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Updated Fri, Oct 5th
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Updated Thu, Nov 15th

At this time, Campbell Union School District's and other schools in Santa Clara County are not closing.

Based on guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have elected to use a threshold of a 275 air quality index (AQI) to determine when to close our schools. We will be monitoring air quality through www.airnow.gov and informing schools and after-school programs of the guidelines and recommend that families stay informed and be mindful of health concerns.

A joint letter from our Superintendent and the County Superintendent of Schools has more details. It is available online and are emailing it to families via our mass notification system. 

Updated Fri, Oct 5th

Blackford's Fall Festival is coming up!  Saturday, October 27th 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  This is a FREE community event filled with lots of fun!  Students can use Bobcat Tickets to play all carnival games and will win a special prize!  Lots of food will be available to purchase and fun activities are planned for a special day.  The silent auction will have some fantastic items, including an American Girl Doll and special themed donations from each grade level.  We are accepting water donations (16oz bottles) anytime before...just drop it off in the office.  All proceeds from this event go right back to the school to support many programs for our students.  Sign-ups to volunteer that day are in the office.  We hope to see you there!

~ Blackford PTA

Updated Fri, Nov 16th

Download PDF of letter in Spanish and English

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

We know you are concerned about the current air quality, and we too share your concern.  We have monitored the air quality index throughout the evening and will continue to monitor and assess these numbers throughout the day, the forecast is for the air quality to improve today, yet we understand it is only a forecast. We continue to consult with and follow  the guidance of the Public Health Department.

Campbell Union School District and those nearby will be open for learning today.

We are mindful that schools provide stability and often, necessary shelter and food. We will continue to closely monitor the conditions with our schools and believe our schools offer a safer place for children. We are aware that many local colleges, universities and private schools have elected to close their doors and some local public school districts have also decided to close. However, iIn consultation with the County Public Health Dept., we believe students being in school is a safe option.  Conditions within our county vary from district to district and in our region, it is determined safe for students to be in school

Please be aware that while our doors will remain open, we ask that families and schools follow medical and environmental advice, especially if your child suffers from respiratory or heart-related issues.   Parents are the best judges of their individual child’s needs. We understand and support that parents are in the best position to make decision about their individual child. Should they decide to keep their child at home for health related issues, the absence will be excused.

There are several online sites for monitoring air quality, and we have been advised and recommend that you follow environmental advice provided by AirNow.gov located here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqibasics...

In our ongoing commitment to maintain safe learning environments, we will continue to:

  • Limit and relocate outdoor activities, including physical education, lunch, and other break times.
  • Watch students for symptoms including coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness. Even students who do not have asthma can experience these symptoms.
  • If symptoms occur, students might need to take a break, do a less intense activity, stop all activity, go indoors, or use quick-relief medicine as prescribed. If symptoms don’t improve, get medical help.

Thank you for your concern, which we share. However, we must remain a support for all families within Santa Clara County. We share your desire to keep all children safe, and we will inform you if  our current assessment changes.

Here are the most current recommendations from the County of Santa Clara Public Health.

Avoid Breathing Wildfire Smoke - HEALTH ADVISORY

November 9, 2018

Lea el Aviso de Salud en Español

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is advising residents to take precautions due to visible smoke in the air. Wildfires in California are causing air pollution throughout the Bay Area.

If you smell smoke, protect your health by avoiding exposure. If possible, stay inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside. Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a dry scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or emphysema/COPD. It is recommended that parents and school administrators check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports while air quality is unhealthy.

 Sincerely, 

Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D., Superintendent

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

Schools follow Spare the Air advisories.

Smoke-filled air has caused school administrators to alter students’ outdoor activity schedules over the past week. Campbell Union School District follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendations and reduces exposure to outdoor air and prolonged exertion for those groups particularly affected by poor air quality.

On Spare the Air Days, staff identifies which students are in the “sensitive group” and follows up with appropriate limits to their outdoor access.

