SB County Will Soon Share Guidelines for Schools to Reopen in August

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Our County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre took time in today’s weekly video briefing to congratulate graduating seniors, thank the County’s 33 school districts that worked very hard to provide distance learning as much as possible, and also share that there will be official guidelines for the districts coming out next week.

“We know how important it is to our families and students to be back in the classroom, and we all want to provide the safest environment possible for our staff and returning students,” said Alejandre. “I’ve been working with district superintendents, state agencies and as part of the state superintendent’s Back to School Task Force to develop key areas of guidance for schools on how to reopen. This guidance is being finalized now by the Department of Education and is expected to be released next week, along with another set of key guidelines being developed by the California Department of Public Health. This will all be critical information for districts to finalize their planning for the new school year.”

Alejandre said that most district calendars plan to have schools starting in August, but some will be pushed out based on conditions on the ground. The Superintendent’s office has been working in close collaboration with the Department of Public Health to determine the timeline for each district.

“All districts have been planning for different reopening scenarios that could include onsite traditional learning, distant learning and a hybrid model, said Alejandre. “Health and safety is critical, so when looking at social distancing for example, a traditional classroom that might usually hold 34 students may only have the capacity for 12. We are looking at staggered schedules and other modifications, especially as it relates to social distancing, personal hygiene and transportation.”

Districts will continue to have key conversations with labor and management groups to ensure reopening is part of a team effort. Districts have been surveying parents and community to gather input, concerns and recommendations. Districts are also beefing up communications channels so all parents are aware of new policies and procedures.

Finally, a County Collaborative has been established with representatives from all 33 districts, which will ensure our districts are sharing with each other the best ideas, strategies and resources to have a successful reopening for all 500 schools and 400,000 students in San Bernardino County.

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