Dear SBCSS Team,

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.

Superintendent’s Message
“It is reassuring to work and collaborate with so many passionate individuals during this unprecedented time.” Check out the superintendent’s latest video message.

Business Services
Procurement has received 4,600 masks over the last week. The warehouse has issued masks to all departments and school sites that have put in orders. As a reminder, masks can be ordered through Stores (50 per box – #100015 and 100 per box – #100014). The 2020-21 budget is nearly complete. Final touches will be added before being submitted to the Print Shop in preparation for the budget workshop with the County Board on May 11.

Education Support Services
Governor Newsom has extended the deadline for school districts to submit Local Control Accountability Plans to December 15 so districts can maintain focus on meeting the distance learning and health needs of students. LCAP Support and Advisory Services is working to provide virtual support to our districts reviewing and developing proposals for the upcoming school year. Proposals must align to the CA School Dashboard and identified student group(s) to support student achievement when schools reopen.

Human Resources
Human Resources is working with branches and departments to move forward in filling essential SBCSS vacancies establishing options for conducting virtual interviews with job candidates. The winners of the Human Resources mask activity were Johanna Bailly and Laura Campos from Business Services, and Daisy Esparza from Innovation and Engagement. Each received a Starbucks gift card for correctly identifying all pictured members of the HR team. Thank you for staying engaged!

Innovation and Engagement
The UCR Medical Pipeline program is offering an online summer camp for qualifying high school students in San Bernardino County. Tobacco Use and Prevention Education is promoting healthy lifestyles amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Children Deserve Success has developed a foster/homeless resource guide and is now offering virtual tutoring services at local shelters. The 2020 Family Reading Rally event at Cal State San Bernardino will not take place this year. Student Events is looking at opportunities to bring the even to select school sites. More info to come.

Office of the Superintendent
As chair of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), Superintendent Alejandre Hosted a General Assembly for the 58 county superintendents in California on April 21. The superintendent continues to provide educational leadership on local, state and national levels. Communications has been busy posting COVID-19 updates for branches, departments and programs and sending out weekly external and internal updates to constituents and staff. The newly designed SBCSS Distance Learning Hub made its debut last week.

Student Services
The SBCSS graduation committee met this past week and voted to reschedule the ceremony for the Class of 2020 from June 12 to August 28. The event will adhere to any existing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students, families and staff. Several contingency plans for celebrating our graduates were discussed. Thank you to our SBCSS staff for ensuring our students and their families will be able to safely enjoy this life-changing achievement.

Technology Services
Working collectively, Student Services and Technology Services have supplied 280 hotspots for connectivity and more than 1,000 computers to support distance learning for students in county-operated programs. Additionally, Technical Services reports that Google Classroom has had more than 29,000 visits during the past month from those in our Student Services programs, while more than 1,400 hours have been logged on Google Classroom during the past week.

We Need You!
SBCSS is working with Department of Public Health to coordinate drive-through COVID-19 testing at school sites throughout the county. Testing is scheduled for April 28 at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino on April 29 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit the San Bernardino County website. Stay healthy with 30-minute online work outs every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 a.m. The workouts are led by Dr. Stephanie Houston, assistant superintendent with Innovation and Engagement, during the shelter at home period. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly for more information and be sure to include “Sign Me Up for Workout” in the subject line.

Please take time to visit the SBCSS Good News photo album to express your thanks and encouragement. What made you laugh or inspired you this week? Send uplifting stories, photos, music, quotes, videos and questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Wednesday, April 29 is Denim Day in support of victims of sexual assault. Send photos of your denim-wearing support to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The first three submissions will win a Starbucks gift card.

All of our branches, departments and programs are continuously providing exceptional services to our internal and external clients during the COVID-19 crisis. Keep up the great work! Together, we are transforming lives through education.