Dear SBCSS Team,

With the rise in COVID-19 cases in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has instructed those on the statewide County Monitoring List to close indoor operations where physical distancing with an unrelated group and wearing face coverings are difficult — namely, bars, sit-down restaurants, entertainment centers and museums. The governor also signed the 2020-21 budget on June 29. Public education is fully funded at 2019-2020 levels and also increases special education resources to improve student outcomes. On June 30, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond met for the first time with a statewide task force to address and explore resources that would help eradicate racial injustice and implicit bias among students and school police.

Superintendent’s Message
“It is important that we as citizens recognize the sacrifices that many have made in our 244-year history to provide liberty for all.” View this week’s message.

Business Services
District Financial Services (DFS) has completed processing of all the districts’ payrolls, commercial vendor payments, cash receipts and interfund transfers for the fiscal year of 2019-20. DFS also is preparing, reviewing and updating district cashflows for 2019-20 and 2020-21. This process is critical to fiscal solvency of our districts, keeping employees paid and distance learning active. Payroll is working on updates to staff information to ensure correct pay and benefits calculations in the new fiscal year. Maintenance, Operations and Transportation is ordering approximately 275 wall-mounted hand sanitizer units to be strategically installed at all SBCSS administrative facilities and school sites.

Innovation and Engagement
The Gangs and Drugs Task Force will be holding its next online executive board meeting on July 8, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for access information. EMPIRE | KVCR aired televised virtual and drive-through graduation ceremonies for Chaffey Joint Union High over the weekend. San Gorgonio High School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District will air its virtual grad ceremony on July 8 at 7:40 p.m. on Channel 24.

Office of the Superintendent
The Communications office will be migrating to Wrike, an online project management system, for staff to request creative services such as graphic design, video production and photography services. Wrike user manual guides and videos will be made available in the following weeks to help staff transition from KACE to the new system. Multimedia Services has also begun the process to upgrade convenience copiers throughout the organization. The Print Shop will be open on July 7 and will be closed on July 9 for equipment upgrades. For time sensitive print needs, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Technology Services
The Digital Learning Services team provided a two-day training on “Lesson Design for Online/Blended Learning” in collaboration with SBCSS ELA/History Team and the Region 10 California Department of Education’s Content, Literacy, Inquiry and Citizenship Project. Technology Services was able to secure funding for the first-year implementation of the San Diego County of Education’s Red Herring system. Red Herring, a comprehensive phishing awareness user training system, is to be implemented in every San Bernardino County school district to help educate staff about cyber-attacks through email.

We Need You!
For the past 244 years, our country has stood as the world’s greatest democracy. While this year has presented many challenges across our nation, we remain united.

Thank you for submitting so many heartfelt photos and memories. Congratulations to Gabriel Arredondo with Student Services, Andrea Tennyson with East Valley SELPA, and Heather Smith with Education Support Services for sharing the first three Beach Day pictures. They will each receive a Starbuck’s gift card. Check out their amazing pictures in this week’s Good News photo album.

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day weekend. Please share your favorite Independence Day picture! The first three submissions will win a Starbuck’s gift card. Send your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and use the title “Independence Day.”

In light of the increased confirmed cases of the coronavirus in our county and across our state – we need to stay vigilant in practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings and frequently washing our hands. We all need to respect one another and do our best to promote good health across our communities. Let’s stay safe together!