SBCSS Employees:

We know these have been times of uncertainty and anxiety as citizens across our country are being asked to change their daily personal and work lives in order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of yesterday, the districts in San Bernardino County, in collaboration with our office and the Department of Public Health, made the difficult decision to close schools at least through May 1. No sooner did we complete the necessary tasks and communications associated with notification of the school closures, than Governor Newsom held a news conference to share an important announcement for all California residents regarding our state’s response to COVID-19.

The Governor’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order 33-20 states in part, “The State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” The order is effective immediately, until further notice.

At this time, the order does NOT change or impact the role of local education agencies to carry out essential services including continuity of learning and school meal services. The critical functions of K-12 education are still in effect under the Governor’s prior Executive Order 26-20 and exempt from the Stay-at-Home order. San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools will continue essential operations to support our school districts with very minimal on-site staffing and the telecommuting agreement currently in place for those employees considered essential.

I have been in awe of our employees who have readily adapted to the circumstances impacting our work here at County Schools. Thank you for your commitment and sacrifices to provide essential services to our districts and students during these unprecedent times. We will do everything in our power to keep our SBCSS employees informed, safe and healthy.

That being said, please take care of yourself and your families during this public health emergency and follow the Governor’s orders to the extent possible. The Stay-at-Home order encourages all California citizens to stay at home or their place of residence as much as possible. We must all do our part to “flatten the curve” of the spreading coronavirus. If you do not feel well, stay home. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing and fever, immediately contact your healthcare provider. This is of particular importance to individuals 65 and older and those with underlying health concerns.

Finally, thank you for what you do on a daily basis to support our students, staff, families and school districts. You are appreciated!

You can find this update and previous COVID-19 updates on eNet.