Superintendent Kemp’s Weekly Update
May 3, 2020
Dear Santa Clara Unified Community,
I am writing to you with our weekly update during the campus closures.
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department extended the shelter-in-place through the end of May and has asked that we continue to express the importance of following shelter-in-place guidelines, which includes staying at home as much as possible. We know you are eager to get outside as the shelter-in-place provisions begin to relax and allow more travel for outdoor activities, but please be cautious as we are collectively responsible for public health. Remember to maintain social distance of at least six feet and wear face coverings when you need to leave your home. Do you wonder what shelter-in-place and social distance looks like? Watch this Social Distancing During COVID-19 video and read these Shelter in Place FAQs (Shelter in Place FAQ-Spanish).
This time of year is filled with appreciation days and weeks: Public School Volunteer Week (4/13), Librarian Day (4/16), Administrative Professionals Day (4/22), School Lunch Hero Day (5/1), School Principals Day (5/1), Teacher Appreciation Week (5/4) and Day (5/5 #thankateacher), School Nurse Day (5/6), California Day of the Teacher (5/13), and Classified School Employee Week (5/17).
From me and on behalf of Santa Clara Unified School District’s Board of Trustees, our students, their families, and our community, I THANK OUR AMAZING EMPLOYEES for all that they do every single day — and especially during these challenging times — to support the success of each of our students. Whether a teacher, custodian, secretary, clerk, administrator, counselor, nurse, nutrition worker, or part of the warehouse team… each plays an integral part in this school district to provide an excellent education for our community’s children.
Uplifting Stories from Around the District
Distance Learning and Student Engagement. Thank you, everyone, for another successful week of distance learning. Student engagement was it’s highest ever on Thursday at 98% districtwide.
Showing Thanks for our Healthcare Workers. Every day, healthcare workers and hospital staff around the globe put their own safety on the line to take care of people and save lives during the pandemic. With this in mind, one of our Santa Clara High School students, Gina Choi, took it upon herself to create a personalized way for people to express their thanks, gratitude, and encouragement. Using the skills Choi learned in teacher Brian Van Dyck’s computer science class, she planned, designed, and created a website called “Notes for Support” where people can share their thank you letters with healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients. Link to full article: Showing Thanks for our Healthcare Workers.
Yearbook Excellence at Peterson Middle School. Peterson Middle School recently received some exciting news when it was announced that its 2018-2019 yearbook received recognition from Balfour for Yearbook Excellence. The yearbook received Best Of recognition for its outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism and is featured as a two page spread in Balfour’s 2020 Yearbook. “The pages are printed next to some of the best national award-winning books out there — books my yearbook students look to for inspiration,” said Danielle Ash, 6th grade teacher and yearbook advisor. “To be published next to them is a huge accomplishment.” Link to full article: Yearbook Excellence at Peterson Middle School
School Lunch Hero Day. In these challenging times, we appreciate — more than ever — those who go above and beyond to help our students and families. That’s why on School Lunch Hero Day, May 1, we show gratitude to our nutrition services staff who are all working tremendously hard to provide for our families in need. Over the last 7 weeks, nutrition services staff, supported by many caring volunteers from every department across our district, have put themselves on the front line of the pandemic to serve a massive 214,638 healthy meals to our families. Link to full article: School Lunch Hero Day
Important Dates this Week
Chromebook Pick Up, Swap, and Repair
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Submit a request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment
Free Meal Service
- Mondays from 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
- Thursdays from 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
Tech Support for Distance Learning
Contact the SCUSD Help Desk, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. by emailing email@example.com or texting (408) 900-6867.
During school closures, all students and their families 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. - 3:00 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.
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.
Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.