Week #2 Update

Cambrian School District, August 27, 2021

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Dear Cambrian Families,

This has been a fantastic week! Our staff reported that students have been engaged in their classroom activities and everyone's so happy to be back on campus! Thank you to all our parents for your extraordinary support and effort to help keep our students and staff safe, as we continue in-person instruction.

Our outstanding staff will continue to make every effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. Though the air quality outside isn’t the best, our MERV 13 air filters, installed for increased precaution during the pandemic, also protect students and staff from the smoke in the air outside. We will continue to monitor the air quality and have plans in place to move our outdoor activities indoors if necessary.

Today, the air quality is at a moderate level, as indicated on the website AirNow.

AirNow is an easy tool to use to monitor air quality. If there are changes in activities due to air quality, communication will be sent out via email and text.

In regard to COVID-19, we have posted an up-to-date COVID-19 Dashboard on our District website with current numbers of staff and students testing positive for COVID-19, broken down by week and by school. The Dashboard will be updated each Monday by the end of day. As some schools have already experienced, if there is a positive case at a school site, families will be notified by email with directions and next steps. All families will be notified even if your child is NOT a close contact, if there is a positive case at school.

Thank you for your partnership to keep our schools open and our students and staff safe. Please remember to

  • Keep your child/ren home if they are experiencing COVID-19 and call your school office.

  • If your child has been identified as a close contact outside of school, keep them home (even if they feel fine) and call your school.

There are many factors in determining the quarantine guidance. The school office staff will determine and communicate testing and quarantining protocols to families by close contact tracing and asking questions of positive cases.

In order to support our community with COVID-19 testing we are offering testing for our students and staff. Please see the COVID-19 Asymptomatic Screening section below. We will be offering close contact testing at each school site as well. More information coming out about that process soon.

Teaching and learning with COVID-19 in our community is less than ideal, but I want each of you to have peace of mind knowing our team is committed to keeping students and families safe, no matter the challenges. We are so grateful to have schools open with in-person instruction again, and will continue to monitor air quality and COVID numbers. Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy your amazing children-- I know we do.

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COVID-19 Asymptomatic Screening

We are partnering with California’s Valencia Branch Laboratory and Color (their registration system) to bring no cost, asymptomatic COVID-19 screening testing to our students and staff. Your child may also get COVID-19 asymptomatic testing from your healthcare provider or from the Free Santa Clara County COVID-19 Testing Sites.

For the month of September, our testing program will be on Wednesdays, from 1-3:30 PM at the Cambrian School District Office. As we determine the interest in screening testing, we will adjust our schedule. This is one tool in supporting a safe return to school.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the COVID-19 Asymptomatic screening program, please follow the steps below. You must register at least 24 hours before the test.

Step 1 - Registration

At least 24 hours prior to the test, use this Cambrian Student Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing link or scan the QR code to register.

You will need to enter the information below to register.

  • COVID 19 Screening Questions

  • Patient Information

  • Insurance Information (OPTIONAL)

  • Complete Registration

*Do not register for asymptomatic testing if you have tested positive in the past three (3) months.

Step 2 - Testing Dates

Dates: Wednesday, September 1, 8, 15, 22 or 29

Time: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Cambrian District Office - 4115 Jacksol Drive - San Jose - CA - 95124

*This is asymptomatic testing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should stay home and contact your primary care physician.

Test Site Procedure

Testing will be located at the District Office near the parking lot covered by solar panels

  1. Stand in line - Maintain social distancing
  2. Wear your face covering (student and parent)
  3. Use hand sanitizer
  4. Check in with your ID and pick up the testing kit for your child
  5. Follow the testing instructions (self administered nasal swab)
  6. Keep the testing card with your barcode to check results (results are available 24-48 hours after the lab receives the test kits). The test results will be shared with you and our District Nurse/Personnel, who will monitor results, so that we may respond to any positive results.

Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Students

Cambrian School District is pleased to offer all students complimentary breakfast and lunch meals. Meals will be available for pickup in the cafeteria during scheduled meal periods. Please consider taking advantage of our FREE school meals. It extends your grocery budget, saves time planning and preparing meals, and is comforting and familiar for kids to have school meals. In addition, every meal served is reimbursed by the USDA and funds go toward Child Nutrition staff wages. Please note that you are not taking food away from someone who needs it more – we have plenty to go around!

We do not need any identification and will not be using the student accounts in Titan. To get free meals they just need to go through the cafeteria line during their recess and lunch periods.


We are excited to have all students back on campus! Daily on-time attendance supports every student’s success in learning by providing consistency.

  • Daily attendance is determined by the student’s physical presence in their required classes.

  • Parents/guardians should notify the school as soon as possible if a student will be absent.

    • Attendance Lines:

      • Bagby- 408-377-3882 Ext. 2103

      • Fammatre- 408-377-5480 Ext. 3102

      • Farnham- 408-377-3321 Ext. 4102

      • Price- 408-377-2532 Press 1

      • Sartorette- 408-264-4380 Ext.6102

      • Steindorf- 408-377-3022 Ext. 7103

  • Students who exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home, regardless of the severity of the symptoms. Parents/guardians must contact the school immediately if a student is experiencing any symptom of COVID-19.


The Measure R Bond has allowed us to upgrade our support for student technology access. You will be hearing more details from your Principal and your child’s teacher but we wanted to give you an overview.

  • Grades TK-1 have one iPad for every three students

  • Grades 2-5 have one Chromebook for each student to use in the classroom

  • Grades 6-8 have one Chromebook for each student. Students will have access to the Chromebook at school and at home.

  • Apple TVs in all classrooms, which had reached end-of-life a few years ago, have been replaced with up-to-date models.

  • The platform Cambrian uses to ensure students are safely accessing online resources has been updated to provide support for monitoring activity on school devices both at school and at home.

  • The Cambrian WiFi network has received a much needed upgrade over the past year.

Thank you for your support!

Childhood Vaccines and Wellness

The start of the 2021-2022 school year is upon us. It is important that childhood vaccinations and tuberculosis (TB) assessments are up to date. Vaccinations are crucial to prevent children from getting sick outside of school settings. Vaccinations are still required for school admission. Families should take steps now to get required childhood vaccinations and TB assessments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• Vaccinations will prevent an estimated 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years

• There were several outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in recent years. These diseases are extremely contagious and can be very serious, especially for babies and young children. Over 25% of children younger than five years old who had measles had to be hospitalized for conditions that can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death.

While the new school year will look different than in past years, some things will stay the same.

• Immunization requirements remain in place for admission to school or childcare as well as for students advancing to the 7th grade in California. Visit https://www.shotsforschool.org/ to review the required vaccinations, and then schedule an appointment with your health care provider for a well-child visit to obtain any needed vaccinations.

• If your child is enrolling in a Santa Clara County school or childcare for the first time, your child will also need a TB risk assessment and, if necessary, a TB test. Visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/TbResources/Documents/ra-schoolentry.pdf for information and forms.

TB risk assessments and TB tests may be completed when your child receives his/her vaccinations for school or childcare. If your child’s vaccinations are already up-to-date, you can complete the TB risk assessment and the TB test, if needed, with your child’s health care provider at any time within the first 30 days of your child’s enrollment in school or childcare.

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Zones of Regulation

This school year our elementary schools are supporting students with self-regulation and emotional control utilizing the Zones of Regulation curriculum. Our amazing teachers are implementing lessons to support students with sensory integration and regulation, emotional self-understanding, emotional self-regulation, executive functioning, social thinking, and development of self-awareness.

The Zones of Regulation uses four colors to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment given their emotions and states of alertness. Lessons are designed to help students understand their different internal emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns that result in each student shifting from one Zone to another. Students explore a variety of tools (sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) that they can use to regulate what Zone they are in and are taught when, why, and how to use their tools.

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