects of gender and gender diversity, understand your role and responsibility to provide inclusive education and ways to support LGBTQ families, transgender and gender non-conforming students. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registration | Teaching Guide
San Francisco Dental Society Poster Contest
Packets with the contest announcement and poster submission instructions in the mail the week of 1/21/19. Please share the announcement and instructions with students immediately. All entries must be received by Friday, March 8th, 2019. Read OASIS | Flyer
Give Kids a Smile Day - Flyer for Free Dental Screenings
Community dental providers will be offering free dental exams on February 9 and March 2, and supplies to children in February as part of the “Give Kids A Smile Day” campaign. Distribute the Give Kids a Smile flyer to your students to take home to their families. Read OASIS | Flyer
Harvest of the Month: Mandarins
Growing Bodies & Active Consent: Healthy Sexuality & Relationships
San Francisco Unified School District celebrates Growing Bodies & Active Consent: Healthy Sexuality and Relationships Month throughout January and February. Schools are encouraged to hold events and teach lessons about friendships and healthy relationships.
- Teach about differences between bacteria and viruses, and methods of self-care to prevent spread of germs and disease
- Teach students to identify differences between safe touch, unsafe touch, and unwanted touch
- Teach Puberty/Comprehensive Sexuality lessons, including HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention
- Identify trusted adults/allies
- Organize staff training on child abuse and identifying students who are being trafficked; display posters about recognizing and reporting sex trafficking
- Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Healthy Relationships Day cards and red fruit salads (instead of candy)
- Arrange for field trips to local health clinics, distribute information/resources on contraception, abstinence, and pregnancySchedule peer presentations on healthy
- January-Celebrate National Mentoring Month!
Trauma-Informed Mental Health Consultation PD
This professional development will focus on trauma-informed teacher/staff consultation that can help to create more trauma-sensitive, safe, and supportive learning environments by building teachers’ capacity to work effectively with students who have been impacted by trauma. Read OASIS | Flyer
Puberty Professional Development
The next Puberty Education with Planned Parenthood PD is offered on December 5 OR February 7, 2019. Attend this training to review puberty curriculum; practice using curriculum and answering difficult questions around puberty and sexuality; and get access to additional resources and information to empower educators in teaching about puberty. For the December 5 training, register by November 9. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registation-2/7
Safe Touch and Sexual Harassment PD
Safe Touch and Sexual Harassment lessons should be taught to all grades, every year. On January 23 or January 24, attend the Safe Touch and Sexual Harassment Elementary Health Education Workshop with special guest speaker: Will Roy, Safe and Sound (formerly SF Child Abuse and Prevention Center). Read OASIS | Flyer | Registation
Special Trauma Basics PD for SFUSD Administrators
This two-hour professional development on December 6 will provide the basics of brain development, and the effects of trauma and vicarious trauma with special focus on the role of Administration in creating trauma-sensitive learning environments. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registation
Harvest of the Month: Pumpkins
Be An Ally & Stand Up For Peace: Violence Prevention
San Francisco Unified School District commemorates Violence Prevention Month throughout November and December. Schools are encouraged to hold events and teach lessons related to violence prevention to assist with enhancing a positive school climate. Resouces: Elementary | Secondary
- Promote gang violence awareness
- Practice conflict resolution and effective communication skills
- Analyze media messages promoting violence
- Facilitate daily/weekly community circles
- Teach lessons on understanding, preventing, and reporting bullying
and cyber– bullying
- Use Restorative Practices to prevent violence and facilitate conflict resolution
- Paint Peace Paths on the yard, display Peace Path art projects, develop Peacemakers
- Play “Good Behavior Game”
- Organize assemblies on gun violence
- Celebrate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1: Check out an AIDS Quilt to display; hold penny drives for AIDS emergency fund; order and distribute promotional items (stickers...)
Puberty Professional Development
The Puberty Education with Planned Parenthood PD is offered on December 5 OR February 19, 2019. Attend this training to review puberty curriculum; practice using curriculum and answering difficult questions around puberty and sexuality; and get access to additional resources and information to empower educators in teaching about puberty. For the December 5 training, register by November 9. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registation-12/5 | Registation-2/19
Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Application
To bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt Display to your school for SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration, December 3-7, you MUST submit a Quilt Application/Agreement by Nov. 16 and attend a Required Meeting on Nov. 27. Read OASIS | Application/Agreement
Trauma Basics Training PD
This two-hour professional development on November 26 will provide the basics of brain development, the effects of trauma, vicarious trauma, and strategies to create trauma-sensitive learning. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registation
Connecting Farm to Classroom PD
Attend the Connecting Farm to Classroom PD on November 14 and learn how to connect students to California grown fruits and vegetables by taking them on a field trip to a San Francisco Farmers’ Market. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registation | Health Service System, Location/Parking Information
Bullying Prevention Professional Development
Do you see bullying at your school site and you’re not sure what to do? Spend the afternoon of either November 7 or 8 with us and get paid while you receive resources to help prevent bullying and create a safe environment. Read OASIS | Flyer | Registation
Universal Precautions 2018 - 2019
Universal precaution procedures keep students and staff safe from possible exposure to infectious disease, while maintaining confidentiality. Read OASIS | School Employee Information | Needlstick and Injury Protocol
Healthy Party Ideas
Leave the candy and sugary snacks out of the classroom. Teach students and parents/ caregivers about the importance of healthy snacks and physical activity. Healthy party resources
Harvest of the Month: Persimmons
Be Safe, Be Smart: Substance Use Prevention
This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on being substance use 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). Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs Prevention curricula and resources by grade level (pdf).
