Team Update 8/3/20

Dear SBCSS Team,

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. We have partnered with Empire KVCR and Riverside County School Districts to provide an at-home California state standards-aligned educational televised programming in English and Spanish for students in grades K-12. The televised schedule aims to provide meaningful learning experiences for students at home, regardless if they have access to internet or computers.

Superintendent’s Message
“While San Bernardino County remains on the state monitoring list for COVID-19, we are resilient community that continues to move forward with services to support students and families throughout the county.” View this week’s message from Superintendent Ted Alejandre.

Business Services
Payroll completed the month-end payroll and is currently working to ensure all remaining California School Employees Association employees receive their retroactive pay by Aug. 15. Business Advisory Services is providing subject matter expertise and assistance to San Bernardino County Local Educational Agencies in the areas of year-end closing, salary disclosure reporting and other business office tasks. Mulberry County Early Education Center received a new roof system last week that will lower the exterior roof temperature by 50-60 degrees—providing a cooler environment for students and staff. In addition, the campus is being repainted and flooring is being replaced to provide a healthy, safe and vibrant learning environment. County school districts are scheduled to come by the Support Center this week to pick up hand sanitizer, cloth masks and the remainder of personal protective equipment provided by the California Office of Emergency Services.

Human Resources
Human Resources, Student Services and San Bernardino County Teachers Association have successfully agreed upon a memorandum of understanding for teachers returning to their worksite. Certified and classified employees will receive training on how to properly use PPE and disinfectants. Risk Management is working to complete its Illness Injury Protection Plan document that will soon be shared with all employees. HR and Risk Management have crafted PowerPoint presentations to present to certificated teachers and CSEA members at the Back-to-School meetings. The new teacher evaluation protocols have been shared among HR’s unit members and management staff. The new evaluation system will be more manageable and support a meaningful evaluation process.

Innovation and Engagement
This year’s San Bernardino Academic Decathlon will be held virtually, along with the state competition, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. County coordinators from across the state are meeting with Student Events staff throughout the next several weeks to finalize plans to make this a wonderful experience for the decathletes. Mountain Desert Career Pathway districts received more than $3 million in grants for Career Education Programs. These funds are used to provide and support career pathways, supporting existing or emerging labor market needs across the region. With the new set of funds, MDCP is looking to include web-based industry expert chats, a virtual Behavioral Health Careers Symposium, virtual competitions and small group industry-lead mentoring for its students. On July 25, Homeless Education gave away 40,000 books and passed out Girl Scout cookies that were donated by Probation and Student Services. Innovation and Engagement is in the process of updating the Online Essential Skills platform and promoting it to partners across two counties to generate interest and endorsements.

Education Support Services
Education Support Services launched courses for Foundations of Universal Design for Learning in Elementary and Secondary on the Canvas learning platform. A distance learning course is also under development and will be published shortly. ESS published the first edition of the Early Literacy newsletter and met with community partners as well as county and district leaders to support literacy and the expansion of Footsteps2Brilliance to a second cohort of preschool sites. Two Footsteps2Brilliance teacher trainings and four family/community partnership trainings are scheduled and will be presented in English and Spanish over the next two months.

Office of the Superintendent
On July 30, Ted Alejandre participated in the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council’s Leadership Series alongside California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Riverside County Superintendent Dr. Judy White. The event focused on the developments in remote learning and the ways state and county leadership is supporting new educational efforts for the 2020-21 academic year. Last Thursday, SBCSS staff and family members participated in a farewell celebration for two alternative education Principals. Dr. Regina Criswell from David Stine Chaffey West and Yucca Valley County Community Schools retired after 30 years in education. George Bowser from Bob Murphy County Community School retired after 40 years in education. Congratulations on this new chapter and thank you both for your years of dedication and hard work!

