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Coffee with the Principals

Please join us for an informal Coffee with the Principals.

Please grab your coffee, tea, juice, or smoothie and join us for our "Coffee with the Principals" on Friday, January 7, 2022 via Zoom from 9:00-10:00 AM.

Please note this meeting will be very informal.  There will be no formal presenters.  Our agenda will consist of the principals talking about what has been happening around the school and in classrooms, and there will be the opportunity for community members to share ideas and ask questions.

Zoom link has been sent out via SeeSaw. 

At-Home COVID Test Kits for Students Arrive

State-provided kits supplement existing prevention measures

This week, Campbell Union School District received a one-time supply of at-home COVID19 testing kits for student use. One testing kit containing two antigen tests will be given to each grade TK-8 student who is at school on Thursday, January 6th

The State provided the kits for our grade TK-8 students based on our October 2021 enrollment, which means the supply is limited. The State of California ramped up efforts to get students tested for COVID so they may attend in-person classes safely. 

We are also urging every eligible person to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. As has always been the case, California Dept. of Public Health K-12 Schools Guidance (in Section 10) recommends that individuals follow the general CDPH guidance regarding isolation. As stated in the now-updated general CDPH guidance: for “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms…Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen collected on day 5 or later tests negative."

At school, we continue to monitor and follow requirements and recommendations from public health officials to reduce the virus transmission risks for our students and employees: on-site testing, wearing masks, maximized ventilation, good hand hygiene, and more. 

We rely on families to maintain precautions during non-school hours. If your student has cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID, please keep the child at home and report the absence to the school office.

More Free Testing Available

Grapefruit Testing also provides a free, walk-up COVID19 testing site that is open to the public. It is located next to Monroe Middle School, at 1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose. The community testing site is open daily and into the evening. Click here for the schedule from Grapefruit Testing.

We understand that, due to demand, the line has been longer than usual, as is the case at many local testing sites. Also, we have learned that Grapefruit has added another lab in efforts to provide results within 24-72 hours. 

Free Vaccine Clinic This Saturday

There will be a free COVID vaccine clinic this Sat., Jan. 8, from 9AM to 3PM, at Rosemary School, 401 Hamilton Ave., in Campbell. Provided by the County of Santa Clara, these clinics are offering Pfizer first and second doses for both pediatric and adults, and Pfizer boosters will be available. More information here.

Ready to Return January 3rd!

Safety measures allow in-person learning to continue

girls in mask walks to schools with da

As we look ahead to the return to school on January 3rd, families may be wondering about COVID-19 safety for their children as the Omicron variant runs its course.

Our commitment to safety continues; our protocols remain in place. We continue to monitor and follow requirements and recommendations from public health officials to reduce the risks for our students and employees at school: on-site testing, wearing masks, maximized ventilation, good hand hygiene, and more. 

Families play a great role in maintaining precautions during non-school hours: Wearing masks in public places; keeping sick children home; getting tested if cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms arise; and following the advice of their health care providers.

In addition to our partnership with Grapefruit Testing, we are also scheduled to receive some rapid antigen tests for at home use. Once we receive tests from our County, we will send them home with students to support your monitoring efforts. The number of tests we will receive has not yet been confirmed, but we have been told that we will receive either one or two per student.  

These combined efforts ensure we can continue to provide in-person instruction that is so beneficial to students academically and socio-emotionally. We are excited to welcome in 2022. We are ready and looking forward to seeing our students return to the classrooms on Monday, January 3rd.  

COVID-19 Testing Program Earns National Attention

Partnership results in more learning, fewer outbreaks

woman testing a child for covid

The success of the school-based COVID-19 testing program in Campbell Union School District (CUSD) has caught the attention of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Our superintendent and leaders from Grapefruit Testing presented the program, now called Test-to-Stay, to  several AASA members in a Dec. 8 webinar. 

Launched in September 2021, CUSD was the first school district west of the Mississippi to create a partnership with this robust medical team to provide frequent and rapid school-day COVID-19 testing of students on campus and in the community.

“Our students were returning to full-day, in-person instruction,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We wanted to partner with experienced medical experts to set up a testing process that would assure families that their students and classmates would be monitored for exposure to COVID while freeing our teachers and staff to focus on instruction.” 

The district chose to partner with Grapefruit Testing to create a program that quickly identifies students and other individuals who need to quarantine so that everyone else can safely return to their daily tasks. The provision for modified quarantine testing allowed students who were a close contact and asymptomatic to stay in school with the timely testing process. The rapid response testing team in our district ensures that those students are tested on the required days, quickly confirming if they are COVID-free and making it possible for them to participate in school.

It was a struggle in the beginning, working through the logistics for scheduling and testing thousands of preschool through eighth grade students, some of whom are still learning to speak English. The team debriefed frequently to identify needs and modifications, including the addition of a third partner, Predicine, to smooth out the rough spots of on-site testing. Adding grant-funded trackers and tracers relieved an additional burden from district staff and improved notifications to parents.

In just a few months, the program now operates well and allows faculty, staff, and principals to focus on students’ educational needs while medical experts manage the health-related tasks. 

“Our students missed out on so much learning and socialization during school closures,” Viramontez said. “Developing a seamless system that takes minimal time away from instruction while ensuring students are safely attending school is essential. When we consider learning acceleration strategies, keeping students in school and learning is our best strategy.”

Relax. Read. Enjoy the Winter Break.

Our schools will be closed for Winter Break, December 20 – 31 and re-open Monday, January 3, 2022.

happy girl reading a book

From all of us in Campbell Union School District, we hope this break brings you time for relaxing, reading, and sharing happy times together with those you love. 

Stay safe. Be well.

We look forward to seeing you on January 3rd!