- 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. 23-31)
- Schedule health theater presentations:
Harvest of the Month: Cucumbers
Build 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.
- Identify trusted adults with students
- Give instruction on cooperation, appropriate expression of needs/wants, problem-solving strategies, health-enhancing goal setting /decision making
- Recognize & name emotions and feelings
- Establish positive behavior reward system (PAX Good Behavior Game, GoNoodle)
Establish daily/weekly community circles
- Review healthy routines: sleep, breakfast, water, nutrition, physical activity
- Resolve conflicts with Restorative Practices
- Invite Social Worker or Nurse to discuss health topics
- Schedule assemblies on school rules/routines (meals, recess, emergency procedures)
- Log students with medical needs, confirm meds are available w/trained staff member
- Coordinate with Safe Routes to School for participation in events
- Establish school wellness guidelines for Wellness Policy: Share with school community
- Offer alternatives to benching at recess/PE
- Recruit/refer students to physical activity clubs and After School Programs
- Take a tour of the Wellness Center (MS/HS)
- Celebrate Character Day on 9/26/18
Become a Be Well Health Advocate
Are you passionate about Health and Wellness? Do you want to help make your site a healthier place for students, staff, and parents? Please consider being a Be Well Health Advocate at your site! Stipend available. Application deadline is Friday, August 30. OASIS | Job Description | Application
2018 Transition Support Workshop - August 30
This fall, MS and HS SAP Teams will focus on reviewing the Transitions lists and Transition forms of incoming 6th grade and 9th grade students. Attend the Transition Support Workshop on August 30; Register by 8/24. OASIS | Transition Program Fall Memo | Access Forms on BASIS | Workshop Flyer and Registration Info
Harvest of the Month: Strawberries
Open the Door, Get Out & Explore: Summer Safety & Environmental Health
- Choose books on safety topics: fire, water, weapons
- Practice effective communication skills when dealing with emergencies
- Practice decision-making skills regarding safety topics
- Provide instruction on sun safety practices
- Research environmental health issues
- Set goals for a safe, healthy summer
- Teach First Aid skills
- *Celebrate National Foster Care Month in May!
- Encourage parents to attend February DCYF workshop on community-based summer health resources
- Coordinate a summer safety poster contest
- Share resources for safety equipment, i.e., bike helmets
Display Summer Safety bulletin boards
- Coordinate a Summer Safety fair: pedestrian safety, use of caps and sunscreen, pool safety, hydration...
- Hold a Bike Rodeo to promote bicycle safety
Healthy Parks, Healthy People Nature Walks
These free and fun walking programs welcome any participant on the same 1st through 4th Saturdays every month in San Francisco’s beautiful natural parks. The physical and mental health benefits of recreational experiences in nature are well known. Print any of the Healthy Nature Walks flyers to post at your site. OASIS | Community Resource
Congratulations to Breath of Fresh Air PSA Contest Winners!
Each year, the SFUSD Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program, under the guidance of the Student Health Advisory Board Super YOW committee, holds a PSA contest to make their peers and school communities aware of the importance of being tobacco and vape free. With that effort, the use of tobacco products in SFUSD middle and high school students have decrease over the past years. OASIS | Winning Artwork Poster | Video Winners | Data Trends
Student Tranisition Program - Spring
This spring, ES and MS SAP Teams should focus on identifying PreK, 5th grade and 8th grade students for the Transition Program and complete a Transition Form. The goal of the SFUSD Student Transition Program is to facilitate positive transitions and ensure that students who receive or are in need of effective support services continue to receive the support as they transition from Pre-K/T-K to T-K/Kindergarten, 5th grade to 6th grade, and from 8th grade to 9th grade. OASIS | Transition Program Memo
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps is Hiring for 18-19!
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks San Francisco community members to provide service to strengthen mentoring programs and to support a positive school climate. Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps members are paid a monthly stipend and are awarded an education award upon completion of the term of service. OASIS | Position Description | Mentoring for Success Description | Learn more and apply now!
Self-Efficacy: Which Four Sources?
The first ExCEL SEL meeting for the 2017 has taken off with Self Efficacy, which promotes the belief that you can succeed in achieving an outcome or reaching a goal. Read full story to learn more!
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.
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
Save the Date for Elememtary and Secondary PDs
Health Education's calendars for 2018-19 Elementary and Secondary Professional Development Events and other opportunities are available now. OASIS | Save the Dates Calendar | Visit Health Education's event page
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is coming this fall!
During the first semester of the 2018/19 school year, School Health Programs will administer the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The mandatory survey monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among students. OASIS
Our Department Has A New Name
The Student Support Services Department (SSSD) will now be called the Student, Family, & Community Support Department (SFCSD). The simple explanation is that our department is not just for “student” support. Everything we do to support students must intentionally consider and involve their families and the communities where they live. Moreover, we are extremely fortunate in San Francisco to have the support of the hundreds of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with specialized skills and unique services that our department assists in establishing and promoting partnerships with our school communities. This essential connectedness also supports the transition of the district’s Community Schools initiative to SFCSD. Learn more...
Wellness Champion MUNI Bus Campaign
SFUSD Wellness Champions are being recognized on SF MUNI buses through May 1st with MUNI Bus Campaign posters honoring Mr. Emmanuel Stewart at Dr. Carver ES and the Nutrition Outreach Workers at Willie Brown MS. Read full story with photos on our Nutrition site.
Vision and Hearing Screening 2017-2018
Children in SFUSD receive vision and hearing screening during the school year to prevent problems that can interfere with coordination, acquisition of skills, achievement of developmental milestones, and the ability to learn properly. Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law. OASIS | Vision and Hearing Screening Schedule | Screening Documents
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