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Santa Clara Unified School District Closed March 16 to April 3, 2020

March 13, 2020

 

Dear Santa Clara Unified School District Families and Community,

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. Santa Clara County Public Health Department updated guidelines to reduce the size of group gatherings from 250 people to 35 people has significant impact for our community, including our schools and classrooms. Our challenge now is how we implement those new guidelines in our schools.

Starting Monday, March 16, all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for three weeks in order to assess how to safely reopen under the new guidelines. Santa Clara Unified School District schools will be closed from March 16 to April 3. We want to be clear that our schools are not closing due to an emergency. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 with any of our staff or students.

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.

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

There will be no school work assigned to students during the three week closure. Beginning Monday, March 16, optional learning opportunities will be available for students through our district website at www.santaclarausd.org. 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.

While our schools are closed, 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.

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 drive-through service at selected school sites for families to pick up one meal per day to each child under 18 years of age, or developmentally disabled adults. Children must be present to pick up a meal. This service will be open to all families in the district from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday through Friday. Families can access meals from any of the locations listed below. 

Schools Offering Meals

  • Mayne Elementary
  • Don Callejon School
  • Buchser Middle 
  • Peterson Middle
  • Cabrillo Middle

We will consider expanding this program to more schools depending on the demand. This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals and meals may not be consumed on site.

We ask you, our SCUSD community, to visit our website www.santaclarausd.org/coldandflu

to keep updated on developments particularly as we plan for the reopening of schools on April 6th. It is understandable that this is a challenging time for all of us, and we appreciate your support as we navigate this new situation for all of us.

Sincerely, 

Stella M. Kemp

Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.
Superintendent