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Updated Wed, Sep 16th

As Santa Clara County’s COVID19 conditions improve, our District Fall Reopening Planning Committee met to begin preparing for the potential of moving into the next phase of our school reopening plan. This process will take several weeks of preparations, so planning is necessary to be ready for change. The Fall Reopening Planning Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the needs for doing this transition well. 

I shared with the group that—as we have said from the start—we are planning for a gradual, phased-in approach with the goal, which is also a legal requirement, of providing as much in-person instruction as is safely possible (EC 43504). 

In addition to reviewing the Reopening Plan phases, I shared that the waiver approval process involved vetting by State and local public health departments, giving us added confidence that we have addressed all required and recommended safety protocols and processes. Our Committee members take their role of representing the various constituents of our district seriously. They brought with them ideas, observations, and questions that would be important considerations in planning for a transition to the hybrid phase of reopening, which we are reviewing and incorporating into our planning. 

I explained that we are particularly interested in understanding the readiness of our community—families and employees—for gradually moving to in-person instruction on campus. The group suggested that a survey of families and staff would be a good next step for determining readiness for when to transition to our plan’s Phase 2 (hybrid). This survey will go out this Friday, Sept. 18th. 

Conditions in Santa Clara County are trending in a positive direction. If they continue this way, schools will be able to begin bringing students back to campus. We will be very thoughtful and responsive about taking the next step in our Reopening Plan.

The Fall Reopening Committee will reconvene Sept. 30 to review survey data and input from staff.

Updated Wed, Sep 16th

Distance learning—this new way for your student to do school—is a challenge for all of us, and we’re working it out together. To help families, we created a new video blog (vlog) as another way to answer parents’ frequently asked questions.

The September video is the first in a monthly series aimed at helping you and your student now and throughout the school year. Find it on YouTube or on our COVID-19 resource page.

September’s topics:

  • What are the expectations of my child’s teacher? 
  • What is my role as a Parent in Distance Learning? 
  • How do I get help? 
  • How can I get a computer and care of my device?

Note: For video closed captions in English or Spanish, choose YouTube's "cc" icon.

Updated Wed, Sep 16th

Positive school attendance is as important during distance learning as it is when students are physically in school. With this new way of teaching and learning, it is important that students are present, engaged and supported. 

Staff still takes attendance and tracks each child’s engagement each day. Maintaining morning and evening routines is a great way to support your child’s attendance and education.

Involve your child in developing a routine. For example:

  • The night before school, have your child help set up the work area, lay out materials, and check to ensure that their schoolwork is complete. Preparations done the night before help to ease the start of the next day.
  • In the morning, they can use an alarm clock to allow time for breakfast and then get settled at least 5-10 minutes before the first online session.

These routines can help when it comes time to transition back to in-person learning, also. For more positive attendance tips and ideas, visit our Attendance Awareness newsletter:

Updated Thu, Sep 10th

Dear Campbell USD Families:

Now that Campbell Union School District’s waiver was approved to provide in-person instruction to elementary students, and with local COVID-19 conditions improving, our district can begin planning for a transition to the hybrid learning program described in Phase 2 of our School Reopening Plan

The process will take several weeks to complete and will include input from the Districtwide Reopening Planning Committee, which is meeting on September 16th. Our plan also included our commitment to provide at least two weeks' notice to families and staff before transitioning to the next phase..

The waiver allowed us to begin our Learning Labs this week to provide support for students accessing and completing their distance learning lessons. These Learning Labs are helping us mitigate learning loss to those most challenged in remote learning from the school closures. As noted in our plan, we are first targeting students with special needs and others in high-needs subgroups. 

State law says that public schools must "offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible." (Ed. Code § 43504)  Under Phase 2, groups of CUSD students (cohorts A and B) would come to campus on alternating days of the week. (See Plan for details.

As noted in our plan, we are prioritizing which students come back for in-person instruction as those who struggled with accessing learning in the remote setting, which has predominantly been those with special needs, English Language Learners, Foster Youth and our youngest learners. 

We will work with our Planning Committee to determine a gradual plan for resuming in-person instruction.

Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families as we continue our work of educating students to their highest potential. We are committed to navigating a safe reopening, and we recognize the benefits of allowing students to receive some in-person instruction at school with their teachers.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Updated Thu, Sep 3rd

After careful review by county and state public health departments, Campbell Union School District’s  (CUSD) School Reopening Plan received waiver approval. It is one of only four public school districts to have its reopening plan go through California’s stringent two-level vetting process.

Waiver Intended for Small Groups

For CUSD, waiver approval means our schools may provide some in-person support during Phase 1 to students who have been the most challenged in remote learning and mitigate learning loss related to COVID-19 school closures. As the district’s School Reopening Plan under Phase 1 states: “Some in-person supports and services may be provided to students with an IEP or others in high-needs subgroups. Per the allowance within the Governor’s guidelines.”

