SFUSD Insider - March 2022
Dear SFUSD Colleagues:

The mission of SFUSD is to provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support needed to thrive in the 21st Century. While there remain many urgent and important matters to realize our mission, at this moment in time our students and their families are counting on us to maintain healthy and safe learning environments as we navigate this pandemic, while creating high-quality learning experiences that foster engaged and joyful learners and that support every student in reaching his or her potential.


I am honored to work with you every day as we continue to focus on these priorities. Thank you for all that you do in support of San Francisco students and families.

In Community,

Dr. Matthews

Featured in this month's SFUSD Insider:
Students with their school social worker.
School Social Worker Week
We join in celebrating National School Social Worker Week from March 7-11! In SFUSD, Wellness Coordinators/School Social Workers Marcus Christmas, Sydney Fisher, Alexis King-Gallman, Kniesha Primes, Wade King-Gallman, and Fenicia Jacks formed a work group last year called Black Educators and Students Thriving (B.E.S.T.), and started a group called Black Boy Poems for Black students across ten school sites in collaboration with Freedom Soul Media Education Initiatives. Students explored their identity, history and other issues through hip hop in this healing and empowering affinity space. There will be another training for facilitators this month.
Alice Fong Yu Alternative School (K-8) Principal Liana Szeto Honored by CABE
Congratulations to Liana Szeto, principal of Alice Fong Yu Alternative School (K-8), for her 2022 CABE California Association for Bilingual Education Administrator of the Year award!
The school is the nation's first Chinese immersion public school and Ms. Szeto is the school's founding leader.
The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1976 to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California.
EMPowerSF Payroll Updates & How to Get Help

As you know, SFUSD has transitioned to EMPowerSF, a new system for payroll, time and attendance, and other human resources’ functions that replaced a number of workflows and processes that have been in place for 17 years. In the process of shifting from antiquated systems and processes to new ways of working, issues came up that have impacted payments for some employees. We are working around the clock to address issues and stabilize our system and processes.

If you have questions about payroll, here are steps you can take:

  • Submit a ticket to request assistance. Every issue of non-payment or underpayment is tracked and followed up on. You do not need to submit a ticket more than once for the same issue.
  • Go to the support center at eis.sfusd.edu.
  • Join Office Hours for real-time support with questions.
  • Come to the onsite payment issue intake clinic on Monday, March 7 from 1pm to 7pm at 135 Van Ness. Please visit the EMPowerSF website for more information about this session and future sessions. This onsite intake clinic will be the first of several in-person sessions. We recommend this for employees with concerns about significant underpayment that have not received the support they need.

  • If you have submitted a ticket about an underpayment and you haven’t yet heard from a Human Resources or Business Services representative, please call the DoT Technology Help Desk at 415-241-6476. Team members on the Help Desk will help gather needed information on your issue, escalate your ticket, and/or aim to resolve your matter over the phone, if possible.


EMPowerSF Employee Central, our new employee information system, provides a variety of features for SFUSD employees to have access to employee data all in one place. Having a single “source of truth” for this information allows SFUSD to streamline, automate, and connect business processes across Payroll, Budget, DoT, and HR in order to reduce errors and enhance customer service to schools and central offices.

We are getting a lot of questions about how to submit resignations and retirements in EMPowerSF. One great thing about our new Employee Information System is that there are so many self-service functions. This self-service guide provides the instructions to guide you through submitting retirements and resignations.
A female teacher speaks with a mom and young female student in a classroom.
Spread the Word: Support to Become a Teacher
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a teacher, we are here to support you the whole way! Starting today, you can sign up for a free resource called San Francisco Teach Navigator, which helps make the pathway to teaching as straightforward and supported as possible. Find and get financial assistance, receive 1:1 support from a dedicated coach, and access all the resources you need to take the next steps on the path that works best for YOU.
CABE flyer

California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference


SFUSD is proud to be a host school district for the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference. This is an exciting virtual opportunity for SFUSD educators, parents & students to register and participate in learning activities and networking during Spring Break.


March 29-April 2

Spring Break


All SFUSD schools will be closed March 28 - April 1 for Spring Break and Cesar Chavez Day.

Share Your Feedback on Employee Web Content


Your feedback is essential in our quest to continue to improve the SFUSD website experience for employees and others. We've made some changes based on previous surveys and user interviews - how did we do? Also, weigh in on the plans to add Advanced Search tools to the website.

SFUSD Wellness Wednesdays


Come join us in partnership with The Teaching Well for an Educator & Schools' Support Provider Replenishment Series (55-minute sessions per week for six weeks) focused on reclaiming joy, navigating stress, and tending to healthy relationships. 


A new series will be held April 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 11, and 18 virtually via Zoom. No more than 50 people will be in a session and the facilitators will utilize small break rooms for more personalized engagement.

SFUSD Employee Referral Program


One of the most effective ways in identifying talent for the vacancies we have is for current employees to share opportunities within SFUSD with their networks. Check out this step-by-step guide for you to refer to SFUSD career opportunities within your network.

Labor Updates


This represents a Tentative Agreement regarding contract negotiations for the 2020-2023 successor contracts for both certificated and classified personnel and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the use of one-time Proposition G funds used for the purpose of staffing stabilization and for the recruitment and retention of certificated and classified bargaining unit members.
UESF and SFUSD enter into this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the use of one-time Proposition G funds allocated by the Board of Education for staffing stabilization and temporary changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Fa'aSāmoa Initiative Team Launches Newsletter - Sign Up Now!


Meet the Fa'aSamoa Initiative Team at SFUSD, and learn about opportunities to support Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students and families.

SFUSD CAC Advocates Worthy of Excellence Awards


Each year the SFUSD CAC for Special Education recognizes and celebrates the individuals and groups who support, inspire and teach students with exceptional needs in SFUSD. Any SFUSD staff member, parent or community member can nominate someone for an AWE Award. To nominate someone, fill out this nomination form. Nominations are due Friday, April 1. 

National School Breakfast Week


It’s time to celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 7th-11! Next week Student Nutrition Services will be offering a special of organic yogurt and organic fruit. Breakfast menus are available online at sfusd.edu/menus.

SFUSD's Ethnic Studies Program Inspires Other School Districts
Looking for answers as to the impacts of ethnic studies for students, Globe Magazine examined ethnic studies efforts in SFUSD, where the classes have been offered for more than a decade. Two research studies in San Francisco have shown improved academic performance for students who took the classes.
SFUSD Holds Community Town Hall for New Student Assignment System
San Francisco public elementary schools will update their student assignment policy in 2024, giving families a better chance of going to their neighborhood school. Community Engagement Manager Mauricha Robinson spoke with ABC Channel 7 to encourage families to attend a Town Hall.
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