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School Transformation Update - 2/21/2017

Transformation Team members tour Campbell Middle School before a meeting about what is needed for creating a quality PreK-through-8 school here.

On February 16th, Superintendent Eric Andrew provided the Governing Board with an update on preliminary progress with transforming Campbell Middle School (CMS) into a PreK-8 school.  The following is a list of key points.

What Work has the Transformation Team done?

  1. Developing Guiding Principles
  2. Developed an Internal Communication Structure
  3. Developed an External Communication Structure
  4. Toured the Campbell M.S. Facility
  5. Developed a Transformation Team (TT) Meeting Calendar
  6. Developed a Transformation Leadership Team (TLT) Meeting Calendar
  7. Developed a Tentative Timeline

What are the Transformation Team milestones?

1.   In March: Select a Transformation Model

a.  “Pull Off the Band-Aid” Approach – Close the school

b.  Phase Out – Remaining grades permitted to promote to high school

c.  Phase In/Phase Out – Upper grades promote to high school; lower grades enrolled simultaneously

2.   March 23: Community Input Meeting (TBD)

3.   Late March: Visits to Existing K-8 Schools

4.   In April: Start Design/Theme

5.   May 23: Community Input Meeting (TBD)

6.   June 1: Plan Presented to the Board

For more details, please visit our School Transformation web page.

Traffic Safety Volunteers Needed

Castlemont is looking for interested volunteer parents to assist with the traffic congestion after school.  If you are interested, please contact the office. 

Message from Principal, Eric Brown

Traffic Concerns

Student drop off and pick up continues to be a focus at Castlemont.  We want our students safe and the flow of traffic to be as stress free as possible.  To help divert traffic congestion, we are encouraging parents to use the side streets to park and walk to school as an alternative.  When walking, and for the safety of everyone, please take the extra few minutes to use the crosswalk. 

If you use Payne Avenue, there is a designated drop off zone (white painted curb) near the staff parking lot where you can drop off your child.  You cannot park your car and leave it in the drop off zone. There is also an area on Barkwood Avenue that can be used, providing cars not park or block the designated bus lane.

Remember the parking lot on Payne is for staff and handicap parking only.  No pick up or drop off.

The parking lot on the corner of Barkwood and Castlemont Avenues has a student drop off and pick up lane, as well as a drive through lane. It is extremely important that children do not enter or exit vehicles from the drive through lane. Doing so could cause traffic accidents and children may be injured.

Again, use the crosswalks when walking, and obey all signs and curbs that indicate No Parking zones.  The SJPD, as well as parking enforcement, have been notified about the congestion times before and after school. Please help us protect our students by following traffic laws in school zones.

Awesome 80s Family Dance

Thank you for your support of the 80s Dance fundraiser. It seems like families "rocked out" and had a great time. All of the money raised will support Castlemont classrooms!

Board Updates Policies - Winter 2016-17

Governing Board policies guide the District's regulations on a wide range of topics. Policies are available to the public in multiple ways.

Following are highlights of the Campbell Union School District Governing Board Policy Revisions from the first half of the 2016-17 School Year. Copies of policies and regulations are available in print from school offices, the District Administration Office, and are online at campbellusd.org/policy. Board meeting agendas and minutes also list policies being considered for revision.

  • School-Connected Organizations (BP/AR 1230 revised)

The policy and regulation were updated to clarify the relationship between the district and a school-connected organization, such as a booster club, parent-teacher organization, or other nonstudent organization. The policy adds material about establishing such organizations as separate legal entities subject to their own bylaws and rules; delegates the responsibility to approve organizations' fundraisers to the superintendent or designee; and reflects legal requirement that donations and participation in fundraising activities be voluntary. 

  • Uniform Complaint Procedures (BP/AR 1312.3 revised)

Policy and regulation were updated to reflect new laws relating to complaints of noncompliance with accommodations for lactating students (AB 302, 2015), educational rights of foster youth and homeless students (AB 379, 2015), assignment of students to courses without educational content for more than one week per semester or to courses they have previously completed (AB 1012, 2015), and physical education instructional minutes in elementary schools (AB 1391, 2015). 

  • District Records (BP 3580 revised)

Policy was updated to reflect legal requirement to disclose any breach of security of district records that contain personal information, as defined, by providing a written or electronic notification that meets the content and formatting requirements specified in law.

  • Interdistrict Attendance / Children of Military Families (BP 5117 and AR 6173.2 revised)

A new paragraphs were added to reflect amendments to Education Code 48301:

  1. At the end of BP 5117: “A child of an active military duty parent/guardian shall not be prohibited from transferring out of the district to a school district of choice, if the other school district approves the application for transfer. (Education Code 48301)”
  2. At the end of AR 6173.2: “A child of an active military duty parent/guardian shall not be prohibited from transferring out of the district to any district that has declared itself to be a "school district of choice" pursuant to Education Code 48300-48316, if the other school district approves the application for transfer. (Education Code 48301)”
  • Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction (BP/AR 6142.1 revised)

The policy and regulation were updated to reflect new law requiring districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education in grades 7-12 and to integrate that instruction with HIV prevention education. Policy also was updated to clarify requirements related to parental consent. Regulation adds new section on "Definitions," expands program criteria, and merges the components of sexual health education and HIV prevention education.

NOTE: For more details about these or other policies and regulations, please contact the school principal, consult the Parent Handbook of Notices, or email the District Public Information Officer at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=AW1lJxRqUR8bcgICCXFtMzJKKQYQXzZ2QjA-3D_713> or phone 408-341-7254.