Message from the Superintendent

Top priority: health and well-being of students, staff, and families while educating students to their highest potential.

 dr. shelly viramontezI am pleased to present our plan for reopening the 2020-21 school year. Much thought went into its development.

Our process included stakeholder feedback, study of legal requirements, research reviews, and collaboration with our teachers, parents, administrators, support staff and community partners.

Our top priority is the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families as we continue our work of educating students to their highest potential.

As we have learned in recent months, flexibility in response to new information continues to be essential. This 2020-21 School Reopening Plan allows us to be safe, nimble and responsive to local conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it reflects the information and guidance known at this time. It is a best effort to address the wide-ranging needs of our students, staff and community with the information available now. 

We are committed to returning as many students to in-person learning as is safely possible. We will apprise families and staff of any upcoming changes to allow time for planning and will house information and resources on our COVID-19 web page.

Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent
Campbell Union School District

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Updates and Revisions

Following is a list of the updates to the July 24, 2020 School Reopening Plan as instructed by Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Updates occur at least once each month, as needed.

AUGUST 2020

Face Coverings

  1. Clarified the plan that K-2 will be encouraged to wear face covering at all times and that it is recommended to provide structured breaks for K-2 students who may need a break from wearing their face covering.
  2. Revised to indicate that face shields are not recommended as a replacement for face coverings.  However, staff can consider using face shields in combination with face coverings.  It also states staff can consider using a face covering with a clear window over the mouth when providing phonological instruction or communicating with a student with a disability or a student who is hearing impaired. 
  3. Added a bullet statement about teachers and staff who are exempt from face coverings. They are those that require respiratory protection according to Cal/OSHA standards and staff who are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons shall not be assigned duties that require close contact with students.

Physical Distancing

  1. Added bullet statement to align with State and County released updated guidance of August 3 regarding youth sports and physical education.
  2. Added to Staff Safety: County's updated school reopening document (revised September 21, 2020, page 17) states that staff should maintain 6 feet of distance from any volunteers.
  3. Clarified maintaining physical distance and stable cohorts while students are eating in the cafeteria and/or outdoors. (i.e., will there be assigned seating, 6 feet between students)
  4. Updated staff face covering provision to align with County recommendation (see revision #2 under Face Coverings.) 
  5. Revised bullet about use of staff rooms/meals to minimize congregation of adults in staff rooms, break rooms, and other settings.

SEPTEMBER 2020

  1. Updated to reflect August 28 release of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy under School Schedules for Phases as it replaces the previous State Monitoring List. 
  2. Clarified Physical Distancing: When students are in the classroom, we will arrange the classroom furniture to leave as much space between students as required by the Public Health order, ideally 6 feet or more, to the extent practicable, especially in middle school classrooms.
  3. Added to Staff Safety: County's updated school reopening document (revised September 21, 2020, page 17) states that staff should maintain 6 feet of distance from any volunteers or visitors on campus.

Updates from County's Guidance Sept 21, 2020 

Page

Description of Updates

9

Physical Distancing: Clarification that staff should also maintain 6 feet of distance from any volunteers or visitors on campus.

10

Arrival and Departure: Addition of requirement to mark spaces 6 feet apart for adults waiting to drop off or pick up students on foot, by bicycle, or other means of active transportation

10

Arrival and Departure: Addition of recommendations and consideration to limit risk of transmission during arrival and departure of students traveling to school by foot, bicycle, or other means of active transportation

11

Classroom Settings: Clarification that elementary schools should maximize space between student desks, ideally 6 feet or more, to the extent practicable.

11

Classroom Settings: Revision of footnote to add requirement that staff providing special education and related services and rotating into general education classrooms for a portion of the day must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from everyone else in the cohort; that substitute teachers must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from everyone else in the cohort; and that schools should minimize the number of close contacts for students with disabilities and staff working with such students, whether they are rotating into a general education classroom or joining another cohort for special education services.

11

Classroom Settings: Addition of requirement for middle schools that student desks be spaced at least six feet apart.

13

Non-Classroom Settings: Change in requirement prohibiting staff from eating in break rooms. Expanded requirement prohibits staff from eating or gathering in any indoor spaces, such as break rooms and offices.

14

Transportation to and from School: Revision to apply requirements for bus transportation to van transportation.

14

Transportation to and from School: Addition of recommendation to carpool only with members of one’s stable cohort, to wear a face covering while carpooling, and to open windows during carpooling.

24

Recommended Health Screening: Corrected timing portion of first question and reworded second question for clarity.

27

COVID-19 Testing and Reporting: Added clarification that students/staff who test positive and have completed isolation requirements do not require a medical note or a negative test prior to returning to school/work.

27

COVID-19 Testing and Reporting: Update to requirement that symptomatic individuals who are not close contacts and who test negative for COVID-19 remain home until at least 72 hours after fever resolution and improvement in other symptoms. Revision allows such individuals to return to work/school after 24 hours of being fever-free (without use of fever-reducing medication) and improvement in other symptoms.

27

COVID-19 Testing and Reporting: Addition of recommendation that, if a symptomatic individual is not a close contact is not tested (and no alternative explanation is provided by a physician for the symptoms), then he/she should follow isolation requirements for confirmed COVID-19 cases before returning to school/work.

