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Good afternoon,
Below you will find several professional development opportunities from fellow colleagues, a few friendly reminders and resources. Please share as you find appropriate with your team. 
If any questions should arise regarding these announcements, please feel free to email Jennifer (

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
ExCEL Team 

*Friendly Reminders from ExCEL*

CBO Role Specific Monthly Meetings* Save the Dates
Please save the following dates Friday, February 11 and Friday, February 18 at 10:00am - 12:00pm, additional details will soon follow.


ExCEL After School Program should be receiving PPE for their staff and students as of last week. Boxes will be marked for “ExCEL” and will be delivered to your school site’s Main Office. Please let your main office know that your program is expecting PPE from SFUSD.
Please contact Phuong Thai ( if your site does not receive the PPE by the end of February.

Attendance Reminders
The first lock of the calendar year is coming up on Monday, February 7th.

  • submit all January attendance before this day
  • refer to this sheet for the rest of the EMS lock dates for the rest of the school year.
  • submit an EMS Attendance Request for any unlocks or troubleshooting needed for your sites.

To unlock, locate a missing student, question/concerns re: CMS transfers, please submit your request through the EMS Attendance Request form.
If any additional questions should arise, please contact Lucy ( and Justin ( as they now oversee these requests.

To request a NEW* SFUSD Email follow the steps below:

  1. Make a PDF copy and complete the SCHOOL YEAR ExCEL CBO AUP TEMPLATE for each staff person
  2. Complete pages 3 - 4, and drop completed forms into your agency’s folder 
  3. Submit SFUSD Email Requests for SY 2021 - 22 HERE  
  4. Please include the individual link of your completed form in your Email Request.

SFUSD Instructional Aide (IA) Exam
Test dates and link to register can be found HERE.

ExCEL 2020 - 2021 Evaluation Report
This year's ExCEL Evaluation reports are ready and accessible on the HUBPlease review, share with your agency, team and school administrators. Thank you for all of your hard work.
*Professional Development Opportunities from Community Partners*

Thrive Within
 We are excited to announce a brand-new complimentary three-part series for educators launching next month. We believe this will be essential in supporting YOU with your wellness goals, especially while navigating through challenging moments during the pandemic. The sessions are led by Vickie Sargent, a Social & Emotional Learning Administrator, a former Bay Area teacher, and assistant principal.

Thrive Within will provide actionable tools to help educators stay calm amid the chaos and better cope with stress. Show up as your most effective, authentic teacher and best version of yourself. Join us to learn how to reflect with purpose, recharge with intention and revitalize with graceful power.

In Session 1 (February 8, 2022), participants will:

  • Learn sharable techniques to manage the new normal for teaching
  • Release guilt associated with putting yourself first
  • Identify daily classroom actions to deal with the stress of teaching
  • Carve out ‘me time’ to reflect, rejuvenate and revitalize

In Session 2 (March 15, 2022), participants will:

  • Identify domains of self-care and doable actions to incorporate them
  • Select your own mini-retreat
  • Learn the types of rest needed for restoration
  • Name your own emotional trigger points and how to manage them

In Session 3 (April 26, 2022), participants will:

  • Learn stress management techniques
  • Identify activities that deplete or nurture you
  • Create your own personalized self-care plan and promise
  • Use a Resilience Reset Repertoire tool to recalibrate, revive, and revitalize yourself



  • Online - Ring Central

REGISTER NOW - Heartset® for Self-Care and Resiliency Webinar
Entering into this new year with so much in flux, with uncertainties and challenges being thrust upon us each day, how can we find a sense of peace and stability? Our children need us now more than ever, but we may feel that we are floundering or ill equipped. How might we find ourselves to be a steadying force during these whirlwind times?

Perhaps the very first step is taking care of ourselves- when we take care of ourselves, we can help take care of others. As we commit to and support our own emotional and mental health and resilience, we can then be more available to truly be there for others. As healthy, authentic role models, we then can deeply assist our students as they navigate and strengthen their positive emotional and mental health. Our attention to our self-care is at the core.

The How Kids Learn Speaker’s Forum, Heartset® for Self-Care and Resiliency is an informative, engaging, and inspirational webinar sharing EduCare Foundation’s highly respected and practical tools for greater self-care and resilience. Included is an introduction to EduCare’s “8 Heartset Skills for Teaching & Learning.” When these become our personal baseline, then we can create a kind and compassionate climate for learning in our programs and practices that deeply impact and elevate our young people.

Speakers: Stu Semigran (Co-Founder and President of EduCare Foundation), Margalit Ward (Heartset® Facilitator, Thrive Global Executive Coach and Training Facilitator, EduCare Foundation) and Armando Diaz (Vice President of Programs & Partnerships, EduCare Foundation). 

Who Should Attend: Out-of-school time and educational leaders and practitioners serving young people ages 5-18, funders, and policy-makers.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
online via Zoom!
10:00am - 11:30am PST

For more info and to register, click HERE

Social Justice Books

UPDATED COVID-19 Guidance Student and Staff Close Contacts: Vaccinated/Unvaccinated (1/28/22)

The Close Contact memos are being updated to reflect updated DPH Guidelines. The English version has been updated and added to the COVID-19 Memo Folder. Translations will follow the English version as soon as possible.
In the information below “you” refers to staff, student, contractor or volunteer.
If you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 3 months, you do not need to quarantine and should continue to come to work/school in person as long as you don’t have symptoms. You should: 

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • Recommend you test on or after day 5. SFUSD will accept PCR and over the counter rapid antigen tests.
  • If the test is positive, follow guidance for testing positive
  • If you experience symptoms, you should go home and isolate. You can return to work or school if you have a negative test taken after symptoms have started, symptoms are improving, and at least 24 hours with no fever.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have NOT had COVID-19 in the past 3 months, you should quarantine at home. You should stay at home, even if feeling well, and monitor for symptoms. If you must go out, wear a mask. 

Criteria to Return from Quarantine

  • Close contacts who do not have COVID-19 symptoms:
    • If you test negative on or after day 5, you can return on day 6 of quarantine. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings, and monitor symptoms for 10 days from the last date of close contact.
    • If symptoms develop at any point, test immediately, stay home, and follow the guidance below for close contacts who are in quarantine with symptoms.  
  • If the test is positive, follow guidance for testing positive
  • If you do not test, you can end quarantine after day 10 and return on day 11.
  • Close contacts who experience COVID-19 symptoms:
  • If you test negative on or after day 5 of quarantine and after symptoms began, you may return to school on day 6 after last close contact.
  • If the test is positive, follow guidance for testing positive.  
  • If you do not test, you may return 10 days after the last close contact AND 10 days since symptoms started.
  • According to SFDPH: If the child has ongoing close contact with the person with COVID-19 (for example, a parent), the child must quarantine for 5-10 days after the person with COVID-19 is no longer infectious.
    • For example, a child quarantining for 10 days after the last close contact would have to stay home for a total of 20 days after the person with COVID-19 first developed symptoms, or if asymptomatic, had a positive test.

Note: If the situation details change, the length of quarantine may change and you will be notified.

Contact / Questions?

ExCEL Calendar 
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