Student Services
An agreement was made between HR, Student Services, SBCTA and CSEA on teachers returning to their worksite. The school reopening plan will have a gradual increase in the days employees are able to return to work. Student Services team members worked diligently to develop distance learning guidelines for teachers to assist with the delivery of instruction as outlined in Senate Bill 98. As area directors continue to meet this week with teachers and paraeducators for their annual Back-to-School meetings, the document and expectations for an engaging and robust distance learning instructional program will be shared with all employees soon. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Myrlene Pierre will continue to join the daily Back-to-School Zoom meetings to greet Student Services personnel and welcome the team to the 2020-2021 school year.

Technology Services
The Digital Learning Services team along with members from the Education Support Services branch and the Desert Mountain SELPA delivered an online training for the Victor Valley Union High School District teachers. The session focused on critical skills necessary for developing effective and engaging online lessons for blended and distance learning. In addition, the DLS team hosted online lesson development trainings for teachers in the San Bernardino City Unified and Fontana Unified School Districts. Over 800 teachers participated overall with 400 educators from each district. The team also conducted an advanced Google Classroom training for nearly 100 Silver Valley Unified School District employees. Using Google Classroom as a learning management system, schools will be able to deliver comprehensive lessons and learning materials to students virtually or in the classroom.

We Need You!
We want to give a special shout out to our internal and external payroll staff. Due to the nature of their work, they have been unable to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. We know this has been a challenging time. Please consider sending a note of thanks and appreciation for our dedicated Payroll staff. You can send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include “We salute Payroll” in the subject line.

We are one team, working together to transform lives. Your support of your fellow SBCSS team members during these challenging times is very much appreciated.

This is an exciting, yet challenging time of year. As we integrate back into the business of education, let’s continue to do it safely by observing social distance guidelines, practicing good personal hygiene and wearing face coverings in publics spaces and at work.

Thank you and be well.

Team Update 8/10/20

Dear SBCSS Team,

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.

Following the one-time $5.3 billon distribution of learning loss mitigation in the K-12 education budget, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced last week that the CDE is collaborating with Apple and T-Mobile to facilitate technological access for up to 1 million students. The arrangement will consist of T-Mobile providing a discounted service and Apple offering special pricing for iPads with built-in Internet connectivity to assist school districts in ensuring all students have access to distance learning.

Last week, the California Department of Public Health released its waiver criteria for elementary schools wanting to reopen school campuses with in-person instruction. While San Bernardino County currently does not meet the state’s recommended criteria for granting waivers, school districts that believe they should be considered due to special circumstances may apply. Reopening plans must be approved by local public health officers and align with state public health guidance. The CDPH also released additional guidance on the return of student athletes. The guidance consists of youth sports and recreational programs resuming—excludes contact sports and contest—and limits activities to physical conditioning in smaller cohorts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Superintendent’s Message
“Our school communities turned the challenge of distance learning into innovative, virtual classroom environments and learning opportunities for our students. The work that is taking place by teachers and administrators to support students has been inspiring.” View this week’s message.

Business Services
Maintenance, Operations and Transportation is conducting roofing system repairs on SBCSS portable classrooms at Victor Valley High School, Hesperia High School and Hesperia Junior High School. Support Center staff is distributing the second allocation of personal protective equipment from the California Office of Emergency Services to county school districts. Districts are scheduled to stop by the Support Center to pick up their allotment of hand sanitizers and cloth and disposable masks in youth and adult sizes. As a reminder, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (#100007) and face coverings (#100009 youth cloth mask, #100010 adult cloth mask, and #100015 disposable dust mask) are available from the SBCSS stores catalog. Business Services prepared and submitted requests for COVID compliance signs for 17 school districts. Payroll is finishing the final retroactive payments from the 2019-2020 school year. Final payments will be paid on Aug. 15.

Human Resources
Human Resources has been working diligently to provide ongoing implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act through ongoing meetings and professional development. In alignment with Workplace Plan and Protocols and IIPP COVID-19 Addendum, Risk Management has worked directly with facilities staff to place organizational COVID-19 signage throughout SBCSS administration buildings and school sites. The signage reminds employees about preventive measures to be taken to reduce the spread of the virus. Thanks to Communications and Print Shop staff for the design and printing of more than 1,5000 COVID-19 compliant signs.

