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    Santa Clara Unified Updates

    Planning for the Reopening of Schools

    This past week, we shared two updates on our 2020-2021 reopening planning. On Tuesday, we shared updates from our planning committees including our planning priorities, our timeline, and our Reopening Input Form. On Wednesday, we shared that the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Santa Clara County Office of Education announced the release of guidance for local K-12 schools to facilitate planning for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This includes the requirements that need to be in place as districts plan for the reopening of schools. The requirements are based on a series of public health interventions that will limit the transmission of COVID-19 in schools. For high school and middle school students, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department interventions will likely allow for a blend of in-person and virtual instruction, and full in-person instruction for elementary school students. Whether schools can move forward with reopening for in-person instruction in the fall will depend on the containment of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead. 

    Now that we have a clearer set of guidelines, the District Reopening Committee and subcommittees are reconvening to refine recommendations to the District Reopening Plan, which we plan to share with you for your feedback early next week. Then we can work with our school administrators and labor partners to solidify plans and finalize schedules that provide high-quality and equitable instruction to all students in a safe, healthy environment.

    Until then, we encourage you to read the county’s Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year guidebook so that you understand the requirements and recommendations that school districts across our county will be using to guide planning.

    As planning progresses, we are committed to keeping you informed and engaged in the process. Over the summer, we will send out updates at least every two weeks and we also encourage you to check our website’s COVID-19 Updates webpage regularly for updates and to submit any questions and ideas you want us to consider through our Reopening Input Form.

    Enrollment Center: Annual Student Information Update

    Our online annual student information update is open through July 31, 2020. The annual student information update allows families to update parent/guardian contact information, emergency contacts, student health information, and electronically sign yearly consent forms. 

    The primary parent/guardian listed in our student information system will receive an email and/or text message titled “Annual Student Information Update” with instructions on how to access their family’s online enrollment system account to complete the annual student information update. Each family will have one account per household. 

    We will be resending the email and text message instructions on July 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to families who have not completed the annual update. Please make sure to check both parent/guardian email addresses and phone numbers as well as your spam email folder. To recover your password, visit the SCUSD Online Enrollment System Forgot Password webpage and type the username listed in the email and/or text message. 

    If you do not receive the message communication or you need to update your username, please contact the Enrollment Center via email at or call (408) 423-3596. Due to the high volume of calls and emails, please expect a response within 48 hours.

    New Leadership: Special Education Program Specialist

     SCUSD welcomes Richard Lust! Richard has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and is completing a doctorate in education policy. He has a wide range of experience in special education, from teacher to principal, coordinator to director, and school district to county office of education.

    Bond Projects: Perimeter Fencing at Schools Update

    One of the priority projects approved by the voters supporting Measure BB in 2018 was to improve safety for our students through better perimeter security at our schools. These projects, which were planned before the shelter-in-place orders, have started at several elementary schools. Perimeter fencing gates will be opened before and after school for students, but closed during the school day. This will improve supervision on our school campuses as adults and other visitors will be directed to the front of each school during the school day where they can be seen entering and exiting, and where visitors can be guided to check-in at the front office.

    Online Adult Education Classes

    Enrollment for fall courses begins later this month. Brush up on some of your skills or learn something new through our Santa Clara Adult Education (SCAE) school. Classes include Career Technical Education (CTE) training; enrichment such as foreign languages, art, and music; and English as a second language. Visit the SCAE website for more details and to register.

    Taste of the Farm: Dinners to Go

    Delicious, farm-to-table meals — created by our very own Nutrition Services department — are offered once a week through a touchless pick-up system on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. at Wilcox High School (3250 Monroe Street, Santa Clara). Place your order by 10 a.m. each Monday. Menu and order information: Taste of the Farm Dinners to Go

    Santa Clara Unified Resources

    Summer Learning

    Visit our Optional Learning Resources webpage for access to SCUSD teacher created and curated content to supplement student learning at home. There are many fun activities that students can do independently or that you can do as a family.

    Meal Services for Students

    Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. —  One week’s supply of free breakfast and lunch for students 18 years old and under available at any of the following locations: Buchser, Cabrillo, Callejon, Mayne, Montague, Peterson, and Wilcox schools. 

    Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. — City of Santa Clara’s weekend meal program for our students available at any of the following locations: Cabrillo, Callejon, and Wilcox schools.

    Tech Support for Students

    Contact the SCUSD Help Desk, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. by emailing or texting (408) 900-6867.

    Pick up, swap, or repair Chromebooks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Submit a request by emailing to schedule an appointment.

    Family Resource Center

    Families and students may need support during this difficult time and we want you to know that the FRC staff is working remotely to provide assistance for those in need. To contact the FRC, call (408) 423-3541. Additionally, the FRC created a Community Resources Guide based on current family, student, and community needs.

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    Reopening Plan Update

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    Reopening Plan Update

    Yesterday we shared an update on our 2020-2021 reopening planning. This afternoon, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Santa Clara County Office of Education announced the release of guidance for local K-12 schools (see news release) to facilitate planning for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Santa Clara Unified will be reviewing this guidance over the next several business days to update our draft District Reopening Plan, which we plan to share with you for your review and feedback next Tuesday evening. Until then, we encourage you to read the county’s Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year guidebook so that you understand the requirements and recommendations that school districts across our county will be using to guide planning.


    June 29, 2020

    Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

    Thank you for the feedback that you shared with us through the surveys we conducted in April and May. We received thousands of responses from students, families, and staff. Using your feedback, planning continues for reopening the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal is to go into the next school year with a plan that offers families options and is flexible and adaptive to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing high-quality instruction to students as safely as possible.


    We have convened teachers, school administrators, support staff, and District Office personnel to serve on a District Reopening Planning Committee and subcommittees charged with developing a set of recommendations around multiple scenarios of what school may look like next fall. These committees are engaging smaller workgroups in discussion and planning to ensure that our plans are intentional and thorough. School reopening scenarios range from reopening fully with in-person learning, to providing a hybrid of virtual learning and in-person learning, to continuing with virtual learning for all students. In all of these scenarios, there are multiple variables to consider. We are also working closely with the superintendents of the other school districts within Santa Clara County to align and coordinate our planning.


    The following information is intended to provide you with more details and support during our extended closure.

    Our Planning Priorities, Based on New Guidance and Recommendations

    Although there are still many unknowns of what school could look like next year, including to what extent in-person instruction will be allowed in the fall, we want to share with you what we do know from the new preliminary guidance, which we are using to guide our planning:

    Based on your feedback from our surveys, recommendations from the Reopening Planning Committee and subcommittees, and the latest guidance from the CDE and SCCOE, our planning priorities include:

    • Maximize safety and minimize risk for students and staff
    • Limit the number of students on campus to meet public health department guidelines
    • Prioritize in-person instruction to the extent allowable 
    • Provide an option for families who chose to enroll in independent study
    • Evaluate the feasibility of a phase-in model for returning to school including:
      • Prioritize providing services to our most vulnerable students
      • Support students who are transitioning from one school to another
    • Establish health screening protocols for staff and students
    • Ensure we have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and access to handwashing stations
    • Establish protocols to sanitize frequently used facilities and surfaces
    • Allow a limited number of athletes on campus for training during the summer and in the fall
    • Enhance distance instruction to address issues including lesson quality, resources, grading, and support for struggling learners
    • Ensure that each student is engaged in their learning and that appropriate resources are offered to promote academic success
    • Provide staff professional development that address the unique challenges of virtual learning, and provide collaboration time for teachers to work in teams by department or grade level, and engage in course-alike curriculum development
    • Teach online skills to students and families, including how to use devices and access materials, digital citizenship, and digital literacy
    • Streamline technology platforms for communication, learning management system, and gradebook and clearly communicate the purpose of and how to access each platform at the beginning of the school year
    • Attend to the mental health and wellness needs of our students, staff, and school community
    • Continue to provide meal services to students throughout the summer and into the fall

    What’s Next

    As planning progresses, we are committed to keeping you informed and engaged in the process. Over the summer, we will send out updates every two weeks and we also encourage you to check our website’s COVID-19 Updates webpage regularly for updates from the committee and submit any questions and ideas you want us to consider through our Reopening Input Form.


