Dear SBCSS Team,

The start of the new school year has been truly inspiring to see teachers and students engaging with one another and settling into their new virtual learning environments. During these trying times, our surrounding communities, agencies, support staff, teachers, parents and families have continued to focus on the boundless potential of our students. By Aug. 31, all public schools in San Bernardino County will be back in session and primarily serving students through distance learning with the exception of Lucerne Valley Unified in the high desert. The district was approved to open its campus for face-to-face instruction for students grades TK-6 after meeting strict criteria set by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Superintendent’s Message
“This is a school year unlike any we have experienced. Your perseverance, resiliency and dedication you provide to students in order to connect and succeed is powerful and purposeful.” View this week’s message.

Business Services
Business Services is in the process of reviewing unaudited actuals for the 2019-2020 year to ensure accuracy. The Support Center team received and distributed 2 million pieces of PPE, which included disposable and cloth masks, hand sanitizers, thermometers and face shields to all San Bernardino County districts and charter schools. Procurement continues to source and purchase materials and supplies to help support workplace safety and distance learning efforts at administrative and school sites. District Financial Services continues to help school districts with formal bid requirements and facilitate emergency contracting for public works projects needed as a result of COVID-19, such as ventilation systems and other building modifications.

Education Support Services
Education Support Services’ (ESS) early literacy coordinator delivered a training module titled “Learning Foundations.” This module is the first in a four course Early Literacy Pathway training series. There were 42 participants from across the county, including state and county preschool teachers, family day care providers and Child Resource Center educators. ESS ELA, Math and history coordinators continue to meet with local districts and teachers to discuss and develop strategies for teaching in a virtual setting. The LCAP Support and Advisory Services team continues to provide ongoing Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) support for districts across the county, including the reading of district LCP drafts with reviews and feedback

Human Resources
Human Resources is working on finalizing its end of year reports and conducting interactives related to COVID-19 and other leave reports. HR has launched two grant opportunities for the 2020-2021 school year. The California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program awards up to $4k per year to support classified employees as they complete an undergraduate degree with the goal of becoming a teacher. The deadline to apply is Aug. 28 by 4 p.m. The Local Solutions Grant is sponsored by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to assist with a shortage of special education teachers. Local Solutions provides funding to recruit, prepare, develop support systems for, and retain special education teachers. The deadline to apply for the Local Solutions Grant also is Aug. 28 by 4 p.m.

Innovation and Engagement
Innovation and Engagement is updating all ROP course outlines and preparing for the online curriculum library that will be hosted on a new ROP website. This year’s Reading Rally has gone virtual and will be held from Sept. 1-30. For those who volunteered to create a video for Reading Rally, please send in your video submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by this Friday Aug. 28.

Office of the Superintendent
Superintendent Ted Alejandre participated in a Virtual Town Hall hosted by Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes on Aug. 18. Nearly 70 attendees, including California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Rialto Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtemoc Avila, Colton Joint Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Miranda and Fontana Unified School District Superintendent Mr. Randal Bassett participated in the online forum. The event focused on back-to-school updates in the COVID-19 environment from superintendents.

Student Services
Live Oak County Early Education Center was recognized by the California Positive Behavior Interventions Support (PBIS) Coalition for their outstanding PBIS contribution during COVID-19. Congratulations on the outstanding work! West End Principal Cami Young and West End Psychologist Liz Zebrowski continue to implement PBIS through distance learning to help support students’ needs. SBCSS Gateway School held its graduation for its students on Aug. 19. Graduating seniors were honored for not only their academic achievements but also their personal successes. On Aug. 28, a drive-thru Commencement Ceremony for our Student Services Class of 2020 will be held at Barbara Phelps County Community School to honor this important milestone. Local and state public health department guidelines will be observed. There will be three ceremonies which take place at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to maintain social distancing.

Technology Services
In a joint effort with Maintenance, Operations and Transportation, Technology Services upgraded old copper standard phone lines to a VOIP phone system at the Frost County Early Education Center and at the Etiwanda Medical Therapy Unit. The VOIP phone system is now connected through the network while still using the same existing phone numbers. The Digital Learning Services team presented five professional development sessions to Fontana Unified educators and administrators. The sessions focused on the National Standards for Quality Online Learning, Digital Citizenship, Netiquette and Social Emotional Learning, Considerations for English Language Learners in the Online Classroom and Considerations for Accessibility for students with disabilities. Last week, SBCSS’ digital learning staff Laurel Aguilar-Kirchhoff and Sonal Patel facilitated the second Webisode Wednesday webinar. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre along with more than 200 educators participated in the engaging session, which focused on the power of Screencastify to enhance distance learning.

We Need You!
As we progress into the school year via distance learning, some teachers, parents and families are getting creative with their new learning environments. SBCSS would like to showcase these new and creative ideas! If you are one who has created a fun new learning environment or knows anyone who has, please send a photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We understand that these past weeks have been a challenge with adapting to distance learning and enduring this intensive heatwave; however, we are a strong community with immense resiliency. Remember to keep hydrated and rest, particularly when over-heated. Let’s continue to stay safe together by practicing social distancing, using good hygiene and wearing masks in public and in the workplace. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.