Team Update 6/22/20
Dear SBCSS Team,
As we continue to plan and prepare for the safe return of students and staff to the classroom and administrative sites, we are also bearing witness to a national movement on equity. As an organization, we must also reflect on issues of equity within our schools and workplace. Our office will be hosting “A Watershed Moment: Policing, Protesting and Perspective” on June 25 at 1:30 p.m. The webinar will include guest panelists from education and law enforcement to dialogue about ways to overcome systemic racism and implicit bias.
“While there have been challenges over the past few months of this worldwide pandemic, I remain proud of the strong collaborative spirit in our districts and schools, and in our communities and region.” View this week’s message.
Technology JPA is working on several enhancements to the accruals, budgeting and reporting systems. Stay tuned for anticipated release dates. Year-end processes are in full swing and departments are working together to complete retroactive pay adjustments, reports and transactions for the current fiscal year. Projections for COVID-19 related costs and claim reimbursements by FEMA are also being determined. Procurement and Warehouse will be distributing 140 pallets of personal protective equipment provided by the California Office of Emergency Services to all school districts in San Bernardino County. Intergovernmental Relations is working with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health to review district plans for the safe reopening of schools.
Education Support Services
The Expanded Learning Summer Creative Afterschool Program 2020 kicks off on June 22 and continues until July 20. Expanded Learning staff will be providing virtual summer enrichment/lessons for students across the county. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Design team has been meeting and developing the UDL Professional Learning Courses that will be offered free this month as part of the Distance Learning Consortium that spans across five county offices of education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence.
Human Resources had a very positive and productive labor collaboration meeting that provided an opportunity for labor representatives, Student Services, MOT and Human Resources to come together and share information on topics related to the plan for returning to work. Discussions on practical ways to address minimizing exposure, PPE/EPG, temperature testing, safety, cleaning, disinfectants, HVAC systems, playgrounds and many more topics were explored while keeping our student's and employee needs an integral part of the communication. Key questions were developed as a byproduct of the meeting and are being researched to ensure alignment to the CDC guidelines and the “Stronger Together” guidebook for the safe reopening of schools.
Innovation and Engagement
In an update to employees last month, it was shared that the Alliance for Education is working with Millionaire Mind Kids, a high-desert based non-profit that provides tutoring, after-school and summer academies, and Garner Holt Productions Education through Imagination program to host a free virtual STEAM camp for High Desert students ages 7-18 during the summer months. Currently, 124 students are enrolled in the camp and are uncovering the fundamentals required to build animatronics through hands-on learning that supports students’ imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills.
Office of the Superintendent
The County Superintendent participated in a virtual roundtable discussion with West End superintendents held by Congresswoman Norma Torres to discuss districts’ priorities as they prepare for the reopening of schools in the fall. District superintendents discussed their needs for additional federal funding for education in response to the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Communications staff completed the final senior portrait session on June 16 for students enrolled in the Gateway program.
Several Alternative Education staff met with Creative Services to discuss marketing strategies to promote student programs within the department. A comprehensive brochure is in development and is scheduled for publication by the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. It takes a concerted effort to determine student eligibility for graduation. Regina Hernandez in Student Services works collaboratively with SBCSS and district staff to gather and certify instructional credits to qualify students to receive their diploma. Thank you, Gina!
Technology Services is busy working on implementing a new ticketing system for technical Help Desk support. Additional information will be released in the coming days. Staff is advised to continue using KACE until further notice.
We Need You!
We have some seriously talented people in our organization! Thank you for submitting photos of your home improvement projects. Congratulations to Maria Guzman and Marcelino Serna with Education Support Services, and Jessica Leng-Tuleja with Human Resources for being the first three submissions. They will each receive a Starbuck’s gift card. Check out their handiwork in tis week’s Good News photo album.
There will be many changes within our organization, and this will provide opportunity for growth and transformation. These past few months have prepared us for the challenges ahead. We will continue to serve students, districts, families and the community with excellence and resilience. We are in this together.
Stay safe and stay well.