CSD Board Briefing

Cambrian School District, July 14, 2020

Reopening Plan for 2020-21 School Year

Dr. Carrie Andrews presented the Cambrian School District Reopening Committee’s current recommendation for the fall of 2020-21 school year. Special thanks to the Cambrian School District Reopening Committee, which met nine times over the past few months, reviewing data, developing potential schedules for any circumstance (distance and hybrid model), and adapting to the ever changing released federal, state and local Santa Clara Public Health Department information to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

The Reopening Committee was prepared to suggest a reopening schedule through a hybrid approach (a mix of in-person and online instruction), however, during the final planning meeting this week, the group reviewed new data relevant to Cambrian and Santa Clara County. Based on the changes within Santa Clara County and our school needs it was concluded that starting in distance learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year is the best option at this time.

The Governing Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposed Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year, a phased-in approach for the starting of our school year. Dr. Andrews will be sending out more detailed information to all families explaining the process for starting the school year with distance learning and slowly transitioning back to in-person instruction safely.

New this year given our current situation, we are providing an option to our families. We are offering our parents to choose a 100% virtual school learning option for their child(ren) rather than in-person instruction during the 2020-21 school year. More information will come out on Monday, July 20th as to the details for families if they would like to choose this option. To view the Reopening Plan, please click here.

Bond Community Survey Results

On May 7, 2020, the Board agreed to move forward with conducting a voter opinion survey in June 2020 to determine if a potential bond measure is feasible to secure funding for Technology and Facilities needed in Cambrian School District. Mr. Tim McLarney from True North presented results of the Bond Measure Survey to help the Governing Board determine next steps. Mr. McLarney presented results from the June survey, which sampled 425 registered voters likely to participate in the November 2020 election.

Sixty-three percent of those surveyed answered “definitely yes” or “probably yes” in support of the Bond. The survey showed voters perceive improving the quality of education is the most important issue facing the community. In addition, the survey results revealed that there is a strong natural support in Cambrian. The Board approved to move forward with the Bond Measure to be put on the November ballot. To view the Bond Measure Feasibility Survey presentation, click here.

Bond Measure Election: November 3rd

As mentioned above, the Governing Board voted to move forward with a School Bond Measure for improvements within the Cambrian School District. Meghan Covert Russell and Addison Covert from Parker and Colvert LLC. presented the Resolution and potential ballot language for the Board to provide input on any needed modifications.

Resolution 20-21-01 calls for a Bond Measure election to establish specifications of the election order, and requests consolidation with other elections occurring on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The election would be conducted by the County of Santa Clara. The Bond resolution will be brought back to the Board on August 6th for final reading. To view the Resolution ordering a School Bond Election, please click here.

Health Benefits Change

The Board approved Resolution 20-21-01, allowing Cambrian School District to be a part of Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC), which allows participation in a different health and welfare benefits insurance group. The Cambrian School District has determined that it is in this District's best interest to combine with other public education agencies, Self-Insured School of California III, for procuring more affordable health and welfare benefits insurance for its staff. To view the Resolution to participate in self-insured schools of California, click here.

Next Board of Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the Cambrian School District is Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually and Webex information will be sent out before the meeting, which is open to the public.