CLOSURE UPDATE

UPDATED CLOSURE ISSUE 3: March 27, 2020

https://youtu.be/2B950oW_rl4

Dear Cambrian Families,

I continue to be amazed at the fortitude of our staff, families, and community to support each other during these difficult and unprecedented times in our community. We have just completed the second week of school closures with a Shelter in Place and Stay at Home order by Governor Newsom. What we have accomplished in a short duration in time is outstanding. We are committed to expanding upon how to support our students, staff, and families as we move forward, given the context we are all living in right now.


Throughout the weekly Cambrian Family newsletters, you will find information specific to areas of student learning, health and wellness, family wellness challenges and local resources for families. We recognize the hardship this time has on students, families, staff and our community at large and right now wellness of everyone is of utmost priority right now.


As you are aware, seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six-county superintendents of schools, have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures through May 1, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The reasoning is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.


As such, I encourage you to observe the Shelter in Place order that is in effect in Santa Clara County. I encourage you to follow the Governor's Executive Order and stay home and remember to practice social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when you are outside your residence. That means you still can go outside to exercise and get fresh air, but if you are sick, please stay home inside.


Also, a friendly reminder that we only have one more week of school through the “distance learning” model before Spring Break. During Spring Break (April 6-10th) teachers and staff will not be working. However, we are committed to serving our students and families and will provide free breakfast and lunches at a drive-thru pickup at Price between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Thank you to the wonderful Food Service department in Cambrian as we are serving between 150-225 grab and go meals daily.


This week I have also included a short video in this newsletter updating you on the closure Cambrian Schools faces. I am so grateful to each one of you for your support and proud to be a part of this outstanding Cambrian team.


Together, more than ever, we are CAMBRIAN!

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COMMUNICATION

DISTANCE LEARNING AT HOME

  • Guidelines for Distance Learning at Home for Students and Parents

    • Communication to Students & Families - All teachers will be sending a regular communication regarding class assignments and how and when they will be available for support. The class assignments are optional flexible learning opportunities for your students. Students and families can expect to receive this communication by 9:00 AM every Monday or daily by 9:00 AM, specific to your child’s teacher preference and schedule. Please contact your child’s teacher via email if you do not receive the weekly or daily communication.

    • Providing Student Feedback - All teachers are available to offer feedback to your students as needed. Although student assignments are not graded and students are not to be penalized for missed assignments or unfinished work, feedback on the work assigned for all students is really important to motivate and engage students in continuing to learn. Please reach out to your child’s teacher for more information on how your child can get feedback on the work they have completed.

    • CA State Assessments have been suspended for the 2019-20 school year. As we move forward, CSD staff are currently exploring options to continue to use our local assessments system to assess and better understand how our students are doing and the impact of school closure. More information will be coming in the future.

    • CSD Guidelines for Distance Learning at Home for Students and Parents - This guide provides Cambrian School District students and families with the resources to support distance learning at home. To the extent possible, CSD will provide academic continuity that honors commitment to high-quality learning for all students during this school closure period. The district will continue to communicate regularly and post updates via the CSD webpage at https://www.cambriansd.org/.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

  • Our teachers and students are learning more about the added dimension of interacting remotely. Please take a few moments to review these guidelines with your students.

  • 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 staff will get back to you.

  • Google Hangouts Meet: Cambrian is using Hangouts Meet to support video conferencing with our students and teachers. Hangouts Meet is already part of the existing suite of tools that comes with G Suite for Education, and is integrated with the other tools your child uses including Google Classroom and Google Docs.

