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Superintendent Kemp's Weekly Update

En Español 

5/31/2020

Santa Clara Unified Updates

Planning for the Reopening of Schools

Communications. Next week is our last week of school for the 2019-2020 school year and next weekend will be my last weekly update while we break for summer. However, as a reminder from last week’s message, we are working on the reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year and, as the plans develop, it is our intention to engage community stakeholders to review them and provide us with your feedback. During this process, I will continue to share information and updates to our SCUSD families and staff over the summer months.

Family Survey. Thank you so much for responding to the previous survey about distance learning; we received 2,500 responses! Feedback is important and helps us develop programming next year to best meet the needs of our students, families, and staff while also complying with public health orders. We have one last survey as we continue our planning for opening the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete our short Family Survey on Reopening Schools by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. 

Materials Pick Up and Drop Off

If you haven’t already, you will be contacted by your school regarding materials pick up and drop off, including returning textbooks and picking up personal items. As we are now a 1:1 (“one-to-one”) student Chromebook district, students will keep their Chromebooks over summer.

Class of 2020 Graduations 

In case you missed it: Follow the links to view archived videos of our MECHS Graduation and Wilson HS & SCAE Graduation live streams. Coming up next week are New Valley, Santa Clara, and Wilcox high schools. More: www.santaclarausd.org/classof2020

Enrollment Center Update

Due to shelter-in-place, the Enrollment Center will be closed to the public until further notice. However, Enrollment Center staff will be assisting families by phone and video conferences. Starting June 24, 2020, families will complete new student registration and the annual student information update through our new SchoolMint enrollment system for the 2020-2021 school year. Families who will have a student enrolled in grades 3, 6, and 9 for the 2020-2021 school year will be required to provide proof of residency. More detailed information will go out to families in a separate message on June 9. 

Taste of the Farm: Dinners to Go

Our in-person Farm Dinners have been a great success but have been suspended due to the shelter-in-place orders. Since we can’t enjoy each other’s company face-to-face, we are bringing the dinners to you. Starting June 2, the delicious, farm-to-table meals — created by our very own Nutrition Services department — will be offered once a week through a touchless pick-up system from 4-6 p.m. at Wilcox High School (3250 Monroe Street, Santa Clara). Place your order by 10 a.m. each Monday. Menu and order information: Taste of the Farm Dinners to Go

Uplifting Stories from Around the District

Student Collects 1,200 Dog Bones to Donate. In this time of strife and uncertainty, it is always heartwarming to hear about our students that are making a difference in the lives of others. Cabrillo Middle School student Kaleb Brickman has a heart for dogs.  When his birthday came around earlier this year, in lieu of gifts, he asked family and friends for dog bones. Social media posts went viral and by the end of February, Kaleb had collected close to 1,200 dog bones, including donations from three major pet companies! Kaleb is in the process of spreading out the donations among the Humane Society and SPCA locations. Full article: Donations for Dogs

 

Community Information

NEW! Pandemic EBT Program

This program, called P-EBT, is for students who are normally able to get free or reduced price school meals. Apply and get up to $365 per child to spend on groceries. Children may continue to receive "grab n go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations, even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits. With a P-EBT card you can buy groceries at most grocery stores, farmer's markets, and online at Amazon and Walmart. This is a joint program of the California Department of Education and Social Services. More: www.ca.p-ebt.org/en/

Free Summer Camps and Activities for Qualifying Youth 

Children ages 18 and under who live in Santa Clara County and are either qualified for CalWORKS or CalFresh benefits (such as free or reduced price meals), a current or former foster youth, on probation, or have special needs, can go to summer camp for free this year. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has issued specific guidance on how summer programs can operate safely, including limiting the number of children per group and following the County’s health protocols. However, there are still numerous allowed activities that kids can sign-up for including karate, music lessons, art classes, fitness, after-school activities, and horseback riding lessons. More: Free Summer Camp Information

Santa Clara County Public Health Department

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 FAQs - Spanish).

 

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