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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.

Updated Thu, Aug 13th

Families and staff are asking for help with finding school-day supervision for their children when distance learning begins on August 24th. We have had some luck with reaching out to local businesses and city officials to identify options and will share them as they become available.

Here’s a start:

  • Our District CampbellCare program will operate at several locations, from 2:30 until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. This video shows our systems for social distancing and staying safe. Details about the program, waiting list, and registration are online
  • room arrangmentSutton Swim School ‘Distance Learning Support Camps’ will begin August 24, 2020 for students in grades 1-5. Three days per week. The camps will be in three-week blocks. Phone 408-996-9800, email info [at] suttonswim.com, or  register online
  • The City of San Jose is coordinating a process with several school districts for providing some school-day supervision for students at some of its community centers and libraries. Details are still being developed, and we will provide information to you when we have it. 

Because we know of this need, we will continue reaching out and communicating with city, church and business partners to find more support for families who need daytime supervision for their students.

Updated Wed, Aug 5th

Is your little one curled up on your lap while you work from home?  Do you want to go back to work but don’t have a safe place for preschool-aged child care? Our preschool program could be the solution.

Our early education program is operating with small groups of students, within public health guidelines and the limitations set by Community Care Licensing. To register for one of our six locations, please click the Registration link or call the preschool office at 408-364-4200 ext. 4180. 

We will contact you within 2 business days after we receive your registration form to confirm or place you on a waitlist.

Updated Wed, Aug 5th

To provide more time for ensuring a good start to the school year, we made some minor modifications to our 2020-21 calendar.
Students' first day of school is now Monday, August 24th. 

The calendar is available online as a google calendar or to download as a PDF.

We moved some teacher professional development days—originally scheduled during the school year— to the beginning of the school year. All other scheduled dates, such as holidays and the last day of school, remain the same. We appreciate the collaborative effort with our labor groups to make these adjustments possible.

Schools Will Send More Details

Your child's school will send schedules and information for picking up equipment or instructional materials, and other information to help your child prepare for the school year. Please check the school’s home page and watch your email for updates.

Updated Wed, Jul 29th

At the July 29 virtual meeting, Campbell Union School District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez addressed questions sent in advance from families about the School Reopening Plan. It was simulcast in Spanish and a recording of the session is posted online.

Due to an error by Zoom.com, the attendance capacity was limited and about 150 people were unable to log in.

“We had planned for 1000 person capacity, so the limit was frustrating to us and to our families,” Viramontez said. “Fortunately, we did record it and will make it available right away.” 

More than 900 people were able to listen in—500 in English and more than 400 in Spanish—to hear responses to questions centered around the topics of Distance Learning, the Hybrid phases and scheduling, safety measures, special education, child care, meals, and transportation. 

The recording in English is on the district’s YouTube channel (). Spanish subtitles will be added before the end of the week.

Updated Wed, Jul 29th

Today, Campbell Union School District released its detailed 2020-21 School Reopening Plan, with descriptions of how schools will phase in from remote learning to the traditional all on-campus model over time. It also provides sample schedules for distance and in-person learning, safety measures for students and staff, and an overview of the planning process.

“Throughout the process, our top priority is the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families as we continue our work of educating students to their highest potential,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

Review the Plan

The detailed report is available now, in English, on the district’s COVID-19 web page. A Spanish version will be added on Mon., July 27th

Attend one of the virtual community meetings about the plan. (Links available on the District’s public meetings calendar.)

  • 6 - 7 pm on Wed., July 29th (English, with Spanish interpretation)
  • 6 - 7:30 pm on Thu. July 30th (Spanish interpretation provided)  (Updated 7/29)

To submit questions after you review the plan, please use this online form

Distance Learning

The plan calls for beginning the school year with all students in Distance Learning and gradually moving to in-person learning as conditions allow. There also is an option for families who prefer to enroll their students in Distance Learning for the entire school year. 

Starting Monday afternoon, July 27th, families who wish to opt in to the full-year Distance Learning program, will receive an access code by email which they may use with the "Distance Learning" link our Enrollment web page. (Available the afternoon of July 27.) The deadline to enroll in the full-year Distance Learning option is 4 p.m. August 3rd.

Afternoon Campbell Care

While current restrictions prevent opening classrooms for daily instruction, they do allow for childcare with physical distancing. The district child care program will follow all Public Health Department requirements.

Campbell Care will be available, beginning Mon., Aug. 24th, from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 pm, for 5 days per week. The cost is $614 per student per month. The rate will be adjusted to $399 for the “short months” of August and December, and there is a 10% discount for siblings and district staff. 

The number of sites offering this program will be determined by enrollment numbers. Families who have already paid a registration deposit for childcare will receive a separate communication from the Expanded Learning Department about their priority placement.

Registration is open to all CUSD-enrolled families. Click to register.     

Special Thanks

“We owe a special thanks to the parents, employees and students who worked with us, answered our surveys and helped us define a plan even as public health guidelines frequently changed,” Viramontez said. “I’m pleased that we have created a plan that allows us to be safe, nimble and responsive to local conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Updated Thu, Jul 23rd

Parents and guardians, please watch for important information about our district's reopening plan, distance learning and childcare for the 2020-21 school year.

Where to Get Reopening Plan Details

On Friday, July 24th, we will publish the detailed reopening plan and email it to the parents and guardians of students enrolled in our schools. We hope it will answer questions that families and staff may have.

On July 29th and 30th, we will host a virtual community meeting to present the plan and take questions from attendees. We will email information about how to join the online community meeting.

Decisions Remain for Families

Distance Learning: All students will start the year in distance learning. Our Distance Learning program will differ from what we provided in spring: more engaging, academically rigorous, and in line with new legislative requirements.

The improvements include daily live interaction with teachers and peers for instruction, and content that aligns with standards and of the same quality as what students receive from in-person instruction.

We will email information about our distance learning program and how to select the full-year option no later than July 25th.

School-Day Childcare: The need for childcare was high before the pandemic, and it has grown, especially for essential workers. While current public health restrictions prevent opening classrooms for daily instruction, they do provide guidance for childcare.

  • We are making plans to offer school-day childcare with the following understanding:
  • It must operate within the requirements set by legislation and public health orders.
  • We will need to charge a fee.
    Our grants from ASES apply only to after school care at Rosemary, Blackford, Lynhaven, Sherman Oaks and Monroe. We are seeking a waiver to cover school-day care.

We will email a survey to staff and families to gauge interest and help us plan the program.

 

Updated Thu, Jul 16th

At its July 15 Special Session, the Governing Board approved Campbell Union School District's 2020-21 Phase-In Plan for reopening its elementary and middle schools. Members acknowledged the plan's focus on the ability to be safe, nimble and responsive to local COVID-19 conditions.

The Board presentation is available on the COVID-19 web page.

Additional communication will include:

  • Sending the presentation to employees and families with the Friday Briefing
  • Posting Frequently Asked Questions on the COVID-19 web page
  • Publishing a detailed reopening plan report next week and sending to staff and families
  • Conducting Virtual Community Meeting(s)

○July 29 at 5:30 6:00p in English*

○July 30 at at 5:30 6:00p in Spanish*

NOTE: We are investigating providing a simulcast so there can be one meeting in both English and Spanish on July 30th.

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