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SBCUSD Board Votes to Remain in Distance Learning through June 2021
(UPDATED - November 17, 2020)


The Board of Education of the San Bernardino City Unified School District on Tuesday voted to keep all students in distance learning for the remainder of the current school year, which ends in June 2021.

The governing body of California’s eighth largest school district took action on November 17 after carefully weighing local COVID-19 figures that show the virus is spreading at alarming rates and families living in its attendance boundaries are especially at risk. San Bernardino County is among those in the state that have experienced drastically increasing COVID-19 cases, forcing it to remain in the purple tier. The Board’s decision is consistent with its steadfast commitment to safety for students and employees. This decision will enable District staff to focus greater resources toward strengthening distance learning while also allowing families to better plan.

As part of their decision, in-person accommodations for small groups of students with specifically identified educational needs will be offered when the Board deems it safe to do so. This in-person support is allowable under public health guidance from the state.

This is the second time since the March statewide closure of schools that the SBCUSD Board of Education has put the health and safety of its 47,000 students and close to 8,000 employees at the forefront of its decision to keep schools in distance learning.

Watch a rebroadcast of Tuesday’s Board meeting at the District’s YouTube Channel, https://youtu.be/VD_P_TD_6Ns.

The 2020-2021 Distance Learning experience will be significantly different from what students experienced in the Spring of 2020. This year you can expect:

  • Students will be required to engage in both live daily instruction with their teacher(s) and independent assignments. Combined, these will total at least:
    • TK-Kindergarten: 180 daily minutes of learning time
    • Grades 1-3: 230 daily minutes of learning time
    • Grades 4-12: 240 daily minutes of learning time
    • Continuation High School: 180 daily minutes of learning time

  • Attendance and participation will be tracked for all students and parents will be notified when students are not present.

  • Students will earn grades for their school work and all parents will have access to student progress through Aeries Parent Portal. Aeries Parent Portal Login to access the Aeries Parent Portal or to create a new parent account.

  • Distance Learning Resources

SBCUSD will provide technology and hotspots or make other arrangements for students who do not have access to digital learning options at home. Visit our Technology Resources or contact your school to learn more.

When additional learning options are safe, parents will be notified and have the option to continue distance learning through the end of the school year.

Grab & Go Meals will be distributed throughout the District for all students. Visit our Meal Services Resources for more information.

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