Phased School Year Opening

UPDATE: On November 17, 2020, the Board of Education voted to remain in distance learning (Phase 1) for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

SBCUSD will open all schools on August 3 in a 100% Distance Learning Model. All students will participate in online learning until it is deemed safe to consider other learning options.

As we navigate through the guidance of the county and state public health officials, we would like communicate to let our community know that we have four guiding principles that continue to shape the work for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Ensure Health and Physical Safety of Students and Staff
  • Adhere to Federal, State, and County Guidance
  • Provide High Quality Learning Experiences
  • Provide Safe and Accessible Working Conditions

Progression of Instructional Models

We have developed a visual (below) to demonstrate the phased approach to instructional learning models. The purpose of this visual is to help guide our schools in prioritizing their work and parents to know what services are offered at a given phase.

Progression of Instruction Models

The image featured above is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

We are currently in Phase 1 with Distance Learning Only. All of our students are participating in online learning. All students in all grades participate in live online instruction daily with additional offline work. Student attendance and grades will count. Devices and internet connections are available for students and Grab and Go Meals will continue.

IMPORTANT: We would only move into Phase 2 or Phase 3 when the Board of Education has deemed it safe to do so based on consultation from our county public health officials, readiness of physical distancing, training, and procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Considerations for Reopening and Partial or Total Closures

The San Bernardino City Unified School District would like emphasize that the Board of Education will make the decisions when it is deemed safe to do so based on local context.

In order to exit the state monitoring list and be allowed to reopen by the County Department of Public Health and Governor Newsom's guidance, the County of San Bernardino would have to exit the state monitoring list and remain off for 14 consecutive dates before the Board of Education could even consider offering in-person learning. Then the District would follow the guidance of SB 98 where we would consult with our local county public health to review our transmission rates and positive cases with SBCUSD school district boundaries. We would need to distribute all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to students and staff, make sure all schools and office building are physically ready for occupancy and training has taken place.

Considerations for Reopening and Partial or Total Closures

The image featured above is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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