This week, when the air became "unhealthy for all groups," schools enacted school-wide schedules that limited outdoor time and provided more indoor recess and lunch options for all students. They also kept play equipment locked (balls, etc.) to discourage exertion and held some physical education classes indoors. 
Officials are predicting that the air quality will remain poor through the week. If you have not already done so, please notify the school staff if your child has a health condition that would place him or her in the “sensitive group”.

Updated Wed, Oct 24th

National Bullying Prevention month helps raise awareness of ways to support students.

Campbell Union School District employees work every day to keep students safe and make our schools positive places to learn. We teach students about empathy, provide positive behavior interventions, and foster partnerships with community services to offer additional support to students and families who need it. 

The District also offers the QuickTip system for students and community members to anonymously report bullying, harassment, vandalism or suspicious activities happening on or near our school campuses.

“Quick Tip is one of many ways in which we promote a safe school climate,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Through on-campus programs and multiple community-based partnerships, we do our best to support students’ physical, mental and emotional well-being so they can feel safe and focus on learning.”

For details about QuickTip, ask your school principal or visit our QuickTip web page

Updated Mon, Oct 22nd

On October 31st at 9:00 we will have our annual Halloween Parade on the upper and lower yard of our campus. As a reminder it is our policy, and will be strictly enforced, that students may not wear any kind of masks to school on Halloween. Students may dress up in their costumes for the parade and will need to have a change of clothes to put on following the parade. All toys that resemble weapons are not allowed even if they are part of your child's costume, please remove them before they come to school in the morning. As a reminder face paint/makeup covering the entire face is also not allowed for the parade, students will be asked to remove this face paint/makeup. We will have some fun activities set up in the library for our students who would prefer to not participate in the Halloween parade as well. REMINDER: As always, there are NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Updated Mon, Oct 22nd

Blackford supports Red Ribbon Week this week, this is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. If your student would like to join in supporting Red Ribbon Week with us, please note our following participation this week:

Monday- wear Red Clothes to show “kick-off” to RED RIBBON WEEK

Tuesday- wear silly socks “BECAUSE USING DRUGS IS SILLY”

Wednesday- wear a hat to school to "PUT A CAP ON DRUGS”

Thursday- wear pajamas “ TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, DON'T DO DRUGS”.

Friday- Blackford School Pride Day - Wear any Blackford T-shirt you have

 

 

Updated Wed, Oct 17th

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Next week, October 23rd-31st, school sites will be participating in various activities that will support our students in making better choices such as being drug free. The school district and the Governing board recognize the importance of providing information to our students about healthy lifestyles. More information about Red Ribbon Week is online. For specific activities at your child's school, please ask the principal or your child' teacher.

Updated Wed, Oct 17th

Conference week is 10/15 - 10/19. Start times and morning recess remain the same however please note the change in scheduled during lunch time and the change in dismissal time. 

TK

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Lunch

11:50-12:30

11:50-12:30

11:55-12:35

12:00-12:40

12:05-12:45

12:15-12:55

12:15-12:55

End of Day Dismissal

12:50

12:50

12:50

12:50

12:50

1:00

1:00

Updated Tue, Oct 16th

Superintendent Viramontez presented the why and how of the district's initiative at Parent University 2018.

In her keynote address, the Superintendent described the district's commitment to preparing students for the future and the yet-to-be-defined workplace. For success, students will need to develop five key competencies: self-directed, collaborative, innovative, empathetic and critical thinking.

To illustrate the point, she presented three videos, which are also on our campbellusd YouTube channel.

  1. The Future of Work (3 min.)
  2. Comments from iSchool CEO Travis Allen about changing education (17 min.)
  3. The CUSD Profile of a Graduate (4 min.)

Bell Schedule

  • In Session8:35–10:00
  • Recess10:00–10:20
  • In Session10:20–11:50
  • Lunch11:50–12:40
  • In Session12:40–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–11:50
  • Lunch11:50–12:40
  • In Session12:40–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–12:05
  • Lunch12:05–12:55
  • In Session12:55–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–12:15
  • Lunch12:15–1:05
  • In Session1:05–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–11:40
  • Lunch11:40–12:30
  • In Session12:30–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–12:30
  • Lunch12:30–1:10
  • In Session1:10–3:00 *

* Wednesdays end at 2:00

 

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