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SGUSD...Caring for and cultivating the Whole Child
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BESS Universal Mental Health Screener - Read below for Information
SGUSD is committed to the "whole child" and this includes the minds and bodies of all students via the Portrait of a Graduate. A key component to this is the teaching of SEL, or Social Emotional Learning.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a key role in children's academic readiness and success. Students with strong SEL skills participate more in the classroom, have more positive attitudes about and involvement with school, are more accepted by classmates, and are given more instruction and positive feedback by teachers. Without SEL Skills, young children are more likely to dislike school and perform poorly on academic tasks, and later experience grade retention and dropout (Raver & Knitzer, 2002)
SGUSD is also implementing a new survey this year to check in on all students to see how they are feeling, so that counselors can intervene and help.  This survey is called the "BESS" and will be administered to all students at the end of October.  Remember:
  • this is a screening tool, NOT an evaluation or assessment
  • passive permission only needed for student self-report
The screening survey will drive appropriate support response from counselors and other school staff if a student's response indicate that the student is in need because of their score on the BESS, called the "BERI" or Behavioral and Emotional Risk Index.
The BESS is online and takes a student about 15 minutes to answer the 20 questions. Students in grades TK-3 will have their teacher take it on their behalf. Students can be helped and it is ok for a teacher to read a question out loud to a student.
If you would prefer that your child not take the risk assessment the "Behavior and Emotional Screening System," please complete this Opt-Out form and submit it to Ruth Esseln, Director of Student Support and Assessment - [email protected].
Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

The illicit use and abuse of synthetic drugs represents an emerging and ongoing public health threat in California. The fentanyl crisis specifically, has impacted communities across the state, leading to a sharp increase in fentanyl poisonings and deaths in recent years.


This notice aims to address the crisis with a preventative approach ensuring students and families are educated on the deadly consequences of recreational drug use.


A synthetic drug is a drug with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade existing restrictions against illegal substances.


Synthetic drugs include but are not limited to synthetic cannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana,” “spice,” “k2”), methamphetamines, bath salts, and fentanyl.


The California department of public health (“cdph”), has expounded on the extreme danger of drugs laced with fentanyl. Illicit fentanyl can be added to other drugs to make them cheaper, more powerful, and more addictive. Illicit fentanyl has been found in many drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, counterfeit pills, and cocaine. Fentanyl mixed with any drug increases the likelihood of a fatal overdose. Furthermore, it is nearly impossible to tell if drugs have been laced with fentanyl without additional testing, because fentanyl cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted when used as a lacing agent.


Resources Regarding the Dangers of Synthetic Drugs


  • Click HERE to read Assembly Bill 889
  • Additional information regarding fentanyl from the CDPH's Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch CAN BE FOUND HERE.


Type 1 Diabetes Information Sheet
Pursuant to California Education Code Section 49452.6, type 1 diabetes informational materials are to be provided to the parent or guardian of a pupil when the pupil is first enrolled in elementary school. 
San Gabriel Unified School District administers the California Healthy Kids Survey every January to students in grades 5, 7, and 9. 
The California Healthy Kids Survey was created by the California Department of Education and a majority of district use the data from this survey to measure progress in the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan).
Students in grade 5 must have parent/guardian permission to take the survey; 7th and 9th grade parents/guardians need to be informed of the survey and when it is being given.
If you would like to see the questions in the survey, please click on the links below:

Accident Insurance

Student Accident Insurance is available. Please read to determine if this will be helpful to your family. Please visit SGUSD.K12.CA.US under "Health and Wellness" for Insurance Rates.

学生意外保险是可用的。请阅读以确定这是否对您的家人有帮助。请访问 SGUSD.K12.CA.US 下“健康与保健”的保险费率。

El seguro de accidentes para estudiantes está disponible. Lea para determinar si esto será útil para su familia. Visite SGUSD.K12.CA.US en "Salud y bienestar" para conocer las tarifas del seguro.