Student Services
As the new year starts via distance learning, Student Services staff is working attentively to support students, parents and staff to ensure a smooth start under these unprecedented circumstances. Last week, school started in 16 San Bernardino County school districts and in 68 school sites under Student Services (seven alternative education, 25 special education and 36 state preschools). Following this week, an additional 12 San Bernardino County school sites will start as well as 51 school sites under Student Services. Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Myrlene Pierre and County Superintendent Ted Alejandre will continue to join daily Back-to-School Zoom meetings with the three area directors to welcome back Student Services personnel to the new school year.

Innovation and Engagement
The first monthly Child Welfare and Attendance and School Attendance Review Boards meeting of the 2020-21 school year is scheduled for Aug. 26. The Gangs and Drug Task Force held its first general membership meeting of the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 5. Chief of Equity and Access Cherina Betters presented “The Imperative of Equity” to participants. The California Workforce Association Meeting of the Minds conference accepted “SBConnect—Virtually Connecting the World of Work to Education in San Bernardino County” to be presented at its conference. The workshop is scheduled from 1-2 p.m. on Sept. 9. Healthy SBCSS staff attended the virtual California State Assembly Health Committee meeting on behalf of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free San Bernardino County in support of the SB 793 (which prohibits flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol, to be sold at local retailers). The Health Committee voted in favor of the bill and sent it to the Appropriation Committee, where it awaits another vote before reaching the Assembly floor.

Education Support Services
ESS held its annual symposium on Aug. 6 as a virtual webinar. Staff were able to experience firsthand many of the virtual tools and platforms our teachers are incorporating into their classrooms and participated in mindfulness activities that focused on self-care both physically and mentally. CDE recently posted final templates and instructions for completing the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. It also will host webinars to assist districts in the development of their plans. The LCAP Support and Advisory Services staff will provide two additional follow-up webinars for county districts on Aug. 12 and 14 to assist them in the development of their Learning Continuity Plans. Districts are required to submit their Learning Continuity Plans to local governing boards (in lieu of the LCAP this year) by September 30.

Office of the Superintendent
On Aug. 27, from 9-10:30 a.m., SBCSS will host its next event in the series of equity webinars called, “Equity Minded: Challenges Facing Vulnerable Students.” The event will be facilitated by Chief of Equity and Access Cherina Betters, in collaboration with Homeless Education Project Manager Brenda Dowdy and Foster Youth Services Managers Bunny Pinchback and Paul Durham from the Children Deserve Success program. The webinar is free and open to the public. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and the San Bernardino County Board of Education celebrated the upcoming retirement of Assistant Superintendent of Education Support Services Dr. Beth Higbee on Aug. 3. Thank you for your years of service and dedication. Good luck on your new journey.

Technology Services
Last week, the Digital Learning Services team provided additional professional development centered on online lesson deployment for the San Bernardino City Unified School District. The DLS team provided high quality professional development on online lesson design and advanced Google Classroom training to more than 300 Adelanto elementary school teachers last week. On Aug. 5, the team delivered its first Webinar Wednesday, which addressed the importance of building an equitable online community. The next webinar is scheduled for Aug. 19 and will cover the use of Screencastify for educators. Thanks to the Technical Services staff for the ongoing support of Students Services teachers and students as the new school year revs up. The TS team delivered devices and hotspots to over 172 alternative and special education students as staff work to ensure all students in our programs have the tools necessary for distance learning.

We Need You!
Our current distance learning environment is off to a strong start. It’s truly remarkable to see our teachers, staff and communities working together to ensure our students are set up for success and receive equitable learning opportunities!

Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Please remember to follow all COVID-19 workplace protocols when present at SBCSS worksites so together we can stay safe and healthy and continue transforming lives through education.

Team Update 7/6/20

Dear SBCSS Team,

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.

Superintendent’s Message
“It is important that we as citizens recognize the sacrifices that many have made in our 244-year history to provide liberty for all.” View this week’s message.