29

Response to Suspected or Confirmed Cases and Close Contacts: Update to information on how to report confirmed COVID-19 cases and close contacts. Reporting should now be through online portal, rather than email and phone.

29

Response to Suspected or Confirmed Cases and Close Contacts: Addition of appendix outlining isolation and quarantine recommendations while awaiting and after receiving COVID-19 test results

29

Response to Suspected or Confirmed Cases and Close Contacts: Update to isolation period for symptomatic COVID-19 cases. Symptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19 can return at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever AND improvement in other symptoms.

29

Response to Suspected or Confirmed Cases and Close Contacts: Addition of requirement for schools to urge parents/guardians of students with COVID-19 to  notify any individuals or organizations with which their child has close contacts outside the school setting.

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2020-21 School Reopening Plan At a Glance

An overview of our 4-phase plan.

CONTENTS

Reopening Plan at a Glance

Planning Process and Goals

Schedules for Each Phase

All Grades in Phase 1

Elementary

Middle

Full year Distance Learning 

Quality Teaching and Learning

Special Education


Operations Health and Safety

Screening

Hand hygiene

Face covering

Ventilation

Physical distancing

Cohorts

Disinfecting

Transportation

Student Nutrition

Mental Health

Staff Safety

Childcare

Communication

Special Thanks

On July 15, 2020, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board approved the District Reopening Planning Committee’s recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year with distance learning for all students and phase into more in-person learning as local conditions permit. 

The recommendation includes an option for year-round distance learning for families who prefer that for their children.

This 2020-21 School Reopening Plan document provides details for implementing the recommendation, and includes the legal requirements, instructional programs, sample schedules, safety precautions, academic and social-emotional supports, and communication norms established for the year.

A Phased-in Return to Campus

Public health guidelines, current state of the virus and input from the Reopening Committee will determine progression between phases.

diagram of 4-phase plan 

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Planning Process

The steps taken to develop a safe and flexible reopening plan

Overview of the Planning Process

With safety and students foremost in mind, we aligned our planning goals to meet our mission of educating students to their highest potential. man writing 3 plans

We developed a set of guiding principles and created District workgroups to plan for three distinct scenarios.

  1. All Distance Learning (DL)
  2. Hybrid (Blend of DL and in-Person)
  3. All Students Back

These workgroups researched state and local mandates as information became available and concentrated efforts on facilities preparation, operations, technology needs, instructional plans and governance requirements. 

Through a Design Thinking Challenge, teams of school teachers and staff submitted ideas for scheduling a Hybrid model for instruction. These provided the basis for several later versions and the final samples found in this plan.

From late-April and mid-June 2020, we conducted multiple surveys of staff, students and families to identify needs, for feedback on which scenario they desired, and what improvements to consider. The following themes emerged and are addressed in the reopening plan:

  • Adherence to health and safety requirements
  • Quality of distance learning
  • More live interaction for students with teachers/peers

With this knowledge, we formed a District Fall Reopening Committee comprising many stakeholder groups: parents, teachers, administrators and labor union representatives.

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We Aligned Our Goals to the Mission

Diagram of aligning reopening goals to district mission

diagram of goals and mission

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We Developed Guiding Principles

  • four happy studentsThe health and safety of students and staff are our top priority. 
  • We will engage and collaborate with our partners during all phases of re-entry planning, and implementation. 
  • We will support teachers across all grade levels and courses to concentrate their instruction so every student masters essential standards.  
  • We will assess student learning to ensure that students are progressing and engaged, and we will keep both the students and their parents/families informed of student progress. 
  • We will support the physical and mental well-being of students, integrating social-emotional learning into our academic core. 
  • We will support the social and emotional needs of our staff members, and we will provide them with time and support they will need for professional learning, reflection, and collaboration. 
  • We will sustain effective services for our students with special and exceptional needs.
  • We will work to ensure students are meaningfully participating and take immediate action to support students struggling to stay connected. 
  • We will actively support parents/families as they engage in their students' education and learning. 
  • We will actively support effective governance systems that maximize engagement, public safety, and instructional innovation.
  • We will rise to meet this moment and we will come back stronger together.

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Planned a Safe Return to School

Our District workgroups researched and addressed Public Health Department requirements.

  • Facilities - Safety protocols and social distancing
  • Technology - Providing devices and support needed for distance learning
  • Operations - Processes for staff, various programs, e.g. attendance, sports, etc. 
  • Teaching and Learning - Professional development (PD) needs, assessments,   Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Social Emotional Learning, plans for hybrid instruction, how to enhance engagement in various instructional models
  • Governance - Communication, protocols, implement safety protocols

We also collaborated with education and public health groups to stay informed of changing conditions and regulations and to identify resources for meeting them.

