Closure Update

Issue #13, Cambrian School District, June 6, 2020

Dear Cambrian Families,

Over the past several weeks, the leadership, problem solving and collaborative work being done to support students' well being in Cambrian School District has been nothing less than amazing. In all of my time in public education this most certainly has been the most challenging and unusual year as an educator. I want to thank each of you for your partnership, flexility, commitment, understanding and resilience as we work together as a community during this COVID-19 pandemic. What I know more than ever is that united we can accomplish anything and we will continue to do so in the future months.


I am hopeful as we move forward into the summer months and slowly reopen activities in Santa Clara County. As of June 5th the current Santa Clara Public Health Department guidelines have opened up to allow more opportunities for all of us to get out safety. I have included the new order and how we can as we work together as a community to one day be back to full activity all together.


Santa Clara Public Health Department New Order Goes into Effect June 5th

Santa Clara Health Department Order-What's Open Guide


I am again proud to be Cambrian School Superintendent and work with this great community for our students. Congratulations are in order to everyone as we navigate these uncharted waters together! In the next few months I will keep you up to date on what the fall of 2020 reopening will look like for us in Cambrian School District.


We are CAMBRIAN.

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Summer Meals; Lunches & Breakfasts

The Cambrian School District food service department has been working so hard to ensure our students, families and community are able to receive free breakfast/lunch Monday through Friday during the school year. We are pleased to continue meal service through the month of June beginning Monday, June 8th and will operate through Tuesday, June 30th. A big shout out to the CSD Food Service Department for serving our students and the larger community.


Distance Learning: What We Learned and Aspects to Plan for Fall

Since the Governor’s Executive Order for school closure began on March 13th, we have been gathering a wealth of information from various sources, including the Ca. Department of Education, County Office of Education and County Health Office, and collaborated with many of our partner districts and community partnerships.


We’ve collected data, input and feedback from staff, students, and parents. We’ve also gathered information from students and teachers interacting on synchronous and asynchronous learning

opportunities, staff professional learning trainings, and the numerous staff, student and community surveys.


The June 4 Board Update summarizes the lessons learned from the collective experiences of students, parents, and staff, regarding Distance Learning. The findings will aid the District in planning for the 2020-21 school year in the potential of reopening of classroom instruction or distance learning instruction.


Imagine Learning Program Summer Support

The Summer Imagine Learning Virtual Program is offering students free access to continue Math, Language, and Literacy with support over the summer. The following are examples of support students and parents include:

  • Weekly progress reports

  • Additional individualized pathways

  • Differentiation through personalized playlists

  • Imagine Math parent portal access

  • Imagine Learning weekly webinars


Registration information has been communicated to parents and registrations will end Friday, June 5th. For further information please feel free to contact Tassia Hegyi (Teacher on Special Assignment) at Educational Services at hegyit@cambriansd.com.


Summer Virtual Learning Opportunities & Resources

Don’t forget to take a look at our summer virtual programs and resources website. We have included many online resources at no cost to students and families. Technology support will continue to be provided throughout the summer to support virtual learning for students and families who chose to continue to engage in learning over the summer. The Summer Virtual Learning Opportunities & Resources website will be dedicated to supporting the programs.


Distance Learning at Home Resources

Please refer to the Distance Learning at Home Resources Website if you have any questions or concerns with regards to distance learning. You can find the additional resources at the following district website: https://www.cambriansd.org/Page/3578.


Free Summer Camps and Activities for Qualifying Youth

Children ages 18 and under who live in Santa Clara County and are either qualified for CalWORKS or CalFresh benefits (such as free or reduced price meals), a current or former foster youth, on probation, or have special needs, can go to summer camp for free this year.


The Public Health Department has issued guidelines on how summer programs can operate safely, including limiting the number of children per group and following the County’s health protocols. There are still many allowed activities that kids can sign-up for, including karate, music lessons, art classes, fitness, after-school activities, and horseback riding lessons. More information here.

Technology Tips and Support

Borrowed a Chromebook or iPad?

If you are leaving the district or have an 8th grader in your family, and you borrowed a Chromebook or iPad, please plan to drop the borrowed device off at the District Office (4115 Jacksol Dr.) during one of the following dates/times.

  • Mon, June 8 from 3-4 pm

  • Tue, June 9 from 3-4 pm


If you are not able to make one of these times, please contact Matt Hill at hillm@cambriansd.com.


All other grades: we will not be collecting devices until August at the earliest. Please see the following message.


Need Support with Technology?

Do you need help with a technology issue related to using Cambrian’s digital tools? Please fill out this help request form and a member of the Cambrian technology staff will respond.

New Student Registration Reminder for 2020-21 School Year

Enroll now. If you have not done so already please do so as registration is being taken online. The online registration process is posted at Cambrian School District Enrollment


Are you moving or leaving the Cambrian School District area?

If you are leaving the district and your child(ren) will not be returning for the 2020-21 school year please contact Carlena Grandey at grandeyc@cambriansd.com. It is important that we know well in advance for planning purposes.


Support Cambrian Families During COVID-19 Emergency

The Cambrian Educational Foundation (CEF) is dedicated to the well-being of our Cambrian students, families, and staff. During this unprecedented time, a fund has been set-up to help those families that are finding themselves facing unprecedented hardship as a result of the COVID-19 Crisis. All funds will go directly towards helping those in our Cambrian Community and are tax deductible. If you would like to take part in helping out students and families in need you can donate through the CEF website.

To donate, click here.


Mental Health Resources

Counseling Support

Does your student need a trusted adult to discuss worries, anxiety about the changes in their world? Call the Cambrian student support line at (408) 377-2301. You will receive a response within 24 hours. This line will be available throughout the summer months.


