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Valued Employees,

Making your home office or working environments as comfortable as possible is a key factor in having an injury-free and productive workforce. It shouldn’t require an illness or injury to occur for adequate ergonomics to be considered. Please review the Youtube videos below, which demonstrate what you can do to mitigate your possibility of injury. For your continued safety, we will post new videos weekly.

If you have any questions, please contact Risk Management. 





















June 8 - Letter from Interim Superintendent Harold J. Vollkommer, Ed.D.

To Our SBCUSD Team:

I hope this correspondence finds you staying safe and enjoying the last few days of the school year. It has certainly been an eventful last two (2) months and I continue to be extremely impressed with how our team has risen to meet the challenges before us. Thank you for whatever role you have played in helping us navigate these unprecedented times.

As we wrap up the 2019-20 school year and look toward 2020-21, I want to ensure you that many members of our team are working diligently to prepare for next school year. Over a month ago we launched a Physically Distanced Schooling (PDS) work group to begin planning for a variety of possible re-opening scenarios. This work group is comprised of stakeholders from throughout our school community. While the state and county plan to reopen, this group is busy preparing us for whatever may come. No final decisions have been made but lots of good work has been done.

In addition, we now face a potentially significant budget challenge. As the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the state’s economy, school district funding has fallen prey to a very quick and intense economic downturn. While we await the final state budget (due on June 15), we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best as the legislature grapples with this issue. We will provide periodic updates on these issues.

As we approach these challenges, please be reminded that our mission does not change in times of crisis or challenge, only our approach to achieving it. Be it the budget or how to reopen schools in a physically distanced environment, the times call for us to work together to find our way through to a better future. Our terrific students depend on us to do just that as we create new ways to make sure every student graduates college and career ready.

Thank you again for all you’ve done and will do to help us emerge as a better SBCUSD and best wishes for a safe and restful summer break.

Sincerely,
Harold J. Vollkommer, Ed. D.
Interim Superintendent

May 22 - Classified Appreciation Week

Dear Valued Member of Our Team:

As we approach the end of Classified Employee Appreciation Week, I want to extend a hearty THANK YOU to all of you who serve so faithfully within our classified service. Attached you will find a copy of the resolution that our Board of Education recently passed in honor of our classified employees.

No matter what role you play on our team, know that you make a difference. A significant difference! Whether you work directly with students or serve as support to our school site or central office operations, your contributions are valued and appreciated.

We recognize that our classified team members serve our students and our school community in both direct and indirect ways. Directly, by performing valuable services day in and day out that fuel our operations. Indirectly, by doing those extra "little things" and forging relationships with our students and other team members. Simply put, we cannot offer meaningful programs and high levels of service to our students and families without you.

On behalf of the nearly 50,000 students we serve, please accept our most sincere thanks for all you do to help us achieve our mission of having every student graduate college and career ready. Keep Making Hope Happen!

With respect and gratitude,

Harold J. Vollkommer, Ed. D.Interim Superintendent

April 30 - Robo-Call Message to Employees

Good afternoon, this is Harold Vollkommer, interim superintendent for San Bernardino City Schools.

You may be aware that earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom made comments about a possible earlier start to the 2020-21 school year.

I wanted to personally reach out to let you know that our anticipated start date for the 2020-21 school year has not changed. Our Board of Education will be discussing the matter during the May 5 Board meeting. We will continue to monitor dynamics at all levels of government and remain committed to keeping our staff and community updated about any changes or modifications to the upcoming school year.

Thank you for your continued support.

April 29 - Important Message about Open Enrollment

Due to IRS requirements, Section 125 Flexible Spending Account/Child Care does not automatically roll over.  You must take action to continue your Flexible Spending Account/Child Care. Please contact American Fidelity immediately at 800-365-9180, ext. 0. Open Enrollment has been extended through Friday, May 1, 2020. If you are not making any changes to your medical, dental, vision, life, adding or deleting dependents, no action is required on your part.  Thank you.

April 23 - Open Enrollment for Benefits FAQ's

Q.  Do I have to enroll this year?

A.  If you are not making any changes, adding or deleting dependents or want to continue a Sec 125 Flexible Spending Account you do not have to enroll.

Q. How do I submit documents to add my dependents?

A.  Email them to maria.baltazar@sbcusd.k12.ca.us, crystal.berumen@sbcusd.k12.ca.us and betty.clark@sbcusd.k12.ca.us.

Q.  What documents do I need to add a spouse?

A.  You need to submit a Certified Marriage Certificate and the first page and signature page of your 2018 or 2019 1040 Tax Forms.  It must show, married filing jointly or married filing separately.

Q.  What documents do I need to add a child?

A.  You need to submit a Certified Birth Certificate.

Q.  Who do I call to make a virtual appointment?

A.  You need to call American Fidelity at (800) 365-9180 x 0.

Q.  What is the last day to enroll and provide documents to add dependents?

A.  The last day for Open Enrollment is Friday, April 24, 2020.  All documents must also be received by the Benefits Department by Friday, April 24, 2020.

April 20 - Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Packet

Open enrollment for Employee Benefits ends this coming Friday, April 24, 2020.  In prior years, employees met with American Fidelity (AF) representatives and enrolled in benefits at their various sites.  Roughly 15% of the District's employees enrolled online.  Employees were required to actively (re)select each desired benefit even though no changes were made.  Given the governor's proclamation, employees are not allowed to meet face to face with (AF) representative.  Thus, we are eliminating the need for employees to actively select benefits. We are notifying employees that they will be automatically enrolled in the same benefit plans they selected in 2019/2020. This enrollment process is known as passive enrollment. Employees needing assistance can contact AF, and of course, the District's Employee Benefits staff is available by email. 


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April 6 - Letter from the Interim Superintendent

Dear SBCUSD Family:

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to adapt to the Coronavirus pandemic. As you are aware, in order to protect the health of students, staff and community, our Board of Education recently made the timely and courageous decision to extend school closure through the end of the current school year. While school campuses will be closed, instruction continues. Many people have worked exceptionally hard to develop meaningful instructional activities for students in order to maintain continuity of learning.

As I look back on the last three weeks, I cannot overstate how proud I am of our team. At every level and at every position, team members have risen to the challenge to provide services to our students. I want to especially thank those who have been called upon to provide “essential services” to our students and families. Please join me in thanking the hundreds of people, including Board Members, teachers, classified employees, managers, and union leaders who unselfishly sacrificed their weekends and evenings to help us navigate uncharted waters and prepare to continue service for your students.

As I look forward, I am reminded that our mission does not change in times of crisis, only our approach to achieving it. Our mission of being the leading experts in human learning remains alive and well. While change is hard and what’s been asked of us is huge, we have a unique opportunity to learn new ways to reach more students and improve student outcomes. I am confident that by working together and unleashing the exceptional talent we have within the District, we will emerge from this crisis better than we were when it started.

As we say goodbye to Dr. Marsden and thank him for his outstanding service, I am honored to serve as interim superintendent until our new superintendent is selected.

Please stay safe as we look forward to a successful remainder of the school year.

Sincerely,
Harold Vollkommer
Harold J. Vollkommer, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent

March 23 - Robo-Call Message to Parents/Families #2

This is San Bernardino City Unified. This evening, March 23, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health notified us that one of our staff members at Dominguez Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19.

We know this information is concerning to you. We reassure you that we are cooperating fully with the County Department of Public Health as they work diligently to notify those who may have come in contact with the staff member. Due to federal privacy laws, we are not able to provide additional information.

All schools and administrative offices remain closed as we encourage everyone to heed Governor Newsom’s stay at home orders and practice good hygiene to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

March 23 - Important Message from Employee Benefits

As you may know, open enrollment for Employee Benefits takes place in April. In prior years, employees met with American Fidelity (AF) representatives and enrolled in benefits at their various sites. Roughly 15% of the District's employees enrolled online. Employees were required to actively (re)select each desired benefit even though no changes were made. Given the governor's proclamation, employees are not allowed to meet face to face with (AF) representative. Thus, we are eliminating the need for employees to actively select benefits. We are notifying employees that they will be automatically enrolled in the same benefit plans they selected in 2019/2020. This enrollment process is known as passive enrollment. Employees needing assistance can contact AF, and of course, the District's Employee Benefits staff is available by email.

March 19 - Robo-Call Message to Parents/Families

This is an emergency message from San Bernardino City Unified. At about 7:10 p.m. today, Governor Newsom ordered all California residents to stay home effective Thursday evening. SBCUSD schools will not be able to provide meals or child care to students tomorrow, Friday, March 20. Food delivery to student homes has also been suspended and all District schools will remain closed. All District employees, except for District Police, are to remain home until further notice. In addition, the San Bernardino City Unified School District will be joining other school districts in the county by extending school closures until May 1, 2020. Thank you.

March 15 - Robo-Call Message to Parents/Families

The SBCUSD Board of Education announced on Friday, March 13 all schools will be closed and all classes cancelled effective Monday, March 16, in response to COVID-19 concerns. During the week of March 16-20:

1) All SBCUSD elementary schools will offer emergency childcare for enrolled students up to age 11 to support working families with no other childcare options during the week of March 16-20 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the following manner: parents must sign students in and out and complete an emergency information card.

2) SBCUSD will provide breakfast and lunch to all students and charter school students age 18 and under at all SBCUSD schools.

3) All District managers will report to work. Only employees, deemed essential by their supervisor, will be contacted to report to work on Monday, March 16.

For more information, including the time that meals will be served, visit www.sbcusd.com /readysbcusd.



Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act



The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

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Go365 Webinars

For the next 3 weeks, Go365 will have weekly wellness webinar topics to help support you through these uncertain times. The dates, times, and Webex details are listed below.

Attendees will earn 70 Go365 Points.

Important message before joining the sessions:

  1. Please make sure to sign in to the WebEx (click on the link below and dial-in), include your first/last name and work email address.

  2. Since there will be other groups attending these, we will not do roll call during the sessions. Attendance will be tracked via a report therefore please sign in with your first/last name and work email address to ensure ESE Points are awarded correctly.

  • WEEK 2: April 9 -- Topic: Stress & Resilience -- 10am & 2pm PST

  • WEEK 3: April 16 -- Topic: Snacking 101 -- 10am & 2pm PST

  • WEEK 4: April 23 -- Topic: Game Time Happy Hour -- 10am & 2pm PST (this session will be 1 hour)

Week 1 Session topics will include:

  • Transitioning to Work from Home

  • Free Workouts

  • Supporting Mental Health

  • Fostering a Community

  • Go365 Coaching

  • Q&A

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Call 888-KIDS for updates

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