SFUSD Insider - January/February 2024
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

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 staff member in SFUSD, the School Planning Summit is an important opportunity for you—along with site leaders, families, 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—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 educator efforts to celebrate, explore and elevate our individual and collective consciousness.


Finally, I want to extend my gratitude for all that you are doing in service of students and families. I hope you are also finding ways to implement rest and self care. As a reminder, we offer supports to SFUSD staff through our Employee Assistance Program.


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

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In Community,

Dr. Wayne

Featured in this issue's SFUSD Insider:

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 is a signature event for the students, families, community members, and the City and County of San Francisco. The event will be held on Feb. 16 at the Chase Center. RSVP online.

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National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week

Feb. 5-9 is National School Counseling Week (NSCW)! National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Please take some time this week to recognize and celebrate the school counselors at your site. 

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. Read the press release.


Thank you to all wellness staff for your commitment to supporting SFUSD students!

Be well
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Superintendent's 21st Century  Scholarship Award


The 2024 Superintendent's 21st Century Scholarship Award is now accepting applications! If you know any graduating seniors who exemplify characteristics of SFUSD's Graduate Profile, encourage them to apply. Applications are due March 15.


2024-25 Academic Calendar


The academic calendar for the 2024-25 school year is now available.

Clarity Regarding Union Dues on W-2 Forms


All SFUSD represented employees, please note that there was a formatting issue on your 2023 W-2. Box 14 was inadvertently labeled "Box 14 amount 2" instead of "Union Dues." This formatting issue does not impact the amount paid for union dues.


According to guidance received from the IRS, the label in Box 14 is considered an informational matter. Therefore, there is no need to distribute 2023 W-2C correction forms to address this issue. Employees should use the 2023 W-2 that was recently mailed. 

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Shirley Chisholm Village


Shirley Chisholm Village, with 135 apartments of affordable rental housing, is expected to open and welcome its first residents in Fall 2024. If you weren't able to attend the informational sessions, learn more about the property and eligibility in an online self-paced workshop (multiple languages available). The recording from the informational meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 1 via Zoom will be available in multiple languages on the SFUSD website by Feb. 29. 


Applications will be available starting in early 2024. Sign up for the interest list to receive notifications when applications are available.

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. Read the press release.
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2022-23 Spark* SF Public Schools Annual Report


Spark* SF Public Schools (SFUSD’s Fund Development Office) 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 highest priority initiatives and programs–acting as a critical conduit to channel community, business and philanthropic contributions to a broad spectrum of district-led programs driving improved student outcomes.

Submitting Content to OASIS and FAB


Is there information you would like to share with SFUSD's staff or families? Submit content for SFUSD staff by Wednesday afternoon, and it will be included in the Thursday morning OASIS email. Content for the Family Announcement Bulletin (FAB) must be submitted to OASIS first. 
Learn more about submitting to OASIS and FAB.
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