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New legislation set requirements for distance learning

Public health orders, Executive Orders from the Governor, Education Code, and SB98 legislation attached to the State Budget adoption include the following requirements for distance learning: 

  • As much in-person instruction as practicable
  • Confirm/Provide access to connectivity and devices to all students
  • Content of same quality as in-person instruction; aligned to standards
  • Academic supports for specific pupil groups
  • Special Ed. services 
  • Designated and integrated ELD
  • Daily live interaction with teachers and peers for purposes of instruction 
  • Progress monitoring
  • Daily Instructional Minutes 
    • TK/K: 180 Minutes/day
    • 1-3: 230 Minutes/day
    • 4-8 240 Minutes /day
  • Meals for all eligible for Free/Reduced Price Meals 
  • Weekly engagement record documenting synchronous/asynchronous instruction 
  • Evidence of participation in online activities 
  • Track completion of assignments
  • Daily contact with student or parents

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Incorporated New Public Health Guidance

Age-related continuum for determining priority of stable cohorts vs physical distance/face coverings

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School Schedules for Each Phase

description of sample schedules provided

Updated 09/09/2020 to reflect California's new Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The following sample schedules for our instructional elementary and middle school programs are based on the information available at this time. Some elements of these schedules are subject to employee bargaining group negotiations and may be modified.

We are committed to establishing schedules, structures, practices, and clear expectations for successful student in-person learning to resume. Also, we are committed to—as much as possible—providing the same in-person schedule for families with children in different grades and schools.

Our schedules do not show dates between phases due to the unpredictable nature of the new coronavirus, and because the new California Department of Public Health guidance calls for using specific metrics to determine if school districts can start in-person instruction. 

On August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which replaces the previous State Monitoring List, and includes guidance for schools to "offer in-person instruction. (Ed. Code § 43504). The color-coded Blueprint lays out the measures that each county must meet and reaffirms the July 17 School Re-opening Framework and the Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth for reopening schools for in-person instruction. 

Counties must remain in every tier but purple for a minimum of 21 days before being eligible to move into the next less-restrictive tier. While in the purple zone, schools may not open for in-person instruction, unless granted a waiver by the Public Health Department. Once schools meet the requirement, they may begin in-person instruction, following public health guidelines. 

We will send information at the beginning of each month, providing dates for when transitions between phases will occur.

For us to move to phase two, we must first meet the new Blueprint requirements. We will provide families and staff at least two weeks advance notice before moving to a new phase.

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Phases for Reopening

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Phase 1: All Grades Distance Learning

Under our 2020-21 Reopening Plan, all students will start the year in distance learning. Our Distance Learning program will differ from what we provided in spring: more engaging, academically rigorous, and in line with new legislative requirements.

The improvements include daily live interaction with teachers and peers for instruction, and content that aligns with standards and of similar quality as what students receive from in-person instruction.

Key features of the program include:

  • Use of Zoom, SeeSaw and Google classroom as our main Instructional delivery methods. 
  • Parent education will be provided to support learning at home. 
  • A weekly schedule of daily live teaching will be provided for students/families from their child’s teacher. 
  • Student work will be assessed and teacher feedback provided.
  • Students will be required to attend both large and small group virtual instruction.
  • Students will be assigned to small group instruction for additional support as needed. 
  • Staff will be available during office hours for questions/concerns.  
  • Schedules will provide choice for synchronous learning. 
  • Devices will be provided as needed.

Learning Mitigation Support:

Qualifying students may be invited to receive additional supports on-site during the school day as part of the legislative requirements for the Learning Loss Mitigation Funds.

The district is reviewing the criteria and will reach out to those who qualify for this.

 

*Note:  Some in-person supports and services may be provided to students with an IEP or others in high-needs subgroups. Per the allowance within the Governor’s guidelines.

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Phase 1: Distance Learning Schedule - Elementary

sample schedule for phase 1

Exact schedule will be determined by the school and teachers.

SAMPLE ELEMENTARY SCHEDULE

Times listed below are for synchronous (in-person) teacher-led instruction. 
Other asynchronous learning will be pushed out in addition to the times listed below.

Time 

Day 

Content 

8:30-9:00

M,T,TH,F

Social Emotional Learning (M,F)

Literacy (T/TH)

9:15-9:45

M,T,F

Literacy (M,F)  

Science (T)

11:00-11:30

M,T,TH,F

Math 

11:00-11:30

W

Small group instruction: Question/Answer 

Connection Time with teacher

12:45-1:15

M,T,TH,F

ELD for English Learners 

RSP and Special Education Services 

Enrichment Classes

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Phase 1: Middle School Schedule

All Distance Learning

In addition to the Distance Learning model described on page 12, middle schools are proposing the following additions:

Orientation and Home Room:
Open the school year with a small-group orientation with Home Room Teachers.

  • 22-25 students; 30-minute home room period.
  • Meet daily with teacher.
  • Common point of contact for students.
  • Support ongoing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) work, check-ins, ensure tech access, establish COVID 19 school routines, and monitor progress to ensure students are experiencing maximum success during distance learning.

Weekly Schedule:

  • Block schedule for daily contact with teachers in distance learning.
  • M, T, Th, F would include direct teacher instruction (synchronous) learning and remote (asynchronous) learning.
  • Wednesday would be distance learning for students, maintaining home room time. Additional small group support can be provided on this day.

NOTE: Some aspects of the sample schedules are subject to employee negotiations and may be modified. 

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Phase 1 Middle School Schedule

Note:  Schedules do not show dates between phases. New California Department of Public Health guidance call for using specific metrics to determine if school districts can start in-person instruction.  Communication will go out at the beginning of each month that will provide dates for when transitions between phases will occur. 