Business Services
District Financial Services (DFS) has completed processing of all the districts’ payrolls, commercial vendor payments, cash receipts and interfund transfers for the fiscal year of 2019-20. DFS also is preparing, reviewing and updating district cashflows for 2019-20 and 2020-21. This process is critical to fiscal solvency of our districts, keeping employees paid and distance learning active. Payroll is working on updates to staff information to ensure correct pay and benefits calculations in the new fiscal year. Maintenance, Operations and Transportation is ordering approximately 275 wall-mounted hand sanitizer units to be strategically installed at all SBCSS administrative facilities and school sites.

Innovation and Engagement
The Gangs and Drugs Task Force will be holding its next online executive board meeting on July 8, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for access information. EMPIRE | KVCR aired televised virtual and drive-through graduation ceremonies for Chaffey Joint Union High over the weekend. San Gorgonio High School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District will air its virtual grad ceremony on July 8 at 7:40 p.m. on Channel 24.

Office of the Superintendent
The Communications office will be migrating to Wrike, an online project management system, for staff to request creative services such as graphic design, video production and photography services. Wrike user manual guides and videos will be made available in the following weeks to help staff transition from KACE to the new system. Multimedia Services has also begun the process to upgrade convenience copiers throughout the organization. The Print Shop will be open on July 7 and will be closed on July 9 for equipment upgrades. For time sensitive print needs, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Technology Services
The Digital Learning Services team provided a two-day training on “Lesson Design for Online/Blended Learning” in collaboration with SBCSS ELA/History Team and the Region 10 California Department of Education’s Content, Literacy, Inquiry and Citizenship Project. Technology Services was able to secure funding for the first-year implementation of the San Diego County of Education’s Red Herring system. Red Herring, a comprehensive phishing awareness user training system, is to be implemented in every San Bernardino County school district to help educate staff about cyber-attacks through email.

We Need You!
For the past 244 years, our country has stood as the world’s greatest democracy. While this year has presented many challenges across our nation, we remain united.

Thank you for submitting so many heartfelt photos and memories. Congratulations to Gabriel Arredondo with Student Services, Andrea Tennyson with East Valley SELPA, and Heather Smith with Education Support Services for sharing the first three Beach Day pictures. They will each receive a Starbuck’s gift card. Check out their amazing pictures in this week’s Good News photo album.

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day weekend. Please share your favorite Independence Day picture! The first three submissions will win a Starbuck’s gift card. Send your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and use the title “Independence Day.”

In light of the increased confirmed cases of the coronavirus in our county and across our state – we need to stay vigilant in practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings and frequently washing our hands. We all need to respect one another and do our best to promote good health across our communities. Let’s stay safe together!

 

Team Update 7/27/20

Dear SBCSS Team,

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. In the following weeks, all schools in San Bernardino County will announce their definitive timelines and instructions on how the 2020-21 academic school year will begin. In respect to school sports, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) issued a press release on July 20 stating the impact of COVID-19 on fall sports and its decision to postpone the traditional fall season of sports until Dec. 2020.

Superintendent's Message
“I applaud our school districts for their responsiveness to the new school guidance. Many have already finalized their school reopening plans and quickly pivoted to the full distance learning model to meet this requirement.” View this week’s video message from Superintendent Alejandre.

Business Services
Maintenance, Operations and Transportation is installing COVID-19 compliant signage at all administrative and school facilities. The signage promotes current safety practices to wear masks, social distance and practice good hygiene to keep our workplaces safe. Procurement is sourcing and adding to our warehouse stock personal protective equipment such as face shields, face masks and disposable gowns for para-educators. In the following weeks, Procurement will be installing touchless hand sanitizer dispensers to walls in high traffic areas throughout our administrative buildings.

Human Resources
Human Resources (HR) continues to work diligently with our unions to negotiate the effects of reopening our schools while at the same time, ensuring that the workplace is safe for returning employees. As more and more staff rotate back into worksites, HR is finalizing the Transitional Reentry Plan for SBCSS employees. The document changes regularly based on updated guidance and HR continues to incorporate new data and protocols to ensure the safety of staff as we return to our work environments.

