Superintendent Kemp's Weekly Update
March 29, 2020
Dear Santa Clara Unified Community,
I am writing to you with our weekly update during the campus closures. With the launch of our distance learning, we have learned a lot from the first week’s implementation with our middle and high schoolers. I want to talk for a moment about student and staff privacy.
First, we ask that our community refrain from posting on social media pictures of your classroom meeting screens. This is a violation of our student and staff privacy. If you’ve done this, thank you for being excited enough to share the experience with your family and friends, but please kindly take the photos down. We would, however, love to see photos of your children engaged in their learning in other ways, such as a photo taken of the student participating in a Google Meet but not showing the computer screen, or of the student completing their work in their Google Classroom. Tag the district in your photos using @SantaClaraUSD or #scusdproud.
Next, as excited as we are to move to this new online learning setting, individuals who are not enrolled in classes — such as family members and friends — should not join in on class Google Meet sessions or chat boxes.
Lastly, we are working with our online platform vendors to improve privacy settings. Over the next few days, we are rolling out features that will allow our teachers better control over online classroom access and security.
Also, I know that the extension of our campus closures to at least May 1 has brought up new questions and anxiety about our school year calendar. Specifically, we have received many questions about spring break, the last day of school, and graduations. I want you to know that no changes have been made to our calendar at this time. We are still working through each of these important events, consulting with other school districts and our labor associations, and listening to feedback from our students, families, and staff. We will update you as soon as we can.
Important Dates this Week
Elementary School Distance Learning
- Monday, March 30 — First day!
Chromebook Pick Up, Swap, and Repairs
- Monday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Submit a request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to pick up a device at our District Office.
Free Meal Service
- Monday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — One week’s supply of free breakfast and lunch for students 18 years old and under available at any of the following locations: Buchser, Cabrillo, Callejon, Mayne, Montague, Peterson, and Wilcox schools
- Thursday, April 2, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. — City of Santa Clara’s weekend meal program for our students available at any of the following locations: Cabrillo, Callejon, and Wilcox schools, and the Senior Center
Contact the SCUSD Help Desk from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. by emailing email@example.com or texting (408) 900-6867.
Santa Clara Unified recognizes that our families and students may feel additional stress and anxiety during this period of uncertainty and unprecedented circumstances. All families in our community have experienced a shift in their routine during the transition to distance teaching and learning. Our district is committed to supporting our students and families during this challenging time in our community. During school closures, middle and high school students, their families, or both, can request to speak with a member of the Wellness staff at their school sites. Appointments will be by phone or Google Meet. Students or families who would like to request a wellness check-in appointment can do so by visiting our Wellness Check-In Appointments webpage. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please note that requests received outside of school hours will be reviewed the next business day.
Family Resource Center
Families and students may need support during this difficult time and we want you to know that the FRC staff is working remotely to provide assistance for those in need. To contact the FRC, call (408) 423-3541. Additionally, the FRC created a Community Resources Guide based on current family, student, and community needs.
Our Distance Learning website is available where you will find a helpful, printable version of the website content called “Family Guide to Distance Learning” with learning schedules by grade level, communication information, regularly updated frequently asked questions (FAQs), and additional resources.
Families receive Spanish versions of our calls, texts, and email messages if their home language is set to Spanish in our student information system. Additionally, every family message is posted on our website news items with a link to the Spanish version at the top of the news item (see an example). Additionally, the Family Guide to Distance Learning (pages 11-20) and our FAQ webpage are fully translated. Also, there is a "Translate" button at the top of every webpage, and all of the Distance Learning webpages are exact content from the Family Guide.
To close, our school campuses remain closed to follow the guidance of our public health officials and to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It is critical over these next few weeks that each of us does our part to contribute. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has asked me to remind our community that we all have an important responsibility in doing our part to slow the spread of this new virus. Remember that every contact matters, every single one, so please limit contact with other people outside of your household to as few as possible.
Please stay safe,
Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.