SAMPLE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT SCHEDULE

Mon.
A

Tue.
A

Thur.
B

Fri.
B

 Wed.
All Cohorts Distance Learning

Home Room: 8:30-9:00a Home Room: 8:30-9:00a
5-min Break 5-min Break
Block 1: 9:05-10:25a Period 1 Period 4 Period 1 Period 4 Block 1: 9:05-9:45a Period 1
10-min Break Block 2: 9:45-1025a Period 2
Block 2: 10:35-11:55a Period 2 Period 5 Period 2

Period 5

10-min Break
30-min Lunch Block 3: 10:35-11:15a Period 3
Block 3: 12:25-1:45p Period 3 Period 6 Period 3 Period 6 Block 4: 11:15-11:55a Period 4
Block 5: 12:25-1:05p Period 5
Block 6: 1:05-1:45p Period 6

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Phase 2: Elementary Schedule: Hybrid

sample schedule

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  • In-person learning up to 4 hours; 2 days for each cohort.
  • Cohorts A & B roughly half of the full class enrollment. Siblings in the same cohort.
  • Staggered start/end times for grades, varied entrance/exit points to limit congestion.
  • Provisions for siblings to arrive together, as much as practicable.
  • Staggered start dates for in-person learning.
  • Younger students come back first to practice protocols.
  • Assigned seating within the classroom.
  • Staggered recess times to avoid mixing of cohorts  

Wednesdays

  • Up to 1 hour live instruction in the morning 
  • 1 hour small group instruction for special populations
  • Distance learning for students for the remainder
  • Time for teacher collaboration, staff development, staff meeting, and preparation time. 

Students on full-year Distance Learning will have daily live instruction, schedule determined by school and teacher.

 SAMPLE SCHEDULE - ELEMENTARY PHASE 2 HYBRID

Grade

Start

M

T

W

TH

F

TK, K,1

Stagger start
dates

A

A

Sample only.
Exact times TBD by site and grade levels

8:00-9:00:

Virtual Class Meeting 

9:00-10:00:

Small Group instruction 

10:0012:00 

Collaboration and/or staff meeting. 

Lunch

12:30-End of Day, Teacher Prep 

B

B

2-3

A

A

B

B

4-6

A

A

B

B

Note:  Schedules do not show dates between phases. New California Department of Public Health guidance calls for using specific metrics to determine if school districts can start in-person instruction.  Communication will go out at the beginning of each month that will provide dates for when transitions between phases will occur. 

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Phase 3: Elementary Schedule: Full Classes

TWO BOYS WORKING AT COMPUTER AND SMILINGBlend Cohorts A & B

  • Bring together both cohorts of students (full class sizes) for in-person instruction, half day
  • 5 mornings a week.  
  • Distance learning in the afternoon for students.

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Phase 4: Elementary Schedule

All students come back to school with a traditional full day schedule. 

Note:  Schedules do not show dates between phases. New California Department of Public Health guidance calls for using specific metrics to determine if school districts can start in-person instruction.  Communication will go out at the beginning of each month that will provide dates for when transitions between phases will occur. 

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Phase 2: Middle School Schedule (Hybrid A)

Cohorts A and B on Campus 2 Days

Using an A/B schedule and a staggered start where cohorts could come to school 2 days a week.

Distance Learning schedule set by school and teachers, in accordance with requirements on page 12.

Caveat:

At the middle school level, the staggered schedule will involve reimagining master schedules, particularly for teachers who teach multiple grade levels. Teachers will be assigned to specific grades compared to the traditional model of exploratory and PE teachers being assigned to multiple grades. 

Bell Schedule:

Would be the DL Block Schedule for the on-campus learning. Teachers will rotate to each classroom for  instruction.

SAMPLE MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE - HYBRID A

Staggered Start Times

Student group

Cohort A
M/T

Cohort B
Th/F

Grade 6

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

Grade 7

8:30 AM 

8:30 AM 

Grade 8

9:00 AM

9:00 AM

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Phase 3: Middle School Schedule - Hybrid B

Hybrid B: Cohorts A and B on Campus 4 Days a Week

M, T, Th, F all grades coming to school with a full cohort on a staggered schedule.

Bell Schedule:

Could be a block or more typical bell schedule for the on-campus learning.  We will need to work out how to support students who are at home. Teachers would rotate to each classroom for instruction.

 SAMPLE MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE - HYBRID B

Staggered Start Times

Student group

Start time

Grade 6

8:00 AM

Grade 7

8:30 AM 

Grade 8

9:00 AM

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Phase 4: Middle School Schedule


All students come back to school with a traditional full-day schedule.  Times TBD.

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School-Year Distance Learning Program

young woman distance learningSome families have indicated a desire to enroll their students in Distance Learning for the entire school year. 

Choosing this option requires the full school year commitment. Requests to change to in-person instruction will be subject to our school transfer procedures.

Key points for this Distance Learning option:

  • Students will have rights to return to their resident school the following year.
  • The program will follow the model described on page 12.
  • The requirements and link for enrollment for the Distance Learning Program is on our Enrollment web page.
  • Enrollment will determine 2020-21 school year staffing needs
    • The posting and application process will be used to determine staff assignments.

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Full Year Distance Learning Schedule - Elementary

Exact schedule will be determined by the school and teachers.