Innovation and Engagement
The Mountain Desert Career Pathways (MDCP) submitted 167 grades to Barstow College and 3,391 to Victor Valley College for articulation purposes. The submissions illustrate a 24 percent increase from the 2018-2019 school year and represents around 3,138 individual students receiving articulated credit. On July 28, the Healthy SBCSS staff will be hosting the Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid training for 40 staff members of the Rialto Unified School District Public Safety Department. The training plans teach skills that provide initial support to children and adolescents who may be developing a mental health or substance abuse problem.

Education Support Services
Education Support Services, Footsteps2Brilliance and Countywide Vision literacy partners are working to expand Countywide Vision2Read efforts. With the goal of raising the bar for literacy in San Bernardino County at the forefront of the conversation, the group is assessing widespread community access to early literacy resources such as F2B's new Clever Kids University and Virtual Summer School, as well as the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. Exposure to interactive ebooks, vocabulary and skill-based games is vital to combat learning loss and provides quality resources for young learners and their families while continuing in remote learning environments.

Office of the Superintendent
The San Bernardino Probation Department donated several boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to SBCSS last week. The Girl Scout Cookies were then distributed to our county programs. SBCSS hosted its second Equity Webinar Series: Schools, Safety and SROs. The event consisted of students, school resource officers and school officials sharing their experiences and interactions between safety officers and students. It was an overall success! Interested staff can view the webinar recording on the SBCSS Equity and Access webpage.

Student Services
Student Services teachers and paraeducators begin their annual "Back-to-School" meetings for each of the three regions this week. Area directors will have the opportunity to introduce new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Myrlene Pierre to classroom staff. In addition to hearing about plans to begin the school year with remote learning for SBCSS students, teachers and paraeducators also will receive key updates from Human Resources, Risk Management and association leaders regarding returning to work in the COVID-19 environment.

Technology Services
The Digital Learning Services team, in collaboration with the Educational Technology Team at Riverside County Office of Education, delivered its highly regarded Distance Learning Best Practices professional development session for the Inland Empire Google Education Camp. The session was attended by more than 350 instructors serving districts throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties. According to Tech Services, with the fiscal year now open, a number of orders are coming in for laptops and devices to support remote working conditions. TS is working with vendors to solicit competitive price points but warns that prices have increased and demand is high. TS will continue to work with vendors and facilitate orders for staff in as timely a manner as possible in the current environment.

We Need You!
We want to encourage everyone to continue using face coverings in public spaces, maintaining social distancing, frequently washing hands for 20 seconds and using hand sanitizers only when hand washing is not practical. As a community, we can work together to follow the health guidelines set forth by public health officials and stop the spread of the coronavirus. When we take personal responsibility and follow recommended health guidelines, we can each do our small part to get our schools and economy back on track.

Thank you for continuing to transform lives through education!

Team Update 7/20/20

Dear SBCSS Team,

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.

Superintendent’s Message
“As educators, we want to see our students back on school campuses, yet it is critically important that we only reopen our schools when it is safe for students, staff and families.” View this week’s video.

Business Services
Maintenance Operations and Transportation is initiating all SBCSS heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to high efficiency filters recommended by the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. The warehouse team diligently separated, packaged and distributed protective personal equipment received from the California Office of Emergency Services for county school districts last week. Districts are scheduled to stop by the Support Center throughout the month to pick up their allotments. Business Advisory Services is reviewing district budgets to determine the status and solvency of our districts and is also preparing for other various year-end closing activities.

Human Resources
Human Resources is attentively working on filing positions to ensure that SBCSS program needs are met. The department continues to work toward ensuring that our countywide “Back-to-School” orientation process is planned and adaptive to our new virtual approach. The management team in Risk Management, in collaboration with Human Resources, continues to research and implement decisions aligned to the federal Center for Disease Control guidelines to ensure a safe work environment for our valued employees.

