CSD Weekly Update

WEEK #6, September 26, 2020

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Dear Cambrian Families,

It has hard to believe that we have already completed Week #6 of the 2020-21 school year and we are officially in Fall now. I appreciate your patience, flexibility, and perseverance as we work together to support students, families and staff during these unique times.

In an effort to support our families' varying needs during this time we ask you to take a few minutes to complete the following survey: CSD Parent Return to In-Person Survey . Your feedback will help us inform our planning as we work to prepare for the return to in-person instruction.

As you are aware, we have reached that time where both state and local Public Health Department have deemed it safe for schools to open in Santa Clara County. We currently have a projected timeline. In order to safely begin our process, we will reopen schools with a phased-in approach to bringing students back on campus for targeted specialized services, supervision, and eventually grade levels in smaller sizes. Your input will help inform us to adjust the timeline if needed. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, September 30th. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey to help us better support your child.

In addition, we have been thoughtfully preparing how we will gradually bring students and staff back safely to reopen our schools for in-person instruction. In order to make it easier for you as we move forward with the reopening campuses, we created one CSD handbook titled Safely Returning to In Person Instruction that combines all the state/local requirements and health guidelines to support students, staff, and community. I hope this tool will be helpful and serve as a definitive resource for information. We have embedded the recent requirements from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department updated guidance to public schools as districts prepare to reopen campuses As local or state regulations change, we will, of course, keep you updated and refine the Safely Returning to In-person Instruction in CSD.

I will continue to keep you up to date on any plans regarding the future reopening of our schools. I am so grateful for your cooperation and support as we navigate these uncharted waters. We are CAMBRIAN.

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Handwashing and Face Coverings

Education and promotion of handwashing and the use of face covering is the topic for this week as we prepare for students to return to in-class instruction next week. The children that will begin in-class instruction next week may notice changes that have been made because of COVID. These changes may cause concern, fear, and anxiety. In order to prepare your child for the upcoming transition, we encourage you to discuss some of the changes they may see in order to help them adjust. We have provided links to discuss changes, such as: social distancing around school, social distancing in the classroom, and seeing others in personal protective equipment.

Please review the CDC video on handwashing. We have provided some child-friendly videos for wearing a mask helps stop the spread of germs and knowing how to wear your face mask correctly. Also, here's a child-friendly video that addresses COVID-19 by a child life specialist from NYU at Langone.

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Staying Connected through Technology

We want to do everything we can to help with your technology needs. Thanks for your partnership!

If you need to borrow a device, please see the Device Loan Request Form on our Distance Learning Help! page: https://www.cambriansd.org/Page/3640.


The Cambrian School District has been in the process of assessing potential land redevelopment of district-owned properties as a new ongoing revenue stream to support our students, programs, and district. After evaluating multiple options, we identified the Metzler Elementary School at Cambrianna Drive as a promising opportunity to convert a portion of this site into an ongoing revenue stream. The proposed development matches and complements the character of the neighborhood.

The proposed housing development project for the Cambrian School district will generate ongoing revenue that will support CSD’s outstanding programs.

Please join Cambrian parents, teachers, and neighbors and click here to sign a letter of support asking the City of San Jose to approve the District’s general plan amendment application.

For more information about the Cambrian School District’s “Support Our Students” land development initiative, please check out our webpage or contact former Cambrian School District parent Eve Walton at SOSCambrianSchoolDistrict@gmail.com. Stay informed on the Initiative, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.

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Be Heard By November 3, 2020

Due to the pandemic, you may have concerns regarding the November 3rd election. Registering to vote and casting your vote may appear a bit overwhelming. However, during this upcoming election it is actually easier to do both. If you have not yet registered to vote or would like to verify the status of your registration, please visit the California Voter Registration. Please note the deadline to register to vote is Oct 19, 2020, 15 days before Election Day on Nov 3, 2020. Anyone who is registered to vote will receive a ballot mailed to them automatically. Completed ballots can be returned in the free postage-paid envelope that is provided or can be placed in one of 98 conveniently located drop-boxes throughout the county.

The Registrar of Voters Office will also be open for early voting beginning on October 5, 2020 through Election Day. Voters who prefer to vote in person can still do so at any of the more than 100 Vote Centers that will be open throughout Santa Clara County starting October 31, 2020.

Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, the Vote Centers will offer sanitary, in-person options for a full spectrum of services including language and accessibility assistance. For more information visit sccvote.org/voterschoice or call

866-430-VOTE (8683). A few dates to keep in mind: