Monroe Middle School

District News

Updated Wed, Mar 3rd

I am happy to report that our county is officially in the less-restrictive Red (Substantial) Tier.

County Public Health Officer Dr. Sarah Cody, announced yesterday that the county has met the agreed-upon metric to move us to Phase 2 of our School Reopening Plan. Starting March 22nd, we will begin bringing cohorts of students back to school for in-person instruction. We will begin with elementary students in grades Tk-2nd and middle school 6th graders and expand from there, as indicated in our reopening plan.

We’re excited, and we’re ready! 

After months of planning, preparing, advocating, adjusting to changes in official guidelines and mandates, we can finally begin our planned return to in-person learning. From the beginning, our plan and State law have been focused on safely returning students to campus for learning, socializing, and growing.

Ready or Not?

I do recognize that some families whose students are enrolled in the Phase-in (a.k.a. Hybrid) model are not yet ready for their students to come back to campus even part time. 

We are developing provision for these students, despite its many challenges. Schools sent a notice last week telling parents how to let us know if they are “not ready” to return in Phase 2 by submitting a form. The deadline to respond with the form is 12 noon on Fri., March 5th. If you have not seen the notice, please check your email, including the spam folder, for the information.

Our system, with its staffing and resource constraints, is not designed to accommodate a mid-year “re-enrollment” option that educating this third group of students would require. We need to know the numbers of students to expect, so we can determine how to provide instruction to those who are yet not ready to return to campus for their in-person instruction schedule. 

The instruction provided for this “not ready” group will be compliant with the instructional requirements of Senate Bill 98.

Bringing as many students to in-person learning as is safely possible is the intent of the legislators and has been our focus from the beginning. We will do so while being consistent with our stakeholder agreements. 

We are excited about finally having the opportunity to implement Phase 2 of our plan.

* Your child’s school has sent detailed information to you. If you wish to review any of the information, please refer to your school’s website for specific dates and schedules.  Also, visit our COVID-19 resources web page to view district and school reopening plans.

Updated Wed, Mar 3rd

On Feb. 23rd, about 875 people attended the District’s virtual community meeting on our transition to Phase 2 “hybrid” instructional model. The Superintendent reviewed the conditions, planning and decisions that have happened from the spring of 2020 until now. She also reminded the community of what the “hybrid” model will look like when we transition to Phase 2. 

In order to obtain community views and input, groups of participants were moved to breakout rooms to voice their perceptions about the opportunities and barriers of moving to Phase 2.  They were also asked to share additional considerations for the district.

Facilitators collected the verbal and “chat box” input. District leaders and the District’s Data Analyst reviewed all 1,493 comments from participants to identify the following dominant themes.  

Opportunities

The primary feedback under this category was that our families see this as an opportunity for students to reconnect with peers and to improve their social-emotional well being. Additionally, they look forward to students receiving in-person instruction and connecting with their teachers in person. 

Barriers

Scheduling was a concern.  Balancing the phase-in schedule with home obligations and routines proves difficult for many. There was also concern regarding the impact to instruction that the shift to the hybrid model may have. 

Other Considerations

Additional considerations included concerns about health risks, a desire to ensure fidelity to the health and safety protocols, and a desire to provide an option for families not ready to return. 

Responding to the Feedback

As we consider the opportunities of some in-person instruction, we will be intentional in providing social-emotional support and transitioning students back to the schedule and flow of the classroom, particularly in light of the safety protocols. We have already seen in our Expanded Learning program the joy our students have when playing and interacting with their peers, masks and all.   

The scheduling challenges noted in the barriers feedback is more difficult for us to resolve as the current 6-foot distancing requirements prevent us from bringing all students back into their classrooms at one time.  We have purchased one-hundred-twenty 10x20 canvas awnings to allow school sites to leverage outdoor learning as well, but that would not allow for the entire school returning at this point.  Additionally, the reason Phase 2 day ends before lunch was: (1) to acclimate students and staff to the safety protocols before introducing lunch, as eating has been noted as one of the more challenging safety components. As we move into better weather, being able to eat outside in distanced cohorts is less of a concern than indoor eating; and (2) teachers will need time to plan for both the in-person and the asynchronous groups.  

We acknowledged that our original Phase 3 plan is currently not possible due to the distancing requirements, so the reopening committee will iterate on learnings from our Phase 2 transition to inform our move to Phase 3, which will provide increased in-person learning.  

As for the considerations, we will be diligent with adhering to our safety protocols and procedures. Also, we sent out information to all families that are scheduled for the Phased-in model to let us know if they were not ready to send their students back for in-person instruction. As we gather those numbers, we will determine how to provide continued learning for those students who will not be coming to campus on their scheduled in-person days. We plan to leave the students in their assigned cohort groups to retain the relationships they have with their classmates and their teachers. Doing so will allow students who are not ready now to be able to return if they are ready when we transition to Phase 3.  

The transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 is already extremely taxing to our system, and however we determine to support those students not yet ready must be able to be accomplished within the confines of existing staff and resources.  

It is important to remember that the form for parents to indicate “not ready” closes at 12 noon this Friday, March 5th. Parents who choose not to send their child to in-person learning will receive information from their school about what their child will be doing and learning during their cohort’s in-person time.

The Superintendent will be including more details about the community feedback in her regularly scheduled Reopening Update to the Governing Board next week.

Updated Wed, Mar 3rd
Students will begin the new 2021-22 school year on Thur. August 19, 2021
Students will end the school year on June 10, 2022.
To download the 2021-22 calendar as a PDF, click here.
"No School" dates will be added to our online calendar.
Updated Thu, Feb 11th

Campbell Union School District is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on its Citizens Bond and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. 

