Superintendent Update

WEEK #6, Cambrian School District, Sept. 24, 2021

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Dear Cambrian Families,

Six weeks have passed since we began the 2021-22 school year, and our students are making remarkable progress. Our staff has gone the extra mile to create engaging classwork and projects to drive our standards-based curriculum. As we close out the month of September, I encourage you to take a moment to read the important messages below in this newsletter, so you can be best equipped in your school community.


TK- 5th grade Goal Setting Conferences are scheduled for October 4th- October 12th. This is an invaluable opportunity for the teacher and parents to come together, share information and set educational goals for the children. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to find a mutually agreeable time to come together.


Of course COVID-19 is always a factor in our schools. As a reminder, you can view the District COVID-19 Dashboard for information on positive cases in our schools. We have also supplied an abundance of informational material regarding COVID on our District website, and invite you to become familiar with it.


As we implement and expand the COVID 19 testing to our close contacts we are noticing that test results don’t always come in as expected. We are providing this service of testing at each site as a level of support and ease for our families, but we want to be transparent that it can at times be frustrating waiting on results. Color labs send results 24-72 hours once the tests arrive at the lab. CSD tests arrive at the lab the day after tests are collected. There are times the lab runs into delays and the results take longer than expected. It is always an option to visit one of the many free clinics in the community. It is my understanding that the results from the Santa Clara Fairground site come back closer to 24-48 hours after taking the test. Free Santa Clara County COVID-19 Testing Sites.


There is a Budget Workshop meeting scheduled for September 30th at 6:30 p.m.. This is a board meeting held in public for the staff and board members to discuss the Cambrian School District budget. The public is welcome to attend.


Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher, principal or myself if you have any questions or concerns. We truly appreciate your input, support and partnership.


Have a wonderful weekend!

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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 and October, our testing program will be on Wednesdays, from 1-3:00 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.


If you have already registered for a previous testing date at the District Office, you do not need to register again.


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 only need to register one time.

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 29,

Wednesday, October 6, 13, 20 and 27

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 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

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.


Attendance

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.


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We’re looking for outstanding Cambrian students! If you’d like to nominate someone to be recognized, email Dawn Klavon with the student’s name, photo, grade, school and achievements to klavond@cambriansd.com.


Childhood Vaccines and Wellness

The 2021-2022 school year is well under way. 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

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.

Technology

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!


ConnectSafely: Online Safety

“ConnectSafely is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about safety, privacy, security and digital wellness. Our resources include research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.” - https://www.connectsafely.org


Be sure to check out the parent guides.

Join the Cambrian Elementary District Choir!

This year, Cambrian is partnering with Starting Arts to provide the after school elementary district choir program open to all interested 3rd-5th graders.


REGISTRATION FOR THE PROGRAM IS TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW AT

http://www.startingarts.com/enrollment


The program will begin on Wednesday, October 6, and will run through April 20, 2022.