Rosemary Elementary School

District News

Updated Wed, Jun 10th

The question on every parent and school employee’s mind: “What’s the plan for reopening school?” 

Safety and learning remain our top priorities. On June 5, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (PHD) issued guidelines, allowing us to add more details to our plans. Plans will be modified as public health guidelines are updated. The PHD has also been very clear that the guidelines issued for summer camps are not necessarily indicative of what schools will need to do to reopen.

In light of this new guidance from health officials and state agencies, we know that things will look different when school resumes in August.  We are providing information to you based on some current assumptions.

Guardrails for the Journey

On-campus and distance learning:

  • Schools will likely reopen with a continuum of learning that include on-campus and distance learning. decision guide graphic
  • To  maintain social distancing, students will not be on campus every day. 
    • Groups of students—about half of the teacher’s class—will be on campus, while the remaining groups of students will be learning at home. These groups and their teachers will keep to themselves throughout the day and should not mix with other groups.
    • We are doing our best to plan for students who live in the same household to be on the same schedule.

    Before leaving home:

    • Families will be asked to check for symptoms and take temperatures daily before going to school. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher should not go to a school site. 
    • Students and adults should also screen themselves for respiratory symptoms, such as cough and shortness of breath, before coming to school each day. Students and adults experiencing those symptoms should not attend school.
    • Fewer students will be on the bus (to allow for social distancing) and will only be available for students we are legally mandated to transport.

    Arriving at School

    • Arrival times will vary to allow for social distancing. (Dismissal times will vary also.)
    • There will be health checks before entering campus.
      • Students with virus symptoms will wait in a separate, supervised area until they are able to go home. 
      • Staff with symptoms will be sent home. 
    • Face coverings are recommended for anyone over the age of 6 and required for anyone 13 and older.
    • Parents and visitors will have limited access to the school campus.

    Throughout the Day:

    • Schools will follow disinfection guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for school campuses, including classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces, and playgrounds.
    • Physical barriers, such as plexiglass may be installed where social distancing is not possible.
    • All students and staff will be encouraged to wash/clean their hands regularly.
      • Handwashing stations with soap and/or hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms.
    • Schools will limit sharing of supplies between students and disinfect between uses if sharing is unavoidable.
    • To maintain social distancing and smaller groups of students in shared spaces, we will be:
      • Serving meals in small group settings
      • Arranging work spaces so there is a minimum of 6 feet between students/staff
      • Serving individually plated or boxed meals
      • Preventing student cohorts from mixing
      • Staggering lunches, recesses, and other transition times
      • Prohibiting large gatherings, such as assemblies and dances
      • Designating a sick room for students who are not feeling well after arrival to minimize contact with others until they are able to go home.

    Other Considerations

    • Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school. They are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
    • Gloves are not recommended for use by students or staff, with the exception of those conducting duties such as cleaning, first aid, or food service.
    • The economic impact of COVID-19 will result in a reduction of school funding at the same time increased expenses for school operations and limitations on the services that can be provided. 

    Focusing on the Destination

    Our district’s mission is to educate every student to his or her highest potential, and that is our destination. There is more than one route to take for reopening schools.

    Just as leaders from all 32 Santa Clara County school districts have been working together with county officials from public health and the office of education to develop a common approach to reopening, we have district work groups that are organizing efforts for our own schools.

    The work groups have secured the safety requirements needed to reopen school, and now we can focus more fully on preparing the educational components of planning. Our district planning team—which consists of parents and staff members from different roles in different schools across the district—will be delving into many proposed plans for the school schedule, narrowing them down, and designing the learning program that best meets the needs of our district’s students and staff.

    Stay tuned for more! During the summer, our updates will be coming out every couple of weeks, and we anticipate providing our reopening plan to you by the end of July.

    Updated Wed, Aug 12th

    Families and staff are asking for help with finding school-day supervision for their children when distance learning begins on August 24th. We have had some luck with reaching out to local businesses and city officials to identify options and will share them as they become available.

    Here’s a start:

    • Our District CampbellCare program will operate at several locations, from 2:30 until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. This video shows our systems for social distancing and staying safe. Details about the program, waiting list, and registration are online
    • room arrangmentSutton Swim School ‘Distance Learning Support Camps’ will begin August 24, 2020 for students in grades 1-5. Three days per week. The camps will be in three-week blocks. Phone 408-996-9800, email info [at] suttonswim.com, or  register online
    • The City of San Jose is coordinating a process with several school districts for providing some school-day supervision for students at some of its community centers and libraries. Details are still being developed, and we will provide information to you when we have it. 

    Because we know of this need, we will continue reaching out and communicating with city, church and business partners to find more support for families who need daytime supervision for their students.

