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Upcoming Events

End of Year Materials Pick-Up

Dates, Times and Locations for Picking Up Materials and Personal Items by Grade Level

With the end of the school year approaching, each grade level has a designated day where teachers will hand out any remaining materials/personal items to students. Below is the designated locations and pick-up times for your child(ren)'s grade level and signs will be posted. Please make sure to wear a mask when you come.

TK/K: Spring Pictures only 5/28, 5/29, 6/4 & 6/5 11:00-12:00 in Cafeteria. If you have other items needed from the classroom, arrange that pick-up with your child's teacher.

1st Grade: 6/2 10:00-12:00 front of school, side gate near room 1 (kindergarten area). Signs. On 6/9 from 11:00-12:00 in Cafeteria.

2nd Grade: 6/3 10:00-12:00 front of school, main gate near front office. 6/9 11:00-12:00 in Cafeteria.

3rd Grade: 6/4 10:00-12:00 front of school, main gate near front office. 6/10 11:00-12:00 in Cafeteria.

4th Grade: 6/5 10:00-12:00 side gate on Leigh Ave., behind Cafeteria. 6/10 11:00-12:00 in Cafeteria.

5th Grade: 6/8 10:00-12:00 side gate on Leigh Ave., behind Cafeteria. 6/10 11:00-12:00 in Cafeteria.

Is Your Child Returning to Blackford?

In order for us to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the form below.

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We are already planning for the 2020-2021 school year. In order for us to appropriately plan for class sizes, we need to know whether you child(ren) are returning to Blackford. Please complete the survey for each child that CURRENTLY attends Blackford. You will need to do a separate survey for each child. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Intent to Return Survey

Distance Learning Website

Distance Learning Plans for students to access grade level material can be found using our new distance learning website. (link below)

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Hello Blackford Families, 

We hope you are all staying healthy. Please use this link (https://sites.google.com/campbellusd.org/blackford/home) to access our new Distance Learning Website where you will find all of the distance learning grade level plans and resources. Moving forwad all materals will be updated there. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask your teacher or contact the front office.  We miss you all and hope you are well. 

Planning a Positive End of the Year

Time to reflect and time to prepare

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As we told you in last week’s update, school leaders are exploring ways to allow students to gather any belongings and have some sort of closure. A proposed schedule for this has or will come from your school administrator. Additionally, our teachers will be using the last few days for closure and planning. 

We all have worked especially hard this year, and responding to an unforeseen curve in these last few months has been particularly challenging. Our students and all who support them need a chance to close this year in a positive way—within our safety protocols. We also need to take time to examine what did and did not work so we can start the new school year on more solid footing.

For that reason, June 4 will be the last day for teacher-led instruction, and for June 5-11 teachers will support the school’s end-of-year plan and provide resources for students to continue self-directed learning.

We want students and staff to be able to say “so long” for the summer, and we want to celebrate our students’ accomplishments— especially our eighth-grade and fifth-grade students who will be transitioning into new schools. 

Please check with your school administrator for details about activities planned for your child’s school June 5-11. 

Revised State Budget Challenges District Planning

Additional 10% cuts to impact 2020-21 staffing and programs

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Much has been in the news regarding Governor Newsom’s proposed May revised budget and the significant funding reductions proposed for California’s schools. While the specifics of these cuts were just released, Campbell Union School District (CUSD) staff has been busy looking at the impacts it will have here.

“It’s going to be a very tough year,” said Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Nelly Yang. “We were informed of an overall 10% reduction to our Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), as well as cuts to preschool and afterschool funding, and that our June allocation will be deferred, which will impact our cash flow.”

Already faced with the challenges of declining enrollment, rising costs for special education services, and state-imposed increases to pension plan payments, the district had cut $4 million over the past two years, and had planned for additional adjustments for 2020-21. “Now we’ll have to carve much deeper,” Yang said. 

COVID Compounds Impacts

“We reduced expenses, kept vacant positions unfilled, and managed our finances very conservatively,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “This was all before we were all hit with the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.”

Schools operate within a staff-to-student ratio, so fewer students means fewer teachers and program staff. 

“When program enrollment decreases, the number of staff members needs to adjust accordingly,” she said. “And attrition alone will not get us to the massive reductions we need, so we will have to make some very hard staffing decisions very soon.”

The reductions are coming at a time when districts are planning to need more resources to ensure schools have all of the safety and hygiene equipment needed to bring students and staff back to campuses in the fall. 

For almost 20 years, the district has been able to offer programs beyond what the State funds for TK-8th grade education because its preschool and before and after school programs were self-funded through grants and fees. They even helped to support extras like school plays and counselors. 

Striving to Keep Programs Alive

“We know how valuable these expanded learning and early childhood education programs are, and we are trying to find a way to keep them,” Viramontez said. “We are doing everything we can to see how we might be able to break even on the programs, which is particularly challenging under the current public health childcare limitations of only 10 students in a class.”

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “We are profoundly aware of the impacts these choices have on people’s lives. We also have to be able to run our core school-day operations. We will find a way to both hold tight to our core mission and make the many imposing budget decisions based on what is the overall best for student learning throughout our district.”

For more information about how Campbell Union School District is funded, please visit the  “Budget Primer” on the district’s budget web page.