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Staff Update 9/14/20

Our thoughts go out to the staff, families and students who have been affected by the El Dorado fire. It has been a stressful time adjusting to new learning environments and staying vigilant on advisories from the San Bernardino County Fire Department. We are grateful to the firefighters, pilots and law enforcement officers for their dedication to save lives and to protect homes and businesses.

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Staff Update 9/8/20

On Aug. 31, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy took effect, which is a new framework for reducing COVID-19 in California with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on businesses and activities. The new blueprint consists of four tiers—Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate) and Yellow (Minimal). Every county in the state is assigned a tier based on COVID-19 test positivity and case rates. According to the new blueprint, the County of San Bernardino falls within the purple tier, which is parallel to the previous countywide monitoring list.

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Staff Update 8/31/20

Last week, the California Department of Public Health released new guidance on returning to work following COVID-19 diagnosis and on small cohorts/groups of children and youth. CDPH also provided guidance on COVID-19 case and contact management with childcare facilities. The new forms of guidance aim at providing more information on areas of big concern and on areas that are not fully addressed in the Center of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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Staff Update 8/24/20

The start of the new school year has been truly inspiring to see teachers and students engaging with one another and settling into their new virtual learning environments. During these trying times, our surrounding communities, agencies, support staff, teachers, parents and families have continued to focus on the boundless potential of our students. 

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Staff Update 8/17/20

Last week many schools within San Bernardino County had their first day of school. It was both an exciting and challenging kick-off to the 2020-21 school year, with many new opportunities to learn within new digital environments. Student Services and Technical Services worked together to distribute 84 Chromebooks and/or mobile hotspots to students in county-operated programs. Working collectively Student Services and Technical Services have issued 294 devices to SBCSS students since the start of the school year.

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Staff Update 8/10/20

With the start of the new school year, more and more County Schools’ employees are returning to administrative buildings and school sites. In response, SBCSS has created and implemented reopening plans and safety protocols in alignment with public health guidance. The SBCSS COVID-19 Workplace Plan and Protocols and Employee Injury and Illness Prevention Program COVID-19 Addendum can be accessed on eNet.

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Staff Update 8/3/20

Beginning this week, students at some San Bernardino County schools will begin the new academic year with distance learning. To ensure that students have the basic technology to access their virtual learning environment, the California Department of Education will grant California schools learning loss mitigation funds to acquire digital devices, help address learning gaps, strengthen distance learning and close the digital divide. SBCSS is dedicated to promoting equitable outcomes within remote learning for all its students. 

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Staff Update 7/27/20

On July 17, Gov. Newsom announced restrictions for the reopening of schools in counties that are on the state monitoring list for increased cases of COVID-19. Schools within these counties can reopen to in-class instruction once the county has been off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. More than thirty counties, including San Bernardino County comprise that list and will begin the school year with distance learning to protect the health and safety of our students and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Staff Update 7/20/20

With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases statewide, a majority of school districts in California plan to reopen with distance learning for the 2020-21 academic year. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference that addressed the daunting concerns that many families, students and teachers have about schools safely reopening. Newsom stated “safety is foundational” for the reopening of schools and established guidance on face covering requirements; physical distancing protocols; regular testing for staff and contact tracing for schools. The new guidance is posted on the SBCSS COVID-19 webpage.

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Staff Update 7/13/20

It is without a doubt that these trying times have had an impact on the social-emotional wellness of County Schools students, families and staff. In supporting the mental and physical health of our students and communities, SBCSS will be hosting its ninth annual Southern Region Student Wellness Conference (SRSWC) in collaboration with the County Department of Behavioral Health on July 14-15. This year’s conference will be held in a virtual environment due to the ongoing pandemic and will address areas of equity, resiliency, family/student engagement and wellness.

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Staff Update 7/6/20

With the rise in COVID-19 cases in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has instructed those on the statewide County Monitoring List to close indoor operations where physical distancing with an unrelated group and wearing face coverings are difficult — namely, bars, sit-down restaurants, entertainment centers and museums. The governor also signed the 2020-21 budget on June 29. Public education is fully funded at 2019-2020 levels and also increases special education resources to improve student outcomes. On June 30, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond met for the first time with a statewide task force to address and explore resources that would help eradicate racial injustice and implicit bias among students and school police.

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Staff Update 6/22/20

As we continue to plan and prepare for the safe return of students and staff to the classroom and administrative sites, we are also bearing witness to a national movement on equity. As an organization, we must also reflect on issues of equity within our schools and workplace. Our office will be hosting “A Watershed Moment: Policing, Protesting and Perspective” on June 25 at 1:30 p.m. The webinar will include guest panelists from education and law enforcement to dialogue about ways to overcome systemic racism and implicit bias.

