eNews & Notes - March 11, 2022

eNews & Notes - March 11, 2022
Posted on 03/11/2022
eNews & Notes - March 11, 2022
San Bernardino City Unified School District

A Moment with Doc Ervin
This week, Superintendent Ervin talks about the state and local lifting of the mask mandate in schools. He reminds us that masks are still recommended for protection against COVID 19, but regardless of the individual decision to wear them or not, everyone will be treated with respect.

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.

School Start Times Will Change Statewide Next School Year
SBCUSD needs your input on how the change to school start times next school year might impact you and your family. Please complete the survey at http://sbcusd.com/latestartsurvey by Sunday, March 13, 2022.

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, called 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.

During the February 15 Board meeting, District staff presented information on the various implications of implementing later start times at SBCUSD schools. As a result, the District will adjust the bell schedule at all sites beginning July 1, 2022. For the 2022-23 school year, SBCUSD is considering the following start and end times for a regular school day:

  • Elementary Schools: 8:50 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (school bus riders will be required to participate in Sunrise programs beginning at 7:30 a.m. and after-school programs, with some students boarding the bus home as late as 4:45 p.m.)
  • Middle Schools: 9:00 a.m.–3:31 p.m.
  • High Schools: 8:30 a.m.–3:35 p.m.

To learn more about the upcoming change, please visit the following link: https://sbcusd.com/news/what_s_new/sbcusd_late_start_survey.

Change Your Clocks
It’s time to spring ahead for Daylight Saving Time. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 13. It’s important to make the change on Sunday so your child is not late to school on Monday, March 14.

Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment Fair
The District is hosting a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Open Enrollment Fair on Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Jones Elementary School, 700 North F Street in San Bernardino. Children who will turn 5 years old between September 2, 2022, and February 2, 2023, are eligible for transitional kindergarten. TK is an opportunity for students who are too young to enroll in kindergarten to have access to a quality, free education.

Virtual Education Job Fair
If you or someone you know is interested in a career as a teacher, counselor or other education professional, be sure to register for the free SBCUSD 2022 Virtual Education Job Fair on March 17, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Visit http://thecentervirtualevents-sbcusd22.vfairs.com/ to register, or email [email protected] for more information.

Spring Break Grab ‘N’ Go Meals
Families will be able to receive curbside Grab ‘N’ Go Meals during Spring Break on Monday, March 21, 2022, 9–11 a.m. Students and children up to age 18 can receive 10 days worth of breakfast and lunch at the following eight distribution sites: Arroyo Valley High, Cajon High, Del Vallejo Middle School, Indian Springs High, Muscoy Elementary, Richardson PREP HI, San Bernardino High, and San Gorgonio High. See the map for more details.
Highlights of the Week
Highlights of key news from the week that will help you stay in the know.

Mask Mandate Ends for SBCUSD on March 12
Wearing masks in SBCUSD schools and District buildings will be optional beginning March 12, 2022. Effective next week, staff and students will be able to make a personal choice about whether or not to wear a face covering.

While the statewide school masking mandate goes away Saturday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and SBCUSD continue to recommend face coverings to protect against COVID-19 exposure. SBCUSD will keep providing masks for anyone who would like to wear them on school campuses and in District buildings. Mask wearing will continue to be a normal activity in our District, and we should all be supportive of anyone who chooses to wear a face covering at work or school. We should also respect those who choose not to wear a face covering. Everyone has a personal reason for their choice and each choice is perfectly acceptable in our schools.

School Calendar Survey
SBCUSD needs your input for the 2023–24 and 2024–25 school year calendars. The Calendar Committee will review the results and provide a recommendation to the Board of Education. Please complete this survey now through Friday, April 8, 2022.

In the Spotlight

March 11, 2022

Dear SBCUSD Families:

To make it easier for students to get no-cost, at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, the State of California has provided additional COVID-19 test kits for students enrolled in SBCUSD schools. Your child’s school will be sending the kits home with each student the week of March 14. 

The tests are meant to assist you with quickly determining if your child may have COVID-19. Each iHealth test kit includes two tests and instructions. These are the same type of COVID test kits you received in January. When you receive the student test kit, use the link below for a COVID-19 Test Kit How-To Guide and registration information. Once you have completed registration and submitted the results, they will be shared directly with the California Department of Public Health and your child's school COVID liaison.

We strongly encourage you to use the kits to test your children and report positive results into the Primary.Health system before students return to school after Spring Break. The results are important because they will allow us to proactively keep our students safe and our schools open for teaching and learning.

Please note: If your child receives a positive COVID-19 test result, you must keep the child home and report the results to the school on the first day you call to report the student's absence. 

Thank you for supporting us and helping us keep our school community healthy and safe. You play the most important role in helping us keep our schools open for teaching and learning.

Link to How-To Guide: http://sbcusd.com/hometest


Doc Ervin 

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