Questions and Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

SBCUSD understands you may have questions about how we are preparing for students joining us once again in the classroom and health and safety COVID-19 measures. Following are frequently asked questions (FAQs). Visit this page regularly for updates.

In-Person Instruction

Schools will return in person at full capacity. What does that mean?

Per the California Department of Public Health, we expect COVID-19 rates to continue to decline and vaccination rates to increase, therefore we are planning for all students to return to schools in person without the need to rotate schedules in a hybrid learning model. Strong safety measures including face coverings, hospital grade air filters, hand washing/sanitizing will help keep our students healthy.

What will parents and guardians need to do to enroll their child for in-person instruction?

All continuing students will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction at their school of record. Nothing further is needed if they were enrolled previously.

Managing COVID-19 cases at school

If there is an outbreak at a school, how will it be addressed?

If 3 or more students in a single classroom test positive for COVID-19, all students in the classroom will be sent home for 10 days or until each student tests negative. At a school level, if 5% of the total number of teachers, students or staff test positive within a 14-day period, the District may need to close the campus to in-person learning. In both scenarios, the District will provide distance learning or independent student options.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools

What are the new sanitizing measures being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

SBCUSD has taken many steps to help keep facilities clean and students safe. This includes hand sanitizing stations in all classrooms and multiple campus locations. Hospital-grade HEPA air scrubbers that clean the air in the entire room every fifteen minutes. Electrostatic sprayers for school custodial staff to quickly disinfect surfaces.

Will my child be required to wear a face-covering all day while at school?

Face Coverings must be worn by all students and staff on a school campus while they are indoors or while riding the bus. Students may remove their face covering while outside, but will need to remember to put it back on when they go inside or get on the bus.

What happens if a student with COVID-19 symptoms comes to school?

If students exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school, we will isolate them with supervision, contact parents, and monitor their symptoms in consultation with a District school nurse to determine if District Contact Tracing is needed. If COVID-19 is suspected, students will be offered free testing through a network of health providers and will be sent home to quarantine in accordance with public health requirements.

SBCUSD is also partnering with a medically-trained provider to assign a COVID-19 liaison to each school site. If a student exhibits symptoms, each school’s COVID-19 liaison will evaluate the student in consultation with their parent/guardian(s).

What is included in Contact Tracing?

In accordance with California Public Health Department guidelines, contact tracing in our schools includes identifying the limited number of other students and staff with whom a COVID-19 positive individual has come into close contact for a prolonged period of time. Per CDPH, prolonged close contact is defined as less than 6 ft for 15 minutes or longer. We will notify the parent or guardian of any student who has been identified as meeting this CDPH guideline for exposure and send affected students and staff home per public health requirements.

What will happen to my school if confirmed COVID 19 cases are discovered?

Each school will have a medically-trained COVID-19 liaison on campus. If confirmed COVID-19 cases are discovered within a single classroom, our school COVID-19 liaison will immediately identify all students who may have been exposed, offer testing and work with parents and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health to contain the exposure as quickly as possible. This will minimize the impact to the overall school. If students in multiple classrooms have confirmed cases, we will take swift action and may need to stop all on-campus, in-person instruction for a two week period. While at home, students will be equipped with independent study resources to stay on track with their learning.

My child receives special education instruction. What will instruction look like during the 2021-2022 school year?

The District will follow the current IEP providing specialized services and creating a safe environment through IEP designated services, maintaining pre-COVID-19 special education class sizes, giving families the option to participate in Individualized Education Plan meeting via an online meeting platform and by providing speech and Designated Instruction and Services in well-ventilated areas with specialized face coverings, as needed.

School Bus Transportation

My child uses bus transportation provided by SBCUSD. What new COVID-19 safety measures will be in place for students riding the bus?

Bus transportation will be provided for students who qualify based on the Board of Education approved walking distance limits. Students eligible for transportation will be contacted prior to the start of the school year with information about bus routes. Safety protocols on buses will include requirements for face coverings, open windows for maximum airflow, and new boarding and exiting procedures.

School Meal Program

How will the meal program at school change to keep students and staff safe?

To minimize students congregating at mealtime, rather than serve meals in the traditional cafeteria setting, students will be released to pick up Grab & Go Meals, which they will enjoy in a designated area of the campus. Teachers will provide instructions to students about this new procedure at their school.


