Updates for the 2021-2022 School Year
We hope you and your family are enjoying the summer recess. The 2021-2022 school year begins in five weeks, and we look forward to welcoming all students back to school in person on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. This letter contains several important updates and changes for the 2021-2022 school year, and we encourage you to carefully read the information so you are prepared for the new school year.
New Bell Schedules for All Schools
The State of California has set the earliest start time for middle and high schools to 8:00 am and 8:30 am, respectively. These start times impact all of our K-12 schools because we have many families with students across multiple grade levels and schools, and we need to adjust our transportation schedules and routes to ensure we can get all students to their school on time. All schools will follow the assigned start and end times every day.
Our schools are finalizing their daily schedules based on these parameters and will share additional information with their school communities by Friday, July 30, 2021.
Families who are concerned that attending school in person would put their student’s health at risk can opt to enroll in independent studies at Liberty Alternative School. Liberty is the only San José Unified school that offers an option for students to learn from home. After the first three days of school, we will be reviewing actual attendance and staffing and making necessary adjustments. As part of this process, we will have a second enrollment of students for independent studies.
Families who now want to enroll their students in independent studies at Liberty must complete the Enrollment Request online by Wednesday, August 18. We anticipate having all students who request independent studies transferred to Liberty no later than Wednesday, August 25. Absences between August 18 and August 25 will be excused for students who have requested enrollment in independent studies by August 18.
We will be holding virtual informational meetings next Tuesday, August 17, to answer questions about independent studies for interested families.
· Elementary at 2 pm English | Spanish
· Middle at 3 pm English | Spanish
· High at 4 pm English | Spanish
The California Department of Public Health has released updated requirements for K-12 schools for 2021-2022. Students are required to mask indoors, and adults are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students. The mask mandate applies to both unvaccinated and vaccinated students and staff. The updated requirements also include modified physical distancing and revised quarantine recommendations.
Meals at No Cost for All Students
All San José Unified Schools will provide breakfast and lunch every school day at no cost to all in-person K-12 students. Families do not need to qualify for free and reduced-price meals for the 2021-2022 school year to receive meals at no cost. Menus will continue to be available on our website each week.
Household Income Information
San José Unified needs household income information to maintain eligibility for supplemental state and federal funding. Our schools qualify for approximately $25 million in supplemental funding based on household income information. We request that all families complete the household income information form by August 31, 2021, to ensure we continue to receive our full funding allocation from the California Department of Education and the United States Department of Education.
Each household will receive a unique link by email next week to complete the online form. The form should take less than five minutes to complete. Families who prefer a paper form may request one from their school’s front office.
San José Unified is now accepting requests for transportation services for the 2021-2022 school year for eligible students. Families who meet the eligibility requirements should have received an email with additional information about transportation services. To request transportation services, please complete the transportation request form.
Learn more about transportation services eligibility.
We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer recess. We look forward to welcoming all students back on Wednesday, August 18.