SFUSD Insider - January 2022
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

Thank you for being with us and taking care of yourself and others during this difficult time. 


In the past few days the SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has updated some guidance. Please read the guidance that pertains to staff. For guidance that pertains to students, please see this information going out to families


If you have not done so already, please get your COVID-19 booster immediately if you are eligible. Public health agencies are urging all eligible individuals to get vaccinated to prevent the worst symptoms of COVID-19, and to get boosted to obtain an extra dose of protection. Even though the demand for COVID-19 boosters remains high, the SFUSD community can access free COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in multiple ways and we continue to work with SFDPH to share more opportunities:

  • Make an appointment through your primary healthcare provider.

  • Visit sf.gov/getvaccinated or call SFDPH COVID Resource Center at 629-652-2700 to check availability and/or make an appointment at a vaccination clinic near you.

In Community,

Dr. Matthews

Featured in this month's Insider Newsletter:
SFUSD Teacher Pipeline Programs
Have you or do you know someone who has thought about becoming a teacher? There are more opportunities than ever! Find the right program for you.
EMPowerSF: Employee Self-Service
You can now update much of your personal information using the Employee Self-Service section within EMPowerSF. See the Employee Self-Service actions in Employee Central.
HR Contacts
While we are shepherding the adoption of our new employee management system, you may experience some delays in other services. Please use our email addresses for specific questions and we will do our very best to get back to you!
A young Asian girl sits cross legged with her eyes closed in meditation.

Staff Lunch and Learn on New Student Assignment Policy


All district staff are invited to an upcoming Staff Lunch and Learn. This event is an opportunity for school site staff and central office staff to learn about SFUSD's new zone-based elementary school student assignment policy that takes effect for the 2024-25 school year.


Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 12:00-1:00 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Lunar New Year


All SFUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


In observance of Lunar New Year, all SFUSD schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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Substitute Teacher Hiring Opportunities


Know anyone who could be a great substitute teacher at SFUSD? Use this outreach toolkit to promote substitute teacher hiring opportunities within your network!

Superintendent Search Survey - Share Your Thoughts


As the SF Board of Education begins the superintendent search process, the Commissioners would like to ask for your input on the desired characteristics that you think are essential in the next superintendent. The survey must be completed by Jan. 14, 2022.

Teachers: Check if Your Project is Eligible for $200


Beginning Jan. 3, 2022, Amazon is offering to fund up to $200 per classroom project for teachers in SFUSD schools that match the DonorsChoose criteria of its Equity Focus Schools program. Teachers can find their school page on DonorsChoose here to determine if their school is eligible and those with existing DonorsChoose accounts will get an email informing them of this opportunity.

Are You Eligible for Expanded Loan Forgiveness?


The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program is a federal student loan forgiveness program meant to attract people to government and nonprofit jobs. Due to recent temporary changes, more borrowers are eligible for loan forgiveness and even refunds. Working for SFUSD full-time may qualify you for the PSLF Program.

New School Menu Platform Starting January 2022


Starting January 2022, all menus for school meals will be available at SchoolCafe.com/sfusd. Student Nutrition Services welcomes questions and feedback from the school community about your experience with the new menu platform; please email SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu.

Gary Lew
"I come from a family of teachers, and I feel that I'm following in the tradition of giving back to the community."
-Gary Lew, Teacher at Spring Valley Science ES and SFUSD Alum
SFUSD Year-in-Review: Looking Back at 2021 - By the Numbers
What a year it has been for SFUSD! We are so proud of how our community came together during a very challenging time. Here are some of the things we are celebrating as we look back on the last year.
  • Reached 47,097 students' families
  • Served 13,295 students in expanded summer programming
  • Increased family access to ParentVUE from 30% to nearly 75%
Thank you to all of our staff, students, families, and community partners for your hard work and resilience in 2021. We look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2022!
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.
Preparing for Jobs in the Hospitality Industry
SFUSD's Career Pathways students from Ida B. Wells, Thurgood Marshall, and O'Connell engaged in real-world learning on a recent field trip to the Fairmont Hotel.
Defining an Entrepreneurial Spirit at Lincoln HS
Lincoln HS student Michael Yu is receiving a special commendation from the Board of Supervisors for his work to encourage his peers to get vaccinated.
George Ishikata
In Memoriam: George Ishikata
SFUSD joins in mourning the loss of Col. George Ishikata, San Francisco’s Director of JROTC instruction, who died unexpectedly Dec. 30, 2021.

Col. Ishikata graduated from Lowell High School, and served a long career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel after 30 years of active service. Upon retirement from active duty, Col. Ishikata served as the JROTC teacher at Lincoln HS where he taught, coached, and mentored thousands of SFUSD students. SFUSD is grateful to Col. Ishikata for his years of service to the country and SFUSD.

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