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Class of 2020




Letter from Interim Superintendent - 5/8/2020





To our terrific seniors and their families:

 

I hope this letter finds you safe and making the most of your distance learning experience. I wanted to provide this letter to clarify the activities the District will be providing for seniors. Let me begin by saying that our hearts are heavy for the Class of 2020, given the traditional end-of-year activities they will miss due to the CoVID-19 pandemic. Personally, graduation is my favorite time of year. Our commencement ceremonies represent the reason the school district exists and I enjoy the spirit of the celebrations immensely.

 

You received a letter a month or so ago outlining the activities we would and would not be able to offer given the restrictions on gatherings that have been imposed by our Governor and county officials. To reiterate, we remain fully committed to having an in-person graduation ceremony in the future, once the restriction on public gatherings has been lifted. We don’t know when this will be, but once we receive clearance we will give you the graduation ceremony you so richly deserve.

 

In the meantime, we will be hosting online virtual celebrations at each high school for any seniors who wish to participate. This activity is voluntary, but we encourage your participation.  Dates and times will be announced in the near future as plans are finalized.

 

The Cal State San Bernardino Gear Up program will be providing free, custom yard signs to celebrate seniors in the Class of 2020. Please request a sign at bit.ly/gearupsigns and submit the form online.

 

In a recent email exchange I had with one of our seniors, she ended by saying, “We deserve a graduation!” My response was “I couldn’t agree more. You absolutely deserve a graduation with all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it.”  That is true for each of you and we look forward to celebrating this milestone with you as soon as we can.

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




Survey to Graduating Class of 2020 - Closed 5/4/2020



Attention, Class of 2020! We need your input! With the recent COVID-19 pandemic bringing senior activities to a halt, graduation has been a pressing matter that the District is working to address. We need your input from you, our students, Please fill out the form. We will be accepting responses until Monday at 4 p.m.

1.) Would you watch a virtual graduation on:
----YouTube
----Facebook
----Both (YouTube and Facebook)

2.) For a virtual graduation you will need to upload a picture, which kind of picture do you think should be uploaded?
----Cap and Gown
----Senior Portrait
----Club/Sport Picture

3.)Would you participate in a drive through celebration at your high school where you can pickup Class of 2020 items?
----Yes
----No

4.) What could SBCUSD do to make a virtual graduation meaningful to you and for your families?




Important Letters for the Class of 2020






Dear Senior, Class of 2020,

We hope this message finds you and your family healthy in these difficult times. We are sure there are many questions and concerns about graduation and other requirements for the Class of 2020 during this extended school closure.

Over the last several weeks, SBCUSD has begun to develop and implement distance learning plans for students. While physical school sites are closed, learning is continuing through these alternative platforms. We will continue making every effort to provide seniors with meaningful learning that enables them to earn the credits required to graduate.

As you may have heard, the district is following the Governor’s recommendation of “no-harm grading” in the current semester. This means 2nd-semester grades will be based on students’ grades as of March 13, 2020, when the school shutdown occurred, but students will have opportunities to improve their final grades between now and June 4, the last day of school.

This “no-harm grading” policy applies only to classes students are currently enrolled in. It does not apply to courses students may still need in order to meet SBCUSD graduation requirements. Students will still need to complete all 220 credits in the proper courses to be eligible to graduate by the end of the year. School counselors have been analyzing and continue to  review your transcripts. If you have not connected with your school counselor yet,  please DO NOT WAIT. Email your school counselor as soon as possible for further instructions on your credit recovery needs, current graduation status and A-G status for college admission. They will continue to collaborate with our credit recovery teachers and other site personnel to provide you with the support you need.

Class of 2020 Action Steps To Do Now:

  • Review your transcript (enclosed)
  • Review the table of SBCUSD high school graduation and A-G college admissions requirements (enclosed)
  • Email your school counselor at firstname.lastname@sbcusd.k12.ca.us to confirm the plan for you to graduate and ready to pursue your goals!


Keep in mind that for the most updated information on your graduation status, you should email your school counselor at
firstname.lastname@sbcusd.k12.ca.us to set up a virtual meeting.

Enclose:




Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the current events continue to unfold, it brings extraordinary challenges and unique opportunities to our District.  We hope this letter will provide clarity and reassurance to SBCUSD families of students in the Class of 2020 during this unprecedented time.

  • Currently, all SBCUSD school campuses and District offices are closed through the remainder of the school year.

  • On April 6, instruction will resume. All high schools will be providing teacher-created packets orfollow a hybrid model consisting of packets and/or distance learning instructions for each of their classes to work on at home.Each high school will communicate with parents.

  • On April 20, online or Distance Learning will officially begin using Google Classroom.Many teachers and students are already using this platform.SBCUSD is currently working to provide all students with the necessary technology to participate.

  • Middle College High School is on a different calendar and renewed instruction on March 30.

  • Alternative Learning Center students will continue to complete assigned school work each week. Teachers will contact families/students regarding work assigned.


The information below is the latest available. We encourage students and families to continually check
www.sbcusd.com and the links below for the latest updates.

We want to assure you that as our courses transition from classroom-based instruction to Distance Learning, it will not have any effect on your student’s college admissions.

  • Students will have the opportunity to continue earning the same number of credits they were earning before the campus closures.

  • Students meeting all graduation requirements by the final school day for seniors for their high school will be eligible to receive their SBCUSD diploma.

  • The University of California (UC) has stated that as schools transition from classroom-based instruction to Distance Learning, all existing A-G courses, including Physical/Biological Science courses and lab activities, will continue to receive A-G credit.

  • Students should continue to consult university websites for updated admission deadlines and requirements.

  • High schools will continue to follow the SBCUSD grading calendar.
    • Students and parents can continue to check grades on Aeries.
    • Fourth quarter progress reports will be mailed home.

  • Students in need of credit recovery for failed courses should contact their counselor concerning credit recovery options as soon as possible.



Testing



  • Pending federal approval, the State of California has suspended CAASPP and summative ELPAC testing while schools campuses are closed.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) testing has been cancelled for 2020.Visit https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/ for additional details concerning your student’s International Baccalaureate diploma or certificate.

  • SAT exams in April and May have been cancelled.
  • ACT exams scheduled for April 4 have been rescheduled for June 13 or another national testing date. Students registered for the April exam will receive emails from ACT concerning the postponement of the exam. Visit https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html for additional information.

Advanced Placement (AP)
testing is scheduled to continue however, the format for the will be different for the 2019/2020 testing administration. Visit https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates for details and resources.



Community-based Scholarships



  • We encourage seniors that may be eligible for scholarships to make contact with their counselors via email regarding scholarship portfolios and scheduling interviews.


Like you, we are saddened our seniors will not be able to experience the traditional festivities that mark the ending of their high school experience and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. However, in accordance with state and federal guidelines and the Stay-At-Home order issued by Governor Newsom, the following decisions have been made by our SBCUSD Board of Education and District Cabinet in order to maintain the safety of all SBCUSD students and their families:

  • All remaining senior activities for the current school year have been cancelled, with the exception of graduation

  • If the state’s Stay-at-Home order is not lifted for this current school year, SBCUSD is committed to securing a future date for Class of 2020 high school graduations.

  • Expenses paid by students to a SBCUSD high school towards any of the senior activities that have been cancelled will be reimbursed. More information will be shared on how the reimbursements will be issued.

SBCUSD has committed to doing everything in our power to give the Graduating Class of 2020 the celebration they deserve while following all guidelines regarding public gatherings.

We value the trust that you have in our SBCUSD team.  Our Board of Education and SBCUSD staff are here for you and we will get through this difficult situation together.

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