The District Digest

A Monthly Newsletter About All Things YCJUSD - Jan '22

COVID-19 Updates

As you are aware, there is a surge of COVID-19 cases nationwide and we wanted to assure you our District is continuing to follow all mitigation strategies as required by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA). Below are summaries of testing resources, case rates, mitigation strategies, and information regarding our contact tracing process.

If anyone in your household is experiencing flu or COVID-like symptoms, or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify our contact tracing company as soon as possible and remain at home.

Additionally, the recent reduction in quarantine timelines (10 days to five days) does not apply in school settings. Should this change, parents and employees will be notified as soon as possible.

Potential Delays in Contact Tracing

The District's Contact Tracing Team (CTT) has been experiencing a higher than normal volume of calls and emails since the holiday season. We apologize for any delays and ask that you allow five to six business hours for the team to respond to your emails and calls.

YCJUSD Contact Tracing Team

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm


Testing Resources

Many of the testing sites in our region are experiencing longer than normal wait times. If you believe you or your child may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, please visit the following websites to view testing sites in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

San Bernardino County Testing Sites

Riverside County Testing Sites

YCJUSD COVID-19 Case Rates

Our COVID-19 dashboard will now be updated daily in an effort to keep our families, employees, and community informed regarding case rates at our schools. Historical case rates will also be listed.

Similar to State and County dashboards, there may be delays due to the backlog of testing and contact tracing. Below are four websites where you can view the case rates at the State, County, and District levels.

California COVID-19 Dashboard

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Dashboard

Riverside County COVID-19 Dashboard

YCJUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

Mitigation Strategies in Place at YCJUSD

The District is continuing to follow all guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Below is a summary of each mitigation strategy. For a full list of strategies in place, please visit our YCJUSD COVID-19 Dashboard.

  • Vaccination of eligible employees or weekly COVID-19 testing
  • Universal masking while indoors (until January 15th)
  • Universal masking while indoors while students are present
  • Targeted quarantine practices
  • Access to contact tracing
  • Expanded hand hygiene opportunities
  • Increased ventilation
  • Upgraded filters in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units
  • Enhanced cleaning techniques and tools
  • Notification of positive cases

COVID-19 Policy Reminders on District Property


Anyone participating in a school activity as a volunteer must either be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the school event. Please be prepared to show proof of either when arriving on campus. This does not apply to visitors who will not be assisting in a school activity.


Now, until February 15th, all individuals must wear a mask/face covering while indoors on District property. Pending changes, after February 15th all individuals must wear a mask/face covering indoors while students are present.

Positive COVID-19 Notifications

If you receive an email indicating there was a positive COVID-19 case at your school site, this does not mean your child was a close contact and they do not need to stay home unless they are experiencing symptoms. You will be contacted personally should your child be identified as a close contact.

YCJUSD Newsroom

Chapman Heights Ends the Week with H.U.G.S.

Each Friday during the school year the entire campus meets to highlight the contributions students from transitional kindergarten to fifth grade make to build a kinder, happier, and awesome school culture that will be etched into the memories of all individuals lucky enough to call themselves Chapman Heights Chargers. The “Huge Undertakings Great Successes” or H.U.G.S. assembly gives children the opportunity to take center stage and be celebrated for going above and beyond what is expected of them as elementary students. There is truly no better way to start a Friday than to see students champion each other's efforts and witness the positive environment the Chapman Heights Team has cultivated to “Make a Difference in the Life of Each Child.”

Valley Elementary Students Build a Foundation for Coding

STEAM teacher Mr. Domena worked with Mrs. Hafer at Valley Elementary to lay the groundwork for future computer science innovators in the TK class. The students began with the principles of coding by learning the basic functions of computing ensuring they were ready for more complex coding puzzles. The students were all very quick to solve problems blowing through the first 12 steps of the lesson in just minutes.

Dunlap Dolphins Build Snowflakes while Incorporating Math

Dunlap Elementary's STEAM teacher, Ms. Hebard walked students through making complex snowflakes in a team setting while incorporating math just before the winter break last month. The students used a variety of supplies to build the six-part snowflakes and worked together to determine the correct amount of folds, cuts, and parts.

Escorted by fire truck, Santa pays a visit to Ridgeview Elementary School - News Mirror

"On Dec. 15, with the help of Yucaipa’s Station 2 Fire Department, the children had the opportunity to visit Santa, put in possibly a last request of what was wanted for Christmas, and receive a candy cane.

Not only does Santa travel to see children by sleigh and reindeer, he has also traveled in the past by helicopter and this day by fire engine.

Our local Fire Department is active helping Santa by giving him rides to special destinations and collecting toys throughout the community to share goodwill."

Click here to read the full story in the News Mirror.

Park View Teachers Organize Food Truck Literary Festival

By Melanie Stewart, PVMS

Melanie Stewart and Jill Baker's Seventh graders at Parkview Middle School flexed their creative muscles and created Food Trucks based on the book they read.

As a culminating activity, they had a Food Truck Literary Festival and invited other Parkview students to "shop" with their Eagle Bucks and buy a premade food item from their Food Trucks. The students had a great time showing off their creations.

