2020-2021 Updates

  • Announcements

    • Out of concern for the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community, all students will start the school year in distance learning.
    • Our revised District Reopening PlanFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and Reopening webpages are now available (please check back regularly as we add to and update these webpages).
    • Our Board of Trustees is holding a special board meeting on Wednesday, July 29 to approve the plan. All staff, students, families, and community members are invited to participate in the board meeting. Please visit our board meetings webpage for a link to the agenda and information on how to view and participate in the online Zoom meeting.
    • On July 17 and 24, our 50-person Superintendent’s Advisory Committee comprised of staff, students, families, and community members met to review and analyze the thousands of community feedback responses we received through our survey, town halls, and board meeting public comments in July to make recommendations to our reopening planning committees for the final District Reopening Plan before it goes to the Board of Trustees for approval.

    Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

    Thank you for the feedback that you shared with us through the surveys we conducted on distance learning and reopening planning from April through July. We received thousands of responses from students, families, and staff. Using your feedback, planning continues for reopening the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal is to go into the next school year with a plan that offers families options and is flexible and adaptive to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing high-quality instruction to students as safely as possible.

    • We have convened teachers, school administrators, support staff, and District Office personnel to serve on a District Reopening Planning Committee and subcommittees charged with developing a set of recommendations around multiple scenarios of what school may look like next fall. These committees are engaging smaller workgroups in discussion and planning to ensure that our plans are intentional and thorough. School reopening scenarios range from reopening fully with in-person learning, to providing a hybrid of virtual learning and in-person learning, to continuing with virtual learning for all students. In all of these scenarios, there are multiple variables to consider.
    • Superintendent Advisory Committees on Teaching and Learning and the District Reopening Plan include almost 70 representatives from students, families, staff, and community. These advisory committees review and analyze survey and town hall feedback to make recommendations to the District Reopening Planning Committee.
    • We are also working closely with the superintendents of the other school districts within Santa Clara County to align and coordinate our planning.

    The following information is intended to provide you with more details and support during our extended closure.

    Our Planning Priorities, Based on New Guidance and Recommendations

    Although there are still many unknowns of what school could look like next year, including to what extent in-person instruction will be allowed in the fall, we want to share with you what we do know from the new preliminary guidance, which we are using to guide our planning:

    Based on your feedback from our surveys, recommendations from the Reopening Planning Committee and subcommittees, and the latest guidance from the CDE and SCCOE, our planning priorities include:

    • Maximize safety and minimize risk for students and staff
    • Limit the number of students on campus to meet public health department guidelines
    • Prioritize in-person instruction to the extent allowable 
    • Provide an option for families who chose to enroll in independent study
    • Evaluate the feasibility of a phase-in model for returning to school including:
      • Prioritize providing services to our most vulnerable students
      • Support students who are transitioning from one school to another
    • Establish health screening protocols for staff and students
    • Ensure we have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and access to handwashing stations
    • Establish protocols to sanitize frequently used facilities and surfaces
    • Allow a limited number of athletes on campus for training during the summer and in the fall
    • Enhance distance instruction to address issues including lesson quality, resources, grading, and support for struggling learners
    • Ensure that each student is engaged in their learning and that appropriate resources are offered to promote academic success
    • Provide staff professional development that address the unique challenges of virtual learning, and provide collaboration time for teachers to work in teams by department or grade level, and engage in course-alike curriculum development
    • Teach online skills to students and families, including how to use devices and access materials, digital citizenship, and digital literacy
    • Streamline technology platforms for communication, learning management system, and gradebook and clearly communicate the purpose of and how to access each platform at the beginning of the school year
    • Attend to the mental health and wellness needs of our students, staff, and school community
    • Continue to provide meal services to students throughout the summer and into the fall

    What’s Next

    As planning progresses, we are committed to keeping you informed and engaged in the process. Over the summer, we will send out updates every two weeks and we also encourage you to check our website’s COVID-19 Updates webpage regularly for updates from the committee and submit any questions and ideas you want us to consider through our Reopening Input Form.

    • On July 29, our revised District Reopening Plan will go to the Board of Trustees for approval.
    • By July 31, families with children in elementary school or Mission Early College or New Valley high schools need to complete an Instructional Model Selection Form. 
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are updated regularly throughout the school year.
  • *Subject to change as we continue our planning

2019-2020 Updates

  • Campuses Closed

    Santa Clara Unified School District schools will be closed from March 16 to June 3.

    The public health crisis created by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is not something any of us could reasonably have expected to happen, and we’re in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness. We have been following the guidance of public health experts on how we can keep students, staff, family members, and community safe in the midst of a growing health crisis. Thank you for your patience as we all adapt to this new and changing reality. We promise to let you know as soon as there are any updates.

    Closed School Sites Include

    • All elementary, middle, and high schools
    • Educational Options Campus, including Adult Education
    • Family Resource Center
    • Infant, Toddler, and Preschools
    • After school programs

    Teaching and Learning

    Santa Clara Unified serves a high-needs population, and our schools provide a social safety net for our children. The closing of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time. This is not an easy decision and not one we take lightly. We have been preparing for a possible closure and want you to know our plan.

    • Beginning Monday, March 16, students and families can visit our Optional Learning Opportunities webpages for educational enrichment. While our special education centers will also close, students and families will continue to have access to services from the regional centers they currently rely on.
    • The week of March 16, teachers will be working on compacting their educational plans for the remainder of the school year to ensure all students receive essential learning this school year.  
    • The week of March 23, we will be launching distance learning. We know that distance learning is critical to maintain student academic progress. We thank our staff who are working with deliberate speed to put all the pieces of our distance learning program in place. Visit our Distance Learning webpages for more information.

    FREE Meal Service

    We have plans in place to ensure students who rely on our schools for breakfast and lunch continue to receive that service. Our Nutrition Services department will be providing FREE "grab and go" meal service at seven school sites for families to pick up five days worth of breakfasts and lunches for each child 18 years of age and under, or developmentally disabled adults. This service will be open to all families in the district from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Mondays during the closure. This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals and meals may not be consumed on site. Families can access free meals from any of the locations listed below. 

    Schools Offering Meals

    • Mayne Elementary
    • Montague Elementary
    • Don Callejon School
    • Buchser Middle 
    • Peterson Middle
    • Cabrillo Middle
    • Wilcox High