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County Goes Back to Purple Tier. What it Means for CUSD Schools

Possible delay for students' return to campus

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Due to a stark increase in COVID-19 cases, Santa Clara County has moved back two tiers to the most restrictive Purple or Widespread Tier as defined in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This development could delay the January launch of our district’s plans to gradually bring students back to school for in-person instruction. 

The Governor surprised state and local planners on November 16th when he announced his “emergency brake” that moved Santa Clara County from the Orange to the Purple tier order effective November 17th.

The district had been planning to begin Phase Two of its Reopening Plan on January 4th. If the county is still in the Purple Tier when the December Winter Break begins, that date will need to change, according to Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

The Blueprint specifies that schools that have not reopened for in-person instruction must wait to reopen until the county has been in the Substantial (Red) Tier for 14 days. Programs already in operation may continue, such as the district’s Learning Labs, CampbellCare and preschools.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We encourage everyone to help get the virus back under control so schools—and other parts of our community—can reopen. Wear a face covering, wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and limit social gatherings to your own household.

The county is scheduled to remain in the Purple Tier through December 8th. Depending on how local trends look, the District will determine whether to delay the January 4th reopening date or not.

See a video breifing from the Superintendent on our Youtube channel. Please also watch for updates on the changing status of school reopening via email and in our weekly e-newsletters

See the November 17, 2020 Executive Summary for an overview of the changes. Details about how the Governor’s order will impact our county as a whole are on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website.

Now Enrolling Preschool

Affordable half-day and full-day State Preschool programs. Free for those who qualify.

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Our high-quality infant, toddler, and preschool programs prepare children for successful educational journeys. Both fee-based and subsidized programs are available, year round, with part-time or full-time options.

  • Half-day programs opening in January at Blackford and Castlemont schools.
  • Full-day state preschool and tuition-based program openings at Campbell School of Innovation (CSI) in December.  

For more details, visit our preschool web page or phone (408) 364-4200 x4180.

Help with At-Home Learning Issues

Video offers answers to frequent questions, help for range of distance learning challenges

The third episode of Campbell Union School District's Family Support Vlog is available now. This November 2020 installment includes Technology Tips, Resources for Emotional Support and Counseling, and more.

Closed captions available in English and Spanish. Choose YouTube's "cc" icon and select language.

Thanksgiving and Holiday Breaks

School breaks

Next week, school will be closed to allow families to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. There will be no school on November 23rd to 27th. Despite all of the hardships of the past 8 months, there is still much to be thankful for in our lives. We wish you a safe and healthy Thanksgiving break! School will resume on Monday, November 30th. 

The December Holiday Break will begin on Monday, December 21st. Students will return to school on January 4th, 2021. Please watch the website for updated information. Happy holidays to all!!


Mask Wearing and Physical Distancing

Preparing for returning to school

As we begin to prepare for students to return to school, it is important for them to practice the safety precautions that will be in place when children are back on campus. Please have them practice wearing a cloth face covering at home for extended periods of time. Once they are back at school, masks will need to be worn by students at all times, except when eating or drinking water.

We will expect students to be able to practice safe physical distancing while walking around campus, at recess time, and in the classrooms. Please have children practice remaining at least 6 feet apart from others. One easy way to practice is to have two people both extend their arms. Fingertips should not touch while doing this.  This will help students to be able to identify just how far apart 6 feet actually is. 

Practicing the skills that they need will be helpful for all of us when students return. Also, please purchase extra child-sized masks for your children. We will require them to bring two extra masks in a labeled baggie to leave at school in case their mask is forgotten or becomes dirty or wet. One source for good quality, inexpensive child-sized masks is Old Navy at

Students will also need to bring a water bottle to school every day since the drinking fountains will be turned off. Thank you for your help in preparing your children for a successful return to school!