As a final activity, the students got to tour and buy from Ozzie's Street Tacos Food Truck the next day.

Mesa View Band Students Perform for the Calimesa Wildcats

Mr. Kane brought the Mustang Band (pictured) by Calimesa Elementary on Friday morning to give a special performance and teach the Wildcats about the benefits of beginning their musical journey in middle school. Mr. Kane highlighted each instrument and section to the group of Calimesa students and even invited a 5th grader to the front of the band to act as the conductor for their final performance.

Yucaipa High School Publishes The Updraft

Mr. Linstrom and his team of student journalists at Yucaipa High School published the Fall 2021 issue of The Updraft. The publication is a compilation of stories, advice, and pictures from around campus that keep students and employees updated on the amazing things our Thunderbirds are doing this year.

This issue includes mental health resources within the "Maloney on Mental Health" editorial and Pam Sibley offers an important perspective on social media use in an article where students share why they think the social media false reality is negatively affecting many of us.

The Updraft will be published three times this year in print and online. This issue can be read at

Be sure to also follow the YHS journalists on Instagram and Twitter by searching @readtheupdraft to stay up to date on all things YHS.

Yucaipa Adult School Student Earns her Diploma

By Janet Gutierrez, YAS

Our newest high school graduate is Chantal Brooks (pictured). She is a student of Marcia Stewart.

Chantal currently works for Kaiser as CNA and is going to continue her education to become an LVN. Her goal is to become an RN.

Chantal also has a daughter who is graduating from Yucaipa High School this year whom she is very proud of. Chantal will be able to attend her own graduation then her daughters.

Our New School Nurse

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District welcomed Heather O’Bier DNP, RN as the new School Nurse in August of 2021. Heather was enthusiastic to accept such a vital role in the school district. The School Nurse conducts a health service program for the protection of the health of all students and employees alike.

Filling the position of School Nurse is no small task, but Dr. O’Bier is well prepared as she joins the district with 16 years of experience in public education as a District Nurse and six years as a Registered Nurse. She also works at California State University, Fullerton where she teaches new school nurses working on their credentials.

When asked why she continues her career in public education she shared, “I like serving my community. I look forward to continuing to make sure things are standardized across the District and working on educating our health techs and assistants on best practices.”

Read the rest of the press release by clicking here.

Student Recognition

Student Recognition

We have our first student recognition submission from Tonya W.

Below you can read a brief description of one of our amazing Yucaipa High students who volunteered his time with Fire Station 553 and why he recommends our Law and Public Safety Academy.

"Austin M., a 9th grade Yucaipa High School student in the Law and Public Safety Academy volunteered for a 12-hour shift at Fire Station 553. He gained insight and hands-on experience working with the firefighters. Austin recommends the LPS Academy at Yucaipa High School for those interested in becoming a police officer, firefighter, military, and so on. Way to go Austin!!!"

Did your child do something amazing this last month? Should they be featured in our next newsletter? Let us know by emailing

YCJUSD Board of Education Meetings

December 14th, 2021

Annual Organizational Meeting

At the annual organizational meeting Board Member Patty Ingram was elected to the position of Board President while Member Sharon Bannister was elected to the position of Clerk for both the YCJUSD and CECA Board of Education. Both received unanimous approval from the Board. Member Mike Snellings was also selected to fill a position on the Colton Redlands Yucaipa - Regional Occupational Program (CRY-ROP) Board with Member Debbie Milling being selected as the alternate.

What is the Annual Organizational Meeting?

California Education Code 35143 outlines the guidelines and requirements for annual organizational meetings. The annual organizational meetings require boards of education to elect a president and clerk from its members. These meetings often occur in December and require a 15-day notification from the current board clerk to each member (or member-elect during regular election years).

Azusa Pacific University Memorandum of Understanding - Highlight

The Board of Education recognized a new Memorandum of Understanding with Azusa Pacific University (APU) that has amazing benefits for our students. A signing ceremony was held with the Board, Cabinet, Superintendent Binks, and representatives from APU. To see the full list of benefits and contributions APU offers our students, click here.

YCJUSD also has five other college partners that offer great benefits to our students. For more information, check out our College Partners website! (Click here)

CECA Ukulele Performance

Prior to CECA's Board of Education meeting students from Ms. Greenleaf's class performed amazing renditions of holiday favorites on their ukuleles. The group of families in attendance joined in to sing some of the songs and the students played so well!

CECA & YCJUSD Board of Education Meetings

Tuesday, Jan. 25th, 6pm

12797 3rd Street

Yucaipa, CA

The CECA meeting begins at 6:00 pm and the YCJUSD meeting begins at 6:30 pm. The agendas will be posted on our website no later than January 22nd at 6:00 pm.

Photos From YCJUSD - December 2021

Follow our Schools on Social Media

Each of our schools have been telling their reopening stories through pictures and captions on social media. Be sure to follow our hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and please use them to join the YCJUSD 2021-2022 story.




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The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is committed to providing a rigorous education that extends the opportunity for all students to achieve success academically, vocationally, and personally. Through a safe and caring environment, students will be prepared to become productive citizens in a democratic society.

"Making a Difference in the Life of Each Child"