PROJECT CORNERSTONE

Project Cornerstone Resources for Families & Educational Resources for Youth

In partnership, the Cambrian School District and Project Cornerstone continues to encourage everyone to practice the basics of Project Cornerstone’s teachings — kindness, respect, patience, gratitude, and compassion with each other. With California’s “Shelter in Place” in effect, we know that while adjusting to this new way of life, students and families may be dealing with stress, boredom and/or isolation. Here are a few resources that Project Cornerstone is doing their part to serve our community during this unprecedented time:


  • Project Cornerstone Virtual Resources for Families Webpage

    • The Asset Building Champions March Book of the Month, Enemy Pie

      • Includes lesson plans and materials. We hope you can use these resources to share with your own family or consider setting up a virtual book club with other families and friends by using FaceTime or other platforms to share the book, discussions, and activities together.

    • Social and Emotional Resources and Crisis Tips

      • Tips and ideas on how to respond in positive, relationship-enhancing ways to the challenges we may be facing during this time.

    • Kindness Corner

      • Kindness-inspired ideas and ways to engage yourself and your family in compassionate and community-supporting ways.

  • Youth Educational Resources Webpage

    • Additional educational resources, including virtual field trips, literature/humanities, multi-subject, math, and science websites.

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EXTENDED CARE: REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

We are excited about Cambrian’s Extended Care Program opening for business for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration will begin in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned as we unveil details soon!

FAMILY CHALLENGE

We encourage families to enjoy the spring weather next week and build a backyard obstacle course. Each family member creates an obstacle for the course. Each family member completes the course wearing school spirit wear and/or colors. Take a “sweaty” family selfie with the course in the background. The first three families to complete this will be featured in our next newsletter and our website! Tag us on social media --#wearecambrian.

CENSUS 2020: YOU COUNT!

You may have received an envelope in the mail from the U.S. Census, asking you to complete a short questionnaire. Why is this important? Results of the 2020 Census will impact the allocation of federal funds for community services that influence students’ readiness for learning, like child health programs, and housing, and food assistance. PLEASE take a moment and complete your Census questionnaire--YOU COUNT!

LCAP COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY

It's that time of year again--please click the link to take the annual LCAP Communications Survey. This survey will inquire about how well we are communicating to you, our school families, at a district level and school level. We want to serve you as effectively as possible, and your feedback is vital to help us improve. Please take a moment and participate! The results will be shared in April.

COUNSELING SUPPORT

School Counselors are reaching out to current families to provide optional services via Google Hangout. Each Counselor will provide consent forms for Tele-Theraphy. Classroom teachers will provide activities for families to support Social Emotional Learning through Google Classroom.


FOOD RESOURCES

Where Can I Pick Up Food?

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


Local Food Resources for Families

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.


CA Meals for Kids Mobile APP

https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/cameals.asp

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. Gives valuable information, such as:

  • Picture

  • Address

  • Location on Map

  • Directions

  • Days of Service

  • Service Status

  • Program Sponsor

  • Program Contact

  • and much more

Download the APP today!

CHECK OUT YOUR SCHOOL'S VIDEO!

Cambrian Schools is proud of each of our six outstanding school sites. Got a minute? Check out these short video segments about each of the Cambrian’s schools--including yours! Click here to view.


ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT DURING CLOSURE

Help for PG&E Customers Facing Hardships

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is offering billing and service modifications, effective immediately, for customers experiencing hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the lights stay on and the gas continues to flow. For details, visit www.pge.com/covid19 or call 1 (800) 743 5000.


I need more support with educational resources. Can you help?

As our community navigates the impact of COVID-19, the Santa Clara Oce of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative has expanded to include Warm Line Services. This service is available 16 hours per day and has the following language capabilities: Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Korean. Support will be provided by answering questions, addressing concerns and providing social stories to support children’s understanding of ‘social distancing’, etc. Also available will be alternative educational resources, support for flexible learning (media, etc.) and addressing individual needs for children with IEPs. Visual Support, individual schedules, etc. are also available. Call (408) 453-6651 or email WarmLineRemoteLearning@sccoe.org.


Can I get unemployment benefits information?

Parents who cannot work because of their child's school closures may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Please call the OLSE Advice Line for help in determining eligibility and assistance with applications or visit sccfairworkplace.org or call the OLSE Advice Line: (866) 870-7725


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


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.