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In Campbell Union School District, we have been committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment long before the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new coronavirus, we gave great attention to reducing the spread of germs in order to make it safe for students and staff to return to campus and the dynamics of in-person instruction. 

During the pandemic, and well before welcoming students back to campus, we monitored public health orders closely and ensured that our staff had the information and training needed. In all cases, our first focus is on what needs to happen to ensure student safety. Next, we do the necessary follow-up procedures and communications.

For everyone’s safety, we implemented the multi-layered measures for reducing the risk of infection: wearing facial covering, physical distancing, small/stable groups, hand washing and schedules that support those efforts. 

Our district nurses, staff in Expanded Learning, Preschool, and Human Resources departments make up our team of tracking and tracing officials. This team has received weekly training with the county public health department all year to ensure processes and protocols are known, understood and implemented. 

When a COVID-19 case comes to our attention, our nurses and Human Resources staff work closely with public health officials to begin a thorough tracking and tracing process. This case-by-case process includes pinpointing the specific dates, times and locations where that person may have exposed others. They upload the information to a secure database shared with public health officials. When it is determined that a student or staff member is a close contact, information is sent directly to  those individuals. The information informs the staff or family of what actions they need to take. It is an extensive, time-consuming and very worthwhile effort. Thankfully, cases of COVID-19 have been few, and, as yet, we have had no internal spread of the virus in our schools and workplaces.  

In late March 2021, we introduced a new COVID-19 dashboard to allow our community to see the numbers of cases and classroom/program closures by site. This was a new endeavor to provide transparency while also balancing the need for medical privacy to individuals as required by law (HIPAA).  As with many new processes, we experienced a few glitches as we attempted to incorporate the most current data into our procedures and work through some behind-the-scenes technical issues. As a stop-gap, we entered confirmed case data manually as we worked through issues with the automated data transfer between ours and Google’s systems.

As of May 24, the dashboard version 2.0 is working well and has some new features to help the viewing public dig into the numbers more easily. It shows how many cases are related to staff vs. students, whether a case was contracted internally or not, and whether exposure resulted in closing a preschool or TK-8 classroom within a 10-day quarantine period. As with all improvement efforts, we have implemented some additional steps to ensure accuracy of the information for those wishing to know. 

The pandemic has affected our families and community in many ways, financially, emotionally, and physically. Experts predict that the impacts will be felt for years to come, especially among children and youth. Through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, Campbell Union School District will continue to partner with families and the community as we focus efforts on safely educating students to their highest potential.

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The Governing Board will hear public comments regarding the Campbell Union School District Proposed Budget and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 during the Regular Session of its meeting on June 3, 2021. 

The district developed these proposals over many months, incorporating input from multiple sources. including Board and District-level committees, Panorama survey, ThoughtExchange, conferences with state and local experts, and data from progress monitoring. 

A copy of the Proposed Budget and Local Control and Accountability Plan For Fiscal Year 2021-2022 will be available for public review from May 28th through June 3rd.  The documents will be attached to the Governing Board agenda, on the district's website, and at the Campbell Union School District Office, 155 N. Third St., Campbell, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., May 28 - June 3, 2021.

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Recent updates from local, state and federal public health officials may have some people wondering what the latest rules are for reducing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Here is what you need to know for our schools.

Mask or No Mask?

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced recommendations to relax face covering guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, California will keep its existing guidance around masks in place until June 15, when the state plans to fully reopen the economy. 

As for our schools, the California Dept. of Public Health has not revised its face covering guidance for all K-12 public and private schools for the 2020-21 school year. All individuals aged 2 years and up must use face coverings while on school property. The mandatory mask requirement is still in effect.

County in Yellow Tier. New Health Order Issued.

On Wed., May 19, Santa Clara County entered the Yellow Tier—the least restrictive tier in the State’s reopening plan. With the county in a much safer place than it was even a month ago, County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody issued a new Order that eases some restrictions for businesses and people who have been fully vaccinated. 

While some modifications result from the improved status, nothing has changed for K-12 school students. All of the requirements of California Dept. of Public Health K-12 School Guidance remain in effect.

The County’s new order requires continued reporting of COVID-19 cases in workplaces and schools, and that employers determine the vaccination status of their employees (and onsite contractors and volunteers).  It also encourages that activities occur outdoors and that all eligible persons get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. See the May 18, 2021 order here. 

Today, more than 75% of Santa Clara County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 60% are fully vaccinated. Recently, people aged 12 and up became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Campbell Union School District is working with local agencies and businesses to provide access to the vaccine for those who want it. Please see our story about upcoming vaccination and testing clinics in this week’s newsletter.

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Throughout the year, there are many special days and weeks recognizing individuals: school nurse day, administrative assistant day, teacher appreciation week, bus driver day, and others. But really, every employee in a school district makes a difference for our students and their families. 

That’s why, in Campbell Union School District, we celebrate ALL of our employees during one special week each year. This week, May 17 through 21, is our district’s Employee Appreciation Week.

Even through the extraordinary challenges of a pandemic, our employees worked together with families and community partners to make the students’ learning experience a positive one. Whether they were teaching students or working in a supporting role, our employees leaned in and continued to focus on safely educating students to their highest potential. 

Please join our Governing Board in expressing appreciation for the commitment and dedication that our hard-working professionals demonstrate every day and the added dedication they showed over the past year.

(Note: Some of the images in the photo above were taken before COVID-19.)