    Updated Wed, Aug 5th

    Is your little one curled up on your lap while you work from home?  Do you want to go back to work but don’t have a safe place for preschool-aged child care? Our preschool program could be the solution.

    Our early education program is operating with small groups of students, within public health guidelines and the limitations set by Community Care Licensing. To register for one of our six locations, please click the Registration link or call the preschool office at 408-364-4200 ext. 4180. 

    We will contact you within 2 business days after we receive your registration form to confirm or place you on a waitlist.

    Updated Wed, Aug 5th

    To provide more time for ensuring a good start to the school year, we made some minor modifications to our 2020-21 calendar.
    Students' first day of school is now Monday, August 24th. 

    The calendar is available online as a google calendar or to download as a PDF.

    We moved some teacher professional development days—originally scheduled during the school year— to the beginning of the school year. All other scheduled dates, such as holidays and the last day of school, remain the same. We appreciate the collaborative effort with our labor groups to make these adjustments possible.

    Schools Will Send More Details

    Your child's school will send schedules and information for picking up equipment or instructional materials, and other information to help your child prepare for the school year. Please check the school’s home page and watch your email for updates.

    Updated Wed, Jul 29th

    At the July 29 virtual meeting, Campbell Union School District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez addressed questions sent in advance from families about the School Reopening Plan. It was simulcast in Spanish and a recording of the session is posted online.

    Due to an error by Zoom.com, the attendance capacity was limited and about 150 people were unable to log in.

    “We had planned for 1000 person capacity, so the limit was frustrating to us and to our families,” Viramontez said. “Fortunately, we did record it and will make it available right away.” 

    More than 900 people were able to listen in—500 in English and more than 400 in Spanish—to hear responses to questions centered around the topics of Distance Learning, the Hybrid phases and scheduling, safety measures, special education, child care, meals, and transportation. 

    The recording in English is on the district’s YouTube channel (). Spanish subtitles will be added before the end of the week.

    Updated Wed, Jul 29th

    Today, Campbell Union School District released its detailed 2020-21 School Reopening Plan, with descriptions of how schools will phase in from remote learning to the traditional all on-campus model over time. It also provides sample schedules for distance and in-person learning, safety measures for students and staff, and an overview of the planning process.

    “Throughout the process, 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,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

    Review the Plan

    The detailed report is available now, in English, on the district’s COVID-19 web page. A Spanish version will be added on Mon., July 27th

    Attend one of the virtual community meetings about the plan. (Links available on the District’s public meetings calendar.)

    • 6 - 7 pm on Wed., July 29th (English, with Spanish interpretation)
    • 6 - 7:30 pm on Thu. July 30th (Spanish interpretation provided)  (Updated 7/29)

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

    Distance Learning

    The plan calls for beginning the school year with all students in Distance Learning and gradually moving to in-person learning as conditions allow. There also is an option for families who prefer to enroll their students in Distance Learning for the entire school year. 

    Starting Monday afternoon, July 27th, families who wish to opt in to the full-year Distance Learning program, will receive an access code by email which they may use with the "Distance Learning" link our Enrollment web page. (Available the afternoon of July 27.) The deadline to enroll in the full-year Distance Learning option is 4 p.m. August 3rd.

    Afternoon Campbell Care

    While current restrictions prevent opening classrooms for daily instruction, they do allow for childcare with physical distancing. The district child care program will follow all Public Health Department requirements.

    Campbell Care will be available, beginning Mon., Aug. 24th, from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 pm, for 5 days per week. The cost is $614 per student per month. The rate will be adjusted to $399 for the “short months” of August and December, and there is a 10% discount for siblings and district staff. 

    The number of sites offering this program will be determined by enrollment numbers. Families who have already paid a registration deposit for childcare will receive a separate communication from the Expanded Learning Department about their priority placement.

    Registration is open to all CUSD-enrolled families. Click to register.     

    Special Thanks

    “We owe a special thanks to the parents, employees and students who worked with us, answered our surveys and helped us define a plan even as public health guidelines frequently changed,” Viramontez said. “I’m pleased that we have created a plan that allows us to be safe, nimble and responsive to local conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Updated Thu, Jul 23rd

    Parents and guardians, please watch for important information about our district's reopening plan, distance learning and childcare for the 2020-21 school year.

    Where to Get Reopening Plan Details

    On Friday, July 24th, we will publish the detailed reopening plan and email it to the parents and guardians of students enrolled in our schools. We hope it will answer questions that families and staff may have.

    On July 29th and 30th, we will host a virtual community meeting to present the plan and take questions from attendees. We will email information about how to join the online community meeting.

