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Celebrating Black History Month
Superintendent Vincent Matthews

SFUSD incorporates African American history into the core curriculum throughout the year and throughout all grade levels.

Our schools also celebrate Black History Month in a myriad ways—with class lessons, schoolwide assemblies, read-alouds, etc.

Additionally, all of our high schools offer ethnic studies classes and several offer African American heritage electives.

I hope that every child feels their history is reflected in the curriculum and those children who have been historically underrepresented or misrepresented find school to be a safe and welcoming place where people who look like them are reflected in all subject matter.

—Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent


Three Mission High students, one senior year

Follow three Mission High School seniors through a year of ups and downs as they navigate college acceptance letters, classes, jobs, friends, and prom in Snap Judgment's Senior Year Mixtape podcast episode.

Celebrating Black History Month

Do you know the origin of Black History Month? Follow the SFUSD African American Leadership Initiative on Facebook to receive daily updates throughout February about school and community events and to learn about important moments in Black history.

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School Accountability Report Cards online

The latest School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) are now online! SARCs contain information about the condition and performance of our schools. Find your school's SARC here.


Tips for flu prevention

This flu season has been particularly bad, so make sure you and your family are protected! Find out where to get a flu shot and see what preventive actions you can take to decrease your chances of catching the flu.

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Free dental screenings for kids

Did you know February is Oral Health Month? Several dental clinics in the city are giving free dental screenings and oral health education to children this month, no appointment necessary.

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Tell us how we're doing!

Schools will be sending out our annual Family Survey in February. Please be sure to fill out the survey. Your feedback is essential to helping us understand how we can improve your school!


Lunar New Year

All schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 16 in observance of Lunar New Year. SFUSD offices will remain open.

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Presidents' Day

All SFUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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School Planning Summit

Families, help your schools set priorities by going to the summit on March 3, or learn more about your school’s planning process.

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SF School Board chooses Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, Stevon Cook as new leaders
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Image attributions:
Mount Rushmore photo from U.S. Department of the Interior, CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo of Chinese couplets from Yu Ting Wong, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo of syringe from Government of Alberta, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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