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12. It was welcome news to families of middle schoolers who long to return to more typical activities and socializing in time for camps and summer activities. 

There is no category of teenagers who shouldn’t get the vaccine, unless they have a known allergy to one of the vaccine’s components, according to Dr. Angela Dangvu, a pediatrician in the Children’s Health Orange County Primary Care Network.

Because we recognize the desire for many of our families to have their children vaccinated, we are once again partnering with our community to make it easier and more accessible for our families. To support our families and children, Campbell Union School District is partnering with Safeway NorCal Pharmacy Operations to bring another free community vaccine clinic to our district.

Free Vaccine Clinic for Ages 12 and Up

May 22, 2021 from 10am until 5pm
PLC Building at Monroe Middle School
1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose

See details below.

Dose 1: clinic Sat., May 22.
Dose 2: clinic Sat., June 12th 

Individual receiving vaccination must:

  • Make an appointment with Safeway NorCal Pharmacy Operations - click here.
  • Complete and bring printed copy of consent form (Download).
  • Bring picture ID e.g. Driver’s License or Passport.
    • Participants 17 years and under must have a parent or guardian with them at the time of the vaccination.
  • Bring a copy of medical and prescription insurance information.
  • For Dose #2 Patients, bring completed CDC Vaccination Card.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Be in good health on the day of vaccination. 
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Happy greetings, laughter, elbow bumps, and behind-the-mask smiles were the order of the day on Monday, May 3rd, as students, teachers and staff launched the 5-day in-person-learning schedule at schools this week. This is the schedule they will follow for the remainder of the school year. 

Monday was a momentous day,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “After 416 days since learning that we would be closing our school campuses, we finally are able to bring all students back to campus for a full week of in-person learning. It was not an easy undertaking, and I want to thank everyone for working with us to make it possible.”

students at desks with dividersSchool and district employees gave careful consideration to precautions, such as spacing of student desks and chairs, placement of acrylic dividers, scheduling breaks, and teaching students the routines for cleaning hands and physical distancing. But it was seeing the students lined up, excitedly waiting to enter the classroom and begin learning that touched parents and faculty alike.

Students were excited to physically see the students from the other cohort.  “This feels like it’s supposed to be,” said one elementary school teacher as she watched students line up to enter the classroom. “Thank you for being here for the kids,” said the parent of a kindergartner. “It’s good!” said a happy second grader as she dashed off for her turn on the slide.

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Fri., May 7: 1-7PM vaccines at Sherman Oaks/Parkway, 1800 Fruitdale Ave, San Jose. (Sponsored by County Public Health) No appointment needed. 

Sat., May 8: 9AM-4PM vaccines at Rosemary School, 410 Hamilton Ave, Campbell. (Sponsored by Project Hope) Schedule appointment in advance at projecthope [at] sanjoseca.gov () or 408-794-1630.

Sat., May 22: 10AM-6PM testing at Rosemary Family Learning Ctr., 401 Hamilton Ave, Campbell. (Sponsored by County Public Health) Register in advance 888-634-1123 or www.lhi.care/covidtesting.

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Yard Duty Supervisors not only give our teachers and administrators a well-deserved lunch break. They are an important part of keeping our elementary and middle school students safe and supervised as they also take a break from studies, get outside, and have fun with friends. 

Let the Children Play. Join Our Yard Duty Team! 

Please use the following links to access the Yard/Noon Duty Assistant posting for each school site: boys playing basketball

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Share a thought or Rate thoughts from others.
We are seeking input from families and staff.

California legislators have approved additional one-time funds to support student learning acceleration in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on in-person instruction for this school year. 

We would like your thoughts about priorities for these funds via the online ThoughtExchange platform. An important part of the conversation is going back periodically to see and rate thoughts from others. It’s easy to do from your mobile device or desktop computer.

Now through May 7th, please return periodically to see any new ideas and give them a “star” rating indicating how much you agree with the idea.

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We are excited to be able to return to full-week, in-person instruction for most of our students on May 3rd. We have been planning for this since the fall, and we are ready.  

We are confident in our staff and student safety protocols, and publish any positive cases on our dashboard. All Campbell Union School District employees have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, they receive COVID-19 tests regularly, and we have worked with our community partners to increase testing and vaccine access to our whole community. As we continue our commitment to safely provide as much in-person instruction as possible, we know that having more of our families tested and vaccinated creates confidence for all. 

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Opportunities in our District 

  • May 7: Vaccination clinic at Sherman Oaks School. Fri., May 7th, 11AM-6:30PM, free COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • May 8: Vaccination clinic at Rosemary School. Sat., May 8th, 9AM-4PM, free COVID-19 vaccination,. 
  • Testing clinic at Rosemary Family Learning Center. Walk up COVID-19 Testing Van. For dates, hours and appointments go to sccfreetest.org or call 2-1-1.
  • We are in discussion for additional school-based clinics. Those will be announced as dates are confirmed.

Other Locations:

  • Tue., April 27 through Sun., May 2, most County Health System vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines. Same-day appointments are also available across Santa Clara County. Drop-in availability is subject to supply and capacity limitations.

Where to Get More Information

  • The County of Santa Clara and its partners are working to increase evening and weekend appointments and drop-in clinics. sccfreevax.org
  • Santa Clara County residents can call 2-1-1 for information on novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Residents can also receive information by texting the word “coronavirus” to 211211 and following the prompts provided.