“Having the waiver approved and acting on it are two separate steps,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “It won’t happen immediately, but we want to ensure we are prepared to act if and when the conditions allow. Safety is our top priority as we also work to address achievement and equity gaps that persist during distance learning.”

The official waiver approval process, which took place between August 13th and August 31st, involved a thorough review of CUSD's reopening plan with specific focus on our safety measures, hygiene, social distancing, face covering and other public health department protocol recommendations. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department suggested minor clarifications, which the district added to its reopening plan.

Extra Scrutiny Brings Added Assurance

Amid that official scrutiny, on August 25th, the California Department of Public Health released the Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth, meaning this double-vetting will not be required of schools that implement the new guidelines going forward. However, CUSD staff, students and families now have the extra assurance that our process adheres to the recommendations of our local and state authorities.  

The School Reopening Plan overview states that progression between phases of the plan will be informed by “public health guidelines, current state of the virus and input from the Reopening Committee.”

“New California law states that schools must provide in-person learning to the greatest extent possible,’ Viramontez said. “Our goal is to do that in a way that is safe for students, staff and families.”

Updated Wed, Sep 2nd

Starting today, September 3rd, Campbell Union School District (CUSD) families will be able to pick up five breakfasts, lunches and suppers at no charge, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s extension of the summer meal program. The extension allows summer meal program operators, like CUSD, to continue serving free meals to ALL children, 18 years and younger, through December 18th.

By offering five days worth of meals, families will only need to come once a week to the  Drive-up/Walk-up Meal service locations. The change is intended to be more convenient for families as our students continue distance learning and our community abides the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families can pick up meals at any of these distribution locations, Monday through Friday, at the following times: 

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Blackford, Capri, Castlemont, Lynhaven, Rosemary, Sherman Oaks
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:  Monroe Middle School: 2-3:30p

***NOTE: Meal pick-up will no longer be at CSI or Rolling Hills Middle School***

Please visit our website at www.campbellusd.org/food for meal applications, menus and the most up to date information about meal times and locations."

Updated Wed, Sep 2nd

Governor Newsom announced California’s new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state and the revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on reopening activities. The new California Department of Public Health’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy replaces the previous State Monitoring List, and includes guidance for schools that aligns with State law directing public schools to "offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible." (Ed. Code § 43504)

Based on recent data, each county will fall into one of four colored tiers—Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate) and Yellow (Minimal)—based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and the extent of community spread. That color will indicate how sectors can operate.

The blueprint lays out the measures that each county must meet, based on indicators that capture disease burden, testing, and health equity, and it reaffirms the July 17 School Re-opening Framework and the Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth for reopening schools for in-person instruction. Because individual counties may be more restrictive than the State’s plan, our District leadership will monitor local directives and conditions closely before initiating any progression from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of our Reopening Plan.

Updated Tue, Aug 25th

Student safety is our top priority, which is why we have systems in place to protect users from any misuses/abuses while using the District's information services. We ask that parents and family members partner with us by reminding your student to keep usernames and passwords private, even from friends, to not share Zoom links with others, and only use their own school-assigned online account. 

Together, we can prevent breaches of the Technology Use Agreement and reinforce with students the proper protocols/etiquette when using the District’s electronic information platforms. We also ask that students report any inappropriate content, security problem, or misuse of services to the teacher, principal, or parent as soon as they become aware. See our handbook online at: www.campbellusd.org/docs/parent-handbook

Updated Tue, Aug 25th

“Connecting with the students filled our souls. They are why we chose this profession!”

boy first day of kindergartenThat statement from a school principal sums up reports from our school staff about the first day of classes on Monday.

Despite a bumpy start with Zoom’s system errors, the day was filled with animated teachers, smiling students, and an easing of stress as teachers and students began the school year together in distance learning.  

Here, we are sharing a few of the over 300 first-day photos we received from proud parents. We’ll share others throughout the coming weeks. collage of smiling students

Updated Fri, Aug 21st

The 2020-21 school year starts Monday, Aug. 24, and we are looking forward to making it a great one for all of our students.

Please take a moment to view this video message from the Superintendent on our YouTube channel (). Closed captions in English or Spanish are available by choosing the “cc” icon on the YouTube screen.

 The Superintendent’s message includes:

  1. Information about attendance reporting while we are in distance learning.
  2. How you can contact [at] campbellusd.org (subject: First%20Day%20Photos%202020-21%20for%20CUSD) (share your First-Day-of-School photos with us)

Also, please note: The PowerSchool Parent portal will open after 4 p.m. today, August 21st for those wishing to log in. Login information comes from your child’s school.