SBCUSD Seeking to Improve Attendance

SBCUSD Seeking to Improve Attendance
Posted on 02/19/2021
Operation Student Recovery 1000

The San Bernardino City Unified School District’s (SBCUSD) Positive Youth Development department is proud to host Operation Student Recovery 1000 on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the second operation of the 2020–2021 school year and the largest event in the program’s history.

Operation Student Recovery (OSR) is designed to take a proactive approach to supporting students who are not regularly attending class. Near the start of the school year and the start of a new semester, teams of SBCUSD administrators and community volunteers visit the homes of truant students to personally invite them back to school and offer assistance in overcoming whatever barriers are preventing their attendance.

Due to COVID concerns, October 13, 2020, was the first Operation Student Recovery for the 2020–2021 school year. During that event, a total of 39 participants went out in teams of two or three, traveled in separate vehicles, and donned face coverings to conduct visits to the homes of 105 students. Volunteers included SBCUSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Harold Vollkommer, several assistant superintendents and department directors, as well as local youth probation officers and community members.

The February 23, 2021, OSR is more ambitious than any event SBCUSD has held so far. The goal is to visit 1,000 student homes and help them get back on track for distance learning and academic success.

“We are excited to try to meet our goal of visiting 1,000 homes in one day. Distance learning has hit our most vulnerable students hard, so we aim to get out there to help them remove the barriers that are keeping them from attending school regularly,” said Positive Youth Development Director Marlene Bicondova. “We want our families to know that even during this time of social distancing, they are not alone. We are here to support them in whatever ways we can so our students can succeed.”  

During distance learning, assignments are still being graded and those grades will matter for quarter and semester grades. And those quarter and semester grades will be a major factor in whether or not a student is promoted to the next grade.

School attendance is mandatory in California, even if it is virtual. All school-age children must be enrolled in and participate in an approved educational program appropriate for their age and, in the case of Special Education students, their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This can include both live, synchronous learning and asynchronous learning. Asynchronous learning allows students to log in after the regular class time to watch video lessons or complete assignments to accommodate technology issues.

Families who are not currently enrolled in an educational program can contact SBCUSD to get enrolled immediately by visiting the District’s enrollment webpage or calling (909) 891-1010.

Community members who would like to volunteer to assist with the February 23, 2021, Operation Student Recovery should complete this registration form prior to the February 22 virtual training.


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