enews & Notes - January 21, 2022

eNews & Notes - January 21, 2022
Posted on 01/21/2022
eNews & Notes - January 21, 2022

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San Bernardino City Unified School District
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A Moment with Doc Ervin
Superintendent Doc Ervin continues his new series, This Week, I'm Learning with a visit to San Andreas High School to learn about CPR. 

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.

Weekly Bulletin Board
Every Monday at 11 am, we’ll share a collection of events and announcements to keep you connected to the District and community. Be sure to check them out here.

Board of Education to Decide How to Fill Vacancy in a Special Meeting
The San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Board of Education will hold a special meeting on January 25 to determine the process it will use to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Dr. Margaret Hill.  During this public meeting, the District’s six remaining trustees will decide whether to make a provisional appointment or move to a special election to choose a new member for the governing board.

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

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SBCUSD Board Honors Dr. Margaret Hill
During the January 18 Board of Education meeting, the Board honored Board member and educator Dr. Margaret Hill, who passed away on December 19, with a purple spotlight on her nameplate and a special resolution.

Thanks to a $75,000 donation from AM LLC presented during the Board meeting, the District’s Making Hope Happen Foundation is launching an endowed scholarship fund in Dr. Hill’s name. The scholarship will provide at least one mentor-supported scholarship to a graduating senior from San Andreas High School each year, in perpetuity. If you or someone you know would like to help increase the endowment and support more students with scholarships in perpetuity, you can contribute to the Margaret Hill Memorial Scholarship at www.makinghope.org/margarethill.



In the Spotlight


Important COVID Changes Coming Tuesday
New Group Testing for COVID to Better Protect Students
Based on new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and in the wake of the current Omicron surge, SBCUSD is updating our procedures to better protect students and ease parent concerns.

Starting Tuesday, January 25, 2022, we will implement group testing for COVID. Currently, our COVID liaisons perform contact tracing for each positive COVID case in our schools. It takes time to interview those involved and determine who does and doesn’t need testing. With group testing, when there’s a confirmed COVID case in a school, the COVID liaison or appropriate school staff will test all of the students who share a class or other indoor space with that student. This will help us get COVID-positive students home to rest and recover and COVID-negative students back to their classrooms for vital instructional time.

To further ease the burden on families, all students will be automatically enrolled in the group testing protocol. Families will not need to provide verbal permission for each group test.
Families do have the option to opt-out for their child. If you opt-out of group testing, your child will not be permitted to remain at school when group testing is required. They must be picked up immediately and follow the at-home quarantine timeline.

A COVID-19 Group Testing Opt-Out Form is being sent home to families. Only complete the form if you want your child to opt out. If you want your child to participate in group testing, you don’t need to do anything.

SBCUSD still requires all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering at all times indoors. Students should stay home if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms or if they or a household member has tested positive for COVID. Please report any illness or positive test to your child’s school.

If we all work together, we can keep our schools open, maintain high standards of teaching and learning, and stay safe.


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