Team Update 5/4/20
Dear SBCSS Team,
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. San Bernardino County school districts are scheduled to open beginning early to mid-August. Our County Superintendent is working collaboratively with district superintendents and county health officials to determine the best schedule and process to safely reopen schools while ensuring the health and safety of our students, families and staff.
“I do look forward to the future where all of today’s accomplishments are realized and celebrated as they should be.’ Check Superintendent Alejandre’s latest message.
The business of education continues and our dedicated business services staff have not missed a beat. Paychecks are rolling into bank accounts, vendors are getting paid, facilities are being disinfected and the 2020-21 budget is being printed for the County Board’s upcoming Budget Workshop on May 11. Intergovernmental Relations is working with district superintendents and county officials to secure drive-through testing sites on school campuses.
Education Support Services
The AVID team continues to maintain focus on supporting AVID students on their path to college. AVID coaches are coordinating individual and districtwide AVID teacher zoom meetings to provide support and guidance with lesson planning, college information and student encouragement ideas. Keeping families and communities engaged has never been more important in our current distance learning environment. The LCAP Family and Community Engagement Team is meeting with district partners to produce video vignettes highlighting services to students and families.
Human Resources is supporting webinars being offered by the California Schools JPA (CSJPA). The upcoming self-care workshops are being offered for free to staff, family and friends. You can find details along with a full schedule of events on the CSJPA website.
- Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:00p – Mindfulness – Register Here!
- Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:00p – Ergonomics and your Home Office – Register Here!
- Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00p – Emotional Intelligence – Register Here!
Innovation and Engagement
The Saving Money in Times of Disruption activity was the latest in a string of popular live industry chats hosted by SBConnect. SBCSS ROP has been using its social media channels to post daily Career Skills Activities for teachers and students. Follow them @SBCo_ROP. As a certified Crossfit trainer, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Houston has been leading a voluntary workout for staff every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 a.m. as just one way to focus on employee wellness during challenging times. Exercises are designed for all fitness levels using household items to make every workout safe and fun.
Office of the Superintendent
SBCSS branches collaborated with the Department of Public Health to develop guidance on the reopening of schools and high school graduations in the age of COVID-19. The County Superintendent shared the documents with all district superintendents to support their efforts to recognize the Class of 2020 and reopen schools. Be sure to check the superintendent’s external update to districts and community stakeholders for the latest information.
Student Services is working with Technology Services to explore software programs that allow for digital signatures on SBCSS IEP forms. Staff are also looking ahead to developing processes for returning classroom computers and other materials as they wrap-up the 2019-20 school year. Speech and Language Assistant Jeanette Motley created a step-by-step demonstration on how to make playdough at home. This is a fun tactile and kinesthetic activity for all students. The SBCSS Student Counseling Center staff has created a series of videos targeting mindfulness during this challenging time. We encourage all staff to check them out.
Technology Services (TS) is everywhere! Along with exploring remote signing service options, TS is working to enhance critical systems such as internal databases, SBCSS apps and the OMS event scheduling service. Video conferencing services continue to be critical to ongoing efforts to support distance learning and seamless continuity of SBCSS operations. During the month of April, Technical Services hosted over 150 web-based meetings.
We Need You!
Jennifer Katuls from District Financial Services jumped into action when her neighbors needed WIFI access for distance learning. She set-up a workstation in her yard so students could stay connected and engaged. Please send a note of thanks and encouragement to Jennifer for living the SBCSS mission to transform lives through education.
The SALSA scholarship luncheon scheduled for May 5 has been canceled. Plans for a virtual event are underway. Stay tuned!
An engaged workforce is vital to the success of any organization. Thank you for keeping the faith, staying the course and flattening the curve! Together, we are transforming lives through education.