eNews & Notes - September 3, 2021

eNews & Notes - September 3, 2021
Posted on 09/03/2021
eNews & Notes - September 3, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin

Superintendent Doc Ervin introduces a member of his Executive Cabinet.

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.

Save the Date for Upcoming Virtual Town Hall
Join us for the first Districtwide Town Hall Meeting of the 2021-22 school year on Thursday, September 9 from 6-8 p.m. The online meeting focuses on updates about the new school year and COVID-19 safety information. See this flyer for more details, including a registration link and instructions for how to submit a question or comment before the meeting.

Townhall Announcement

Spectators at Indoor Events
To better protect all students and families from potentially spreading COVID-19, we have new procedures for spectators at indoor athletic competitions and theater and musical performances. All spectators must continue to wear a face covering at all times while indoors. We are also limiting spectators to members of the immediate household of participating students.

School Bus Riders Should Expect Delays Due to National Driver Shortage
The SBCUSD Transportation Department strives to keep all school buses running as close to scheduled departure times as possible.
Due to a national bus operator shortage, we ask for your patience as students will likely continue experiencing some delay in bus service. When a bus is running late, students are instructed to wait at the bus stop and not go back home. When buses are late, students will not be marked tardy. While we would like to notify parents whenever buses run behind schedule, we simply do not have the resources to do so. We will notify the school as soon as we confirm a bus is running late. Please rest assured that SBCUSD is working diligently to provide the best service possible during these challenging times.

Computer Classes
We’re now offering free, virtual computer classes to equip families with the skills necessary to support their children.
Classes will cover a basic introduction to computers, internet research, and the ins and outs of Google docs. Classes start September 7 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Space is limited, so register today at https://bit.ly/21CCFmly.

Dell Education Discount
All SBCUSD staff, students, and families are eligible for discounts on Dell laptops, monitors, and other electronics and accessories when purchasing through the dedicated SBCUSD website at http://www.dell.com/mpp/SanBernardinoCityUSD. You may be required to use your official SBCUSD student email address to receive the discount.

Highlights of the Week

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

Visit a Community Clinic for Student Immunizations
Does your child have all the immunizations required by the state of California to attend our schools?
If not, there are three community clinics where students can conveniently receive immunizations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. See this flyer for more information about locations and phone numbers and make an appointment today.

Immunization Flyer

Remember, families have until September 7 to get all state-required immunizations or students will be excluded from school.

ParentSquare Corner
Being in the know about everything happening in our schools has never been easier.
If you’re not on ParentSquare, you’re missing out on thousands of posts and vital information shared by our schools and District each week. Don’t be part of the small percentage of SBCUSD families that have yet to download the free ParentSquare app.

ParentSquare App

ParentSquare Tip of the Week: Appreciate Us
When reading ParentSquare posts from your child’s school or the District, take a moment to share your enthusiasm by clicking the heart icon. Each time you do this, much the same way you do on social media,
you’re showing appreciation for the information SBCUSD shares.

In the Spotlight

SBCUSD Remains Committed to Keeping Stakeholders Informed
As we cap our first month of in-person teaching and learning, I want to thank you for entrusting your child’s education to our dedicated team of educators. I also want to take this opportunity to reiterate our steadfast commitment to transparency as we work to share important and factual information about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our schools.

In the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD), one of our greatest strengths is our belief in the importance and power of communication—especially when it comes to keeping stakeholders informed. While COVID-19 has certainly presented challenges, it has also provided us with the opportunity to examine how we can take advantage of technology to better communicate with families while strengthening trust and building relationships.

As we have since the start of the 2021–22 school year, we follow California Department of Public Health guidance for all of our safety and quarantine protocols. We will continue notifying you when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed at your child’s school. In fact, we use three different letters to communicate with families about COVID-19 cases. We want to familiarize you with all three to ensure you know what each means to your family and the school community.

1. Sick Student: You will be contacted by phone and receive this letter if new symptoms or test results cause us to suspect your child might be positive for COVID-19. Within this letter will be instructions and resources to help you navigate this situation. It will be sent home with you when you pick up your child from school.

2. Exposed Student: You will be contacted by phone and receive this letter if your child is determined through contact tracing to have been in close contact with someone at school who has been identified as positive for COVID-19. It will contain instructions for testing and quarantine. This letter will be sent home with the student.

3. School Notification: You will receive this letter anytime a COVID-19 case is confirmed at your child’s school and only through ParentSquare. We are legally obligated to protect the privacy of each individual, therefore we will not disclose the identity of the COVID-19-positive person. Rest assured, however, that unless you received one of the other two letters, your child is unlikely to have been exposed. We share this school notification letter to maintain our commitment to transparency with you and to dispel rumors.

Our schools will share the School Notification letter and other important COVID-19 safety information via ParentSquare, a digital communication platform that SBCUSD unveiled in August. ParentSquare allows us to quickly send messages that will reach you through text, email, and telephone, as long as your contact information is current in Aeries. Whenever any of your contact information changes, please take a moment to notify your child’s school to ask that it be updated in the student information system. Downloading the free ParentSquare app to your digital device or logging in online at www.parentsquare.com and creating an account will also ensure you stay connected to everything happening in our schools and District.

Because it is imperative that we share accurate information, last week we launched the online COVID-19 dashboard, available at www.sbcusd.com/covid19dashboard. This digital tool is updated daily with confirmed data on active cases in each of our schools, something we hope will counter misinformation you may hear. Please note that the number of notifications you receive from your child’s school may be different from figures reported on the dashboard because they reflect different information. For example, the School Notification letter will provide immediate notification of a positive result based on a Rapid Antigen Test for a person who may actually turn out to be negative for COVID-19 based on the more accurate PCR test we recommend as a follow up. The dashboard will be updated to reflect the most current result and therefore differ from the number of immediate notifications.

While technology makes it easier to efficiently and effectively communicate with you, we promise that relationships still and will always matter. If you receive one of our COVID-19 notifications and you’re concerned about sending your child to school, please reach out to the school for reassurance and read our Return-to-Campus Roadmap at www.sbcusd.com/reopening.

As you know, no single action can completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, but our concerted implementation of layers of safety protocols can greatly reduce the likelihood of spread. You have my assurance that our actions will remain in alignment with guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Thank you again for entrusting your children to SBCUSD.

Better Together. Welcome Home.
Weekly Safety Reminder
Every morning, please check each child for COVID-19 symptoms before sending them to school. If your child exhibits any symptoms of illness, there’s a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your home, or you're awaiting results of COVID-19 testing for your child or a close relative, please keep them home and notify the school office.

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