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Answers to Frequent Questions about the 2020-21 School Reopening Plan will be added to this page daily
We based our plan on a 4-phase transition from all students in distance learning to all students safely learning at school. We have been monitoring COVID-19 pandemic information, adapting to mandatory safety requirements from the state and county public health departments, and communicating developments to our staff and community.
The 2020-21 school year began with all students in distance learning (Phase 1) and will gradually move to a ‘hybrid” of in-person and distance learning (Phases 2 and 3) as local COVID-19 conditions permit. Phase 4 is when all students can return to school for a traditional full day schedule.
We do not show dates between phases due to the unpredictable nature of the new coronavirus.
There is also an All-year Distance Learning option for families who prefer that for their student. They must notify our Enrollment office to opt out of the district’s 4-phase plan. Students not signed up for the All-year Distance Learning program will automatically be part of the Hybrid plan in the school assigned to them.
Before school began on August 24th, students were placed automatically in our standard plan for reopening——the 4-phases plan——unless parents signed up for the all-year distance learning option in August 2020. Choosing the full-year distance learning option required a full school-year commitment. Requests to change to in-person instruction are subject to our school transfer procedures.
After much planning and preparation, elementary and middle school campuses in Campbell Union School District began welcoming students back to in-person instruction on Monday. March 22, 2021. Following a hybrid model, students from each grade level began attending classes in person for two mornings each week and participated in remote learning the rest of the week. Specific schedules are available on each school's website and in their reopening plans.
Planning is underway to extend the amount of time students are on campus for in-person instruction. Employees and families will have at least two weeks advance notice of a schedule change of that kind.
While it was not part of our original reopening plan, we recognize that some families who chose the Phase-in (a.k.a. Hybrid) Model are not yet ready to have their student return for in-person instruction. Students whose parents indicated they were not ready for the pupil to attend in-person learning are being provided with support complies with SB98’s requirements and works within our staffing ratios. Questions about individual student instruction are available from the school.
We are implementing the required and recommended safety measures issued by the California Department of Public Health and the
Santa Clara County Public Health Department (PHD). Our Reopening Plan has been vetted by both State and County public health officials.
Specific details about face coverings, hand washing, keeping groups of students (cohorts) separated, sanitizing, and more are in the Health & Safety section of our 2020-21 School Reopening Plan.
We also update our safety protocols as new information comes from the public health department.
Enrollment determines staffing needs. We must know the number of students in each school and grade in order to hire the right number of teachers and staff and to keep our class sizes at our collective bargaining agreement sizes of an average of 24:1 in grades TK-3 and 30:1 in grades 4-8.
Our plan does not include a choice after school begins because of its potential to require complete re-enrollment throughout the district. The complexity of building classes, assigning staff and developing community does not allow for reworking all of this at each phase.
We don’t encourage mid-year changes because it disrupts the consistency for students/families from the beginning of the year. However, a parent/guardian request to change would be a School Transfer Request, which is handled on a case-by-case basis and subject to space available in a school and grade.
These elements are THE SAME for the phase-in approach and year-long distance learning:
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Phase 1 Distance Learning
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All-Year Distance Learning
MIDDLE SCHOOL - Phase 1 Distance Learning
MIDDLE SCHOOL - All-Year Distance Learning
In the 4-phase plan, it is the classroom teacher at the school we assign your child to. In the All-year Distance Learning, it is a CUSD teacher assigned to this district-wide program.
Instructional minutes will be a balance of independent learning at home and live virtual instruction with the teachers. The daily schedule includes movement breaks. The minutes listed in the plan are the minimum required by the State.
We do not expect students to sit in front of a screen for the equivalent of a full school day.
Teachers will base the time on Zoom or other online class meetings on developmental levels for the grade. Teachers also are aware of how much their students can handle and will adjust accordingly in the moment. We encourage small group instruction, so that there can be more collaboration and connection in an age-appropriate setting.
For example: First graders will go to "school" from 8:30-2:15. Just like a regular day. We are planning activities for a full day. A minimum of 90 minutes of the day will by synchronous learning with the teacher (M.T,TH,F) the rest self-directed learning. There are other times that students may be called to small group instruction based on student need so the live time with teachers could end up being greater than 90 minutes. There will be weekly 1:1 check ins to support students with their work.
The students' first day of school (Phase 1 and Distance Learning) was Monday, August 24th.
The first day originally was August 20. However, in collaboration with our labor groups, we moved some teacher professional development days--originally scheduled during the school year--to the beginning of the school year.
Your child's school will send you schedules and information for picking up any equipment or instructional materials needed.
Our plan does not include changing to all-year distance learning after the school begins. Please refer to "Why do I have to choose…" (above) for more details.
Restrictions prevent opening classrooms for daily instruction to all students, but they do allow for childcare with physical distancing.
Our CampbellCare program has full- and half-day options.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education also provides county-wide childcare information.
Students who do not have access to a computing device at home may borrow a Chromebook from us. Your child’s school will send information about how to check one out.
If the student’s home does not have internet access, please notify the school for information about options for obtaining internet service.
The District's 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 TechHelp, visit 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.
Another helpful resource for parents is our Parent Vlog, several short videos in which we answer frequently asked questions about how to support their students during distance learning and beyond. You'll find these and other informative videos on our YouTube channel, Campbellusd.