Dear SBCSS Team,

It is without a doubt that these trying times have had an impact on the social-emotional wellness of County Schools students, families and staff. In supporting the mental and physical health of our students and communities, SBCSS will be hosting its ninth annual Southern Region Student Wellness Conference (SRSWC) in collaboration with the County Department of Behavioral Health on July 14-15. This year’s conference will be held in a virtual environment due to the ongoing pandemic and will address areas of equity, resiliency, family/student engagement and wellness.

Superintendent’s Message
“We know that strategies for our reopening of schools will vary; however, it is evident, that students and staff miss the personal connection of face-to-face instruction.” View this week’s video message.

Business Services
District Financial Services opened up the financial system for school districts to begin processing financial transactions in fiscal year 2020-21, while still working on “closing the books” for fiscal year 2019-20. MOT is working with the transportation vendor and districts for proper social distancing on school buses for home to school transportation. The Procurement team is working to obtain the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and signage necessary for re-entry to the workplace and school sites.

Human Resources
Human Resources met with our labor representatives, Student Services and Maintenance, Operations and Transportation to discuss practical ways to address minimizing exposure to COVID-19, PPE, temperature testing, safety, cleaning, disinfectants and many more topics surrounding return to work plans. Risk Management and Human Resources are working together to fine-tune our SBCSS worksite re-entry plan for employees that aligns with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health guidelines.

Innovation and Engagement
Congratulations to this year’s 22 recipients of the Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force college scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to students who have overcome adversity, including being at-risk, homeless, in foster care or probation. This year’s honorees were students of seven San Bernardino County districts: Barstow, Chaffey, Colton, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Rialto and San Bernardino City, and were recognized by the San Bernardino County Board of Education at this month’s board meeting. Join us virtually for this year’s SRSWC on July 14-15 as we discuss new perspectives on how to support student wellness at school, at home and in the community.

Office of the Superintendent
The San Bernardino County Board of Education honored longtime Assistant Superintendent Randy Elphic of Student Services at this month’s semi-virtual board meeting. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre, Colton Joint Unified School District Superintendent Frank Miranda, Redlands Unified School District Superintendent Mauricio Arellano and Rialto Unified School District Superintendent Cuauhtémoc Avila will join as panelists with additional superintendents in a forum on July 14 for the 16th Annual Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice. The Superintendents’ Forum will address the safe reopening of schools and student learning.

Technology Services
SBCSS Technical Services Branch is supporting Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) by hosting a Zoom Webinar aimed at Chino teachers still providing distance learning services to CVUSD students. Three-hundred CVUSD teachers are expected to attend the webinar on July 14. The Digital Learning Services department delivered a training on the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching to Baldy View’s Regional Occupational Program and Career and Technical Education teachers in the West End of San Bernardino County.

We Need You!
Please remain respectful of social distancing protocols of remaining 6 feet apart in social settings and wearing face coverings in public. Avoid touching faces with hands and practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently.

We are stronger in our communities when we are united. We will get through these difficult times together.