Rumor Has It

  • Rumor Versus Fact - Uncovering the Real Story

    Heard a rumor? Want information? Ask us!

    We all know how quickly rumors can spread and grow. Have you heard something about SCUSD and want to hear the facts straight from us? Submit your question through our Rumor Has It form. We'll post Q&As here.

    Note: Questions are not edited for content and are posted exactly as submitted.


    November 5, 2021

    1. IIRC, the past rapid antigen tests were not acceptable for readmittance according to school staff, or maybe that was for home tests? Are these rapid tests valid for readmittance, or do we still have to wait for the PCR?
    2. The District email states: Each person will receive both a rapid antigen test (results in 20 minutes) and PCR test (results in 24-48 hours). But the website says: Results are received within 24 hours! Which is it?

    1. A PCR test is recommended in all scenarios. The acceptance of antigen test results by SCCPHD varies by scenario. At-home tests are not accepted.
    Symptomatic (showing symptoms): If symptomatic, test should be PCR; a positive antigen test is acceptable; a negative antigen test needs to be confirmed with a PCR test.
    Asymptomatic (not showing symptoms): If asymptomatic, a negative antigen test is acceptable; a positive antigen test needs to be confirmed with a PCR test.
    2. You will receive your rapid test result in about 15–20 minutes, and your PCR test result is often available within hours but may take 24-48 hours after the test was administered and sent electronically via text message and email. We have updated our website to clarify this.

    November 4, 2021

    Rumor: I heard a rumor that some 6th graders at Peterson Middle School are being forced to read LGBTQ books and "choose" a sexual identity.  

    Truth: We appreciate your interest in SCUSD's recognition of LBGTQ+ students, staff, and community at large. Consistent with SCUSD's commitment to equity, schools in SCUSD include literature written by LGBTQ+ authors and information about how LGBTQ+ individuals have contributed to our history.   

    At SCUSD, we understand that "sexual orientation" refers to the romantic or sexual attraction a person has, and "gender identity" refers to a person's concept of self as male, female, both, or neither. No one is forced to "choose" a sexual orientation or gender identity at any SCUSD school. We understand that gender identity can be a sensitive topic for some members of our SCUSD community. However, as uncomfortable as it may be to discuss gender identity, children and teens who are raising questions about their gender identity are at greater risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors, being bullied, and/or experiencing anxiety or depression, among other things. We, therefore, think that addressing issues of gender identity is important to help ensure that students are informed and understand and respect the diversity of our community.  

    October 22, 2021

    Rumor: I heard a rumor that Peterson Middle School is getting rid of honors classes? Please say this isn't true.

    Truth: Peterson Middle School currently offers English honors classes for 7th and 8th grade students. Next year's courses are dependent on staffing and enrollment.

    September 24, 2021

    Rumor: Rumor has it… that although the district has said all staff must be tested weekly, that not ALL teachers or other staff are being tested… that some teachers and staff have yet to be tested at all.

    Truth: This is true. The test administration company, Concentric, experienced an unexpected staffing shortage during the same few weeks we were ramping up our new program which caused multiple challenges to our program. The staffing challenges have been addressed through Concentric, and the district has also established memoranda with our labor partners in order to enlist the help of our staff in proctoring the pooled testing, as needed. The district is also further developing protocols for monitoring regular staff testing, starting with the unvaccinated staff who are required by state mandate to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing by October 15. We will then focus on refining the monitoring process for the district's requirement, which includes testing vaccinated staff.

    September 21, 2021

    Rumor: A repetitive rumor has it there are not enough tests and staff to adequately do COVID testing at SCHS? Rumor also has it that the first two weeks classes who were missed the first round, were again missed the following week. ???

    Truth: This is partly true. We currently have enough tests and staff for the weekly testing program. However, the test administration company, Concentric, did experience an unexpected staffing shortage during the same few weeks we were ramping up our new program. The staff challenges have been addressed through Concentric, which is adding additional staff and hours across the district including our comprehensive high schools. Additionally, the district has also established memoranda with our labor partners in order to enlist the help of our staff in proctoring the pooled testing, as needed.

    September 11, 2021

    Rumor: 1. Rumor has it that students with runny nose and/or headache are being kept in classrooms instead of being sent home for testing, because it's probably allergies. Is this safe? 2. Rumor also has it that the District is thinking of removing "runny nose" from the symptom list even though it is a common symptom of the Delta variant, because lots of kids have runny noses. Is this true?

    Truth: 1. Our health offices are trained and follow CDPH and SCCPHD guidance when evaluating students for next steps. According to SCCPHD, "if a child has a runny nose but no other symptoms of COVID-19, it would be reasonable to allow that child to go to school, provided the child does not develop any other symptoms of COVID-19 and is not a close contact to a COVID-19 case." 2. We follow CDPH and SCCPHD guidance for COVID-19 symptom screening. The symptom list in our safety plan is accurate and includes "congestion or runny nose with another symptom."

    September 9, 2021

    Rumor: I heard that after our students are pool tested, it could take over a week for results to come back? Is this true?

    Truth: No, this is not true. It takes 24-48 hours for the pooled testing results to come back.

    September 8, 2021

    Rumor: Rummor has it that Santa Clara Vision 2035 social justice considers families of white students in the district responsible of white supremacy, slavery and other social injustices with the white boys students being mostly responsible and in lesser amount white girl students also being responsible? And is it true that all instruction material, pictures / books/ / references of white folks must all be replaced in the district with instruction/ materials / images / works created by POC (people of color) only?

    Truth: Santa Clara Unified School District Vision 2035 includes the core values of students first, empathy and respect, and equity and social justice. Within each of these core values is a commitment to providing safe and welcoming learning spaces for each and every child who attends our schools. We do not target any groups based on protected class or other reasons and work against issues of discrimination and harassment.

    September 7, 2021

    Rumor: I heard that children doing the pooled testing will have to swab while inside the classroom. Is this true? Best practice for testing is outdoors. I really hope this is not true.

    Truth: Yes, this is true. Students will be swabbing their noses inside the classroom. The test takes 4 seconds per nostril so students will not be without a mask for over 10seconds.

    August 27, 2021

    Rumor: This seems like it’s true. She [Superintendent Kemp] definitely doesn’t care about the well-being of our students or staff.” 

    Truth: This is absolutely not true. Superintendent Kemp, as well as other superintendents across the state, are implementing school openings to the best of their abilities following expert guidance from state and local public health officials.