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June 30, 2020

Reopening Plan Update

Yesterday we shared an update on our 2020-2021 reopening planning. This afternoon, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Santa Clara County Office of Education announced the release of guidance for local K-12 schools (see news release) to facilitate planning for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Santa Clara Unified will be reviewing this guidance over the next several business days to update our draft District Reopening Plan, which we plan to share with you for your review and feedback next Tuesday evening. Until then, we encourage you to read the county’s Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year guidebook so that you understand the requirements and recommendations that school districts across our county will be using to guide planning.


June 29, 2020

Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

Thank you for the feedback that you shared with us through the surveys we conducted in April and May. We received thousands of responses from students, families, and staff. Using your feedback, planning continues for reopening the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal is to go into the next school year with a plan that offers families options and is flexible and adaptive to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing high-quality instruction to students as safely as possible.

We have convened teachers, school administrators, support staff, and District Office personnel to serve on a District Reopening Planning Committee and subcommittees charged with developing a set of recommendations around multiple scenarios of what school may look like next fall. These committees are engaging smaller workgroups in discussion and planning to ensure that our plans are intentional and thorough. School reopening scenarios range from reopening fully with in-person learning, to providing a hybrid of virtual learning and in-person learning, to continuing with virtual learning for all students. In all of these scenarios, there are multiple variables to consider. We are also working closely with the superintendents of the other school districts within Santa Clara County to align and coordinate our planning.

The following information is intended to provide you with more details and support during our extended closure.

Our Planning Priorities, Based on New Guidance and Recommendations

Although there are still many unknowns of what school could look like next year, including to what extent in-person instruction will be allowed in the fall, we want to share with you what we do know from the new preliminary guidance, which we are using to guide our planning:

Based on your feedback from our surveys, recommendations from the Reopening Planning Committee and subcommittees, and the latest guidance from the CDE and SCCOE, our planning priorities include:

  • Maximize safety and minimize risk for students and staff
  • Limit the number of students on campus to meet public health department guidelines
  • Prioritize in-person instruction to the extent allowable 
  • Provide an option for families who chose to enroll in independent study
  • Evaluate the feasibility of a phase-in model for returning to school including:
    • Prioritize providing services to our most vulnerable students
    • Support students who are transitioning from one school to another
  • Establish health screening protocols for staff and students
  • Ensure we have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and access to handwashing stations
  • Establish protocols to sanitize frequently used facilities and surfaces
  • Allow a limited number of athletes on campus for training during the summer and in the fall
  • Enhance distance instruction to address issues including lesson quality, resources, grading, and support for struggling learners
  • Ensure that each student is engaged in their learning and that appropriate resources are offered to promote academic success
  • Provide staff professional development that address the unique challenges of virtual learning, and provide collaboration time for teachers to work in teams by department or grade level, and engage in course-alike curriculum development
  • Teach online skills to students and families, including how to use devices and access materials, digital citizenship, and digital literacy
  • Streamline technology platforms for communication, learning management system, and gradebook and clearly communicate the purpose of and how to access each platform at the beginning of the school year
  • Attend to the mental health and wellness needs of our students, staff, and school community
  • Continue to provide meal services to students throughout the summer and into the fall

What’s Next

As planning progresses, we are committed to keeping you informed and engaged in the process. Over the summer, we will send out updates every two weeks and we also encourage you to check our website’s COVID-19 Updates webpage regularly for updates from the committee and submit any questions and ideas you want us to consider through our Reopening Input Form.

By Wednesday, July 1, we expect an announcement from the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department with an update of how schools may open in the fall. We may also receive new information from the California Department of Education (CDE) after the state budget adoption this summer. 

By Tuesday, July 7, it is our goal to share with you our high-level draft District Reopening Plan so that you have as much time as possible to review our plans, ask clarifying questions, share your feedback, and weigh your options for fall 2020. 

The district reopening planning committees and school site reopening planning committees will continue to meet during July to adapt our plans to new information and updated guidelines from CDE and SCCOE. During this time, district and school site committees will also include family and student representatives to provide feedback on our plans before they are finalized and shared back out across our community. Families will need to complete an enrollment commitment survey regarding their programming choice for the fall 2020 semester. 

Current Reopening Plan Timeline*

April-June — Student, Family, and Staff Surveys on Distance Learning and Reopening

May-June — Superintendent’s Advisory Committee 1.0 meetings on teaching and learning

June 12 — District Reopening Committee meeting

June 19 — Site reopening planning meeting with principals

June 30 — Santa Clara County announces school reopening allowances for fall 2020

July 7 — District Reopening Committee meeting to review updated Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan

July 7 — Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan with feedback survey

July 13 — Updated Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan with intent to enroll survey

July 13 — Townhall meeting with staff (4-5:30 p.m., access info to be distributed)

July 14 — Townhall meeting with students, families, and community (4-6 p.m., access info to be distributed)

July 14 — District Reopening Committee meeting

July 15 — Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan feedback survey closes

July 17 — Superintendent’s Advisory Committee 2.0 meeting with students, families, staff, and community

July 20 — Final SCUSD Reopening Plan

July 21 — Site reopening planning meeting with principals

July 24 — Superintendent’s Advisory Committee 2.0 meeting, if needed

July 24 — Board Study Session (tentative)

July 30 — Board Study Session

July 31 — Intent to enroll survey closes (deadline for families to decide program choice)

August 6-7 — District professional development days

August 10-12 — Site professional development, collaboration, and instructional planning days

August 13-14 — Teacher workdays

August 17 — First day of school

*Subject to change as we continue our planning