Parent Support for Summer Months during Uncertain Times

As we move into summer, many teens -- along with the rest of us -- are mentally and emotionally drained. We're experiencing what cyclists call a “false flat,” which refers to a stretch of road that looks deceptively flat but is actually an incline that becomes harder and more exhausting as time goes by.Consider attending this webinar on Re-Defining Summer during Uncertain Times


Community Resources for Reducing Stress and Maintaining Mental Health

The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department has developed some information sheets in multiple languages to help residents cope effectively during these times. Those sheets along with other resources can be found at https://www.sccgov.org/sites/bhd. You can also share this information via Facebook and Twitter.


The Mental Health Services Call Center is operating 24-hours, 7 days per week at 1-800-704-0900. The Center will make referrals to available community services. Language assistance services are available at 1-800-704-0900 (TTY: 1-800.855.7100 or 711).


The Suicide & Crisis Hotline continues to operate 24-hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-278-4204.

The Crisis Text Line continues to be available and provides free, text-based, confidential assistance to people in need in Santa Clara County. To receive text-based support from trained Crisis Text Line counselors, Santa Clara County residents can text RENEW to 741741.


The Substance Use Services Call Center operates Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM at 1-800-488-9919.


The Uplift Family Services' Mobile Crisis Team provides 24-hour intervention to children and teens in the community who are in acute psychological crisis. To access the 24-hour/7 days a week crisis line call 1-408-379-9085 or call toll-free 1-877-41-CRISIS (412-7474).

Family Weekly Wellness Challenge

Can you believe we are at the end of the 2019-2020 school year? We want to know how you celebrate this amazing accomplishment. This week’s challenge we want to see how your family wraps up the school year and kicks off summer. Post it on social media. Tag us. #wearecambrian.


Cambrian is Kind

Cambrian Staff continues to maintain connections with students and families virtually during Distance Learning to increase our connection as a community! At Bagby our staff continues to update using the Bagby BNN youtube channel. Check out these talent shows each of our elementary schools. Bagby Barracudas, Farnham’s Falcons, Sartorette SuperStars, Fammatre Falcons TK - 2 , and Fammatre Falcons 3-5 grades. Our vary own Physical Education Teacher Mr. Mercado created an amazing virtual field day. If you missed it check out his video. Congratulation to our 8th graders at Steindorf Steam School and Ida Price Panthers! We are so proud of all our students.


Community Resources and Local Information

Where Can I Pick Up Food?

Families may receive free breakfast and lunch daily Monday through Friday from 11- 1 PM June 8th through June 30th. A drive-up food pickup service is available at Price Middle School, 2650 New Jersey Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.


Reaching Out Food Center

We understand the challenge that some families will face with the District closure for this period of time. If you are in need of food resources, there are local agencies that can help. We encourage any family that is in need to visit the Reaching Out Food Center, 2315 Canoas Garden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124, (408) 267-4691. They are open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Just bring a photo ID and a bill with your address on it. Note that Reaching Out does not register your personal information with the U.S. Government, and you will be given free, nutritious groceries no matter what.


Food Distribution Map

The City of San José launched a food distribution map (bit.ly/SCCFoodMap) with important information on county wide food distribution sites to ensure food security for those in need. In collaboration with the County of Santa Clara, non-profit community partners, school districts, and faith-based organizations, the Silicon Valley Strong coalition now has 129 food distribution sites operating Monday through Friday. Visit siliconvalleystrong.org for more information on how to access food resources or to donate. Also, call 2-1-1, a 24-hour multi-lingual service, or text your zip code to 89821.


CA Meals for Kids Mobile APP

The CA Meals for Kids mobile application helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices. The Emergency Meal Sites section may be used during school closures due to emergency situations. https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/cameals.asp


Shelter in Place information

The Santa Clara County Department of Health makes regular updates to the FAQ documents for our local Public Health Order as new information becomes available. Your constituents can access them in the following languages:


Shelter in Place FAQ-English

Childcare Program for Health Care Workers

Childcare Program for Health Care Workers in the County. County Office of Education SupportsCounty-Wide Child Care Programs for Emergency Service Workers: County Wide Childcare Program.


Clinics Open for Immunization Services

Please click here to review a list of local clinics providing immunization services for families.


COVID-19 Information

Please click here to read the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's information about the Shelter in Place Order.

To access further COVID-19 information from the Public Health Department, please click here.


COVID-19 Information Website Enhanced

The County’s COVID-19 informational website at sccphd.org/coronavirus has been enhanced and reorganized to make it easier for you and your constituents to more easily get the information you need. Links to Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese translations are now at the top of the page to better assist monolingual speakers.


Does Santa Clara County offer coronavirus information?

Comprehensive updates about the shelter-in-place in Santa Clara County can be obtained by calling 2-1-1, thanks to a new partnership between the County of Santa Clara and 2-1-1. Text services are available in English and Spanish and can be initiated by texting the message “coronavirus” to 211211.


2-1-1 operators are trained professionals with experience fielding questions and providing fact-based answers. 2-1-1 phone and text services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in 150 languages through phone interpretation services. Also, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health has created a helpful FAQ document to answer your questions. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/FAQ-Shelter-in-Place-03-16-20.pdf


San Jose Police Need Your Assistance!

Help us keep our neighborhood schools safe. Please report any suspicious behavior on school property: People casing around school campuses, suspicious people and vehicles parked on campus, people carrying school property or school property in vehicles, activity on school campuses at night, or trespassing, vandalism, graffiti or other signs of criminal activity. For emergencies or crimes in progress call 911 or (408) 277-8911. For non-emergencies, call (408) 277-8900.


Can I get links to more Coronavirus information resources?

As a District, we want to keep you up to date on anything concerning the coronavirus. Below are valuable links to get your answers.