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Staff Update 6/15/20

The California Department of Education (CDE) released its statewide guidance for reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year. San Bernardino County district superintendents met with representatives from the County Department of Public Health to discuss and understand this guidance. Face coverings are recommended for staff and students at school sites along with social distancing and practicing safe hygiene.

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Staff Update 6/8/20

It has been a particularly challenging couple of weeks. We have seen firsthand, nationwide civil unrest in the midst of a national health crisis. Our resilience is truly being tested. Yet, we know we are stronger together and are optimistic that the spirit of community and collaboration will carry us to address issues of justice and equality just as we have worked collaboratively to address the impacts of the coronavirus.

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Staff Update 6/1/20

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) recently announced steps and guidance toward schools reopening. We understand that this brings both excitement and uncertainty for students and families. Superintendents in our 33 school districts are working on school reopening plans that best protect the safety of students and staff while implementing appropriate educational practices and procedures to ensure continuity of learning while safeguarding wellness. Your exceptional efforts as a community have helped us navigate these challenges with strength and resilience.

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Staff Update 5/26/20

Thank you for finding new and creative ways to support our students and families during these unprecedented times. These past weeks have been truly inspiring to see everyone’s hard work. We hope that this past weekend allowed for some well-deserved downtime and an opportunity to thank our veterans. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond provided insight on the state’s plan to reopen schools in August and September. 

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Staff Update 5/18/20

As more businesses and services reopen, this brings challenges but also hope. As a result of a new health order in San Bernardino County, the Board of Supervisors has lessened requirements for the wearing of face coverings in public. In the interest of employee health and the safety of others, County Schools continues to require all SBCSS employees to wear masks or face coverings while at work. It is important as we transition to more public reopenings that we focus on taking care of our body and mind. The sun is shining and the warmer weather is another opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities. Just remember to maintain social distancing and stay hydrated, safe and healthy!

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Staff Update 5/11/20

As shared by Gov. Newsom on May 7, California has entered Stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap with some lower-risk businesses gradually opening their doors. At this time, there are no changes to our current essential workforce and telecommuting environment, including the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when present at SBCSS work sites. All employees are still required to wear masks or face coverings. We continue to thrive and get the work done, and found fun new ways to express our gratitude during Teacher Appreciation week.

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Staff Update 5/4/20

Happy Monday! We are heading into our sixth week of staying at home to flatten the COVID curve. California Governor Gavin Newsom made an announcement last week suggesting that schools might reopen as early as July.

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Staff Update 5/1/20
Deep Cleaning Schedule for May 1-2

A second phase of deep disinfectant cleanings have been scheduled by Maintenance, Operations and Transportation at the following locations:

May 1, starting at 6 p.m.

May 2, starting at 7 a.m.

During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Items on countertops/desks will be removed and placed on the floor to allow for spray saturation and deep disinfection.

Schedule updates will be shared with staff as soon as they are available.

Staff Update 4/30/20
Deep Cleaning Schedule for April 30 and May 1

A second phase of deep disinfectant cleanings have been scheduled by Maintenance, Operations and Transportation at the following locations:

April 30, starting at 6 p.m.

May 1, starting at 6 p.m.

During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Items on countertops/desks will be removed and placed on the floor to allow for spray saturation and deep disinfection.

Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Staff Update 4/27/20

Our sunny skies were perfectly timed with the announcement by the County of San Bernardino to open county parks for passive outdoor recreational activities. Details about park reopenings are available here. Remember to wear your face covering, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. Our collective efforts to remain at home, limit non-essential activities and maintain social distance are making a difference. The way we operate has changed, yet the learning and service continues.

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Staff Update 4/27/20
Deep Cleaning Schedule for April 27-28

A second phase of deep disinfectant cleanings have been scheduled by Maintenance, Operations and Transportation at the following locations:

April 27, starting at 6 p.m. (*New)

April 28, starting at 6 p.m.

During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Items on countertops/desks will be removed and placed on the floor to allow for spray saturation and deep disinfection.

Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Staff Update 4/23/20
Deep Cleaning April 25-26 at Roy C Hill and Brier Building

Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will be conducting the second phase of deep disinfectant cleaning at the Roy C Hill Education Center (601) and the Brier Building. The process will take place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26 beginning at 7 a.m.

