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For more than 12 years, Parents for Public Schools – San Francisco has been assisting families and working to ensure quality public schools for all children in our city. We help parents at each stage of the journey, from introducing them to the enrollment lottery process, to developing parent leaders in the schools and at the district, to improving systems at SFUSD and much more.

We provide essential support to all families in every community across our city, and we work to ensure that the full range of parent voices is part of policy-making at the District and Board of Education. Read more >


What is Happening Now

Back to School

The start of school is just around the corner. Get a jump on those important forms and make sure you are ready for the first day of school on Monday August 18th.

School Health Form

All kindergarteners must have a complete physical exam March 1 or after, and submit the SFUSD School Health form prior to entering school. First graders must have a physical exam within 18 months prior to entering school. Download the form here.

Students new to SFUSD must submit their current immunization records to their school when registering.

Whooping Cough

7th graders and children new to the district will NOT be allowed to start school on Monday, August 18 without proof of immunization on file.

If your child is entering grade 7 in the fall, or is new to California and is in grade 7-12, a California school immunization law requires your child to have proof of a whooping cough booster shot (also called Tdap) in order to attend school.

Click here for more information on whooping cough.

Physical Fitness Form

To participate in afterschool sports in Middle and High School your child needs a pre-participation physical form completed and signed by their doctor. Since softball/baseball tryouts for Middle School are generally the first week of school it’s a good idea to get this done before your child goes back to school. Download the form here. To view more information about SFUSD’s afterschool sport program, including school divisions and schedules, go to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) website.

Online School Meal Application

You can help our schools get more funding, make sure hungry children are well-fed, and help our cafeterias buy better food. It’s easy — just fill out the meal application below. Our schools get more money for more eligible forms. Federal, local, and private grant funding is based on the number of eligible meal applications we collect and the only way to collect every eligible application is to collect applications from every student.

Student Nutrition Services (SNS) are accepting both paper and online applications starting August 1. Families can apply online or paper applications are available at schools and at the Student Nutrition central office. Go here for more information on Student Nutrition Services.

School Bus Request

Remember to submit a request if you want to ride the bus! There are two ways to submit your request;
1) on-line or
2) deliver to Transportation Dept. 1000 Selby St. 94124 or Educational Placement Center, 555 Franklin St. Room 100.

For more information go the SFUSD Transportation webpage.

There are no guarantees that school bus services will be available to all students who request bus services so please submit your request ASAP.


Go Public

Starting your School Search?

Check out our Enrollment pages for a step by step guide on looking for and applying for a San Francisco Public School.

SFUSD School Year 2015-2016 Enrollment Fair
Saturday, October 25, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Concourse Exhibition Center (East Hall), 620 7th Street, San Francisco

Fall Enrollment Workshops
Register for a workshop on our Events page.


Tips from Parents

Starr King and Jose Ortega parents gathered advice from current parents on what worked and what didn't when it came to uniforms to help incoming Kindergarten parents get their children ready for the start of school. Read their tips and advice on uniforms (pdf).

Read more great ideas and tips happening at other schools.

If your school has a tip to share with other public school parents, let us know and we will feature on our website.


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