School Reopening Plan for 2020-21

Safety and learning guide decisions for bringing students back to the classroom as pandemic conditions change. Risk assessment includes available resources for following public health orders. See our FAQ page for more.

District-level Reopening Plan
COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequent Questions about the 2020-21 School Reopening Plan will be added to this page daily

The 4-Phased Plan

What is the district’s reopening plan in a nutshell?

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.

When will we change from Phase 1 to Phase 2?

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.

What if I'm not ready for my child to return to the Phase-in (a.k.a. Hybrid) Model?

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.

What safety measures are there for my child at 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.

Why did I have to choose All-year Distance Learning by August 3rd?

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.

How are All-year Distance Learning and Phase 1 Distance Learning the same?

These elements are THE SAME for the phase-in approach and year-long distance learning:

  • Curriculum: Based on common core state standards
  • Hours of instruction required
  • Led by district hired certificated teachers
  • A blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-directed) instruction for students
  • Students will have self-directed learning to do at home
  • Neither program will emulate a traditional school day schedule
  • A blend of healthy hands-on activities vs screen time
  • Class assignment shared on Friday before school starts
  • Set schedules shared with students weekly
  • Technology platforms being used (Zoom, SeeSaw, Google Classroom)
  • Student-teacher ratio (Average of 24:1 for TK-3 and 30:1 for 4-8)

How are All-year Distance Learning and Phase 1 Distance Learning different?

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Phase 1 Distance Learning

  • Planned with intent to return students to campus when safe. Students in smaller cohorts (A/B) while distance learning to ease return to school
  • Small groups of students may come back for some in-person instruction, as needed, even during this phase (as allowed by county public health and following all safety guidelines)

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All-Year Distance Learning

  • Full-school year commitment
  • Students taught in grade-level spans
  • May have some combination grade-level classes, based on enrollment numbers
  • Classes composed of students from different schools
  • Instruction in English
  • Students would not be part of activities at the assigned “brick-and-mortar” school
  • Increased parent responsibility for instruction in collaboration with teacher

MIDDLE SCHOOL - Phase 1 Distance Learning

  • Students will be assigned a typical schedule with 6 classes, including electives and PE
  • Students will have access to clubs, culture building events and activities
  • Will remain in classes with students from their school and grade level
  • Will be taught by teachers from school site they are assigned to

MIDDLE SCHOOL - All-Year Distance Learning

  • Students likely will not have a different teacher for each content area
  • Increased parent responsibility for instruction in collaboration with teachers
  • Classes made up of students from different schools
  • Students will not have access to clubs, school based activities and events
  • Increased parent responsibility for instruction in collaboration with teacher

Who teaches 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.

How much screen time for instruction in distance learning?

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.

When was students' first day of school for 2020-21?

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.

Can I change from 4-Phase to All Distance Learning after August 3rd?

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.

What are the childcare options?

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.

What if my child doesn’t have a computer or Internet access?

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.

How do I get help for my student during distance learning?

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 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.