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Updated Thu, Sep 24th

two boys doing yogaThe twin brothers follow along with a video yoga lesson as other mask-wearing students work on distance learning lessons on Chromebooks. Shellie Lansing, a Campbell Union School District employee, supervises the well-lit Learning Lab, with its desks spaced far apart.

“Coming here is cool!” says Emmett, an active first grader, who sits, stands, then sits again as he works through a project on his device.

The District’s Learning Labs are providing daytime supervision for 170 students, a few who are children of district employees and some who have had significant struggles with distance learning since the spring school closures. Registration is by invitation only, based on district criteria.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this support to our students,” says district Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “It is part of our commitment to equity and giving students what they need to be successful.” 

There are five Learning Lab locations across the district serving TK through 5th grade students from any school in the district. To keep student cohorts unique, each room holds 12-14 students who attend the same school. They follow their school’s schedule for their grade and have options like Go Noodle, yoga, and outdoor activities in assigned areas during breaks and lunchtime. students in masks walk through campus

Operating the Learning Labs is doing more than supporting learning. The labs are helping students and staff learn to follow the COVD-19 safety protocols in the district’s School Reopening Plan. Students’ daily routines include reminders about hand hygiene, staying six feet apart when moving about campus, and using assigned restrooms.

Even with these limitations, Isabella, a fifth grader, thinks coming to the Learning Lab is better than not coming “because you get to get out of the house for a while.” 

When asked how this year differs from fourth grade, her answer shows great empathy. Rather than mentioning the obvious—masks, distancing, and the virus—she says: “I didn’t know that some people don’t have the same technology. Like a family with five kids and two parents all trying to use the WiFi at the same time can really be a problem.”

“We’ve had a great experience with the Learning Labs,” says Kathleen Bagmanov, parent of two CSI students who attend the program at Capri School. “We are very careful about who we interact with, and it feels good to see that the staff have put in place everything they said they would,” she says. “The kids know the safety rules and follow them. My girls come home and tell me how often they wash their hands; they even forget to take their masks off at home.” students in learning lab

Bagmanov and her husband both work full time, which made helping their daughters with distance learning a tough job. When the opportunity to register for Learning Labs arose, she took action. 

“Now it’s so much better for staying on schedule. The kids don’t miss their Zoom session with the teacher anymore.” 

“Conditions in Santa Clara County are trending in a positive direction,” Viramontez says. “If they continue this way, we will be able to bring students back to campus under Phase 2 of our plan. The process will take several weeks and we will be very thoughtful and gradual about taking that next step.”

The Learning Labs are also saving jobs. Three bus drivers and other non-instructional staff, whose work stopped along with the pandemic’s shut downs, are now trained Learning Lab supervisors.

staff in mask at gateShellie Lansing, a district bus driver for 37 years, says she chose the job “because I like kids. Also, they’re usually all behind me. It’s nice to have them in front of me for a change.”

Through the training, Learning Lab staff gain new tech skills so they can assist students with logging in to their online lessons. 

“It’s been good,” she says. “I still hope to go back to a somewhat more regular life one day though.”

So do we all, Shellie. So do we all.

Updated Wed, Sep 23rd

The Technology Department has opened TechHelp for all CampbellUSD students

TechHelp is an online portal that allows your student to connect directly with one of CampbellUSD's six Instructional Technology staff. The portal ensures that the entire IT team can see the problem you are reporting, and allows them to assign, solve or escalate accordingly. 

To begin using TechHelp, visit https://techhelp.campbellusd.org in a web browser and sign in with your student's full CampbellUSD email address and password. From there, you can choose a ticket category, write a helpful description of the problem you're facing, and someone from the IT team will receive the ticket and get to work. Based on the question, the team may refer tickets back to your site or individual teachers for school or classroom-specific issues.

If you do not know your [student’s email address  or password, you can look them up in the PowerSchool parent portal. Watch this PowerSchool parent portal tutorial video for more information on creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account.