SAMPLE STUDENT SCHEDULE - FULL-YEAR DISTANCE LEARNING

Times listed below are for synchronous teacher led instruction. 
Other asynchronous learning will be pushed out in addition to the times listed below.  

Time 

Day 

Content 

8:30-9:00

M, F

Social Emotional Learning, Profile of a Graduate Competency Development 

9:10-10:15

M-F

Literacy Development: Both large and small group rotations will occur. 

10:15-10:30

M-F

Movement Break

10:30-11:30

M-F

Math Development: Both large and small group rotations will occur. 

11:30-12:00

12:00-12:30 

M-F

Small group instruction sessions. Children may not be called daily.  

12:30-1:15

M-F

Lunch and Movement 

1:15-2:15

M/T

Project Based Integrated Learning Time 

1:15-2:15 

TH

F

Student demonstrations of learning

Facilitated Student Collaboration Time

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Full Year Distance Learning Schedule - Middle

  • Exact schedule will be determined by the teacher(s).

  • Office hours will be embedded into the schedule.

  • Wednesdays will be a minimum day to allow for teacher professional development and collaboration.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE: Middle School ALL Distance Learning

8:30 - 9:00

Daily Connection/SEL

9:05-9:45

Period 1

 9:45-1025

Period 2

 

BREAK 

10:35-11:15

Period 3

1:15-11:55

Period 4

 

LUNCH 

12:25-1:05

Period 5

1:05-1:45

Period 6

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Ensuring High Quality Teaching & Learning

Learning Continuity & Attendance Plan

Learning Continuity & Attendance Plan

As part of California’s accountability requirements, we must submit a Board-approved plan addressing the following:

  • How we will provide substantially similar instruction in Distance Learning.
  • How we will ensure students have devices & connectivity.
  • Live contacts and how we will ensure participation.
  • Provision of Designated and Integrated ELD.
  • Monitor and support for the Social-Emotional well being of students and staff.
  • Re-engagement strategies for those who are not participating in DL. 
  • Providing meals for students who receive free/reduced.
  • Improved services for Foster Youth, English Learners & Low SES.

Our plan will go to the Board for review and approval in September 2020.

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Special Education

teacher and student smilingOur Special Education Subcommittee has been working through the summer to revise procedures and develop options for providing services and accommodations.

The subcommittee work includes:

  • Examining Goals and Services of IEPs in order to ensure the unique needs of individual students are addressed by the case manager, teachers and support staff.
  • Process for contacting and engaging families and students in determining recommendations for services in each of the phases, including holding IEP meetings to adjust program placement and services as necessary. 
  • Ensuring distance learning requirements will be met for students with IEPs, including General Education, support and other appropriate services to address students’ goals.
  • Exploring platforms and strategies for effective collaboration between special and general education providers for meaningful inclusion. 
  • Providing professional development, systems and structures to support collaborative instructional and communication practices.

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Operations Health and Safety

three smiling students near school busThe following pages describe details for School Day Operations as of July 23, 2020

Information will be revised monthly, as needed, to reflect changes in public health and other official mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of revisions appears at the end of this document.

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Screening for Symptoms

sick girl with thermometer in mouthAs of July 1, 2020, the Public Health Department advises that, for children, it is unreliable to use temperature to screen for COVID-19. 

  • We will provide parents with training on how to conduct the daily health screening prior to their child being brought to school or to the bus stop. 
  • To prevent the spread of infection, students, teachers and other employees who have signs/symptoms of COVID-19 will be told to stay home until they are symptom free. At this point, we will require a negative test for COVID-19 or a note from the doctor indicating the student or staff member is able to return.
  • The County Public Health Department guidelines, and CUSD School Nurse recommendations, will guide decisions about testing and returning to school, including those who have had an exposure to COVID-19.
  • Teachers and principals will be trained on signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including appropriate action to take if anyone develops symptoms during the day.
  • Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will be safely isolated until they are picked up. Employees exhibiting symptoms will be sent home.
  • Virtual learning will be available for children who need to stay home because they are sick or in isolation because of COVID-19 infection or exposure and for students whose families have elected this option for the school year.
  • Our school nurses have reviewed all student health plans to prepare health support for returning students. 

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Hand Hygiene

young girl with soapy handsHand hygiene is an effective strategy to prevent the spread of most respiratory viruses. Our staff will be teaching proper hand hygiene (soap and water or hand sanitizer) and scheduling routine, frequent hand-washing activities throughout the school day.

  • We will use age-appropriate lessons to teach students how to clean their hands properly and to avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth. Lessons and reminders with students will be consistent with our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in which we teach the behavior, model it, and affirm and respond as necessary to achieve expected behavior.  
  • Students and staff will be taught about respiratory etiquette; students and staff who have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection will stay home. Everyone will be reminded to sneeze or cough into their elbow/sleeve or tissue, and to sanitize hands after a cough or sneeze. 
  • There will be age-appropriate signage placed throughout the school to remind students to wash or sanitize hands. Liquid soap and hand sanitizer will be replenished and paper towels available for drying. No-touch waste receptacles will be available for disposal of materials. 
  • All students will have access to hand sanitizer and/or sinks with soap throughout the day and will have frequent reminders to wash or sanitize their hands, specifically before and after eating and going outside to play.
  • A regular schedule for routine hand hygiene will be in place for younger students with scheduled hand hygiene breaks. Our classrooms have sinks with soap dispensers, and we will make hand sanitizer available as necessary to augment hand washing. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entry point of each classroom.