    By Wednesday, July 1, we expect an announcement from the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department with an update of how schools may open in the fall. We may also receive new information from the California Department of Education (CDE) after the state budget adoption this summer. 


    By Tuesday, July 7, it is our goal to share with you our high-level draft District Reopening Plan so that you have as much time as possible to review our plans, ask clarifying questions, share your feedback, and weigh your options for fall 2020. 


    The district reopening planning committees and school site reopening planning committees will continue to meet during July to adapt our plans to new information and updated guidelines from CDE and SCCOE. During this time, district and school site committees will also include family and student representatives to provide feedback on our plans before they are finalized and shared back out across our community. Families will need to complete an enrollment commitment survey regarding their programming choice for the fall 2020 semester. 

    Current Reopening Plan Timeline*

    April-June — Student, Family, and Staff Surveys on Distance Learning and Reopening

    May-June — Superintendent’s Advisory Committee 1.0 meetings on teaching and learning

    June 12 — District Reopening Committee meeting

    June 19 — Site reopening planning meeting with principals

    June 30 — Santa Clara County announces school reopening allowances for fall 2020

    July 7 — District Reopening Committee meeting to review updated Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan

    July 7 — Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan with feedback survey

    July 13 — Updated Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan with intent to enroll survey

    July 13 — Townhall meeting with staff (4-5:30 p.m., access info to be distributed)

    July 14 — Townhall meeting with students, families, and community (4-6 p.m., access info to be distributed)

    July 14 — District Reopening Committee meeting

    July 15 — Draft SCUSD Reopening Plan feedback survey closes

    July 17 — Superintendent’s Advisory Committee 2.0 meeting with students, families, staff, and community

    July 20 — Final SCUSD Reopening Plan

    July 21 — Site reopening planning meeting with principals

    July 24 — Superintendent’s Advisory Committee 2.0 meeting, if needed

    July 24 — Board Study Session (tentative)

    July 30 — Board Study Session

    July 31 — Intent to enroll survey closes (deadline for families to decide program choice)

    August 6-7 — District professional development days

    August 10-12 — Site professional development, collaboration, and instructional planning days

    August 13-14 — Teacher workdays

    August 17 — First day of school


    *Subject to change as we continue our planning

    Employee Recognitions

    Dear Santa Clara Unified Community,


    Each year, at the end of May, we host a special event honoring our retirees, members of our staff who have reached "years of service" milestones in the district, and to announce our employees of the year. This has been a long-standing, important tradition in SCUSD and, despite the shelter-in-place and disruption to our normal year, this is something we did not want to miss this year.


    Please join us in celebration by watching our special feature video!



    WATCH NOW: 2019-2020 Employee Recognitions





    Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.


    SCUSD Distance Learning


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    Scott Lane Elementary 

    School Mission: 

    Our mission is to ensure the success of every scholar.  We will accomplish this goal by ensuring that scholars cultivate the knowledge, skills, and strength of character needed to succeed in college, career and life.


    Misión Escolar: 

    Nuestra misión es asegurar el éxito de cada estudiante. Lograremos este objetivo asegurándonos de que los académicos cultiven el conocimiento, las habilidades y la fuerza de carácter necesarios para tener éxito en la universidad, la carrera y la vida.


    School Vision:

    Scholars, families, and staff at Scott Lane work together as a community to create a culture in which all members enthusiastically and continuously strive for academic and social excellence.  In this joyful and rigorous environment, scholars develop a deep understanding of subject matter, establish pride in themselves, their culture and the languages they speak, and acquire global citizenship skills that prepare them for success in further schooling, career, and life.:


    Visíon Escolar:

    Los estudiantes, las familias y el personal de Scott Lane trabajan juntos como una comunidad para crear una cultura en la que todos los miembros se esfuerzan con entusiasmo y continuamente por la excelencia académica y social. En este ambiente alegre y riguroso, los estudiantes desarrollan una comprensión profunda de la materia, establecen el orgullo en sí mismos, su cultura y los idiomas que hablan, y adquieren habilidades de la ciudadanía global que los preparan para el éxito en la educación adicional, la carrera y la vida.