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Superintendent's Message

Dear SCUSD staff, families, and community, 

Uncertainty can feel so overwhelming. We have been facing the unknown since March and it is exhausting for everyone.

The uncertainty of how to live, work, and learn during a pandemic will continue for many months to come. The reality is that we don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t know whether our county COVID-19 rates will move us back to the more restrictive red tier or even the purple tier in the California Blueprint for Reopening, or whether federal or state directives will change with the new administration. 

But, here is what we do know. We continue to take one measured step forward at a time, together, as we plan for the return of our students and staff to campuses. Santa Clara Unified is fortunate to have the best staff, with broad experience and expertise, to bring people together to work on solutions to safely reopen schools. This is a complex and intricate process.

In partnership with our labor associations, we plan together, we seek feedback from stakeholders in multiple ways, and we provide information as timely as possible. We understand that here is where the uncertainty and tension exists for many families and staff who want to know the details of the updated reopening plan and the implementation timeline for January and beyond. 

To that end, I need to let you know that we are making steady progress in negotiations with our certificated and classified labor associations regarding the proposed hybrid instructional models for our elementary and secondary schools, and the impacts these models have on working conditions. Please read the “Updates on Reopening” section below to better understand where we are now and what is coming next.

Thank you for your patience as we conclude negotiations, so we can share with you a well-thought-out plan.


Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.