Team Update 5/18/20
Dear SBCSS Team,
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!
“As we continue our due diligence and resolve to make our communities safe and healthy, we remain humbled by the dedication and commitment of our first responders, healthcare professionals, educators and other essential workers.” Check out the superintendent’s latest video message.
The Governor’s May Revise is forecasting a $54 billion budget deficit due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. We are confident that the SBCSS team will weather these turbulent times with strength and positivity.. Internal Business (IB) Services responded to questions regarding County Schools’ proposed budget at last Monday’s Board of Education budget workshop. Given the latest projections, the IB team is revising the SBCSS 2020-21 proposed budget for board adoption in June. Also, Warehouse Services received its first classroom move request for the summer—a sign of the back-to-school season.
Education Support Services
Local Control and Accountability Plan Support and Advisory Services is moving forward with ongoing Systems of Support meetings and discussions for current and future proposals. A Counselors Network webinar focused on the use of technology to support students as they return to school in the COVID-19 environment. A May 22webinar hosted by Curriculum/Instruction and Academic Achievement will give participants a glance of how two county districts are making sure their PK-12 English learners are not left behind during school closures and how they are providing quality virtual instruction through distance learning.
The deadline for the Health Insurance Open Enrollment is fast approaching—May 28 at 11:59 p.m. A reminder—all employees must participate, even if there is no change to benefit selection. Login in at www.sbcssbenefits.hrintouch.com. Risk Management Services is spearheading an internal task force charged with developing a re-entry plan for the safe return of SBCSS students and staff.
Innovation and Engagement
The branch will host two events in support of social and emotional wellness. The Understanding and Managing Stress in Uncertain Times webinar is scheduled for May 20. Over 250 registrations were received within 24 hours of the first announcement! The Southern Region Student Wellness Conference has gone virtual and has been rescheduled for July 14-16. Both events are free to staff and the public.
Office of the Superintendent
District Superintendents met on May 14 to discuss COVID-19 and the transition to in-class instruction amid new health and safety protocols. SBCSS celebrated California Day of the Teacher on May 13. This week, we honor Classified School Employees statewide. We thank both teachers and classified staff for their perseverance and dedication to continue to make education a focus during uncertain times. They have sustained and nurtured our children’s bright futures and well-being.
Student Services is focusing its efforts on confirming graduation plans for more than 180 graduates on Aug. 28 at the California Theatre in San Bernardino. They are also setting-up for summer school in select districts and creating a written COVID-19 operations report for board approval.
Technology Services coordinated the first virtual Management/Confidential Team meeting on May 15. It was a tremendous success with more than 250 staff members joining online and engaging in group breakout sessions. Superintendent Alejandre and branch leaders provided updates and encouragement.
We Need You!
Thank you to all who sent in positive messages and photographs to our Communication staff. It is so heartwarming to witness your support for students and your fellow SBCSS team members.
Jennifer Rountree with DMSELPA won a Starbucks gift card for submitting her inspiring educator story.
SALSA is not letting a pandemic affect their dedication to support high school seniors. The annual SALSA luncheon has transformed into a virtual bingo fundraiser on May 21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All proceeds, after costs, will benefit student scholarships. Register on Eventbrite by 5 p.m. today.
Our lives continue to be transformed through education. Each day is a new challenge to overcome and a new lesson to learn. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed. Our actions as a whole have brought us this far. Let’s keep striving forward together!