Reopening Plan for 2020-21
Cambrian School District, June 30, 2020
Dear Cambrian Families and Staff,
Cambrian School District is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, families and community members while continuing to provide high-quality, equitable instruction for the 2020-21 school year. We have been collaborating with teachers, parents, staff and administrators on the best approach to reopen schools in August. Our reopening plan will continue to evolve, based on local, state and federal guidelines.
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department today issued detailed guidance for school administrators to help us prepare to welcome students back to school campuses for the 2020-2021 school year, with the protocols and policies in place to protect students and staff from COVID-19.
Today's News From the Santa Clara County Public Health Department
The guidance, which was developed in partnership with the County Office of Education, provides detailed direction for schools on issues such as safe practices for in-class instruction, school arrival and departure, bus transportation, use of face coverings, handwashing, school cleaning, food service, extracurricular activities, and other topics. For use by school administrators, the document explains specific actions schools should take to prevent COVID-19 transmission and to respond to possible cases in the school setting.
“We need everyone in the community to strictly follow social distancing now so that children and teachers can safely return to school in the fall,” said County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “Schools and other institutions in our community can operate safely if they carefully follow all recommended public health practices, and they must move forward with their preparations now to ensure they have all the measures in place.”
Whether schools can move forward with reopening for in-person instruction in the fall will depend on the containment of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead.
“From the first shelter-in-place order which resulted in school closures that lasted through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, SCCOE, districts, schools, and staff worked earnestly together to support students and families. Informed by safety guidance from the Public Health Department, meaningful educational experiences and essential services were provided while weathering unforeseen and unprecedented challenges presented by this pandemic,” said Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools. “We continue to learn a lot from this experience. This fall, while there are no doubt learning environments at schools will look different, our determination to provide students with quality education remains steadfast. Adhering to the guidance provided by the Public Health Department, we will work with districts and schools to implement reopening and recovery plans that continue to reflect our commitment to prioritizing safety for students.”
“We must all work together to make sure it is safe and healthy for our children to return to school in grades K-12 this Fall. That’s why it’s imperative for all our residents to continue wearing masks and social distancing when they leave home. Also please get tested,” said Cindy Chavez, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Required and recommended prevention measures vary by age group. For example, elementary schools can limit risk by making sure students only have contact with their own teacher and other students in their class, while high schools can expect students to follow more stringent mask-wearing and social distancing expectations.
Prevention measures focus on the following key strategies:
- Minimizing the number of people who come into contact with each other.
- Maximizing the physical distance between people.
- Reducing the time that people spend in close proximity to others.
- Measures to minimize the dispersion of droplets and aerosols.
The full guidance and additional information for schools are available at sccgov.org/cv19schools.
Moving Forward in Cambrian Schools
We will use this new information from the Santa Clara Public Health Department to help create a detailed reopening plan for Cambrian Schools. We are making a concrete plan and will communicate updates to you by mid-July based on information known.
As I previously shared, we have spent the last two months working on multiple school schedule scenarios and plans in anticipation of various guidelines from the Santa Clara Public Health Department. Great appreciation is in order for all the students, families, and staff members who responded to the seven surveys sent out to gather information planning for the fall. We had over 4,000 responses to the surveys.
Reopening California’s public education system during a pandemic is among the most challenging endeavors we have faced. We will create a reopening plan that we believe is the best way forward based on direction from the State of California, feedback from our local community, and staff. It will allow us to address the health and safety of our students and staff, provide opportunities for students to work with their peers and teachers, and to continue live instruction regardless of changing health directives and health conditions.
We will be holding a special Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 14 to discuss our next steps for reopening. More details will be sent as we approach this meeting date. By mid-July, expect an email with a detailed update to you as to the next steps Cambrian School District will take to reopen our schools. We will be using the new information from the Santa Clara Public Health Department to guide our decisions. We appreciate your support as we finalize the details of the reopening plan and work toward implementation. We are CAMBRIAN!