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District Survey: What’s Working? Needs Improvement?

A Message from the Superintendent

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We are committed to being an Organization of Excellence, continually improving each day to be a great place to learn, work, and provide an excellent education. Part of that process is gathering input from the people we interact with every day and using what we learn to further our commitment to excellence.

We are seeking your input. On January 31, 2022, we will send the survey link to families, students (grade 3 and up), and employees. 

Our partners at Huron | Studer Education are administering the survey, providing an opportunity for you to provide feedback anonymously. The online survey will be available in English and Spanish, and you can respond via any Internet-connected computer or mobile device.

We are committed to listening and responding to your experiences in our district. We will use the feedback to celebrate and build upon our successes and to identify areas for improvement in specific areas. 

Please check your email or ParentSquare account on January 31st for our message and link to the survey.

Tell a Friend! TK Opens to Younger Students This Year

Children turning 5 from Sep. 2 – Feb. 2 can enroll in transitional kindergarten.

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Transitional Kindergarten, the two-year bridge program between preschool and kindergarten, is expanding. Under California’s Universal TK program, which was part of the legislative changes of AB 130, children who turn 5 years old between Sept. 2, 2022 and Feb. 2, 2023, will be able to enroll in CUSD’s Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for the 2022-23 school year.

Plans for the 2022-23 implementation include following the same full-day schedule as its current TK and Kindergarten programs. The TK staffing ratio will be 12 students to 1 adult. The District hopes to offer a TK-only class at each elementary school. However, as is always the case, final locations and class make up will depend on the number of students who enroll in TK before the 2022-23 school year begins.  The district is prioritizing TK only classes but may need to have TK/K combination classes depending on actual enrollment. 

Early education experts say 90% of brain growth happens before kindergarten, so the expansion is a key strategy for closing achievement gaps.

infographic showing multi-year progression to full enrollment“We’re excited to be able to extend our high-quality TK program to more young students,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The opportunities for socialization and learning are critical at this stage of their development.” 

The TK program will gradually expand over the next few years until it includes all 4-year-olds by the 2025-26 school year. Download the Jan. 13 Board presentation about TK.

Local Vaccine Clinic January 26

County’s Mobile Clinic comes to Castlemont School

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A community COVID-19 vaccine clinic is coming to 

Castlemont Elementary School

Wed., Jan. 26, 2022

3 until 7 p.m. 

In response to the Public Health’s urging that all who are eligible to be vaccinated get vaccinated, we are hosting another vaccine clinic. The clinic is offering first doses for people ages 5 years and up and boosters for those who are eligible.

No proof of immigration status is required. 
Clinic staff will be on site to support language needs and disability access.
More information at sccfreevax.org or 408-970-2999.

Save Time! Come Prepared!

Complete the vaccine clinic forms and bring the printed copy with you to the clinic.

Jan. 19: COVID-19 Update

Guidance for Schools Evolves Again

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Our relentless effort to effectively manage COVID-19 has taught us all to expect change. This week, another guidance update was released due to the Omicron variant surge.

On January 18th the District sent updated information to all families about California Department of Public Health’s revised guidance for TK-12 settings which identifies alternative approaches to contact tracing and quarantine. (If you  did not receive the notice, please contact your child’s school for a copy.)

Under this update, state and county public health officials tell us that, once-weekly testing may be implemented in lieu of traditional exposure notification and contact tracing

Our schools have offered weekly testing on campus since September. Through our partnership with Grapefruit Testing, the process is streamlined and provides quicker notice of COVID-positive test results for students enrolled in the program. Families who wish to enroll their students in the Grapefruit’s testing program will find the consent form here in English, and here in Spanish

Our primary aim is to keep schools open for students to attend and learn safely. According to our public health officials, for the majority of children, the risks from COVID-19 infection are outweighed by the known social and mental health harms of remote learning, even during the current Omicron surge.

We remain committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students and staff. We continue to  follow safety protocols, including masking and proper ventilation, to further reduce the risk of in-school COVID-19 transmission. We will continue to update our COVID-19 online dashboard and will provide updates to families when guidance from health officials changes. 

While the community spread continues, we appreciate your diligence in monitoring your students, keeping them home if they are symptomatic, and having them participate in weekly testing.

When the Going Gets Tough, Get Calm

Family “Calming Kits” are available through FIRST 5

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FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County offers calming kits for families. A calming kit is a set of tools to support children and families with understanding and regulating emotions and decreasing stress.

To register and schedule a time to pick up a calming kit, call 1-888-479-0837. For more information about FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, visit www.first5kids.org.