What is the new vaccine requirement for students?

The vaccine is not currently required for students. After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants full approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children, the State of California plans to require students to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend schools in person. The vaccine mandate would begin with the school term after the vaccines have full approval from the FDA for the designated grade span (K-6 and 7-12).

Will students be required to get vaccinated now that a vaccine has emergency approval from the FDA?

No. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has authorized vaccination for the age group 5 through 11 years after the FDA’s emergency approval of a vaccine. The vaccine will not be mandated by the State of California until after the FDA gives full approval. We do not expect full implementation of this mandate until at least July 2022.

What authority does SBCUSD have with regards to public health mandates?

School districts, including SBCUSD, have no authority over state public health mandates.
While members of the Board of Education themselves may support the idea of a person’s choice to vaccinate or not, as a public institution, under current laws, the District is obligated to follow orders issued by the California Department of Public Health.

Does this apply to private schools as well?

Yes, all K-12 public and private schools in California must comply with the mandate. This does not apply to preschool.

Aren’t teachers and other school employees already required to be vaccinated?

School employees are currently required to prove they have been vaccinated or to test weekly. Once the FDA gives full approval to the vaccine for grades 7-12 grade and the State of California mandates vaccination for students, employees will be required to be vaccinated unless they have a legitimate exemption on file with the District. No testing alternative will be allowed when the plan for the mandate is implemented.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, there will be three types of exemptions to the vaccination mandate. Exemptions may be granted for 1. medical reasons and 2.personal reasons and 3. religious beliefs. SBCUSD is currently researching the exemption options to provide guidance for families who cannot or do not agree with vaccination for their children.

How can a person voice their opposition to the vaccination mandates issued by the state?

Contact your state representative or the Governor’s office to register your concerns about any of the orders or directives issued by state agencies that have authority over such matters. SBCUSD and its Board of Education have no authority over the implementation of a public health mandate.

Assemblymember Eloise Gomez-Reyes
290 North D Street, Suite 903
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 381-3238

Assemblymember James Ramos
10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-200
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 476-5023

Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-220
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 919-7731

If my child has already had COVID-19, do they still need to be vaccinated? Why?

Yes, if the vaccine receives full FDA approval and the State of California enacts the mandate, all students will be required to be vaccinated in order to attend school in person. While getting COVID-19 may offer some natural immunity from reinfection, it is not clear how long the immunity lasts. Because children can still get reinfected with COVID-19 and have medical complications, the CDC recommends that those who have had COVID-19 get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able. If your child received monoclonal antibody treatment or convalescent plasma for COVID-19, it is recommended to wait 90 days before getting vaccinated.

Where can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5 years-and older. The vaccine is available through local clinics, pediatricians, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers. Check these websites for more information about vaccination clinics near you:

Virtual Academy

How many hours will my child be online each day if I enroll them in the Virtual Academy?

There are three different options for Virtual Academy learning. The amount of time spent in synchronous teacher led instruction will depend upon the option you choose. To learn more about the options, go to The amount of time a child will participate in learning activities whether online with a teacher or independently online or offline will be roughly equal to the expectation for a student attending school in person.

If I choose the Virtual Academy will my child lose their spot in their current school?

No. We’ve heard the voices and concerns of parents who attended our informational meetings. We have made provisions for students enrolled in the Virtual Academy to retain their spots in the in-person programs and schools they were scheduled to attend for the 2021-22 school year. This includes students who are enrolled for the 2021-22 school year at our lottery schools - Richardson, Rodriguez, Chavez.

Students will be able to rejoin their in-person school at any time during the 2021-2022 school year or at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

How and where do families request to their child’s return to in-person school?

Families can request to return to in-person school by communicating with the following through email or a phone call to: Virtual Academy staff, their in-person school for 2021-2022 or Enrollment and Placement Services.

Before school begins: Inform team member they desire to return to school. Enrollment and Placement Services will remove the student from the Virtual Academy and communicate with the Virtual Academy and the in-person learning school for 2021-2022.

After school begins: Inform Virtual Academy staff. They will communicate with Enrollment and Placement Services. Enrollment and Placement Services will communicate with the in-person learning school for 2021-2022.

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