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Face Coverings

The current State guidelines require use of face coverings for all staff and students, unless exempt, for indoor environments, on school buses, and areas where physical distancing alone is not sufficient to prevent disease transmission.

  • All students will use face coverings provided from home.
  • Students in grades TK-2 will be encouraged to wear face covering at all times. The teacher may allow students to remove their face coverings while at their desks. The County's updated school reopening document (revised September 21, 2020), states it is recommended to provide structured breaks for K-2 students who may need a break from wearing their face covering.
  • Face coverings are required for everyone upon arrival at the bus stop and school.
  • Employees may use face coverings provided from home or a face covering with a clear face shield provided by CUSD, if available. The County's updated school reopening document (revised September 21, 2020), states that face shields are not recommended as a replacement for face coverings, and that staff can consider using face shields in combination with face coverings. It also states staff can consider using a face covering with a clear window over the mouth when providing phonological instruction or communicating with a student with a disability or a student who is hearing impaired. 
  • Students will be taught the reason for and proper use of a face covering, procedures for putting on, taking off, and storing the face covering (i.e. during meal times, snack times).
  • Each school will maintain a supply of non-medical masks in case a student or staff member forget theirs and need one for the day.
  • There may be individual exceptions for students with respiratory or other conditions where wearing a face covering is not feasible.
  • Students not exempt from wearing face coverings and who refuse to wear one during in-person learning will be removed from the in-person learning option.
  • Teachers and staff who are exempt from face coverings are those that require respiratory protection according to Cal/OSHA standards and staff who are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons shall not be assigned duties that require close contact with students.
  • See Public Health Department Guidance for K-12 Schools for details about face covering requirements for children and adults.

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Ventilation

air vent coverProperly installed and maintained Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioner (HVAC) systems are the key to ensuring healthy indoor air quality in school learning environments. We will support healthy environmental conditions and airflow as follows.

  • All air filters in all rooms have been changed in preparation for when on-campus learning is allowed.
  • HVAC systems will be set to operate at a minimum of one hour before and after planned occupancy. Thermostat programs will be set to allow circulation fans to bring additional fresh air into classrooms after heating or cooling needs have been met.  
  • Overwhelming majority of classrooms have their own individual unit that serves only that space.
  • High-efficiency air filters are installed and will be replaced frequently.
  • The use of outdoor space or environments with windows or other cross-ventilation options will be used as much as possible.

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Physical Distancing

Through physical distancing and common cohorts (smaller groups of students who do not mix with other groups), we will reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus in school settings. This includes limiting people on campus to only students, instructors and service providers. Our plan for distancing is described here.

Classrooms

  • When students are in the classroom, we will arrange the classroom furniture to leave as much space between students as required by the Public Health order, ideally 6 feet or more, to the extent practicable, especially in middle school classrooms. For example, when students from A or B chorts are seated in class, there would be an empty desk between them to facilitate physical distance.  
  • When weather permits, teachers may conduct classes outside to promote both physical distancing and fresh air ventilation.
  • Teacher and staff desks will be placed at least six feet away from students, to minimize the risk of adult-to-child disease transmission.

Large gatherings/assembly

  • Large gatherings/assemblies will not take place in the foreseeable future.
  • Singing, drama, band, sports, and similar practices/performances pose a higher level transmission risk.  The District will adhere to Public Health Department guidelines and suspend these activities until public health orders permit. When they are allowed, we will give special consideration to room ventilation, use of outdoor space, and the distance between students. To the extent possible, students will not share instruments and athletic equipment or other objects, and if sharing is required, the objects will be disinfected between use.

Lunch breaks

  • To minimize risk of group transmission and maintain physical distancing, we will stagger or modify break and lunch times at each school site.
  • When weather permits, lunch or snack breaks will be held outside, to the extent possible.
  • Hand hygiene will be performed before and after breakfast and lunch breaks.

Outdoor and other activities

  •  During general outdoor activities, such as recess, common cohorts need not practice physical distancing, but distancing will be required between the cohorts.
  • Students will be instructed to clean their hands before physical education activities, outdoor play and/or playground use. To the extent possible, they will not share equipment or other objects, and if sharing is required, the objects will be disinfected between use.
  • Students will be instructed about following safety protocols on the playground.
  • We will assign restroom and schedules for bathrooms to allow  common cohorts to avoid mixing with others.
  • We will post signs and give reminders about proper protocols for hygiene and physical distancing.
  • We will provide sports/after school programs only as social distancing and health requirements can be met.
  • There will be special consideration about whether to re-start sports with a high-degree of physical contact (i.e. soccer, basketball and wrestling). For the present we will postpone or modify them. Sports equipment (e.g. balls, hockey sticks, etc.) will be cleaned at the conclusion of each activity.
  • According to August 3, 2020 updated State and County guidance:
    • Youth sports and physical education are permitted only when the following can be maintained: (1) physical distancing of at least six feet between participants; and (2) a stable cohort, such as a class, that limits the risks of transmission (see CDC Guidance on Schools and Cohorting). Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent practicable. 
    • Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating are not permitted at this time. For example, tournaments, events, or competitions, regardless of whether teams are from the same school or from different schools, counties, or states are not permitted at this time.



