eNews & Notes - July 30, 2021

eNews & Notes - July 30, 2021
Posted on 07/30/2021
eNews & Notes - July 30, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin

A greeting from Superintendent Doc Ervin and key leaders in SBCUSD, with a reminder: We’re Better Together. Welcome Home.

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.

Daily Checklist a Must
As we prepare to welcome students back with open arms—although physically distanced—we remind families that screening children daily for coronavirus symptoms is critical to ensuring their ongoing wellbeing and the continued operation of our schools.

Every morning, parents and guardians will need to check each child for COVID-19 symptoms before sending them to school. Children who have any COVID-19 symptoms that are not related to known, ongoing conditions, such as allergies, should stay home and the absence should be reported to the school office on the first day the child is absent.

Use this checklist to help you guide this daily routine for each child attending SBCUSD schools. Remember, you are the first line of defense against the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. When in doubt, please keep children home and contact your medical provider.

Read more about SBCUSD’s plan to keep students safe in our Roadmap to Reopening Guidebook.

Be Patient and Graceful on First Day of School 

As SBCUSD welcomes back our 47,000 students on Monday, August 2, please remember that new school routines require new mindsets. We ask for your patience and grace as our employees do their best on the first day of school. 

Pedestrian Safety Tips
We remain committed to providing a safe and orderly learning environment for our students, including taking steps to help keep them safe while on their way to and from school.

Please make safety an important and regular part of conversations with your child. Here are some tips to review with your child before the first day of school.

  1. When walking, always focus attention on road and traffic conditions. This is no time to play with friends or be distracted.

  2. Always walk on sidewalks. If sidewalks are not available, walk on the edge of the road or as close to the curb as possible, facing the flow of traffic. Use pedestrian bridges when available.

  3. Cross the street only at marked crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrians are most often hit by cars when they are jaywalking or crossing the road at places other than intersections.

  4. Look left, right, and left again for traffic. Stopping at the curb signals drivers that you intend to cross.

  5. Obey all traffic signals. At intersections where traffic is controlled by signals or a crossing guard, pedestrians must obey the signal and not cross against the stop signal unless specifically directed by a crossing guard.

  6. Never walk to school alone. Always walk to and from school and the bus stop with other students or known adults.

You can learn more about pedestrian safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website

Families, you can also support school safety by obeying all traffic laws in and around schools. Please observe the lowered speed limit around schools and do not double-park your vehicle or allow your child to exit or enter your vehicle unless it is legally parked.  

2021-2022 School Calendar
Check out the 2021-2022 school calendar and get ahead by calendaring all important dates, like Back-to-School Nights, holidays, and winter and spring break. When it comes to school attendance, every day counts, so be sure to plan trips and doctor appointments on days when classes are not in session.

Highlights of the Week

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

SBCUSD Teachers Return to Classrooms

School classrooms across San Bernardino City Unified came alive this week as thousands of teachers returned in preparation for the first day of school on August 2. Share you pictures of the first day of school by tagging us using the hashtag #SBCUSDFirstDay.

Face Coverings Still Required Indoors, Optional Outdoors
Face coverings are required for everyone, students, employees, and visitors, while indoors. Masks are no longer mandatory outdoors on k-12 campuses.

Before your child leaves home for school, be sure they are properly wearing a face covering. Remind them it’s important that the face covering covers their nose and their mouth at all times while indoors or riding a bus, unless they are eating or drinking.

If your child needs accommodations because they are unable to wear a face covering, contact your child’s school to make arrangements.

Students will be provided five washable face coverings and disposable face coverings will be available for those who forget to wear one. 

ParentSquare Corner
Welcome to ParentSquare, a new communication platform that SBCUSD launched this week to keep families more connected than ever to their children’s teachers, schools, and District announcements.

ParentSquare is best used through a free app that can be loaded onto phones or mobile devices. The system includes alerts, tools for confirming participation in conferences and events, and the ability to respond to teachers and administrators. Families can customize the app to receive information in the formats they prefer.

“We’re excited to offer this new tool to ensure our families are always in the know when it comes to important news and information about their children’s classes, schools, and our District,” said Executive Director Ginger Ontiveros, who oversaw the ParentSquare launch for SBCUSD. “With all of the changes brought on by COVID-19, strong family communication has never been so essential.”

Joining ParentSquare takes a few steps:

  • Download ParentSquare from Apple’s App Store or Google Play
  • Login with the email or phone number on file with your child’s school
  • Start receiving posts relevant to your child

Learn more about ParentSquare in the company’s blog here

SBCUSD in the News 

In the Spotlight

The Important Role of School COVID-19 Liaisons
As part of our efforts to keep students and staff, every SBCUSD school will have its own COVID-19 liaison.

Liaisons will be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns at the school level, providing guidance and information for students, families, and staff. Liaisons will play a key role in mitigation, serving as the primary point of contact for students who test positive or may have been exposed to COVID-19. They will conduct contact tracing to determine who else may have interacted with a sick student or employee and inform them of next steps.
Liaisons will also coordinate on-site testing for students, with parent and guardian permission.

Students and families are also an important part of our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 when classes resume on Monday, August 2. You can do your part by ensuring that children complete a health self assessment every day before school. And children who are sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19 are to stay home.

Because COVID-19 liaisons may need to speak to parents and guardians as part of their job, it’s vital that all families keep their contact information up to date.

AM LLC, the company that SBCUSD contracted to provide school liaisons, is currently hiring more employees to fill local positions. Learn more and apply online at https://amllc.co/careers.

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