Innovation and Engagement
The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be offering a virtual competition tool for use in the 2020-21 school year. It can be used at all levels of competition (school, district and county). Students will be able to compete regardless of whether they are learning in a virtual or traditional classroom. The Southern Region Student Wellness Conference was an amazing success! The conference hosted more than 1,300 attendees, four live keynote speakers, 16 live breakout sessions, 10 learning labs, 15 student photo voice presentations and two student performances.

Education Support Services
Webinars, team meetings, and other resources, are set to be rolled out in the upcoming weeks to help districts prepare their Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans. In support of the San Bernardino Countywide #Vision2Read, Footsteps2Brilliance, SBCSS our countywide literacy partners are promoting the third annual Summer Reading Challenge that runs now through Sept. 30. This year’s goal is to reach 5 million words!

Student Services
Following Gov. Newsom’s release of mandates for the 2020-21 academic year, Student Service’s programs will be on distance learning until San Bernardino County has remained off the state monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Human Resources and Student Services will be working collaboratively with the associations to determine roles and responsibilities during distance learning instruction. Stay tuned for more details.

Office of the Superintendent
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools continues its Equity Series of webinars this week on July 21. This Tuesday’s webinar will discuss schools, safety and safety resource officers. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and various other county professionals, educators and law enforcement representatives will share current information and resources.

We Need You!
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Let’s continue to follow the recommendations made by our public health experts and Gov. Newsom on wearing face coverings in public, maintaining social distancing and practicing good hygiene by washing our hands or using hand sanitizers.

Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay safe and be well.

Team Update 7/13/20

Dear SBCSS Team,

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.

Superintendent’s Message
“We know that strategies for our reopening of schools will vary; however, it is evident, that students and staff miss the personal connection of face-to-face instruction.” View this week’s video message.

Business Services
District Financial Services opened up the financial system for school districts to begin processing financial transactions in fiscal year 2020-21, while still working on “closing the books” for fiscal year 2019-20. MOT is working with the transportation vendor and districts for proper social distancing on school buses for home to school transportation. The Procurement team is working to obtain the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and signage necessary for re-entry to the workplace and school sites.

Human Resources
Human Resources met with our labor representatives, Student Services and Maintenance, Operations and Transportation to discuss practical ways to address minimizing exposure to COVID-19, PPE, temperature testing, safety, cleaning, disinfectants and many more topics surrounding return to work plans. Risk Management and Human Resources are working together to fine-tune our SBCSS worksite re-entry plan for employees that aligns with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health guidelines.

Innovation and Engagement
Congratulations to this year’s 22 recipients of the Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force college scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to students who have overcome adversity, including being at-risk, homeless, in foster care or probation. This year’s honorees were students of seven San Bernardino County districts: Barstow, Chaffey, Colton, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Rialto and San Bernardino City, and were recognized by the San Bernardino County Board of Education at this month’s board meeting. Join us virtually for this year’s SRSWC on July 14-15 as we discuss new perspectives on how to support student wellness at school, at home and in the community.

Office of the Superintendent
The San Bernardino County Board of Education honored longtime Assistant Superintendent Randy Elphic of Student Services at this month’s semi-virtual board meeting. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre, Colton Joint Unified School District Superintendent Frank Miranda, Redlands Unified School District Superintendent Mauricio Arellano and Rialto Unified School District Superintendent Cuauhtémoc Avila will join as panelists with additional superintendents in a forum on July 14 for the 16th Annual Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice. The Superintendents’ Forum will address the safe reopening of schools and student learning.

Technology Services
SBCSS Technical Services Branch is supporting Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) by hosting a Zoom Webinar aimed at Chino teachers still providing distance learning services to CVUSD students. Three-hundred CVUSD teachers are expected to attend the webinar on July 14. The Digital Learning Services department delivered a training on the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching to Baldy View’s Regional Occupational Program and Career and Technical Education teachers in the West End of San Bernardino County.

We Need You!
Please remain respectful of social distancing protocols of remaining 6 feet apart in social settings and wearing face coverings in public. Avoid touching faces with hands and practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently.

We are stronger in our communities when we are united. We will get through these difficult times together.