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Cohorts

girl wearing mask raising hand in classEstablishing cohorts aims to create common groups, limit the mixing of students and staff, and reduce the number of people at risk of viral exposure.

To create and maintain stable cohorts, we will:

  • Initially size a cohort to be about half of the class, except for those classes that have small numbers below 15. Each class will have an A/B cohort.
  • Assign elementary students to one classroom as a stable cohort which will enable each group of students to work consistently together with little or no mingling with other cohorts on campus.
  • Modify middle school students’ schedules to reduce the total number of class or cohort changes per day. Campuses will focus on physical distancing throughout the in-person instructional day.

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Disinfecting

man cleaning counterTo properly disinfect a surface, it must first be clear of spills or debris. The District uses greener products for cleaning and disinfecting.

To facilitate the custodial staff’s disinfecting process, students and staff may be asked to regularly wipe down some high-touch surfaces, such as desks and shared objects.

Each classroom and workspace will have access to paper towels and spray bottles of non-toxic cleaning solution.

We will teach students to avoid sharing objects and will focus on hand hygiene with regular breaks. 

We will implement a schedule for cleaning high-touch surfaces.

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Transportation

boy in wheelchair with big sister near school busUnder Federal law, qualifying students with unique needs are a priority for bus service, and State and local officials have issued physical distancing requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, home-to-school transportation will be severely limited to only those students we are legally required to transport.

CUSD will continue monitoring resources and may be able to resume some home-to-school transport as conditions improve. 

Please note the following guidelines:

  • Parents will need to screen their own children for symptoms of illness before the child boards the bus. Drivers will have authority to refuse boarding to any student demonstrating symptoms. 
  • Operational adjustments will occur, as needed.
  • Students need to be escorted to the bus by an adult. We will reduce the seating capacity on our buses, and use  a seating chart and physical markers to designate which seats are available for use. Students will be asked to observe physical distancing at bus stops and school loading and unloading zones. 
  • Students, parents, and employees will wear face coverings while on the bus and while waiting at bus stops.
  • As much as possible, students from the same cohort or family will be seated together.
  • Improved ventilation (e.g. keeping windows open, weather permitting) and enhanced disinfecting protocols will be followed.
  • To prevent students from walking past each other, we will assign students to seats in the order of back to front of the bus on the morning routes, and in the order of drop off students on afternoon routes.

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Student Nutrition

boy eating apple while doing homeworkStudies show that students perform best academically when well-nourished. Ensuring every child has access to healthy meals at school is important.

To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, we are making the following adjustments:

  • Menus will continue to follow the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program guidelines.
  • To allow for adequate social distancing, meals may be served and consumed in the classroom, cafeteria/multi-purpose room, or outdoors.
  • While students are eating in the cafeteria and/or outdoors, schools will maintain stable cohorts by:
    • assigning students to specific areas,
    • staggering meal times to allow for cleaning between meal services and to maintain smaller groups of students,
    • ensure distance between cohort groups,
    • limit the number of students at lunch at one time.
  • Fresh, healthy meals will be pre-assembled by the Child Nutrition Staff. We will give students their pre-assembled meal at a point of service and will run their transaction through our point-of-service software. 
  • Use of shared tables and self-service salad bars will be suspended to decrease transmission risk.
  • Meal times will be staggered to allow for cleaning between meal services and to maintain smaller groups of students for social distancing.
  • Meals will be charged according to the student’s meal status of Free, Reduced or Paid. Families do need to apply for Free or Reduced Meal status for the 2020-21 school year as soon as possible. ● Offsite Meal Service for students participating in distance learning will be available at meal pick-up times at school sites. Caregivers will be able to pick up meals for their students to consume offsite, but the students’ name(s) must be given at pick-up. These meals will be charged by the students’ meal status for the 20-21 school year. Meals will only be available for students enrolled in CUSD.

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Mental Health

man looking worried, woman and child in backgroundA proactive approach is important to decrease the mental health impact for students related to the sudden school closure, sheltering-in-place, and resuming or reopening schools caused by responding to the pandemic. 

To address sources of distress and create a welcoming learning community, we will:

  • Incorporate lessons specific to supporting and developing social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Seek to provide early identification and intervention of learning gaps that may have occurred during school closures.
  • Provide onsite and/or telehealth individual counseling services or family coaching.
  • Provide staff professional development on topics such as suicide prevention, social-emotional learning, and trauma informed practices.
  • Adapt mental health support services provided by partner agencies for groups or individual students, as needed. 

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Staff Safety Measures

mask-wearing teacher with students 6-ft apartThe safety of the school staff is an essential consideration. Efforts to mitigate risks for teachers and other staff will be similar to those recommended for other public settings.

