The San Bernardino Dashboard is Supposed to Help Inform Our Communities, Now the Informing is on Hold

Recently the San Bernardino City Unified School District released its COVID-19 Dashboard to the public. On its inaugural day, the dashboard reflected 360 Covid-19 cases reported throughout the district. Essentially a progress report, this tool allows you to search the number of positive COVID-19 cases currently reported at each individual school site. The dashboard also breaks down the number of staff members versus students that have tested positive for COVID.     

Currently, there are 17 High Schools, 22 Middle Schools, 71 Elementary Schools, and 11 charter schools within the San Bernardino City Unified School District. On August 18th, the site went live and all 86 schools and members of the community were confronted with this front page… 

Since then, the site has been paused.  You now see this when you log in…

Allegedly the site is on pause for maintenance, to make corrections to the number of Covid-19 cases that were initially reported. However, we think that public outcry has played a role in the decision to put the dashboard “ON HOLD.” We are waiting to see when and if the site goes live again. 

However, for the site to go live again, would be a horrible idea! This dashboard has already and will only further alarm students and families, without confronting the real needs at hand. It shows that the district blatantly knows they have mass exposure at reported sites and has done nothing to impose quarantine status for any of those sites. Furthermore, they are not providing resources or information to parents of those students exposed to COVID-19 by other teachers or students. 

While the San Bernardino Unified School District is completely ignoring guidelines that require exposed students to quarantine at home, we have witnessed how other school districts have appropriately handled COVID exposure. They’ve sent students home to quarantine for 10 days to prevent additional spreading of the virus and have taken measures outside of alarming the community with a “Covid-19 Cases Dashboard.”

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Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia is a Mother, Grandmother, former Middle School Teacher, former Member of a School Board of Education and an Education Advocate for hundreds of parents and students in the Inland Empire. Having become a mother at 15, Leticia knows what it’s like to be a single mother trying to navigate the education system. Leticia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from California Baptist University and a Masters’ Degree in Education Technology from Cal State Fullerton in her 30’s. Leticia has used her knowledge and experience to help hundreds of families as an Education Advocate in the Inland Empire and currently works as an Education Specialist.

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