Dear SBCSS Team,

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.

Superintendent’s Message
“There’s no doubt that these have been turbulent times, but the people of San Bernardino County have made extraordinary efforts to practice safe behaviors that benefit all of us. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools offices remain committed to supporting countywide efforts and guidance for the safety and well-being of our students, staff and communities.” View this week’s video message.

Business Services
Maintenance, Operations and Transportation will be conducting a minor construction project that is set to begin on June 1 in the Innovation and Engagement area of the Roy C Hill building. Construction will begin at 6:30 a.m. The project is estimated to take three weeks to complete. We appreciate the efforts of our MOT team to keep our work areas clean and safe, and their commitment to continued delivery of critical supplies and mail to districts and school sites. A “great job” goes on to the internal Business team as the County Board of Education approved the revised County Schools Service Fund Budget during its meeting this morning.

Education Support Services
Medallions and posters for each AVID graduating senior were distributed throughout the counties to be given at the region’s upcoming virtual graduation ceremonies. In order to ensure ESS is prepared to serve districts with virtual trainings in the fall, the Curriculum Instruction and Academic Enrichment team has updated all trainings to be delivered in an online format for elementary and secondary staff.

Human Resources
Human Resources has completed salary negotiations with SBCTA and the California School Employees Association. These employee groups and management/confidential team members agreed to a total Cost of Living Adjustment of 3.13 percent for the 2019-20 fiscal year. As a result, these employees will realize a salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2019 for the next pay period. Negotiations with Teamsters are ongoing and hope to be finalized soon.

Innovation and Engagement
Twenty-eight star students received scholarships this past week -- 22 of which received a $1,000 Gangs and Drugs Task Force scholarship and the remaining students received a $300 anonymous donor scholarship. SBCSS graduating at-promise youths wrote essays on their plans to continue their education. Winning submissions will be awarded laptops courtesy of the Innovation and Engagement’s Children Fund. An interactive “Grab and Go” summer meals map is available on the SBCSS website. Families can access up-to-date information on where free meals will be served in the county. The stress management webinar series, in collaboration with Student Services, was a success with over 622 registrations combined.

Office of the Superintendent
The first virtual classified team meeting on May 28 had its best attendance ever with more than 192 staff members participating. Groups collaborated in breakout rooms and discussed topics like organizational culture, telecommuting challenges, and concerns about returning to in-person workspaces. Staff were engaged and insightful, and remain positive about the future.

The Communications staff will be taking senior portraits of Student Services’ graduates at various SBCSS school sites beginning June 2 through June 16. Senior pictures provide another opportunity to recognize the graduates for their outstanding accomplishment.

Student Services
Retiring Students Services administrators and teachers were celebrated this last week for their dedication and hard work in the first tri-regional drive-through retirement celebrations. Each retiree was presented with a certificate and a gift from the San Bernardino County Teachers Association (SBCTA). Student Services’ graduation committee continues to prepare for graduation season by scheduling senior portrait sessions, delivering yard signs and recognition gifts, and mapping out parade routes to honor our at-promise graduates. SBCTA also is providing gifts for each graduate.

Technology Services
SBCSS Digital Learning Services continues to support educators countywide in the delivery on online instruction as the current school year wraps up and teachers gear up from the 2020-21 academic year. The team hosted Rim of the World School District educators for two online Google Classroom professional development sessions. The team also hosted all Helendale teachers in a 3.5-hour virtual training on distance learning best practices.

We Need You!
Congratulations to Eileen Lozano and Deborah Arroyo with Student Services, and Cathi Sorney with Human Resources for sending in their personal recognition for veterans. They will each receive a Starbuck’s gift card. Check out their touching posts on Facebook.

Recent days have seen unprecedented civil unrest throughout the United States. San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Fontana, Chino Hills and other local communities have all been affected. This has added further stress and concern to an already trying time. Understandably, emotions are high. We are a united community of educators who are working together to create positive change through education. Stay safe and continue transforming lives through education.