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SFUSD is monitoring the air quality index for the City and County of San Francisco, and principals are getting regular updates regarding precautions they should take, including bringing activities indoors when the air quality is orange or red and monitoring students with asthma and other health conditions. As the forecast changes during the school day or at anytime during this week, an update will be provided to principals right away. Check the current the air quality index at airnow.gov.

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Posted by: Kang-Yun Joyce Tsai, District Staff, San Francisco Unified School District
Published: 8/22/18




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An operator shortage has resulted in Muni delays across San Francisco, which Muni is working on addressing. Students and staff who ride Muni may experience delays getting to and from school.

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Posted by: Kang-Yun Joyce Tsai, District Staff, San Francisco Unified School District
Published: 8/16/18




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Dear parents and guardians, 

 

Family Portal debuted in Fall 2017, and since this is a new tool, we want to hear from you about your experience with Family Portal as a parent or guardian. We’ve worked with Parents for Public Schools of SF to develop a survey, and the information we collect will help us as we continually work to improve your Family Portal experience.

 

Please fill out this short survey, available in English, Chinese and Spanish, before June 8 to give us feedback!

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Posted by: Kang-Yun Joyce Tsai, District Staff, San Francisco Unified School District
Published: 5/21/18




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“Non-Discrimination Policy: San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or Director of the Office of Equity (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Keasara (Kiki) Williams, at 415-355-7334 or equity@sfusd.edu. A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy and SFUSD’s non-discrimination policy are available upon request.”

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Posted by: Lucia Santis
Published: 3/2/18




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“Non-Discrimination Policy: San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or Director of the Office of Equity (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Keasara (Kiki) Williams, at 415-355-7334 or equity@sfusd.edu. A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy and SFUSD’s non-discrimination policy are available upon request.”

 

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Posted by: Lucia Santis
Published: 2/21/18




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http://www.sfusd.edu/en/ada-access-and-equity/office-of-equity/sexual-harassment-title-ix.html

 

 

“Non-Discrimination Policy: San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or Director of the Office of Equity (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Keasara (Kiki) Williams, at 415-355-7334 or equity@sfusd.edu. A copy of 

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Posted by: Lucia Santis
Published: 2/12/18




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There have recently been unconfirmed reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may conduct a major sweep in San Francisco. Please remember immigration officials are not allowed access to students or student information on school grounds without authorization from SFUSD’s Legal Office.

 

If you need immigration support, you may speak with a trusted adult at school. Your information will be kept confidential. Find legal help related to immigration from San Francisco Immigrant Support. If you encounter ICE officials in your home or community, or if you or someone you know is detained in San Francisco, you can call the Rapid Response hotline at 415-200-1548.

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Posted by: Kang-Yun Joyce Tsai, District Staff, San Francisco Unified School District
Published: 1/19/18




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APRIL 21, 2017 STORIES OF IMPACT

‘She Puts Her All into Helping Us.’ Volunteer Sparks a Love of STEM at Junipero Serra Elementary

Deborah Reames is a recipient of the San Francisco Education Fund’s 2016-17 Distinguished Service Award.

“I’m going to read to you about a real live woman who ended up running a lighthouse.”

Deborah Reames, a volunteer at Junipero Elementary School, waited for second-grade children to settle in as she introduced the story of famed-lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Just as she started to read, she paused to ask children whether they think they’d want to live in a lighthouse. The students yelled out a chorus of “Yes’s” and “No’s,” and she took time to call on each student to hear more.

 


 

 

“Yes,” one said, because there’d be “no parents!”

“I would like to live there because I would get a good view of the ocean,” another said.

“I would like to live there because there are a lot of lights, and I am scared when it’s dark,” one said.

This level of attention, patience and care that Deborah provides to each and every student is part of what makes her an outstanding volunteer, staff at the school said.

“She is super, super dedicated,” said Eve Cheung, the principal of Junipero Serra Elementary. “She’s dedicated to the students that she’s working with, and she loves the school. She puts her all into helping us.”

Along with tutoring students in the San Francisco Education Fund’s Literacy Program and reading aloud to a classroom once a month, Deborah encourages students to love science and sustainability. She fundraised over $6,000 from her personal networks to bring more environmental and science education to students at the school. Students are now learning about ecology and animal life through field trips and live presentations in their classrooms.

Without Deborah, “we would not have such a rich extracurricular or extended program for our kids,” Principal Cheung said.

Deborah also helped make possible the school’s first-ever career day in 2016. She invited speakers, including a TV cameraman, a chef, mounted patrol officers, scientists and more.

“I think it’s important to inspire the kids to believe they can do whatever they want to do and expose them to ideas of what other people do,” Deborah said.

 


 

 

Deborah’s dedication to making the world a better place is something that came naturally from a young age. As a teen, Deborah devised her San Leandro high school’s first-ever recycling system. She became a nonprofit environmental lawyer and spent 36 years litigating until her retirement in 2012.

Not content to take a complete break, Deborah signed on to our Literacy Program a year later, because she felt motivated to help young students learn to improve their writing skills. She saw some “horrible” writing in the field of law, she said, and “came to realize the critical importance of good writing in nearly every profession.”

Volunteers in our literacy program typically work with two children, but Deborah spends additional time tutoring and mentoring three more students. And through her literacy volunteering, Deborah has helped students improve their confidence not only in reading, but in classroom participation.

“One of the students who has been working with her was not really enthusiastic in general in class, but just in the past month and a half he’s reading more,” said Ms. Dara Peters, who teaches 2nd grade. “He’s offering answers more in class, he’s writing more… I’ve noticed him raising his hand and being a lot more engaged.”

The moments when she sees students reach their full potential are the most rewarding, Deborah said.

“I enjoy watching their reading improve or their writing improve and the interaction I get with the kids,” Deborah said. “It’s exciting when they get excited about learning something, and knowing that I’m contributing to an important cause.”

 


 

 

For every read-aloud she does, Deborah comes prepared, just as she did for the Women’s History Month event.

“She definitely knows the topic and theme, and she picks a book ahead of time,” Ms. Peters said. “She brings fluency resources and games that are her own.”

“The kids are showing tremendous growth,” Principal Cheung added. “Many of our kids just need that individual help and someone to talk to and to develop a strong relationship with, and she certainly does that.”

 


 

 

 http://sfedfund.org/2017/04/21/volunteer-stem-bernal-heights-elementary-school/

 

Read about the other recipients of the 2016-17 Distinguished Service Awards:

 

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Posted by: Karen O. Claxton
Published: 5/12/17