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SFUSD Family Newsletter
Black History Month
Dear SFUSD Families:
Dr. Matt Wayne, SFUSD Superintendent

Dear SFUSD Families:


Each year our school district submits a budget to the State of California, and that budget is created with community input. One way that input is gathered is through School Site Councils. While School Site Councils meet year round, the formal launch of our schools’ budgeting process is coming up: this is when school site leaders and community stakeholders meet for the School Planning Summit to work together as a team to create a strategic plan for their school. 


As a family member of an SFUSD student, the School Planning Summit is an important opportunity for you – along with site leaders, teachers, and stakeholders – to set goals that include your entire school community. The School Planning Summit allows us to gather collectively to discuss our budget as a district, while also giving schools the opportunity to plan according to their community’s unique needs. 


This year, our School Planning Summit will take place on Saturday, March 2. You can find more information on the SFUSD website and from your school. I hope to see you there!


This month, I also want to recognize Black History Month. As a school district that deeply values diversity, we believe Black History should be celebrated 365 days a year — and 366 in this leap year. The diverse histories, experiences, stories and voices of Black people should be recognized, honored, and uplifted every day. We also value the fundamental opportunity Black History Month offers schools to acknowledge African Americans as critical to the past, present and future, and we recognize the importance, relevance and origins of Black History Month. 


Although we have made progress in our efforts to educate and support each and every SFUSD student, we know that there are still persistent gaps in access, opportunities and outcomes for many Black students in our district, city and country. We are also extremely proud of the many students, staff and school communities in SFUSD that are excelling and uplifting the achievements and history of Black Americans all year and especially during the month of February. We have updated our Black History Month Resource Guide to further support SFUSD families, students and schools to celebrate, explore and elevate our individual and collective consciousness. 


Please keep reading this month’s newsletter for other important updates and information.


In Community,

Dr. Wayne

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Featured in this month's Family Newsletter:
African American Honor Roll Awards Ceremony
The 30th Annual African American Honor Roll & 20th Community Awards Ceremony celebrates African American students in SFUSD on the Honor Roll, with GPAs equal to or greater than 3.0. This a signature event for the students, families, community members, and the City and County of San Francisco.
2023 African American Honor Roll ceremony
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Apply for School in 2024-25 Before Feb. 2
The SFUSD application deadline for 2024-25 is here. If your child is entering TK, kindergarten, 6th grade, or 9th grade in 2024-2025, you need to apply to a new school. If you have not applied yet, apply today! 
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College & Career Internships and Summer Programs
The SFUSD College and Career Programs' Internships and Summer Programs interest form is now open for Summer 2024! All SFUSD high school students can submit the form to be considered for an internship or summer program. Apply by Feb. 29.
San Francisco Summer Resource Fair
San Francisco Summer Resource Fair 
The annual citywide Summer Resource Fair features representatives from 100 summer camps, classes, and programs for children in grades K-8. Come to the fair on Feb. 24 to learn about how your children can spend their summer in San Francisco, and stick around for some fun!
Apply for the Superintendent's 21st Century Award
Each year, SFUSD and Spark* SF Public Schools honors six students with the Superintendent’s 21st Century Award. Scholarships of $2,000 are awarded to graduating seniors who exemplify the characteristics of the Graduate Profile.
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School Planning Summit on March 2
Parents, guardians, community members, and school staff will convene on March 2 for the School Planning Summit. During the summit, they will develop the school's priorities, plans, and resource allocations for the next year.
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2024-25 Academic Calendar
The academic calendar for the 2024-25 school year is now available.
Updated COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines for Students
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated COVID-19 isolation guidelines. CDPH recommends that students stay home if they have tested positive or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 until they have NOT had a fever for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication AND other COVID-19 symptoms​ are mild and improving.​
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SF Board of Education Elects Leaders for 2024
The San Francisco Board of Education elected its leaders for 2024 on Jan. 9. Commissioner Lainie Motamedi was elected to serve as president in 2024. Commissioner Matt Alexander was elected to serve as vice president. 
Updated Menu Process for Revolution Foods
Student Nutrition Services worked with Revolution Foods to address inconsistencies between our published menus and what was being offered on the serving line to students. If your school serves meals from Revolution Foods, you will now only see three entrees on your published menus, and your school’s dining staff will offer all three options at all grade levels. You will begin seeing this change on the February menu.
You Belong Here! Let's show up for each other.
Learning Is Better When We're Together
We’ve seen a great improvement in student attendance for the fall semester! Attendance tends to drop in the spring semester, but SFUSD is committed to ending our Spring Slump and celebrating a Spring Show Up! Showing up to school every day is critical for students to gain all the skills they need to continue to the next grade. If your student is struggling to get to school for any reason, let an adult at the school know. We are here to help. 
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2022-23 Spark SF Public Schools Annual Report
Spark SF Public Schools is excited to share its 2022-2023 Annual Report, “Education for All: Investing in Our Future,” which showcases the organization’s impact addressing learning, equity, technological access, innovation, educator talent, and wellness. Since it was established in 2015, Spark has invested over $123 million into SFUSD’s priority initiatives–channeling community, business, and philanthropic donations to a variety of district programs, all in an effort to improve student outcomes. 
Give Feedback About the SFUSD Website
We are constantly improving the SFUSD website, and we want your feedback! Fill out the survey to tell us about your experiences with the website and how we can make it better.
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Happy Lunar New Year!
We wish to extend support and acknowledgment to our students and families who observe Lunar New Year, including the Chinese New Year, Tết, Mongolian New Year, and Korean New Year. All SFUSD schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 9 in observance of this holiday. 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.


Final poster session for first full-year cohort of Mission Bay Hub students
Mission Bay Hub update 

The first full-year cohort of the Mission Bay Hub finished their first semester on a strong note! The semester focus was neuroscience, and it culminated in a poster session modeled after the products and forums in a post-secondary or professional science context. The scholars worked in research groups, and each group was matched with at least one UCSF neuroscience mentor in their area of focus! Students began with a topic and then had their curiosity guide them into deeper, more specific research areas. Check out the photo above for a glimpse of their final poster session with family, partners, and other guests.


Next semester, the students will dive into biochemistry, with additional forays into healthcare. A major part of their semester will be a three-month fellowship culminating in a capstone research project. Our incredible partners from UCSF, Kaiser, and the Golden State Warriors are already on board to support this effort, providing a wider array of options for our students.

Wellness Policy Achieves High Scores in Triennial Assessment

SFUSD completed its Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment and found that SFUSD’s Wellness Policy achieved high scores in nutrition standards for limiting competing foods, standards for USDA school meals, and wellness promotion and marketing. 


Every three years, school districts assess their Wellness Policies, following the 2016 Final Rule of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These assessments help create healthier school environments that boost students' well being and learning. It also makes wellness policies more transparent for the public and ensures integrity in school health programs.


The internal assessment highlighted both successfully implemented action items over the past few years and promising new initiatives currently in the planning and implementation phases, indicating continuous efforts to improve the wellness policy and its implementation.

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