Campbell Union School District educates students in preschool through eighth grade from the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga.  The bond funds from help to repair and improve the district’s 12 elementary and middle schools. Parcel tax funds support instructional programs that directly benefit students.

The school district Governing Board appoints an independent citizens committee to oversee the expenditures and uses of bond and parcel tax revenues, and report findings to the public.  The Citizens Oversight Committee reviews school district spending and ensures that bond and parcel tax revenues are spent only for the purpose set before the voters.

Oversight Committee members represent various parts of the community: businesses, senior citizens, taxpayer organizations, and parents of students enrolled in the District.   These members serve for a term of two years without compensation and for no more than three consecutive terms.  (Education Code Section 15282(a))

Applications are available by contacting Christina Tran, Campbell Union School District, ctran [at] campbellusd.org or 408-364-4200 ext. 6215.

Updated Thu, Feb 25th

If you rely on our weekly no-cost meal service, please be sure to pick up a 5-day meal package this Friday, Feb. 12. 

That's five days of breakfasts, lunches and suppers per child under the age of 18 to help stretch your food budget while we are closed.

WHERE and WHEN

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Blackford Elementary, Capri Elementary, Castlemont Elementary, Lynhaven Elementary, Rosemary Elementary, Sherman Oaks Elementary

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Monroe Middle

Updated Thu, Feb 25th

The County's big blue testing bus will be at the Rosemary School Family Learning Center to provide free COVID-19 testing to members of the community.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Family Learning Center, 401 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell (next to Rosemary School)

Testing is free, safe, easy, confidential, and does not affect your immigration status. 

Register for Patient ID: Call 1-888-634-1123 or visit lhi.care/covidtesting 

(Testing without appointments may be available if space allows.) 

Updated Fri, Feb 19th

Campbell Union School District will hold a virtual community presentation about bringing students to campus under Phase 2 of its School Reopening Plan.

“As local COVID-19 conditions continue to improve, the county may reach the Red Tier soon and our phased-in return to campus will begin soon after that,” says District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We want to inform our community about what to expect and give them time to prepare for the transition.”

Save the Date

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
6:30-7:30 p.m.
(The meeting link will be available on our calendar)

Spanish interpretation will be available. For other accommodations, please contact the public information office at 408-341-7254.

Updated Fri, Feb 12th

Free COVID-19 testing will be available on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., at the Rosemary School Family Learning Center, 401 W. Hamilton Ave., in Campbell.

To schedule an appointment, go to sccfreetest.org or call 1-888-634-1123

See flyer for details 

Updated Fri, Jan 29th

Last night, I provided an update to the Governing Board on the status of our Reopening Plans in light of new developments related to the pandemic.

I shared that, just yesterday afternoon, the California Public Health Department released new guidelines. We will be reviewing the new guidelines to ensure we have addressed all necessary elements. These amended guidelines are required for all schools in the state.  

I reiterated our  plan to not move to Phase 2 of reopening until we are in the Red (Substantial) Tier. We are monitoring developments related to the pandemic, supporting students and staff with remote learning, and readying for when we are able to begin our phased-in approach. We have started our employee COVID-19 testing. Our CampbellCare, preschools, and infant/toddler programs remain open, and we continue to advocate for our district’s needs to support students and staff.

On Dec. 30, the Governor announced a proposal for grant funds to support a phased-in reopening of schools for in-person instruction. He proposes $2 billion for a return to in-person instruction, funded through Prop 98 funds. His plan would provide about $450 per student as an incentive grant to fund the added costs of reopening. It must be approved by legislation, which means we anticipate adjustments to the proposal over the coming weeks, even as we work  to submit our  plan by the Feb. 1 deadline.

Throughout the months of this pandemic, we have had to be adaptable as we support our students and remain focused on their education and safety. We are remaining vigilant and preparing to act on the next phase of our plan when conditions allow. 

Updated Wed, Jan 27th

Parents of young children may be looking ahead to August and the day their child starts kindergarten. There is much to be hopeful about this new stage in your child’s lifetime of learning. And as the pandemic subsides, we eagerly anticipate welcoming students back to our classrooms and a more familiar school experience than has been the case this year.

Whether you are new to the enrollment process or revisiting it, we offer this overview to get you started.

How do I register my child for school?

Starting January 19th, parents may use a computer or smartphone to register their child online for the 2021-22 school year. Our Enrollment staff is happy to help and are available by phone and email. 

  • Email: sflores [at] campbellusd.org () or kphillips [at] campbellusd.org ()
  • Phone: 408-364-4200

(Note: In-person assistance is available by appointment only, and all COVID-19 safety precautions must be observed.)

At what age may my child attend Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Kindergarten is for children who will be five years old on or before September 1.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is for children who will be five years old between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. TK is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program that uses a modified Kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. 

Which is my school?

Your elementary or middle school is determined by your child’s home address. To confirm which is your attendance-area school, visit our  Online School Locator or phone: (408) 364-4200. More information about school placement is available on our Enrollment FAQ page.

To learn more about the school we suggest you attend a virtual visit.

Students are assigned to their attendance-area school, except in cases of school transfer through Open Enrollment or other special circumstance. (Requesting a different in-district school requires an extra step during our Open Enrollment period, which ends Fri., Feb. 12 at 4pm.)

What documents are needed?

Proof of residence, immunizations, and certain other documents are required for school.

Is there childcare?

Yes, onsite childcare—called CampbellCare—is available before and after school. Learn more.

What about COVID-19?

We are committed to providing safe learning environments and quality education, so that all of our students may reach their highest potential. We are continuing to monitor the pandemic circumstances, and we are being told that while we may still need to offer additional safety protocols, when the new school year begins in August 2021, it will be more like we are used to. Should conditions require us to continue to be more cautious, we have the assurance that our School Reopening Plan was reviewed and approved by State and County public health officials and meets all requirements and recommendations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.