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Record of Accomplishment

Character Strong Family Dare 22

We are coming up on the 1 year anniversary of when school’s closed for in-person instruction.  We know that this year has presented many challenges, but we also know that we have also seen students, families, and educators rise to the occasion.  

As a family, write down all that you have  accomplished together over the last year. Use photos that you’ve printed, documents  that you’ve saved, or pictures on your phone as a way to jog your memory and create a one  page paper that represents the highlight reel of the past few months. Take some time to  celebrate and be grateful for the good you’ve  gone through.

 

 

 

 

 

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Please click on this Appointment Link to schedule a time to come to the office. 

If you have supply needs our school supply pick-up hours are every Wednesday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Please take a look at the information on our calendaar for items avaible to students. 

Tech Help and Lunch Pick Up

Tech Help and Food where can I find them?

Do you need help with your chromebook? Please visit our TECH HELP and open a ticket. 

CHILD NUTRITION

Monday through Friday

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.                                                       2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE

 Blackford Elementary                                                            Monroe Middle

Capri Elementary

Castlemont Elementary 

Lynhaven Elementary

Rosemary Elementary

Sherman Oaks Elementary 

5 days of breakfasts, lunches and suppers will be given per child 

Meals are free for all children under the age of 18 

Pick up meals at any open location. 

You cannot pick up meals at more than once per week

if your have specific questions for child nutrition please contact them directly at 408-364-7210 or visit the CUSD Nutrition Department Page

County Moves to Red Tier. District’s Reopening Plan to Move Forward.

A Message from Superintendent Viramontez - March 3, 2021

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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.

Families Offer Input on Phase 2 Transition 

Community provides feedback on District reopening

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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.