CSD Superintendent Update

WEEK #4, September 10, 2021, Cambrian School District

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Dear Cambrian Families,

It has been wonderful seeing so many smiling eyes back on campus -- enjoying learning and playing with their peers. Nonetheless, we recognize this is a stressful time in public education. Unfortunately, many of you have received notification of COVID-19 positive cases in your schools. The COVID-19 notices are designed to make sure our district families are well-informed. Our staff continues to lead students in healthy measures to combat COVID-19. I assure you our district is following all Santa Clara County Public Health Department guidelines to protect our students and staff and is working closely with the SCCPHD on a case-by-case basis. The best way to persevere during this pandemic is by working together. We appreciate open communication with our families. In the spirit of transparency, we make available our COVID-19 Dashboard with positive case information on our District website, or click here to view.

Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help. We do have a few opportunities for vaccinated adults on our campus. If you are able to support, with supervision, yard duty on your child’s school campus, please reach out to your child’s principal. In addition, if you are or someone you know is looking for part time temporary work, we need health clerk support at various school sites. Please click the following health clerk job link for more information.

Educating our children is our highest priority and I am grateful for the incredible collaboration among our staff and families. I will continue to update you as we navigate these uncharted waters and I appreciate your feedback and perspective immensely.

Have a wonderful weekend, as we all enjoy this beautiful late summer weather!

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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.

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 15, 22 or 29

Time: 1:00 - 3:30

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

Stand in line - Maintain social distancing

Wear your face covering (student and parent)

Use hand sanitizer

Check in with your ID and pick up the testing kit for your child

Follow the testing instructions (self administered nasal swab)

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.

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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.

Family Wellness

Dear Cambrian Families,

We are committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families to create a safe and healthy learning environment. In support of our ongoing commitment, we partnered with Care Solace to provide an additional layer of care for our community.

Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their Care Companion™ team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community.

Students, staff, and families may access Care Solace services in two ways:

  • Call (888) 515-0595 at any time. Support is available in 200+ languages. A dedicated Care Companion™ will help you every step of the way to research options, secure appointments, and follow up to make sure it is a good fit.

Care Solace is now available for use at no cost to you. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances including Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale options for those without insurance. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.

Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory to use. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.

If you are interested in counseling-related services for your child, yourself, or another family member, please contact Care Solace for valuable assistance. This is a complimentary resource provided by Cambrian School District.

Staff Spotlight; Social-Emotional Learning

This week we are highlighting Anja Jones; SDC teacher at Sartorette Elementary! Ms. Jones has been hard at work implementing the social-emotional curriculum in her classroom (she even wears a t-shirt as a resource)! Here’s what she has to say about Zones of Regulation in her class:

“As students come in the morning, each student picks a picture icon and puts it on the matching zone. We address each zone as needed. It gives me an idea where students are emotionally when they come in, e.g. tired, hungry, angry etc. We address these needs as much as possible before learning begins. Students may adjust their icons throughout the day and put the picture icon in a different zone. We are still learning about the zones and working on developing our toolkit to regulate emotions independently.”

Way to go, Ms. Jones!

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Technology and Digital Tool Resources for Students:

More information regarding the digital curriculum and tools you child uses in their classroom is available at https://www.cambriansd.org/domain/740. Check it out!