eNews & Notes - December 17, 2021

eNews & Notes - December 17, 2021
Posted on 12/17/2021
eNews & Notes - December 17, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin
Superintendent Doc Ervin has a holiday greeting for our SBCUSD education community. 

Special Message from New Board of Education President
Newly appointed Board of Education President Dr. Scott Wyatt has a holiday greeting for you.


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.

Update on Daily Temperature Checks and Other COVID-Related Changes
Students returning from the winter break will notice that SBCUSD schools are no longer monitoring children’s temperature upon arrival to school. This change will take effect when classes resume January 10, 2022.

Public health requirements from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have changed over the course of the pandemic as experts learned more about how to best manage COVID-19.  SBCUSD follows the regulations carefully and modifies procedures when safety can be maintained with the least restrictive impact on students.  In November of 2020, the CDC no longer recommended schools conduct temperature checks for students at school entrances.  However, under extreme caution SBCUSD continued the practice of temperature checks, while monitoring the local COVID rates and the impact of eliminating this measure on safety in other school districts.  SBCUSD nor San Bernardino County DPH, determined pre-entry temperature screening at schools prevented any COVID cases.  

The most effective way to keep illnesses from spreading in schools continues to be checking children for potential new symptoms, like aches, cough, and runny nose at home before sending them to school. If your child is not feeling well or exhibiting symptoms of being sick, please keep them home and call the school to report the illness.

Families should rest assured that several preventive measures remain in place, including mandatory face coverings for everyone while indoors and HEPA air scrubbers inside buildings, among others. And, SBCUSD has a COVID-19 liaison at every school who is responsible for helping students who test positive for COVID or may have been exposed. In fact, the contact tracing done by COVID liaisons has been found to be an effective tool for stemming the spread of coronavirus and helping our schools stay open for teaching and learning.

Another noticeable change will be the absence of physical distance markers that previously reminded children to keep space from others. Just like doing away with temperature checks, schools have been free of physical distance requirements for some time.

School Start Times to Change Statewide Next School Year
As required by Senate Bill 328, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019, SBCUSD middle and high school students will start school later next school year so they can benefit from more sleep.
 
The law, referred to as the Portantino Rule, requires that by fall 2022, middle schools begin no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools at 8:30 a.m. As a result, the start time for elementary schools will also be adjusted.  

According to the legislation and studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics, extra sleep has many benefits for teens, including better overall health and school performance. Research has found that teens need 8.5- 9.25 hours of sleep each night and delayed school start times align more closely with their sleep-wake cycle.  

SBCUSD is now working, with input from employees, students, and families, to finalize start times and bell schedules for the 2022-2023 school year. We know this is a significant change for many families, and we’re committed to keeping you informed.  

Winter Break Starts Today
All District schools are closed from December 20, 2021, to January 7, 2022, for the winter break. Friday, December 17 is a teacher work day and classes will not be in session. Students return to school on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Our administrative offices will be closed from December 23, 2021, to January 2, 2022.
eNews & Notes will also be on break during the holiday, returning to your ParentSquare newsfeed on January 7, 2022.

Weekly Bulletin Board
Stock up your pantry with help from the Pure Land Foundation, which is holding a drive-thru food distribution on December 18.  And on December 19, the Tzu Chi Foundation will distribute free groceries at Jones Elementary School.
 

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

Winter Grab ‘N’ Go Meals
To make sure no SBCUSD student goes hungry, Nutrition Services is offering Grab ‘N’ Go Meals during Winter break at eight locations. Meals are available to every child, from birth to age 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. on designated days. Grab ‘N’ Go sites will provide 10 days’ worth of breakfast and lunch per child on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, and 5 days’ worth of meals on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. For more information, call (909) 881-8000 or visit www.sbcusd.com/meals.

Grab ‘N’ Go Locations
  • Arroyo Valley High School
  • Cajon High School
  • Indian Springs High School
  • San Bernardino High School
  • San Gorgonio High School
  • Del Vallejo Leadership & STEAM Academy
  • Richardson PREP HI Middle School
  • Muscoy Elementary School


Guest Teachers and Substitute Employees Honored
Each year, SBCUSD relies on hundreds of substitute classified employees and guest teachers to  work in our schools and offices so we can keep operating smoothly.

These employees hold down temporary and part-time jobs as cafeteria workers, custodians, interns, and guest teachers and fill in when there are vacancies or permanent employees take time off.  

On December 14, the Board of Education virtually honored nine temporary employees by awarding them a Shining Star for their contributions to keeping our schools open for teaching and learning.
 
The employees who received a 2021 Shining Star Award are resident teachers Judy Gere, Veronica Roman, Darlene Rios, and Kristin Smith. The classified substitutes and college interns are Summer Clark, Stella Garcia, Mireya Nicholson, Claudette Powell, and Haylie Spargo.
 
We salute these dedicated temporary employees and all the other guest workers who are beacons of hope in our school district, whether it be for a day, a week, or a year.
 
You can learn more about the honorees in a tribute video here.

SBCUSD in the News

In the Spotlight

Board of Education Elects New Leaders 
At its reorganization meeting on December 14, the Board of Education of the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Scott Wyatt as president of the governing body and longtime Board member Mr. Danny Tillman as vice president.

The leadership positions are effective immediately, and Wyatt and Tillman will serve in their new roles for one year.

Dr. Wyatt is a career educator who has worked locally in a variety of roles. He has been an educator for over 20 years. During his career, he has been a teacher, lead teacher, principal and Area Director of Student Services. He has worked in K-12 Alternative Education programs, Juvenile Court School Programs, ROP/CTE programs, Special Education programs, and supervised the Toyota Learning Center at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Scott serves on numerous committees throughout the county and state. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force.
 
“I am honored to have been selected as the president of the school board,” said Dr. Wyatt,  who won re-election in November 2020. “I thank Dr. Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers for her exemplary leadership during these unprecedented times. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve our students, families, and community as president.”
 
Mr. Tillman is a San Bernardino High School (SBHS) graduate and longtime community advocate. He was first elected to the Board in 1995 and has served as both Board president and vice president in the past. Tillman has worked for San Bernardino County for more than 40 years and is currently a departmental information systems administrator for San Bernardino County Human Services. His special interests are technology, budgets, early education, school-to-work programs, and recruitment.
 
The seven-member Board provides direction for operating the District through actions taken at its meetings. Board members develop the policies by which the educational programs and other business of the District are carried out. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and can be viewed live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/SanBdoCitySchools. Meetings are open to the public, except for closed sessions, which the Board is permitted to hold to discuss confidential matters relating to employees, students, or litigation. Actions taken in closed session are reported out at the end of the meeting.

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