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As the cold and flu season arrives, families are extra cautious about symptoms of illness and whether to send their child to school or not. 

“Safe, in-person learning is critical to the well-being and development of children,” said the California Department of Public Health’s October 2, 2023 guidance for schools and child care facilities. “However, when a child arrives with symptoms of illness or develops symptoms on site, a decision must be made about what to do next.”

The guidance includes a table showing symptoms and criteria for when a child should stay home.

Other health resources are available on the District's health web page.

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After a successful pilot at three schools last year, the Art, Innovation and Music (AIM) Program has expanded to all Campbell USD schools this year. 

This Superintendent’s Briefing video shows how the team of Innovation Specialists deliver engaging art and music experiences and innovation to K-5th students, and give the classroom teachers time during the school day to collaborate as professional learning communities. The AIM team will also be offering clubs to our middle grade students starting this week.

Watch the Superintendent’s Briefing: AIM Program

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We are providing additional ways for the public to access information about the district’s budget. In addition to attending Board meetings (in person or remotely) and viewing reports posted on the agendas, budget presentations are now available on the district’s Budget web page.

“We believe in transparent and sustainable finances, and we want to make it easier for our community to access public presentations about the budget,” said Dr. Shelly Viramontez, district superintendent.

Budget presentations will be posted on the website after they are presented publicly at the Governing Board meetings.

Available now: 

  • 2022-23 Unaudited Actuals, presented Sept. 7, 2023. The report details changes to revenues, expenditures and fund balance for 2022-2023.
  • Budget presentations from previous years are on Board meeting agendas and will be added to the budget page this month.

Coming in October: 

  • Report of the Independent Audit of the district’s 2022-23 finances, conducted by external auditors.
  • Audit reports for measure G and Measure CC.
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Campbell Union School District hosts a free, community screening: 

Race To Be Human

Tue., Sept. 12 • 6:30 p.m.

Campbell Heritage Theater, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell CA

This 45-minute film weaves together personal testimonials and insights from students and parents with perspectives and data from educators, mental health practitioners and diversity and inclusion experts. They discuss topics of trust, respect, and mental health for youth and families. (Spanish subtitles are included.) 

A panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Shelly Viramontez will occur following the film with panelists Catherine Aspiras, LMFT, Division Director, School LInked Services Division, County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department; Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean, College of Education, and Professor of Chicanx Studies at San Jose State University; and Whitney Holton, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Campbell Union School District.

The filmmaker suggests the film is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available for the panel discussion.

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Studies show that communication between school and home is vital to student success. Campbell Union School District parents and guardians have asked that we make it easier for them to access information from their child’s teacher about their child’s progress and more.  

diagram showing how multiple channels are made simplerStreamlining communication channels for parents and guardians improved last year as ParentSquare* became the standard tool for school-to-home notices. This year, teachers will begin using ParentSquare, giving parents a unified tool for nearly all back and forth communication with the teacher and the school.

Communication Norms

Between Teacher/Staff and Parent/Guardian

  1. ParentSquare notices (Learn more)
  2. Scheduled conversations by phone or in person

From Student to Parent/Guardian

  1. Seesaw 
  2. Student’s secure CUSD Email

Between School/District and Parent/Guardian

  1. Website (Our schools)
  2. ParentSquare* notices (Learn more)
  3. Weekly E-newsletters (Subscribe here)
  4. On campus signs, Banners, Bulletin Boards 

* ParentSquare notifies parents/guardians via email, text, and/or no-charge app notices in their preferred language. Offers 2-way communication and parent/guardian control of how they receive notices.

Wondering about Emergency communications?

Visit our Emergency Information web page.

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Evidence of success with improving outcomes for students who struggle most with literacy has made the district’s Every Child a Reader by Grade 3 (ECaR3) initiative a finalist for the Golden Bell Award. The award, given by the California School Boards Association (CSBA), recognizes outstanding programs and governance practices in school districts throughout California. 

“ECaR3 initiative provides promise to students who have persistent literacy gaps,” said Dr. Shelly Viramontez, CUSD Superintendent. “We provide teachers with a research-based, coherent curriculum that arms them with tools and training to confidently meet the needs of ALL learners.”

District educators were facing the reality that certain student groups (English learners, students with disabilities, those from low socioeconomic households) were not experiencing reading success within the district’s system. That fact led the district to engage in a full system reading transformation, according to Whitney Holton, Associate Superintendent of Teaching & Learning.  

“We launched our Every Child a Reader by 3rd Grade (ECaR3) initiative to transparently address inequities and increase educational outcomes for all,” she said. “Data from our work shows that ECaR3 is empowering teachers and raising literacy levels and achievement not only for English learners and students with disabilities but for all students. Data demonstrates evidence of growth for advanced learners that is exceeding statewide trends.”

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Join local families, staff and community for the screening of Race To Be Human a documentary film about trust, respect, and mental health for youth and families. The film explores topics of identity and belonging, and shares how we can promote curiosity, self-reflection, integrity and empathy through positive conversations at home, school and work.

Save the Date

Race to Be Human

Tue., Sept. 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

Campbell Heritage Theater, 1 W. Campbell Ave., near downtown Campbell

Dr. Shelly Viramontez will facilitate a panel discussion immediately following the film. Panelists include:

  • Catherine Aspiras, LMFT, Division Director, School LInked Services Division, County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department
  • Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean, College of Education, and Professor of Chicanx Studies at San Jose State University
  • Whitney Holton, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Campbell Union School D
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Whether it is extreme heat or poor air quality, our teachers and staff know what to do to keep students safe while learning at school.

School and district administrators base decisions on local conditions and recommendations from the National Weather Service’s Heat Risk Prototype and U.S. Air Quality Index -

In addition to being watchful for any health issues, our teachers and school staff may also:

  • Increase water breaks
  • Limit outdoor activities/strenuous activities
  • Follow a “rainy day” schedule, spending recess time in air conditioned rooms, playing board games, reading, watching a short film, or similar activities.

color coded heat advisory chartClassrooms, offices and common rooms are equipped with air conditioning and highly effective MERV-13 air filters to keep the indoor air safe and cool. If older AC units fail, our staff works quickly to fix them and/or place students in other rooms with functioning AC.

color coded chart showing air quality and actions to take

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Campbell Union School District’s students, employees, parents, and community partners are ready to embark on our 2023-24  journey of continued academic achievement. We believe everyone can make a meaningful contribution to a child’s education, and we are excited about what we will accomplish together in this new school year.  

Please watch this short welcome message from the Superintendent.

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Campbell Union School District is committed to partnering with families to support our students in engaging effectively and safely with technology and social media. 

As we begin a new school year, please keep in mind the risk of harm from social media and its impact on social emotional well-being. 

In our schools, we encourage digital wellness and educate our students to be critical thinkers, not passive consumers of media. We provide high quality instruction and partner with parents to encourage responsible use of technology and reduce harmful associated risks. 

  • Nearly 40% of children 8-12 years old also use social media. Those are peak years for brain development and risk-taking behavior.
  • Children and adolescents on social media are commonly exposed to extreme, inappropriate, and harmful content.
  • Those spending 3-plus hours/day on social media face twice the risk of poor mental health, including depression and anxiety symptoms.
  • Studies limiting use of social media resulted in mental health benefits for young adults.
  • Excessive use linked to sleep problems, attention problems and feelings of exclusion.