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Superintendent Kemp's Weekly Update

En Español

5/10/2020

Dear Santa Clara Unified Community, 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our SCUSD Moms. Your tireless support and commitment to your child’s educational journey is vital, especially during these challenging times. We are appreciative of you. For everyone, I wish you a good week. I am writing to you with our weekly update during the campus closures. 

Santa Clara County Public Health Department

We recognize that with the loosening of the shelter-in-place guidelines that some families may be returning to work and putting children in child care. If you have a question about attendance, please contact your child’s teacher. 

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has posted resources for parents, including at-home learning resources by grade level, guides for talking to children about COVID-19, and accessibility tools for students with special needs. They also have child care resources for essential workers on their website.

Remember to maintain social distance of at least six feet and wear face coverings when you need to leave your home during the shelter-in-place. More: Shelter in Place FAQs (Shelter in Place FAQs - Spanish).

Grading Announcement

Following the guidelines from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the County Superintendent to hold students harmless during school closures and distance learning, and the feedback received from a survey of our teachers, elementary school students will not receive grading marks on their report card. Therefore, the Trimester 3 columns on the elementary report card will be left blank. The following information from teachers will be included in the comments section of the elementary report card: student growth over the year, individualized comments regarding student strengths, and what the student can continue to work on through the summer. This is the best of the least optimal options available to us. The decision comes through a lens of equity and acknowledging the difficulty in fairly assessing students during this time. Remember that this is an unprecedented time for all of us and a temporary state. We are keeping the health and wellness of our students and families at the center of our decisions.  

Based on the state and county guidelines, district staff have developed a Family Guide for Distance Learning Grading. The TK-5 Report Card information is at the bottom of the document.

Planning for the Reopening of Schools

There have been no changes to our 2020-2021 school year calendar. Our first day of school is still planned for August 13, 2020. Superintendents across Santa Clara County are determining countywide guidelines for reopening schools in the 2020-2021 school year under Santa Clara County Public Health Department orders and guidelines. As always, we will update you as we know more, including opportunities to provide feedback to inform our plans.

News from Around the District

Safe Walking and Bicycling for Exercise During Shelter In Place. This week was Walk and Bike to School Day. We wish we could have celebrated in person, but encourage you to walk and bike for exercise while our campuses are closed. Here are some tips: Safe Walking and Bicycling for Exercise During Shelter In Place

Safe Routes to School Poster Contest Winners. In order to enter the contest, students in elementary and middle schools across the district were invited to create a poster illustrating one of five safety messages. More info and to see the winning posters: Safe Routes to School Poster Contest Winners!

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 cs@scusd.net 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

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, 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.

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.

Sincerely, 

Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.
Superintendent