April 7, 2020
For Immediate Release:
AT-HOME LEARNING FOR
SAN BRUNO PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS
GETS BOOST FROM YOUTUBE AND OTHERS
Bruno, California - San Bruno’s legacy of being the City with a Heart
manifests itself once again – this time in the face of the COVID-19
“Shelter in Place” directive, which resulted in the closure of all
school sites, affecting San Bruno Park School District (SBPSD) students
and teachers. To the rescue has emerged a partnership with
YouTube, the City of San Bruno, and the San Bruno Education Foundation
to support the San Bruno Park School District’s efforts to provide at
home/remote teaching and distance learning. This requires
immediate development of tools that will enable continued student
engagement and growth.
The partnership’s time-sensitive
goals are (1) for 100% San Bruno Park educators and staff to be trained
in digital learning tools and a distance learning platform – Google
Classroom to deliver education remotely; and (2) for all students to
have access to a device and internet to use at home during school
dismissal, with an emphasis on disadvantaged families.
is contributing $60,000 in funds to the San Bruno Education Foundation
that will provide professional development for teachers and staff to
become trained in digital learning tools and the Google Classroom
distance learning platform. New and replacement computers and
other technology for SBPSD students will also be provided.
San Bruno Education Foundation is thrilled to participate in this
collaboration with San Bruno at its best. We remain deeply
grateful for the extraordinary ongoing support from YouTube and all our
community partners for our students and teachers,” commented Dr. Bryan
Vander Lugt, San Bruno Education Foundation Vice President.
Classroom, which creates a paperless system for teaching and learning,
is not new to the District. Rollingwood Elementary School began
piloting it in 2017. The free service from Google allows teachers
to set up online Classrooms for students. In one place, teachers
can create assignments, send announcements, and instantly begin class
discussions. Students can conduct research, share resources with
each other, and interact in the class stream, all while developing
their technology skills. Teachers can quickly see who has/has not
completed the work and give immediate feedback and grades.
Student-teacher communication stays organized and in one
place. Parents receive an email summary of their child’s work,
which includes information on missing work.
Teacher Center has been awarded the International Society for
Technology in Education Seal of Alignment for providing educators
worldwide with the professional development necessary to effectively
leverage technology in their classrooms. Upon completion of the
training, SBPSD teachers will become Google Certified Educators
equipped to implement digital/remote learning for students. “I
applaud the eagerness with which SBPSD teachers and staff have
responded to ‘do the right thing’ - whatever it takes - to ensure their
students succeed in this challenging time,” commented Dr. Sharon
Kamberg, the District’s Interim Superintendent.
proud to call San Bruno home. We know this has been a challenging
time for so many, and when the San Bruno Education Foundation reached
out with a request to rapidly develop tools for student engagement and
growth, as well as professional development for teachers, we wanted to
help,” said Rebecca Prozan, Senior Manager for Google/YouTube’s
Government Affairs and Public Policy. “We’re excited that the
$60,000 YouTube funds will be used for laptops, professional
development for teachers, as well as wireless hot spots for students,”
The City of San Bruno joined the partnership to
assist additional families who do not have internet at home.
“When San Bruno Park School District announced their distance learning
program, we knew that we were uniquely positioned to provide internet
service to children in need. As a municipal telecommunications
provider, the City was able to rapidly develop a program to offer the
internet access to low-income San Bruno families with PreK-12
children,” said City Manager Jovan D. Grogan. “Furthermore, we
saw this as an opportunity to partner with other local organizations to
bring this program to fruition and to support a full year of service
for families in need,” said Grogan.
A number of funders
immediately stepped forward to fully underwrite the $32,000 cost for
12-months of internet services to 120 families. They include
contributions from the San Bruno Community Foundation ($10,000),
the City of San Bruno ($13,000), San Bruno Lions Club ($5,000), San
Bruno Rotary ($5,000), and the San Bruno Police Association ($5,000).
my short time with the District, it is clear that the San Bruno
community is willing to invest and create innovative ways to support
the education of San Bruno’s children,” concluded Dr. Kamberg.
of the devices began on April 3, 2020 and will continue until all of
the devices are distributed to the District’s families in need.
are always glad to have the opportunity to partner with members of the
business community and residents to support San Bruno’s youth. The
City’s heart is ever-present,” said Grogan.
This partnership and collaboration brought to the community by: