By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre released the following statement today in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond’s call for California school campuses to remain closed for the remainder of the school year with the expectation that students’ education will continue through distance learning.
“Our public school leaders in San Bernardino County recognize the significant impact the coronavirus is having on our students, staff and families. In the interest of their health and safety, and out of an abundance of caution, I am recommending San Bernardino County school districts extend school site closures through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
“We believe it is critical to move forward in a collaborative and unified manner in San Bernardino
County about the status of our public schools amidst this public health crisis. I have conferred with San Bernardino County district superintendents and public health officials. There is agreement among us that the need to continue safety efforts and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19 warrants the continued closure of school sites across our county. This is an intentional decision that puts the safety of students and staff first and foremost and provides for our districts to focus on the delivery of instruction through distance learning and providing school meals to our students. While our school campuses are closed, we have an obligation to ensure our students continue to receive quality education services.
“I want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of school staff to serve our students and families with continuity of learning, nutrition and social/emotional supports during these unprecedented circumstances. We recognize the closure of school sites through the end of the school year brings about many questions for students and parents—particularly our graduating seniors. We are collaborating with state leaders in the development of guidance on these matters and will continue to update our school communities. I encourage families to monitor their local school district websites for additional information.”
Therefore, in accordance with the 33 districts in San Bernardino County we will be extending this school closure and continuing to provide remote instruction through May 28, 2020. We will be working through the various impacts that come with this decision. We will continue to work with the community of Apple Valley when the time comes to celebrate our graduating class when and where the situation safely allows. We are committed to communicating with you and making the best plan possible.
We are deep into our week of Chromebook distribution. Our elementary schools, with support from many classified employees and administrators from across the district we have distributed thousands of Chromebooks already this week. There are more days to come in this effort.
Thank you to all of those who have been supporting this work and to our community for your kindness and patience in this process. Together we will get our students the resources they need. Friday is set aside for high school students in need of a Chromebook exchange or other support.
Teachers and counselors have been participating in a massive effort to learn a new content delivery system. As students get connected online or receive the first printed materials, instructional staff are reaching out to establish new routines and set expectations for this new method for learning at home.
Most school offices and district offices are physically closed. Some staff are providing essential service intermittently or from home. Please continue to leave voicemail or email messages as most lines are still monitored or forwarded. We are prioritizing our work to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order to: Pay Employees, Provide Distance Learning, Feed Students, and Provide Childcare. The following services will operate in limited capacity:
Enrollment- We will be accepting enrollment via our online enrollment center. Final supporting documents can be either, scanned or photographed and then emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 247-8001 ext 20561 to set up a document drop-off time. New students will be enrolled and provided with means to begin distance learning. We will accept requests for address changes in the same manner, but no final address changes will be processed until we return to normal operation.