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    ATTENDANCE

    If your child is not attending school, please call the school (408) 423-1200 IN THE MORNING ON THE DAY OF THE ABSENCE. 
    For your convenience, there is a 24-hour voicemail on which messages can be left.  Any absences that are not reported by a parent or guardian will be recorded as an unexcused absence in the student’s permanent record.

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    Have you registered on Aeries Portal?  If not-  GO TO the REGISTER NOW link  to do so. 

    Elementary Report Cards are available on your parent portal. 

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    Tips for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Families

    We are excited for your child to begin their academic journey at Santa Clara Unified School District on August 11. Our goal is to ensure that your family is ready to start the school year successfully, so we have created a video to highlight some essential practices that will help your child transition to school.

     

    Watch and Read: Tips for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Families

     

    We look forward to a year filled with learning, fun, and partnership to provide your child with the best experience possible.

     


     

    Estamos emocionados de que su estudiante comience su trayectoria académica en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Clara el 11 de agosto. Nuestro objetivo es asegurarnos de que su familia esté lista para comenzar el año escolar con éxito, por lo que hemos creado un video para destacar algunas prácticas importantes que ayudarán a su estudiante a hacer la transición a la escuela.

     

    Vea y lea: Consejos para familias de kínder y kínder de transición

     

    Esperamos un año lleno de aprendizaje, diversión y colaboración para brindarle a su estudiante la mejor experiencia posible.

    Welcome Back to the 2022-2023 School Year from the Interim Superintendent

    Dear SCUSD Families,

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! 

    I hope your family has had a restful and enjoyable summer! Our staff is looking forward to your students being back on our campuses for the first day of school on Thursday, August 11. 

    With transmission rates high in our county, COVID-19 is on all of our minds. I want to assure you that safety is our number one priority. We are working closely with Santa Clara County Public Health to ensure that we are employing recommended mitigation strategies while providing a safe and positive school experience.

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for schools this year provide the framework for our safety measures. To keep one another healthy and our schools open for in-person instruction, we must all stay vigilant in following the CDPH recommendations.

    • Masks

      • Masks are strongly recommended indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. Please encourage your child to wear a mask while at school indoors to reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets which is the main way COVID-19 is transmitted.

    • Self-Screening / Rapid Testing 

      • At-home, rapid antigen testing is the state’s focus for schools this year; Individuals should test at home when experiencing COVID-like symptoms or after exposure to a positive COVID case. You can access free tests through the federal government (covidtests.gov), the county (sccfreetest.org) or through health insurance. We will have a limited supply of tests at school should your child not have access to a test when it is indicated.

      • Due to the increased travel and social interactions that often occurs during school-breaks, CDPH recommends that students and staff get tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to school following major breaks (e.g., summer, winter, spring).

      • Stay home and take a test if experiencing COVID-like symptoms

      • If your child tests positive, isolate at home immediately and alert your school office.

      • Your child may continue at school if exposed to COVID but tests negative and is not experiencing COVID-like symptoms; in these cases, they should wear a mask, test 3-5 days after exposure, and stay home if the test is positive or they begin experiencing symptoms

    • Vaccination

      • COVID-19 vaccination and boosters are strongly recommended. They are one of our top mitigation strategies.

    • Notices

      • Notify your school office if your student tests positive for COVID or is a close contact to a positive case at home or in the community

      • Exposure notices will come from your school office

    • Other Strategies

      • We will continue to monitor and routinely replace MERV-13 air filters in all HVAC systems

      • We will continue to encourage frequent and proper handwashing as well as provide hand sanitizer

      • We will continue to regularly clean facilities

    At-home screening testing is strongly encouraged prior to the start of school on Thursday, August 11. Please test your student on Wednesday, August 10. Please report to your school office any positive tests, symptoms, and exposures to positive COVID cases so that the schools can give you public health instructions.

    As noted above, California Department of Public Health’s focus this year is on at-home rapid antigen testing. Consequently, there is no statewide at-school testing program such as the one we participated in last year with Concentric Testing, and we are shifting to the recommended at-home rapid antigen testing. Test kits are available at no cost through a variety of sources such as the federal government (covidtests.gov), the county (sccfreetest.org), and through your health insurance. We will also be providing sites with a limited supply of additional test kits for those who do not have tests available at home and are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or are exposed to COVID at school. 

    We know that public health guidelines can change over the course of the year and we are committed to keeping you updated as our mitigation strategies change. Please take a few minutes to read our “District Update” newsletters where you will find updates and information as the year progresses. Exposure notices will come from your school office and the district will continue with daily updates of our COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard.

    Annual Student Information Update

    All students currently enrolled in preschool through 12th grade, including the post secondary program, are required to complete the annual student information update process online through Aeries Parent Portal by August 9. You should have received communication about this and can find all of the details here: Annual Student Information Update

    Residency Verification

    Proof of residency is contained in the annual student information update via the Aeries Parent Portal. Proof of residency is required when initially enrolling or to confirm residency such as when there is a change in address or mail to a family is returned. 

    School Schedules

    Each school will communicate about the school’s schedules and other site-specific information that you will need for the start of the school year.

