CSD Board Briefing

Cambrian School District, October 1, 2020

Update and Next Steps: In-Person Learning and Instruction 2020-21

On September 21, 2020, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department released an updated version of the COVID-19 Prepared: Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-21 School Year. Based on the revised local Public Health Department guidance, Superintendent Dr. Carrie Andrews updated the Board on Cambrian School District's progress the past two weeks, needed adaptations for gradual reopening, current parent and staff survey results, and some next steps/recommendations in supporting the return of students to school campus for in-person instruction.


Cambrian School District has already begun a gradual reopening of students coming to campus:

  • Cambrian Extended Day program has been in operation for 6 weeks successfully cohorting.

  • We have established four locations for child care for all Cambrian Staff during the instructional day in stable cohorts.

  • Starting Monday, October 5th, high needs students from our schools are returning for in person targeted support during distance learning.

  • In person 1:1 services and assessments started in September for some Special Education students.


Cambrian School District gradual reopening of students coming to campus:

  • We are still moving forward to phase in our special day preschool and special day classes, but we have had to move the start date out. While the target dates for these classes are being adapted, families in these specific classes will be contacted in advance for preparation for the return to in person.


Dr. Andrews shared that given there are various perspectives as it relates to returning to in person instruction the intent of the recent community and staff survey was to get an overall assessment of individual readiness. Based on the recent survey results and updated Santa Clara County Public Department Health requirements for schools the recommendation was made by Dr. Andrews to slow down the reopening and bring back an adapted timeline to the Board for approval at the October 15th Board Meeting.


The Governing Board unanimously agreed with that recommendation to revisit the approved timeline for returning for in person instruction, consider adopting a revised timeline and take action at the October 15th Board Meeting. A phased in gradual approach is still emphasized in moving back to in person instruction.Please note, TK-1st will not be starting on October 19th and will be pushed out to a later date. Once a new start date is approved it will be communicated after the October 15th Board Meeting.


We had over 40 individuals in the Cambrian community shared their opinions during the public hearing portion of the meeting. The comments provided much appreciated inputs regarding school reopenings moving forward.

Property Redevelopment: Resolution 20-21-07: Intent to Exchange Interests in Real Property – Metzler Lot C

The Governing Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve and authorize Resolution 20-21-07: Intent to Exchange Interests in Real Property. The District has been exploring options for the use or disposition of the property located at 1975 Cambrianna Drive in San Jose. Robson Homes previously delivered a Letter of Intent proposing to exchange real property for a portion of the District Property, known as the Metzler C property, upon which Robson Homes would develop single family homes. In order to complete the property exchange for the Metzler C property, the Board voted to enter into an agreement with Robson Homes (Exchange Agreement). The Exchange Agreement is authorized pursuant to sections 17536 and 17537 of the Education Code.


Click here to view the resolution to exchange interests in real estate (Metzler C property)

Resolution 20-21-09: Declaring Intention of the Cambrian School District to Solicit and Accept Proposals for the Development and Joint Occupancy of District-Owned Property

The Governing Board voted to approve Resolution 20-21-09: Declaring the Intention of the Cambrian School District to Solicit and Accept Proposals for the Development and Joint Occupancy of District-Owned Property.


At the February 6, 2020, Board Meeting, the Governing Board of Trustees unanimously approved to move forward with the redevelopment of the CSD-owned Fire House property located at 720 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, 95124. Since the Board voted to adopt Resolution 20-21-09, the District will issue a Request For Proposal for the Development and Joint Use of District Property to solicit proposals from private persons, firms, or corporations, for the development and lease of 720 Curtner Avenue, San Jose 95124.


To view the resolution declaring intention of CSD to solicit and accept proposals for the development and joint occupancy of district-owned property, click here.


Resolution 20-21-10: Day of the Employee

The Governing Board voted to approve Resolution 19-20-03, to designate Thursday, April 22, 2021 as Day of the Employee. Each year the Cambrian School District recognizes all employees on the Day of the Employee, for the work they do to support all students in Cambrian. This resolution designates Thursday, April 22, 2021, as Cambrian School District's Day of the Employee. To view the resolution for the CSD Day of the Employee, please click here.


Next Board Meeting

The next meeting of the CSD Governing Board will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Login information will be publicized the week of the meeting. The board meeting is open to the public.