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Superintendent Kemp's Weekly Update
Posted 6/8/20

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Dear Santa Clara Unified Community,

 

As we finish up our last week of the 2019-2020 school year, this is my last weekly message while we break for summer. I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to our students, families, and staff for your patience, grace, and dedication to persevere through these last 10 weeks with us. It hasn’t been easy — there have been many transitions for everyone along the way — but we rose to the challenge together as one community. We can all be proud. Now is the time for some rest… time to recharge and regroup. Please have a good summer and stay well.

Santa Clara Unified Updates

Santa Clara Unified Stands With You

Earlier this week, the Board of Trustees and I shared our message — Santa Clara Unified Stands With You — in reaction to the murder of George Floyd by a police officer and the resulting protests and violence that has swept our nation in the aftermath. We are committed to taking real action to improve conditions of equity and social justice through our new strategic vision, Vision 2035, which officially launches to the community in July. Through the realization of our Graduate Portrait, students will understand the historical roots of racial and cultural bias and how they have led to institutionalized and biased practices and, most importantly, know how to act in ways that promote equity. Through the actions of our Adult Portrait, our employees will become aware of their own biases, understand the historical roots of racial bias, and be active and intentional about changing injustice. This will happen by providing staff professional development, evaluating and supplementing our curriculum, and auditing to update practices and processes to improve outcomes for marginalized students, among other actions.

Planning for the Reopening of Schools

Communications. While it will be at least another month before we know from the county whether we will be able to open our campuses to in-person learning in the fall, know that we are planning for every scenario possible, with your feedback and input, and we will maintain open communication with you over the summer months as the planning continues and announcements are made. This past Thursday, June 4, we presented our progress on reopening planning to our Board of Trustees. You can view the Reopening Planning for Fall 2020 presentation on our YouTube channel. 

Family Surveys. While the decision to reopen schools countywide depends on the guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the California Department of Education that will be in place as our school year opens in August, the opinions of families are critical in county, district, and school planning for the various reopening scenarios — continuing virtual learning, returning to our campuses, or a hybrid of the two. This week, we sent a Family Survey on Reopening Schools — which will directly inform our planning for next school year — and we received almost 5,500 responses! I appreciate that you are taking the time to respond to our requests for feedback, which will ultimately lead to the best program we can put together to best meet the needs of our students. The Santa Clara County Office of Education also has an open survey for families to provide input regarding the reopening of schools countywide. Participate in the county survey by Friday, June 12, 2020.

Class of 2020

We can’t speak highly enough of our high school graduates and wish them all the best as they transition to the next chapter in their lives. We hope to hear from many of them over the coming years to learn about all of the wonderful things they are doing. It’s been a pleasure teaching you and learning with you, Class of 2020. We are so proud of you! More: Class of 2020 Photos and Videos 

Online Adult Education Classes Now Enrolling

Brush up on some of your skills or learn something new through our Santa Clara Adult Education (SCAE) school. The summer sessions start on June 22 and 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

Uplifting Stories from Around the District

Community Information

Important Dates this Week

  • Chromebook Pick Up, Swap, and Repair. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Submit a request by emailing cs@scusd.net to schedule an appointment
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  • Free Meal Service. Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 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, and the Senior Center

Helpful Resources

Tech Support for Distance Learning

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

Wellness Check-Ins

During school closures, all students and their families can request to speak with a member of the Wellness staff at their school sites. Appointments will be by phone or Google Meet. Request a check-in appointment with a wellness counselor by visiting our Wellness Check-In Appointments webpage. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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.

Food Distribution in Santa Clara County

The City of San José launched a Food Distribution Map with important information on countywide food distribution sites to ensure food security for those in need. There are 129 food distribution sites operating Monday through Friday. Visit siliconvalleystrong.org for more information. Also, call 2-1-1, a 24-hour multilingual service, or text your zip code to 89821.

Website

Our Distance Learning website is available where you will find a helpful, printable version of the website content called “Family Guide to Distance Learning” with learning schedules by grade level, communication information, regularly updated frequently asked questions (FAQs), and additional resources.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.
Superintendent