    School Meals

    School meals are free for all students again this school year! Each student can receive one free breakfast and lunch at no cost. Families do not need to fill out an application to get free meals. However, we are asking for help from families who may qualify for the federal Free & Reduced Price Meal Program based on household income to complete a meal application. The applications are important for a number of reasons including funding our child nutrition program, families accessing low-cost utilities, discounts on camps, and SAT/PSAT/AP/ACT testing, among other benefits to your child.

    Share Your First Day With Us!

    As you return for the school year, we will be watching our district hashtags #SCUSDproud and #SCUSDfirstday. Don’t forget to tag us so we can share your posts! 

    It is an honor for us to serve you and your children and youth. I wish you a wonderful 2022-2023 school year!

     

    Sincerely,


    Dr. Gary Waddell
    Interim Superintendent

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year Bracher Bobcats

    Dear Bracher Family,


    We are all very excited to see our students on Thursday, August 11th. All students will start school at 8:15am. Breakfast for students will be served at 7:50am. Students eating breakfast can walk into the multipurpose room to grab breakfast and supervision will be present to assist them. 


    We will have staff helping car traffic in front of our condensed parking lot. Staff will also be on hand to guide students to classes if needed. Parents please plan to drop and drive off as the parking lot is very small and is easily congested.  For walking parents, please note that once school begins you will be expected to leave campus. After the opening of school this week, we ask that you drop your child off and let them enter campus. Parents entering or remaining on campus after school begins must sign in at the school office and receive a visitor's badge. 

    Please see the Welcome Back to the 2022-2023 School Year letter from the district office for information regarding the COVID Health and Safety Protocols.


    COVID Health and Safety Protocols

    Below is a summary from the COVID-19 Safety Measures included in the Welcome Back email sent out from the district office: 

     

    At-home screening testing is strongly encouraged prior to the start of school on Thursday, August 11. Please test your student on Wednesday, August 10. Report to your school office any positive tests, symptoms, and exposures to positive COVID cases so that the schools can give you public health instructions.

    • Masks are strongly recommended indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. Please encourage your child to wear a mask while at school indoors to reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets which is the main way COVID-19 is transmitted.

    • Self-Screening / Rapid Testing 

      • At-home, rapid antigen testing is the state’s focus for schools this year; Individuals should test at home when experiencing COVID-like symptoms or after exposure to a positive COVID case. 

      • Stay home and take a test if experiencing COVID-like symptoms.

      • If your child tests positive, isolate at home immediately and alert your school office.

      • Your child may continue at school if exposed to COVID but tests negative and is not experiencing COVID-like symptoms; in these cases, they should wear a mask, test 3-5 days after exposure, and stay home if the test is positive or they begin experiencing symptoms

    • Vaccination: COVID-19 vaccination and boosters are strongly recommended. They are one of our top mitigation strategies.

    • Notices:

      • Notify your school office if your student tests positive for COVID or is a close contact to a positive case at home or in the community.

      • Exposure notices will come from your school office.

    SCUSD Annual Student Information Update

    All students currently enrolled are required to complete the annual student information update process online through Aeries Parent Portal.

    The annual student information update allows families to update parent/guardian contact information, emergency contacts, and electronically sign yearly consent forms.


    Visit the Aeries Parent Portal webpage to view instructions on how to access your family’s Aeries Parent Portal account. If you are experiencing technical difficulties logging in to Aeries Parent Portal, contact cs@scusd.net for assistance.


    Nutrition Services

    Breakfast and lunch are free for all students again this year.  Nutrition Services encourages families to complete the 2022-2023 Meal Application if they require assistance for other programs that require proof of low income status such as cable, internet and other services. For more information see the Nutrition Services website.


    Class Assignment

    Teachers will email/call families to welcome your child to their class on Wednesday, August 10th.  


    New Parent Orientation

    A welcome to campus orientation for new parents is being planned and will be communicated with you once a date and time has been determined. 


    Kindergarten Parents

    Join Dr. Martin at 8:45am in the school cafeteria on the first day of school for a brief welcome. 


    We can't wait to have our bobcats back on campus! 

    We ROAR...Go Bobcats!


    Kinder Orientation & Open Enrollment
    Every Day Counts
    Bracher Calendar

    Resources

    gardening

    Please help maintain the Bracher garden during the year! EMAIL GARDEN to Bracherpta@gmail.com to sign up.

    PBIS AWARD
    PBIS Logo Award

    California PBIS Coalition recognized Bracher Elementary for its outstanding contribution of support and care during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruptions to school. 

    Website

    The Bracher website is ADA compliant, and is responsive to mobile  devices. After navigating our site, please  complete a 2-question survey.  Click the survey to give us feedback!

    Spotlight

    online enrollment center
    Bracher front View

    enrollment  Information 

    • Santa Clara Unified School District's enrollment system provides your family  a seamless and efficient enrollment venue without ever leaving your house! 
    •  All new students must enroll through our online enrollment system.
    • Click HERE to view the New Student Requirement Checklist
    • Update your family profile to provide us with your new address and contact information right from the comfort of your own home.  
    • Contact the Enrollment Center at enrollment@scusd.net (408) 423-3596 if you have any questions or need assistance.