Applying for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Before an organization or agency can provide services to students in any public school—even though you provide services free of charge to SFUSD—you need to have a formal agreement with SFUSD that describes your program services in detail, and ensures your agency fulfills legal requirements that protect our students, your organization, and the district as a whole. This agreement is called a “Memorandum of Understanding,” or MOU, and must be approved by the Board of Education as well as district staff.
Most community organizations or agencies interested in providing services free of charge to SFUSD students, families or staff, will use our online process for filling out your MOU form. (A very few MOUs for partnerships initiated by SFUSD staff are developed outside of this process. Please see the FAQ below and contact the Partnerships office if you have questions about these kinds of MOUs.)
Be sure to click on the 2016-17 tab in your online account when creating a new MOU for the new school year. (MOU's already approved for two years including 2016-17 do not need to be redone on this new form.)
Agencies still need to print out your MOU and obtain original signatures for approval, but the online forms are easier to fill out and will allow us to build a database of all the services that community partners are providing to support SFUSD students.
Please be sure to read this information about the MOU process since we have changed some procedures as we’ve updated our systems: Frequently Asked Questions about MOUs (updated October 2016).
MOUs to provide services to more than one school site must be reviewed and signed by a central SFUSD administrator. Here is a list of SFUSD administrators who review MOUs, depending on the sites you hope to serve and the focus of your program or services. Please contact these administrators before you print your MOU for them to sign, to ensure the information is correct.
For further reference, here is a one-page flowchart detailing the MOU approval process.
If you don’t have an agency username and password, you can contact the technical Help Desk Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM at (866) 469-6884 (toll-free).
Applications for facilities use permits are now online! Start your facility use permit application here.
MOU info & resources for SFUSD staff (district login required).
Fall 2016 Partnerships Orientation
Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual Partnerships Orientation on September 15th at the Bayview YMCA. Over 75 people from about 65 different community organizations attended the event, which included workshops with tips on SFUSD's MOU process and how to successfully partner with schools.
Many folks asked for the presentations and information shared at the orientation, so here they are:
- Community Schools Approach and Supporting Social-Emotional Skills
- SFUSD’s Wellness Policy and Equity Focus
- Youth Speaks Video on impact of food habits: http://youthspeaks.org/thebiggerpicture/perfect-soldiers/
- Healthy Eating Flowchart: Should I Bring this Food to School?
- Wellness Action Plan for Community Organizations
- CYC After School Program Training Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-S91CYN4OEPS3Y2T3R2bHkwVWM/view
- Review Process for Health Education Curriculum and/or Lessons
- SFUSD Partnership Planning Tool
- Tips for Successful Partnerships with Schools
- MOU Process and Procedures
If you have questions about the Tips for Partnering with Schools workshop, you can contact Stefanie Eldred (Community Schools & Family Partnerships dept.) at EldredS@sfusd.edu or Leslie Hu (Community School Coordinator & Social Worker at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School) at HuL1@sfusd.edu