eNews & Notes - August 13, 2021

eNews & Notes - August 13, 2021
Posted on 08/13/2021
eNews & Notes - August 13, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin

Future in Focus

Quick tips, brief updates, and reminders about what’s coming up to help families, employees, and our community make the most of our schools.

Special Reception for New Cabinet Members
The Board of Education will hold a special reception to welcome three new members of Superintendent Doc Ervin’s Executive Cabinet.
The reception for Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rachel Monárrez; Assistant Superintendent, of Equity, Access, and Innovation Dr. Ricardo Esquivel; and Associate Superintendent of Business, Facilities, & Operations Harold Sullins is on Tuesday, August 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dr. Margaret Hill Community Room at 777 North F Street in San Bernardino.

Save the Date: Tzu Chi Drive-Thru Food Pantry
Join us on Sunday, August 22 at Jones Elementary for Tzu Chi's Drive-Thru Food Giveaway!

Sunday, August 22, 2021
9 to 11 a.m. (while supplies last)
Jones Elementary School
700 North F Street, San Bernardino

Highlights of the Week

Highlights of key news from the week that will help you stay in the know.

Governor Gavin Newsom Visits SBCUSD School

Governor Gavin Newsom Visits Students at Jones Elementary

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Jones Elementary School on August 6 to highlight the need for mental health services for students as part of his education plan, which also includes funding for universal pre-K, free meals for all students, and increased internet access.
While at Jones, Newsom visited two classrooms to learn more about social emotional learning, which will play an important role in SBCUSD campuses this school year. Newsom was accompanied by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Assemblyman James Ramos, and Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gomez Reyes.

Enroll at Your Neighborhood School Today
SBCUSD schools are eager to enroll all students. If you are new to San Bernardino City Unified, be sure to visit your neighborhood school, where friendly staff will take care of all your enrollment needs. For more information, visit https://www.sbcusd.com/district_offices/student_services/enrollment/enrollment_forms.

All Students Continue Receiving Free Meals
Breakfast and lunch continue to be free for the 2021-22 school year!
Although meals are free, families are encouraged to complete an income survey. Qualifying families may be eligible for discounted programs such as reduced utilities and/or internet service, and fee waivers for Advanced Placement tests. Income survey data is being collected during the online enrollment process through the Aeries Parent Portal.

ParentSquare Corner
More than 9,000 of you have already downloaded the ParentSquare app to stay connected with everything happening in SBCUSD!
If you haven’t downloaded the app, what are you waiting for?
Downloading the free app is the best way to get the most out of ParentSquare, including customizing message preferences. If you rely on other platforms, like Peachjar and the SBCUSD SchoolMessenger app, note that the District has already started migrating the information typically shared on these two apps to ParentSquare.
Check out a short Parent 101 video to learn more about ParentSquare, how it works, and how it can help you and your family stay connected to your child’s school and the District.

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In the Spotlight

SBCUSD Schools Continue Implementing COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Working to Keep Families Informed 
Two weeks into the new school year, the San Bernardino City Unified School District remains committed to maintaining clean learning environments where students can learn safely.
We’re proud of the hundreds of District employees who are working exceptionally hard to keep COVID-19 under control in our classrooms and across our more than 70 schools and offices.
Cleaning and sanitizing protocols and mandatory use of face coverings are helping curb the spread of illness on school campuses. Only a small fraction of the students who returned in person on August 2 have come to school with COVID-19. Our various protocols for responding to suspected and confirmed cases have worked, resulting in staff quickly identifying sick or symptomatic students, who are quickly isolated from the rest of the campus.
Still, we know many families remain concerned for the health and wellbeing of their children. Please continue helping us keep our schools open by conducting a daily health screening for each child who attends our schools and keeping sick children home. You can also help us by not perpetuating rumors you may hear or read on social media.  

In fact, the best way for families to stay connected and up to date on the latest information about SBCUSD and its schools is by following us on social media and signing up for ParentSquare.
Please remember that as we face a rise of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are committed to regularly updating you about our COVID-19 safety plan to ensure student and staff safety.

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