September 17, 2021
San Bernardino working to keep schools open
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – With the coronavirus claiming more infections among the young, the San Bernardino City Unified School District is striving to keep in-person classes in session.

“The State of California does not permit schools to offer distance learning as their primary means of education this year. Therefore, our focus is on making sure students are as safe as possible in our classrooms,” Community Engagement Officer Ginger Ontiveros said Tuesday.

“One month into school, and we have continued to learn and tighten our protocols both for safety and communication,” Ontiveros said. “All schools statewide are grappling with the challenges of operating in this unprecedented environment, and many are reaching out to learn from us.”

Safety measures include:
• daily health assessments for students and staff
• mandatory face covering for all while indoors and regular handwashing
• regular sanitation for schools and administrative offices
• HEPA air filters in every classroom
• free, convenient on-campus COVID-19 testing for students and staff
• a medically trained and supervised COVID-19 liaison at each school for quick evaluation and contact tracing

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