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San Bernardino Teachers Association
Founded in 1960, the San Benardino Teachers Association (SBTA) represents educational professionals working in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. We're proud to be your voice and advocate for your rights - together we can achieve almost anything!
March 13, 2020
A Statement from the San Bernardino Teachers Association Executive Board and Executive Officers:
San Bernardino Educators Call on County and State Public Health Authorities and our Governor to Close Our Schools!
After consulting with fellow educators, and discussing current COVID-19 response plans with District and Union leadership, we believe that now is the time to close our schools to protect the health of students, staff, and the broader community. We call on the County and State Health Officials to allow the San Bernardino City Unified School District to temporarily cease regular operations.
As educators, we understand the connection between the health and well-being of our students and the health and well-being of their families and community. The scientific facts are clear: the best way to protect the community we serve is to limit the opportunities for this virus to spread. Closing schools would be an important step towards protecting our students, their families and their community from the COVID-19 threat. Now is the time to be proactive and not reactive.
We should not have to wait for a member in our community to test positive for COVID-19 before closing our schools. One positive result is simply too many. It is a fact that many of our students depend on our schools for so much, including regular meals. Our families and our community will face lost income from the growing crisis.
As we respond to this pandemic, we must ensure that there is access to food for our students who depend on our school system for their basic nutrition. We call on the State, County, City, and School leadership to set up safe food distribution systems for our students.
The only way to keep our community safe is for the County and State to act NOW!