August 22, 2021

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What to Do If Your Child is Sick or Not Felling Well

Please keep your child home if they are sick and call the school office to inform us immediately. To prevent transmission, parents must follow this protocol. If your student has even one system of COVID: cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea, you will be asked to provide a doctors note or a negative covid test before you student can return to school. Also, students must stay home if a member of their immediate household tests positive for COVID-19.

Students may return to school when: At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and other symptoms have improved, AND they have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

Student Emergency Update: Action Required for Parents

All parents received an email this week with the subject line "Union School District - Emergency Data Update 2021-2022 School Year". The Emergency Data Update Form is typically filled out on Back to School Night. However, Back to School Night was Virtual so it is vital that all parents complete the Emergency Data Form Updates online. Directions can be found in the email.

Responding to a COVID Case at School

We know that learning in person is essential for our students and as such, we will need to continue to be diligent and do our part as a community to adhere to requirements and health orders for schools set by the CA Department of Public Health and local health officials. If you haven't done so already, please watch the webinar and learn more about how our school responds to a positive covid case, and what you as parents and guardians will need to do to assist in keeping our students healthy and our classrooms open.

References from Webinar

Update from Superintendent Dr. Andrews

Update | Wearing Masks Outdoors on Campus

August 20, 2021

Union School District has consistently and will continue to follow the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department requirements and guidance. Health officials continue to share that vaccination and mask wearing are the most important defenses against the spread and transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

Currently, the CDPH requires all students and staff members to wear face masks indoors and does not require face masks in outdoor settings. While we know that COVID-19 and the Delta variant remain present in our community, USD will be taking additional precautions and adding a layer of protection in requiring face masks outdoors starting Monday, August 23rd.

While earlier this week our COVID-19 parent/guardian webinar indicated that masks are optional outdoors, the added precautionary measure is necessary at this time and will require students and staff to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, except when eating or drinking during recess/lunch or during vigorous outdoor exercise in PE. As always, brief outdoor “face mask breaks” will still be allowed should a student need it.

In being on campus, the majority of our students are wearing masks as they play during recess, so this added precautionary measure should be second nature to most of our students already. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration in adherence to health and safety measures designed to protect our schools and our community.

  • To view District COVID-19 information and guidance, including webinar links, the District COVID-19 case dashboard, and other resources, visit the COVID-19 Response page on the District website.
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Oster Is Starting Construction: August 25th

Due to material shortages and manufacturing shutdowns related to the pandemic, the summer roofing replacement project which was planned for Oster Elementary School was drastically delayed. The delay has pushed the duration of the project and work will now need to be completed during the first several weeks of the school year. On August 25th our side parking lot will be closed to both staff and students. During this time we ask that the front parking lot remain as Staff Only Parking due to the limited spaces we will have for the next few months. Additional safety measures will be put in place and all gates will be available for student drop off and pick up. We ask for your patience as we work towards the project's completion. Should you have any questions regarding the project, please reach out to the District Office, Maintenance & Operations Department at 408-377-8010 ext. 44215.

Important Reminders Regarding School Safety

Now that we have returned to school, we need to return to pre-campus closure campus safety measures. Again, this is for the safety of everyone!

Adults and Students: Please do not bike, scoot, or skateboard through the parking lot or on busy sidewalks during dismissal and drop-off. When walking, please stay on the sidewalks. Also, please be mindful of cyclists! Bicycles have the right to use the whole lane, and little ones who are cycling are permitted to ride on the sidewalk, so please watch for them when pulling into school.

Dogs are not allowed on campus, including the parking area, grass, and walkways leading to the school. The school campus begins where the public sidewalk ends. If walking a dog while dropping off or picking up, you must remain on the public sidewalk.

Do not temporarily park or stop in the red zone/fire zone by the Kinder/PreK playground.

I know this is an attractive spot for our PreK - 2nd-grade families, but this area must stay clear to others, as well as preventing traffic backing up onto the street. If you are trying to access this area of the school, drive all the way down the white pick-up/drop-off zone that runs along the front of the school. Drop off your student on the passenger side, and an adult supervisor will escort your student.

You may also park near the school and walk from that point.

Please do not park in the parking lot. Oster is fully staffed and gets visitors. All parking spots are needed.

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September 3: PD Day for staff (No school for students)

September 6: Labor Day (No school for students or staff)

September 8: Home and School Club Meeting (via zoom) 6:00 pm

September 13: USD Board Meeting 6:00 pm

Visit the Board of Trustees page for information on upcoming meetings.


COVID Resources and Protocols

USD COVID Response and Protocols

Click here to learn more about COVID-related guidance and policies for USD schools.

USD COVID Dashboard

During the school year, USD will publish the count of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis. Data counts will be updated on Tuesdays for the previous week.

To ensure privacy, names or identifying information of positive cases will not be disclosed.

Click here to view the dashboard.

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Reminders from Santa Clara County Public Health

The county has various testing sites for people with symptoms, find one at: www.sccfreetest.org

Reminder: Masks are required in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Travel Guidance When Going on Vacation

Please see below the CDC international travel guidance. If someone is traveling back to the US from any place internationally, they must get a COVID test and be negative to fly. If they are positive, they may not travel and have to retest and follow that country's protocols.

Once arriving in the US, all individuals must follow the guidance (testing and quarantine) set forth per the CDC.

The key thing is no child under 12 is vaccinated, so rules are more restrictive. Schools will require a negative test result PRIOR to coming to school.

For more information, please visit the CDC website:


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Free Meals for All Students in 2021-22

The Food Services staff is excited to share that for the 2021-22 school year, all meals are free and are available to all students. Payment for a school breakfast or lunch is not required when a student picks up a meal in the cafeteria.

If you have any questions about Food Services and breakfast and lunch at school, you can contact the food services department by calling (408) 377-8010 Extension 44203.

Sodexo's So Happy App

Now, more than ever, we want to understand what’s in our meals – the ingredients, and especially the nutritional and allergen information. So Happy provides a level of transparency previously unknown to the industry, with clear product descriptions and graphical representations for every nutritional category.

Rely on So Happy to tell you what's on the menu in your school's cafeteria, and utilize the allergen alert features to highlight recipes of concern. Have a question? Use the Talk to Us portal to quickly and easily contact a member of the food service team.

Don't see your school site on the app? Please reach out your district's Sodexo General Manager to inquire.

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