Updated Tue, Sep 22nd

Participating in the 2020 Census ensures our community’s fair share of federal funding for vital services, including healthcare, schools, roads, and more!

The data collected from the census is used to allocate over $800 billion in annual funding for these vital services. The deadline is now September 30th.
Complete your 10-minute questionnaire and tell your friends, family, and neighbors.

Visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. 

Updated Thu, Sep 17th

As Santa Clara County’s COVID19 conditions improve, our District Fall Reopening Planning Committee met to begin preparing for the potential of moving into the next phase of our school reopening plan. This process will take several weeks of preparations, so planning is necessary to be ready for change. The Fall Reopening Planning Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the needs for doing this transition well. 

I shared with the group that—as we have said from the start—we are planning for a gradual, phased-in approach with the goal, which is also a legal requirement, of providing as much in-person instruction as is safely possible (EC 43504). 

In addition to reviewing the Reopening Plan phases, I shared that the waiver approval process involved vetting by State and local public health departments, giving us added confidence that we have addressed all required and recommended safety protocols and processes. Our Committee members take their role of representing the various constituents of our district seriously. They brought with them ideas, observations, and questions that would be important considerations in planning for a transition to the hybrid phase of reopening, which we are reviewing and incorporating into our planning. 

I explained that we are particularly interested in understanding the readiness of our community—families and employees—for gradually moving to in-person instruction on campus. The group suggested that a survey of families and staff would be a good next step for determining readiness for when to transition to our plan’s Phase 2 (hybrid). This survey will go out this Friday, Sept. 18th. 

Conditions in Santa Clara County are trending in a positive direction. If they continue this way, schools will be able to begin bringing students back to campus. We will be very thoughtful and responsive about taking the next step in our Reopening Plan.

The Fall Reopening Committee will reconvene Sept. 30 to review survey data and input from staff.

Updated Wed, Sep 16th

Distance learning—this new way for your student to do school—is a challenge for all of us, and we’re working it out together. To help families, we created a new video blog (vlog) as another way to answer parents’ frequently asked questions.

The September video is the first in a monthly series aimed at helping you and your student now and throughout the school year. Find it on YouTube or on our COVID-19 resource page.

September’s topics:

  • What are the expectations of my child’s teacher? 
  • What is my role as a Parent in Distance Learning? 
  • How do I get help? 
  • How can I get a computer and care of my device?

Note: For video closed captions in English or Spanish, choose YouTube's "cc" icon.

Updated Wed, Sep 16th

Positive school attendance is as important during distance learning as it is when students are physically in school. With this new way of teaching and learning, it is important that students are present, engaged and supported. 

Staff still takes attendance and tracks each child’s engagement each day. Maintaining morning and evening routines is a great way to support your child’s attendance and education.

Involve your child in developing a routine. For example:

  • The night before school, have your child help set up the work area, lay out materials, and check to ensure that their schoolwork is complete. Preparations done the night before help to ease the start of the next day.
  • In the morning, they can use an alarm clock to allow time for breakfast and then get settled at least 5-10 minutes before the first online session.

These routines can help when it comes time to transition back to in-person learning, also. For more positive attendance tips and ideas, visit our Attendance Awareness newsletter:

Updated Thu, Sep 10th

Dear Campbell USD Families:

Now that Campbell Union School District’s waiver was approved to provide in-person instruction to elementary students, and with local COVID-19 conditions improving, our district can begin planning for a transition to the hybrid learning program described in Phase 2 of our School Reopening Plan

The process will take several weeks to complete and will include input from the Districtwide Reopening Planning Committee, which is meeting on September 16th. Our plan also included our commitment to provide at least two weeks' notice to families and staff before transitioning to the next phase..

The waiver allowed us to begin our Learning Labs this week to provide support for students accessing and completing their distance learning lessons. These Learning Labs are helping us mitigate learning loss to those most challenged in remote learning from the school closures. As noted in our plan, we are first targeting students with special needs and others in high-needs subgroups. 

