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Superintendent Kemp’s Weekly Update

April 3, 2020

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Video: Superintendent Kemp’s Weekly Update


Dear Santa Clara Unified Community, 

I am writing to you with our weekly update during the campus closures. 

It was a difficult decision to extend our campus closures for the remainder of the school year. We know many impacts this has on our community, especially vulnerable communities, and we will do everything we can to support you through this. Keeping our facilities closed is how we do our part to keep our community safe by reducing opportunities for the new coronavirus to transmit from person to person. Remember that every contact matters, so please stay home as much as you can, only leaving for the essentials. Exercise is essential, so remember to take breaks to get some sunshine and exercise in your neighborhood, just make sure to keep six feet of distance between you and people outside of your household. 

Remember, though our campuses are closed, school continues through distance learning. I have been visiting classes and am so pleased to see classmates and teachers reconnecting online. The daily social connection is as important as the academic learning. I am proud of the creative, innovative, and flexible teaching practices I am seeing our teachers try out and how adaptable our students and families have been. 

Our 2019-2020 school year calendar has not changed. We will take a spring break from April 13 to April 17 and our last day of school will be June 3. During spring break, we will continue to provide meal services and our virtual classroom instruction will resume on Monday, April 20. 

Other important updates are coming soon regarding grading and how we will handle graduation ceremonies.

Thank you to those who have reached out to me with notes of encouragement and feedback — I appreciate it. We’re all in this together and fully focused on our mission to ensure the success of each student. These are challenging times and the spirit of Santa Clara Unified is shining brightly. 

Important Dates this Week

Chromebook Pick Up, Swap, and Repair

  • Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Submit a request by emailing cs@scusd.net to schedule an appointment to pick up a device at our District Office.

Free Meal Service

  • Monday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 1:30 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

Helpful Resources

Tech Support for Distance Learning

Contact the SCUSD Help Desk, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. by emailing cs@scusd.net or texting (408) 900-6867.

Wellness Check-Ins

During school closures, elementary, 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. Request a check-in appointment with a wellness counselor by visiting our Wellness Check-In Appointments webpage. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.

Food Distribution in Santa Clara County

The City of San José launched a Food Distribution Map with important information on countywide food distribution sites to ensure food security for those in need. There are 129 food distribution sites operating Monday through Friday. Visit siliconvalleystrong.org for more information. Also, call 2-1-1, a 24-hour multilingual service, or text your zip code to 89821.

Website

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. 

Please stay safe, 

Stella M Kemp

Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.
Superintendent