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Upcoming Events

Forest Hill's Distance Learning Hub

Check out our new Distance Learning Website. https://sites.google.com/campbellusd.org/forest-hill-distant-learning-/home?authuser=0

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through weeks at home combining working, parenting, teaching, and Spring Break. Whew! Take a few moments and give yourselves a pat on the back. We know all too well how challenging it has been as many of our staff are parents, as well.  

We are excited to share a new website where all of Forest Hill’s Distance Learning plans and resources will be available. We are referencing it as “Forest Hill’s Distance Learning Hub”. This hub will be updated weekly. We really hope that it will prove to be helpful. We will be using this website as the main source of communication and teachers will also be relying on Seesaw and/or Google Classroom to push out lessons. Please be checking your emails frequently.

https://sites.google.com/campbellusd.org/forest-hill-distant-learning-/home?authuser=0 

Mm-mm-meals Reminder

Grab and go meals now through August 14th

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Our District provides free pre-packaged meals to go at the four sites listed below, from 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday. (Adult meals are also available, thanks to support from the Second Harvest Food Bank.)

LOCATIONS

• Capri Elementary - 850 Chapman Dr. Campbell

• Castlemont Elementary - 3040 E. Payne Ave. Campbell

• Rosemary Elementary - 401 W. Hamilton Ave. Campbell

• Sherman Oaks - 1800 Fruitdale Ave. San Jose **

  ** Weekend adult meals also available every Friday at Sherman Oaks, thanks to the City of San José.

 

Questions? Please contact Child Nutrition Services at (408) 341-7210 or e-mail at food [at] campbellusd.org.

Also Feeding the Mind

Thanks to a state-level grant, the Campbell Public Library is giving out free books to students in grades K through 6, and desk supplies for older students, during the lunch distribution. Last week, they were at Rosemary and Castlemont. This week, they will be distributing books at Sherman Oaks on Wednesday 7/1,  and Capri on Thursday 7/2.

The library offers every Campbell Union School District student an online library account that they can use all year. Students/parents can order books, movies, music and more. This summer, the Campbell Library also offers curbside pick and drop off.  FInd out more about the library's curbside service and other information online.

Board Acts to Reaffirm Commitment to Equity

Emphasis on promoting inclusion, removing inequities

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At its June 25, 2020, meeting, the Governing Board reaffirmed Campbell Union School District’s commitment to equity and reducing institutionalized racism.

With a unanimous vote, the Board appointed members Richard Nguyen and Chris Miller to a new Diversity and Inclusion in Student Learning Subcommittee. The subcommittee will  provide support,  general guidance and oversight responsibility for the continued  efforts to integrate age-appropriate curriculum and resources to educate students about diversities and promote inclusion and respect in student learning.

“I’m pleased that we will be redoubling our commitment and effort to honor and celebrate the gifts that our students bring to our world,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Campbell Union School District has a diverse student population and has long recognized the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion at our schools. Our students' diversity is a gift, and their heritage is an important part of our history that we will be more intentional about integrating into our educational system.”

In a separate, related action, the Board also unanimously passed Resolution 2019-20-54 about Black Lives Matter.

The resolution declares that:

  • Black Lives Matter and [the Board] condemns all discrimination and racism towards students, families and staff;
  • The Governing Board is committed to providing safe spaces for discussions on race and racial injustice;
  • The District is committed to fostering practices and providing professional development to address social injustice, bias and inequity in all aspects of the district’s work; and
  • The Campbell Union School District seeks to work tirelessly and collaboratively with staff, students, and families to reduce institutionalized racism in our society.

The full resolution is available online on the June 25, Board agenda.

Reopening School: Decisions Moving Forward

Friday Briefing from the Superintendent - June 26, 2020

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“Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable”  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

On June 24, the District Reopening Committee met to review what our Workgroups —Operations, Facilities, Instruction, Technology, Governance—have completed. The workgroups conducted the preliminary planning to safely open school in the fall, based on the information from the Santa Clara County Public Health Dept. at this point in time. 

The 31-member District Reopening Committee includes parents, elementary and middle school teachers, administrators, special education specialists, support staff, and the presidents of CETA (the teachers union) and CSEA (representing all support staff). The Committee’s objectives are: providing information, understanding and providing diverse perspectives to planning; understanding the limitations and expectations of the current reopening guidelines; and making recommendations for the fall school schedule.

First Focus is Safety

Workgroups intentionally focused on safety first, knowing that school-day schedules would be more accurate by waiting until mid-July when the Public Health Department guidelines for determining whether “in person” instruction will be possible in the fall. School teams submitted proposed schedules as part of a design challenge. Those will be part of the planning once we have the guidelines. 

