March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

Dear CUSD Community,

First, we hope that you and your family are staying healthy and following the “shelter in place” guidelines from Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials. 

Thank you for staying connected and supporting your children and our staff during this shift in learning. We will continue to communicate important updates to you as they occur. 

The purpose of this message is to inform you of the details of our distance learning plans. We have been preparing for distance learning and offering optional resources for learning at home. We are thrilled to announce that we will officially launch distance learning next week, led by your child’s classroom teacher(s). This shift is a significant one for our staff and our families, as there is simply no replacement for face-to-face teaching and learning. We ask for patience as staff navigate new teaching and learning experiences for our students, and we promise to be patient as you navigate new family routines and support your child’s learning in new ways.

During this period, teachers will provide lessons and activities so that students keep up with grade-level curriculum and engage in meaningful activities during normal school hours. We will place a strong focus on building community during this time, taking time each day to connect and foster a sense of belonging for our students. Together, we will focus on overall wellness and health, and ensure that each child continues to learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. 

On Monday, all Principals and staff will collaborate via video conference to discuss best practices for connecting and keeping a sense of community, as well as methods for instructional delivery.  Principals will support staff learning as they shift their teaching and learning methods, asking staff to take risks, think creatively, and work collaboratively with colleagues. On Monday and Tuesday, each school’s staff will be working together learning and planning, in preparation for launching their school’s distance learning plan. If not done so already, your child’s teacher(s) will reach out to their class(es) no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

To support student learning for the rest of this week and into next week, we encourage you to access the following resources:

  1. Flexible Options posted on our website
  2. For English Learners: Imagine Learning to develop language skill
  3. Some parents have asked for additional grade-level resources. You may want to choose from this bundle for Monday and Tuesday (March 23-24, 2020) if more resources are needed.  
  4. iReady online. Lessons are unlimited after the diagnostic is completed!
  5. By Wednesday, March 25, 2020, your child’s teacher(s) will begin to communicate plans and expectations for students. Teachers will approach this planning in the way that best serves their students, and variation between classrooms is expected in order to personalize. 
  6. Technology Help Desk

If you have additional questions or needs before hearing from your child’s teacher next, please reach out to your site principal as they are working remotely. 

We are incredibly proud of our staff for dedicating countless hours to making this shift with so little time. We are all learning a lot and we're excited to hear about the many successes along the way.

We look forward to continuing to partner with you to support student engagement at home. 

Stay healthy.