SFUSD Insider - December 2021
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

The holidays are upon us and Winter Break is just around the corner. I continue to be inspired and humbled by the ways in which you've gone above and beyond in service of students and families during these unprecedented times. Please remember to take time for rest and self care (here are some helpful tips).


Thank you for all that you're doing. Have a safe and restful break.


Dr. Matthews

Featured in this month's Insider Newsletter:
June Ho, Teacher at Monroe Elementary School, Wins RAVE
June Ho, a Kindergarten Teacher at Monroe Elementary School, was nominated for being student-centered.
According to her nomination, Ms. Ho helps "make students become joyful learners. She always has fun and interesting projects for students to work on and the students have a great time."
Read about colleagues who have been nominated and those who have won a RAVE award. You can nominate any district employee or team for recognition (except for yourself or an entire school).
June Ho
SFUSD logo for Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week

Dec. 6-10


Inclusive Schools Week is an opportunity to honor students with disabilities as full members of our school communities, and to learn and teach about the intersection of disabilities with other categories of identity, like race, gender, class, cultural heritage, language preference and other differences.


Register for district-wide inclusion events, develop plans for your school to participate, check out the SFUSD Bitmoji Inclusion Classroom, and more!

Budget Balancing Plan Meetings


Join upcoming meetings and review FAQs related to budget discussions with the SF Board of Education.


Dec. 7 - Committee of the Whole

Finalize draft budget balancing plan


Dec. 14 - Regular Board Meeting

Adopt the 1st interim report

A black female adult stands with a mother, father, and young child in a hallway.

It's Almost Here — EMPowerSF 


EMPowerSF Employee Central and Workforce Time & Attendance go live on Jan. 3! This means self-service updates to our employee information and entering our hours worked on our own timesheets. On the day we launch, all Certificated and Classified staff must log in to empowersf.sfusd.edu to ensure that 1) their Google account lets them log into the system and 2) that they can see the Time & Attendance tile on their homepage.
When you're ready, access all training videos through our video library on sfusd.edu/empoweredlearning. For questions and everything else you need to know, please visit www.sfusd.edu/EMPowerSF.

Resources for Safe & Secure Virtual Meetings, Online Environments, and Tools


As we continue to leverage online meeting platforms and tools to increase communication and collaboration with students, staff, and families, safety must remain at the forefront.
Explore the top resources and recommendations to ensure your online class and/or virtual meeting space remain safe and secure. Guidance includes how to safely use collaboration tools, how to select the right platform for a meeting with students and/or school community members, how to safely share links/resources, and more.

Guidelines for Schools Interacting With Law Enforcement


SFUSD no longer has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the San Francisco Police Department. Please review these guidelines and best practices for a school when interacting with the police.

Donate Unwanted Classroom Materials to SCRAP


SFUSD generates around 5 million gallons of solid waste per year! That means over 30% of the school district’s waste stream goes directly to landfill. If you have ever looked into one of the black bins at your school, you may have noticed that many of those items could have been reused or repurposed in a creative way. Enter: SCRAP/SFUSD Material Reuse Pilot Program. Take advantage of this new opportunity to divert lightly used, good quality classroom supplies and give them a second life!

Updates from Labor Relations


UESF and SFUSD have a new MOU regarding the Online Learning Program and the On Demand Learning Program related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Matthews, Board President Lopez, Dr. Woolridge of UCSF and students at Malcolm X Academy engage in a Q&A about the COVID vaccine. Media are in the background.
Understanding SFUSD's Student Assignment Policy (in Chinese)

The Educational Placement Center and Communications Office worked together to place an in-depth story about how the community can get involved in developing the new Student Assignment Policy as well as enrollment updates and other tips for Chinese-speaking families.

​O'Connell Students Host Autumn Harvest for School Community
Students in the Culinary Career Pathway at O'Connell HS, in partnership with the school's Family Liaison and team, hosted an Autumn Luncheon for students and staff. KCBS Radio spoke with students about why the Autumn Luncheon is special to them.
In Memoriam: Andrew Zieman
Sherman ES Paraeducator and Alumnus
Andrew Zieman
SFUSD joins Sherman ES in mourning the loss of their beloved staff member, Andrew Zieman. Andrew worked at Sherman for seven years as a paraeducator, noon monitor, and after school staff. He also attended Sherman as a student, as did his father and great uncle.
"Andrew taught from the heart," says Sherman Principal Helen Parker. "He was patient, kind, and always a positive role model. We will continue to honor Andrew's memory at our school."
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