Extensive Work Completed

Workgroup chairs presented to the Committee itemized lists of the tasks that are completed or in progress so far, addressing everything from how and when the students and staff arrive at school, to what they will need throughout the day as they safely learn and interact, to when and how they dismiss for the day. Facilities and work stations are being outfitted with plexiglass and markers for social distancing, handwashing/cleaning stations, and areas for isolating anyone exhibiting symptoms. For more details, please see the excerpts of the presentation on our COVID-19 web page.

The entire Reopening Committee participated in break-out discussions to examine the information from their various roles and perspectives to ensure all aspects of need were considered and to offer additional suggestions and insight. 

Several Committee members noted that hearing the concrete things being done was extremely helpful. Teachers expressed relief at seeing how much of the safety planning has been done so they can focus on teaching.

Parents and teachers said the meeting was incredibly helpful for them to see the enormous amount of planning and work that has gone into what needs to be done to open school safely and effectively for all students. Others expressed appreciation and relief that both common procedures and site-specific needs are being considered, that decision making is being based on numeric data and anecdotal/empathetic data, and that there are time markers for decisions to be made.

The next Reopening Committee meeting will be July 15th. The remaining challenges to be resolved before July 31 include:

  • Pending Public Health Department decision about whether students can return to campus
  • Adhering to any new Public Health Dept guidelines 
  • Delving into distance learning participation data
  • Creating recommendations for a fall schedule

Lastly, our district is incredibly fortunate to have so many community partners ready to pitch in and support our students. Local groups and agencies are working with us on how to support our staff and families in the fall with child care, equity-focused books and resources, student social groups, technology trouble-shooting, subject matter tutors/mentors, and more.

It remains our goal to safely bring as many students back to campus as possible. Our aim is to educate students to their highest potential, and being in school, interacting with teachers and classmates, is how our students learn best. Some recent State legislation and funding will present challenges to that effort, and I will have more information about that in a future update.

Until next time...Stay safe. Be well.

Keeping Students Safe Online This Summer

Parents/Guardians urged to check students’ online communications while school is out

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

During the school year, our online student safety management system, called Gaggle, reviews student-generated documents for words and phrases that trigger a concern for student safety. Please note that Gaggle will not be active from June 27th through August 19th, and documents will not be reviewed by Campbell Union School District staff for words and phrases that may be troubling.

For students retaining district-owned Chromebooks during the summer, please also note that the devices will still have CIPA-compliant web-filtering to protect students from browsing harmful or malicious sites.

Parental supervision is recommended, as always. 

A Word About Wellness

If a concern arises that causes you to seek mental health support for your child, please consider the following agency partners

  • Uplift School Linked Services - 408-332-6692-Andy Sweet, LCSW-BBS LIC #24603, Clinical Program Manager, Richardandrew.sweet [at] upliftfs.org.   School Linked Services through Uplift Family Services is a school based mental health program that provides individualized support for students who may be struggling with anger, depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns.  This summer, School Linked Services will also be offering social skills groups including Self-Care, Ecotherapy, Friendship Making, Story Time, Teen Groups. Additionally, we are offering a parenting group focused on managing Family Transitions.  All Services can be provided either in-person, phone, or videoconferencing (telehealth).  Eligibility for School Linked Services is dependent on the student having Medi-Cal.   
  • Uplift Prevention & Early Intervention – 408-425-4341 – Christopher Tsang, LMFT BBS Lic#111590, Clinical Program Manager, Christopher.tsang [at] upliftfs.org. PEI is a school-based mental health program that provides services including parent coaching workshops through our Triple P and Strengthening Families Program, skillstreaming presentations focused on social skills building in the classroom setting, resourcing supports, behavioral supports, and individual and family therapy. The PEI program offers the services of our Clinicians, Family Partners, and/or Family Specialists all of whom work in close collaboration with parents and teachers to support children and families in schools, in their homes, and in their community. PEI services can be provided either in-person, by phone, or via videoconferencing (telehealth). This summer we are offering several social skills building groups covering topics including Self-Care, Ecotherapy, Friendship Making, Story Time, Teen Groups. We are offering also a parenting group focused on managing Family Transitions.  
  • Santa Clara County Mental Health Urgent Care – Ph. 408-885-7855, located at 871 Enborg Court, SJ, Unit 100. Open daily 8 A.M.–10 P.M. offering out-patient psychiatric care for patients who are uninsured or have Medi-cal/Medicare. No appointment needed.
  • Santa Clara County Mobile Crisis Response Team - 1-800-704-0900, Press 2- (available 24/7)
  • Uplift Mobile Crisis: (877) 41-CRISIS: The Uplift Mobile Crisis Team provides 24-hour intervention to children and teens in the community who are in acute psychological crisis. Included is a 5150 assessment along with safety planning and referrals to community-based mental health services.
  • Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Hotline - 1-855-278-4204- (available 24/7)

For more mental health services and supports, please visit Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department