    Decisions Remain for Families

    Distance Learning: 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 the same quality as what students receive from in-person instruction.

    We will email information about our distance learning program and how to select the full-year option no later than July 25th.

    School-Day Childcare: The need for childcare was high before the pandemic, and it has grown, especially for essential workers. While current public health restrictions prevent opening classrooms for daily instruction, they do provide guidance for childcare.

    • We are making plans to offer school-day childcare with the following understanding:
    • It must operate within the requirements set by legislation and public health orders.
    • We will need to charge a fee.
      Our grants from ASES apply only to after school care at Rosemary, Blackford, Lynhaven, Sherman Oaks and Monroe. We are seeking a waiver to cover school-day care.

    We will email a survey to staff and families to gauge interest and help us plan the program.

     

    Updated Thu, Jul 16th

    At its July 15 Special Session, the Governing Board approved Campbell Union School District's 2020-21 Phase-In Plan for reopening its elementary and middle schools. Members acknowledged the plan's focus on the ability to be safe, nimble and responsive to local COVID-19 conditions.

    The Board presentation is available on the COVID-19 web page.

    Additional communication will include:

    • Sending the presentation to employees and families with the Friday Briefing
    • Posting Frequently Asked Questions on the COVID-19 web page
    • Publishing a detailed reopening plan report next week and sending to staff and families
    • Conducting Virtual Community Meeting(s)

    ○July 29 at 5:30 6:00p in English*

    ○July 30 at at 5:30 6:00p in Spanish*

    NOTE: We are investigating providing a simulcast so there can be one meeting in both English and Spanish on July 30th.

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    Updated Wed, Jul 8th

    As promised, I am providing the update on the work of our District Reopening Committee.

    At the July 8 meeting, our 32 members: 

    • Reviewed Public Health Requirements for reopening schools
    • Reviewed new Legislation for Distance Learning
    • Formed Break Out Sessions to review and discuss pros/cons of 4 potential school schedules
    • Determine if more information is needed before sending a recommendation to the Governing Board for July 23rd

    Requirements for Reopening

    I shared the basic requirements that must be met before our students will be allowed to attend in-person instruction on campus. The information included requirements from the County Public Health Department’s Reopening K-12 Schools document, and key points from California Senate Bill 98, which adds detailed requirements to California Education Code around distance education for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    You will find excerpts from my presentation on our COVID 19 web page.

    Clarifications for Distance Learning

    1. New information we received late yesterday is that schools will not need to require a doctor’s note for parents to request distance learning for their children.
    2. Our instructional team has been developing resources and curricula to support a robust and interactive distance learning program. We anticipate receiving a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan template from the California Department of Education in early August and submitting a final, Board-approved plan by September 30th.
    3. In previous parent surveys, there were many parents who said they could not tell us a preference on either all distance learning, hybrid or other options until they had more information about the schedules and facilities arrangements. Once our plan is approved by the Governing Board, and we look again at our staffing needs, we will be asking parents to indicate whether they would like their child to participate in full-time distance learning for the 2020-21 school year or not. We will then work to staff a distance learning model for these students. Due to the staffing required, this will be a year-long commitment for those who select distance learning only.  

    Drafting School Schedules

    Four elementary and middle school concept schedules were presented, founded on meeting the safety requirements and guidelines. The team discussed each plan’s pros and cons, and offered ideas for modifying them. These schedules provide for staggered arrivals by grade level, stable cohorts in elementary schools, a hybrid in-person for middle school students, and resources for ensuring our ability to meet the required health and safety measures. We started with ensuring the requirements, and we will also be implementing additional measures that may not be required. All plans will allow for flexibility should we be required to resume distance learning.

    With the committee feedback at hand, a subcommittee will be taking a closer look at the schedules and will bring one elementary and one middle school schedule back to the July 15 meeting of the full committee. We have also formed a subcommittee of special education staff  to look closely at ways to provide services to students who have exceptional needs during this extraordinary time. While we are planning for some in-person instruction, we also need to prepare for the need for distance learning should the need to reimplement that occur.

    Our aim is to have recommended schedules ready for the July 23 Governing Board meeting. We will share the schedule(s) with our community by the end of the month. 

    Creating the Plan

    It is important to recognize that plans will go through changes as we receive new information—which happens frequently. We understand the desire to have a concrete plan that families and staff can use for their own planning needs. We also continue to ask for patience as we do our best to provide you with a thoughtful and thorough plan that addresses all aspects of the school day, requirements and schedules. 

    Please remain flexible through this iterative process, and continue to monitor your email for updates on this important topic.

    Updated Tue, Jun 30th

    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.