  • We will practice physical distancing of school staff from children and other staff, to the extent possible.
  •  Adults will wear cloth face coverings of their own and have the option to wear a clear face shield, if desired. The District will provide clear shields and instructions for proper use. These can be important for teaching, since facial expressions are an important part of communication, especially for phonological instruction. 
  • Teachers will be instructed in the safe and proper way to wear the clear face shields. 
  • Instructions and training in how to implement COVID-19 safety measures will be provided to staff upon the start of the year and periodically throughout the year, as needed.
  • The County's updated school reopening document (revised September 21, 2020, page 17) states that face shields are not recommended as a replacement for face coverings. However, staff can consider using face shields in combination with face coverings. It also states staff can consider using a face covering with a clear window over the mouth when providing phonological instruction or communicating with a student with a disability or a student who is hearing impaired. 
  • Staff break rooms/meals: Eating in staff break rooms is not allowed. We encourage staff to eat meals outdoors or in large, well-ventilated spaces. Schools will limit the number of staff who can be in the break room at a given time (particularly rooms that are small) to allow for physical distancing. 
  • The County's updated school reopening document (revised September 21, 2020, page 17) states that staff should maintain 6 feet of distance from any volunteers or visitors on campus.

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Child Care for Staff and Families

smiling girl with booksThe district recognizes that families may need childcare even as the year begins in distance learning. While current restrictions prevent opening classrooms for daily instruction, they do allow for childcare with physical distancing. The district childcare program will follow all Public Health Department requirements.

School-day childcare will not available. 
County-wide childcare information is available from the Santa Clara County
Office of Education.

We will offer CampbellCare in the afternoons.

   Beginning:    Monday, August 24th. 

   Hours:           2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

   Schedule:     5 days/week

   Cost:            $614/per student/month
                      (Rate prorated to $399 for Aug. and Dec.;
                      10% discount for siblings and staff)

Registration is open to all CUSD-enrolled families through our Expanded Learning Department.
        

The number of sites offering this program will be determined by enrollment.

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Communication: Informing Families, Staff

Welcoming Students

In early August, the school and district will send information to families about new student orientation, teacher assignment and more.

There will be virtual orientation opportunities for students to meet their new teachers and each other in small groups. 

Students who are new to our schools will be provided a schedule to check out equipment needed for distance learning and to meet school staff.

School-year Communication

Upon reopening and throughout the year, school administrators will provide clear, age-appropriate information about COVID-19 to students, staff and parents/caregivers, as well as regular updates to their school communities.

As COVID-19 is likely to persist and circulate like other respiratory viruses throughout the fall and into the spring, we will provide public updates related to COVID-19 at least monthly.

Exposure Notices

CUSD and each school is committed to communicating with specific populations that may be affected by any known infection. 

We will send notifications through our normal channel: phone, email and/or online—as appropriate to the
situation.

We will follow County Public Health Department notification guidelines, which include protections for student and family privacy. 

We will follow all protocols for disinfecting, notification, and possible quarantine, as determined by the Public Health Department.

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Learn More about the Reopening Plan

hands holding smartphone with alert messageVisit our COVID-19 web page for updates, Board presentations, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Attend a virtual community meeting

    • July 29 at 6p in English
    • July 30 at 6p in Spanish

To submit questions after you review the plan, please use this online form

Subscribe to the district’s and your school’s weekly e-newsletter for updates.

Check your email for monthly messages about  dates when transitions between phases may occur. 

Email the district: contact@campbellusd.org

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Special Thanks to District Reopening Planning Committee

  • Megan DeLaye, Teacher - 1st, Lynhaven
  • Mary Hill, Teacher - 2nd, Forest Hill
  • Shanti Lipari, Teacher - 3rd, Blackford
  • Kate Gaither, Teacher - 4th, Marshall Lane
  • Michelle Beddo, Teacher - 6th, RHMS
  • Lisa Wiseman, Teacher - EL, Capri
  • Jeni Marty, Teacher - RSP,
    Sherman Oaks
  • Lisa Hulme Taylor, District Nurse
  • Megan Read, Teacher, CSI
  • Erin Rupp, Classified – Office, MMS
  • Cedric Germany, Custodian, Blackford, CSEA President
  • Catherine Hodge, Teacher, Village, Spec Ed, CETA President
  • Justin Fraser, Parent
  • Berta Yee, Parent
  • Jenni Avery, Parent 
  • Martha de Ojeda, Expanded Learning
  • Ann Moe, District Nurse
  • Sarita Sundaram, Teacher, 4th, Rosemary
  • Peter Flores, Behavior Specialist
  • Josh Pizzica, Teacher, 8th, Monroe
  • Marco Chavez, Principal,
    Sherman Oaks
  • Ruth Stephens-Radle, Principal, Monroe 
  • Kami Thordarson, Principal, CSI
  • Shelly Viramontez, D.O. Admin/Governance
  • Whitney Holton, D.O. Admin/Teaching & Learning
  • Lena Bundtzen, D.O. Admin/Operations
  • Trevor Walker, D.O. Admin/Technology
  • Chrissie Stevenson, D.O. Admin/Transportation
  • Dave Radke, D.O. Admin/Facilities
  • Nelly Yang, D.O. Admin
  • Marla Sanchez, D.O. staff/Communications
  • Peg Tushak, D.O. staff/Governance

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Campbell Union School District

Governing Board

Pablo A. Beltran, Danielle M.S. Cohen, Chris Miller, Richard H. Nguyen, Michael L. Snyder

Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Published 07/24/2020

Updated 08/20/2020 and 08/24/2020 to clarify social distancing and face coverings.

Updated 08/31/2020 to reflect California's new Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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