Public Comment Review and Responses



April 7, 2020



When are students getting chrome books and hot spots? So they can access online learning, so they don't fall behind. I've been waiting for chromebooks and hot spot for my kids since september.

The majority of District schools issued electronic devices to students the week of April 13. Centralized device distribution will be on April 22 and April 23 at the following centralized locations:

Arroyo Valley High School
Cajon High School
Indian Springs High School
Pacific High School
San Bernardino High School
San Gorgonio High School 

Distribution times
9-11 a.m.
1-3 p.m.
5-7 p.m.

Students are being told that their grades won't fall below their current standing. This knowledge in effect removes any incentive to engage in any academic pursuits. The concern is that students will fall deeper into the achievement gap. What is being done to motivate students to keeping learning?

We are working closely with the California Department of Education on matters related to learning continuity and grades. We continue encouraging all students to continue learning so they will be prepared to excel once our schools reopen. Parents are encouraged to visit our website at www.sbcusd.com for a variety of online learning opportunities to keep students engaged and skills sharp.

Are you going to be using your aides to help out RSP teachers/teachers? Believe this would benefit IEP students and RSP teachers/teachers during this time.

Our teachers are working hard to work with the individual learning needs of students. At this time, aides are not supporting RSP teachers.

All school closed but some people wonder they already paid for high school prom, grad night, park, and graduate cap and gown, do you think refunds or reschedule?

Our schools are processing refunds for student activities and purchases. School events are cancelled, with the exception of graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020, which will be held when the state deems it is safe to do so.


April 1, 2020



I hope that you make decisions that give due consideration for non-Common Core curriculum which would allow more parents to have the understanding and knowledge to support the learning of their children, who will now be learning from home.

Also, for your consideration, I strongly encourage SBCUSD to contact and partner with Home School-based businesses that have been providing enriched education for K-12 home-schooled children.  I believe they are the experts who can assist SBCUSD at navigating through home-based learning in order to reach the best possibly outcome for our children’s education.

Public Comment on Agenda Item 3.1

Good evening President Rogers, members of the board and Cabinet.  I am Ashley Bettas-Alcala President of the San Bernardino Teachers Association.  I am speaking to you tonight on behalf the 3000 members of SBTA.  Earlier today, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre, in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s earlier announcement that schools should remain closed through the end of this school year, released a statement where he recommended that San Bernardino County School districts extend school closures though the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  Several districts in the county have already made this tough decision and in the interest of the health and safety of our employees and students in San Bernardino City I urge you to take bold action tonight and extend our school closure through the end of the school year.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Is there a way of extending the school year over the summer? #2 When school is back in session, will the students repeat the school year?

The California Department of Education is providing guidance to school districts regarding school closures. At this time, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced that California schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. It is unlikely that students will need to repeat the school year.

How to keep our kids educated; what is the san Bernardino school district going to do to keep our kids educated and dont fall behind academically? is there going to be a school portal online for kids to have classes at home

Electronic devices are being provided to students and SBCUSD is launching distance learning on April 20. Our teachers are working hard to ensure that learning continues from the safety of home. 

Year books for high school?; What do we do if we were not able to order our books for this year? How do we order the books for our kids?

Our schools are working with students who bought  yearbooks. More information will be provided by your child’s school.

Will teachers be able to retrieve items from their classroom personal and/or teaching materials?

We have an Incident Management Team that is working on plans to allow students and teachers back into classrooms once it is deemed safe to do so. At this time, we are not able to provide a date when schools will be open so students and staff can retrieve their belongings.


March 31, 2020



Where or who do I call to receive a Chromebook for my daughter who attends Arroyo Valley High school?

The majority of District schools issued electronic devices to students the week of April 13. Centralized device distribution will be on April 22 and April 23 at the following centralized locations:

Arroyo Valley High School
Cajon High School
Indian Springs High School
Pacific High School
San Bernardino High School
San Gorgonio High School 

Distribution times
9-11 a.m.
1-3 p.m.
5-7 p.m. 

When will our seniors be graduating, or at least get a diploma. We worked hard not to hear or know anything about it. And do we get our money back for all of the activities for graduation?

Graduation ceremonies have been postponed, not been cancelled. At this time, we are still formulating plans to hold graduation for the Class of 2020 when state officials deem it is safe to do so. Schools are processing refunds for student activities and purchases.

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