During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Staff Update 4/15/20
Deep Cleaning Schedule for Colton MTU and DM Counseling Center in Big Bear

Deep disinfectant cleaning at the Colton Medical Therapy Unit was rescheduled to tonite, April 15 at 6 p.m. Cleaning should be completed this evening.

Desert Mountain Counseling Center in Big Bear will start tomorrow, April 16 at 10 a.m. Cleaning should be completed by the end of the day.

During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Thank you for your flexibility. Stay healthy SBCSS!

Deep Cleaning at Colton MTU Rescheduled

The deep disinfectant cleaning scheduled for today and tomorrow at Colton Medical Therapy Unit has been canceled. MOT will announce a new date when it has been rescheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Staff Update 4/14/20
Deep Cleaning Scheduled for Vision CS and Colton Medical Therapy Unit

On Wednesday and Thursday, April 15-16, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will continue its deep disinfectant cleaning at Vision Community School in Colton and Colton Medical Therapy Unit. During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Update 4/13/20
Deep Cleaning Scheduled for Tri-City CCS

Today and tomorrow (April 13-14), Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will continue its deep disinfectant cleaning at Tri-City County Community School in San Bernardino. During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Guidance on San Bernardino County Public Health Order for Face Coverings

In an effort to protect the public from further spread of COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer yesterday formally ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear a face covering when leaving home. SBCSS sought further clarification on this order from Department of Public Health (DPH) to determine how the order applies to those essential employees in workplace settings.

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Deep Disinfecting Scheduled for Live Oak EEC

On Friday and Saturday (April 10-11), Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will continue its deep disinfectant cleaning at Live Oak Early Education Center in Ontario. During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Once more SBCSS site cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Deep Disinfectant Cleaning Scheduled For Mulberry Early Education Center

On Wednesday and Thursday (April 8-9), Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will continue its deep disinfectant cleaning at Mulberry Early Education Center in Rancho Cucamonga. During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Deep Disinfectant Cleaning School For Today

For today and Tuesday (April 6-7), Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will continue its deep disinfectant cleaning at an SBCSS site. During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. On April 6-7, David Stine/Chaffey West Community School in Montclair is scheduled for cleaning. Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Deep Disinfectant Cleaning School For Today

For today and Tuesday (April 6-7), Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will continue its deep disinfectant cleaning at an SBCSS site. During the cleaning period, all staff members are asked not to be present while the process is completed. On April 6-7, David Stine/Chaffey West Community School in Montclair is scheduled for cleaning. Once more SBCSS sites cleaning schedules are confirmed, updates will be shared with staff.

Update 3/31/20

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. The Act requires employers to provide this information to employees by the effective date of April 1, 2020. The provisions apply through December 31, 2020.

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Update 3/23/20

In our efforts to provide printing services for essential needs during this time of school closures and reduced staffing, the SBCSS Print Shop will be operating on Tuesdays and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Print requests can be submitted using online print services at http://printshop.sbcss.k12.ca.us.

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Update 3/23/20

Public health officials tell us that the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces in key environments, including the workplace, is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19.

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Update 3/20/20

We know these have been times of uncertainty and anxiety as citizens across our country are being asked to change their daily personal and work lives in order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Update 3/18/20

First, thank you for your dedicated service to SBCSS during this national crisis.  Our SBCSS team members have been amazing during a fluid, ever-changing and uncertain time in our history.  As a reminder, the protocols for responding to the COVID-19 are directed through a county approach.

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Update 3/16/20

Thank you to all of our San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ team members for your ongoing commitment to our students, families and client school districts. We understand the COVID-19 health emergency continues to create uncertainly for staff, students and families.

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Update 3/15/20

As you are well aware, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating anxiety and concern in our communities. In the interest of the health and safety of students, a number of San Bernardino County school districts made the decision to close school today, in efforts to minimize the impact of the virus on students and families.

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Update Q&A 3/13/20

In speaking to SBCSS labor representatives today, the following questions have come from the field:

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Update 3/13/20

As you are well aware, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating anxiety and concern in our communities. In the interest of the health and safety of students, a number of San Bernardino County school districts made the decision to close  school today, in efforts to minimize the impact of the virus on students and families

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Update FAQ 3/13/20

Within the past hour, SBCSS has become aware that some school districts within San Bernardino County are closing and/or dismissing students. Currently, SBCSS is gathering additional information and plans to address. More information will be provided when available.

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Update 3/12/20

The SBCSS continues to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools is monitoring the COVID-19 updates. This situation is very FLUID with updates and changes coming quickly. The SBCSS is monitoring the California Department of Public Health website for guidance and collaborating with San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

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