State law says that public schools must "offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible." (Ed. Code § 43504)  Under Phase 2, groups of CUSD students (cohorts A and B) would come to campus on alternating days of the week. (See Plan for details.

As noted in our plan, we are prioritizing which students come back for in-person instruction as those who struggled with accessing learning in the remote setting, which has predominantly been those with special needs, English Language Learners, Foster Youth and our youngest learners. 

We will work with our Planning Committee to determine a gradual plan for resuming in-person instruction.

Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families as we continue our work of educating students to their highest potential. We are committed to navigating a safe reopening, and we recognize the benefits of allowing students to receive some in-person instruction at school with their teachers.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Updated Thu, Sep 3rd

After careful review by county and state public health departments, Campbell Union School District’s  (CUSD) School Reopening Plan received waiver approval. It is one of only four public school districts to have its reopening plan go through California’s stringent two-level vetting process.

Waiver Intended for Small Groups

For CUSD, waiver approval means our schools may provide some in-person support during Phase 1 to students who have been the most challenged in remote learning and mitigate learning loss related to COVID-19 school closures. As the district’s School Reopening Plan under Phase 1 states: “Some in-person supports and services may be provided to students with an IEP or others in high-needs subgroups. Per the allowance within the Governor’s guidelines.”

“Having the waiver approved and acting on it are two separate steps,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “It won’t happen immediately, but we want to ensure we are prepared to act if and when the conditions allow. Safety is our top priority as we also work to address achievement and equity gaps that persist during distance learning.”

The official waiver approval process, which took place between August 13th and August 31st, involved a thorough review of CUSD's reopening plan with specific focus on our safety measures, hygiene, social distancing, face covering and other public health department protocol recommendations. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department suggested minor clarifications, which the district added to its reopening plan.

Extra Scrutiny Brings Added Assurance

Amid that official scrutiny, on August 25th, the California Department of Public Health released the Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth, meaning this double-vetting will not be required of schools that implement the new guidelines going forward. However, CUSD staff, students and families now have the extra assurance that our process adheres to the recommendations of our local and state authorities.  

The School Reopening Plan overview states that progression between phases of the plan will be informed by “public health guidelines, current state of the virus and input from the Reopening Committee.”

“New California law states that schools must provide in-person learning to the greatest extent possible,’ Viramontez said. “Our goal is to do that in a way that is safe for students, staff and families.”

Updated Wed, Sep 2nd

Starting today, September 3rd, Campbell Union School District (CUSD) families will be able to pick up five breakfasts, lunches and suppers at no charge, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s extension of the summer meal program. The extension allows summer meal program operators, like CUSD, to continue serving free meals to ALL children, 18 years and younger, through December 18th.

By offering five days worth of meals, families will only need to come once a week to the  Drive-up/Walk-up Meal service locations. The change is intended to be more convenient for families as our students continue distance learning and our community abides the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families can pick up meals at any of these distribution locations, Monday through Friday, at the following times: 

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Blackford, Capri, Castlemont, Lynhaven, Rosemary, Sherman Oaks
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:  Monroe Middle School: 2-3:30p

***NOTE: Meal pick-up will no longer be at CSI or Rolling Hills Middle School***

Please visit our website at www.campbellusd.org/food for meal applications, menus and the most up to date information about meal times and locations."

Updated Wed, Sep 2nd

Governor Newsom announced California’s new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state and the revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on reopening activities. The new California Department of Public Health’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy replaces the previous State Monitoring List, and includes guidance for schools that aligns with State law directing public schools to "offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible." (Ed. Code § 43504)

Based on recent data, each county will fall into one of four colored tiers—Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate) and Yellow (Minimal)—based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and the extent of community spread. That color will indicate how sectors can operate.

The blueprint lays out the measures that each county must meet, based on indicators that capture disease burden, testing, and health equity, and it reaffirms the July 17 School Re-opening Framework and the Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth for reopening schools for in-person instruction. Because individual counties may be more restrictive than the State’s plan, our District leadership will monitor local directives and conditions closely before initiating any progression from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of our Reopening Plan.