COVID-19 Resources & Information
San José Unified is a valuable leader in our community, providing the positive influence, dedicated participation, and active support needed to elevate opportunities for all. We’re proud to offer an array of resources to benefit our neighbors and the greater community.
San José Unified is a nimble educational resource, providing the inspiration, tools, and guidance each student needs to become an active and engaged lifelong learner. We know there are as many paths to education as there are students, and we believe every student has the right to be inspired, excited, and successful.
Together with our staff and families, we provide a safe, positive, and welcoming environment for students and other members of our community.
San José Unified is an open-minded partner, committed to establishing a positive, collaborative relationship with every family. We’re proud to provide unique opportunities and resources for families to engage with and participate in elevating opportunities for your students.
Our Parent Portal is the best way to stay informed about all aspects of your child’s education.
- If you received your Parent Portal activation email and are accessing it for the first time, follow these instructions.
- If you need to reset your Parent Portal password or if you’ve never accessed your Parent Portal account before, but have an email on file, follow these instructions
Health & Wellness
The mission of our Health and Family Support Department is to support San José Unified’s vision of preparing today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. We do this by providing students and their families with services and access to community programs that will optimize the health, wellness, and safety of our students for them to be successful in the years to come.
Student safety both in and out of school is our top priority, and that includes the use of technology. The school’s technology resources, including site or district issued devices, email and Internet access, and district-supported applications, are provided to students for educational purposes only. This applies whether access is through district-provided or personal student devices, including cellphones, tablets, laptops, or any other internet-connected devices.
Student Nutrition Services
At San José Unified, we believe student nutrition is a key component of a well-rounded education. We constantly strive to meet the nutritional needs of our students while ensuring our schools promote a healthy and active learning environment.
San José Unified offers transportation services for eligible students. Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
- Live within the San José Unified boundaries
- Elementary students who live farther than 1.5 miles from their school
- Middle and high school students who live farther than 3.5 miles from their school
For the 2021-2022 school year, we will provide transportation services to students attending the following schools:
- Ernesto Galarza Elementary (must live inside attendance boundary)
- Graystone Elementary (must live inside attendance boundary)
- Hacienda Environmental/Science Magnet (must live in low socio-economic geocode)
- Hammer Montessori (must live in low socio-economic geocode)
- Walter Bachrodt Elementary (must live inside attendance boundary)
- Bret Harte Middle
- Castillero Middle
- Herbert Hoover Middle
- John Muir Middle
- Muwekma Ohlone Middle
- Abraham Lincoln High
- Gunderson High
- Leland High
- Pioneer High
Eligible students who attend other schools or who are outside the elementary attendance boundaries of the schools included above will be offered transportation services through VTA.
Students who meet income eligibility requirements receive transportation services at no cost. Transportation services for all other students will cost $500 per student per school year.
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.
- California Department of Public Health requirements for K-12 schools for 2021-2022
- Santa Clara County Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates
- Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Updates
- Centers for Disease Control Handwashing Education Resources
Household Income Information
San José Unified needs household income information from families to maintain eligibility for supplemental state and federal funding. Our schools qualify for approximately $25 million in supplemental funding based on household income information.
Each household will receive a unique link by email to complete the online form. The form will be pre-populated with your student’s information and should take less than five minutes to complete. Families who prefer a paper form may request one from their school’s front office.
Please complete the form by August 31, 2021. Students whose families complete the household income information form by August 31, 2021, will have the cost of all AP and/or IB exams for their student(s) reduced to $5.
Enrollment and Hiring
Whether you have just moved to the area or your child is about to start school for the first time, our team is excited to welcome you to San José Unified. We look forward to supporting you through the online enrollment process while our Enrollment Center is closed to the public due to COVID-19.
To begin the online enrollment process for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through grade 12, you will need the following documents:
- Photo ID of parent/guardian
- Proof of address (three forms)
- Proof of birth date
- Immunization records
- Tuberculosis test or assessment
For more details about these required documents, please click HERE.
Our staff will then be in touch to process your enrollment! If you have any questions, please call 408-535-6412 and we will be happy to assist you.
The dedication and innovative thinking of our top-notch staff has driven San José Unified’s successful approach to keeping students safe, healthy, and engaged in distance learning. We take pride in our collaborative work environment, opportunities for support and professional advancement, and generous benefits, including fully paid health care for individual employees.
To view our available positions and apply to join our team in making a difference, please click HERE.
San José Unified’s response to this crisis is informed by the latest public health guidance and updates regarding COVID-19. The websites listed below are not maintained by San José Unified but may be a useful resource for families wishing to stay abreast of local and national developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19 has significantly impacted the 2020-2021 school year and has created tremendous uncertainty about bringing students back for in-person instruction. We are committed to keeping our community updated as we have new information to share.
Below, you will find responses to frequently asked questions about our planning and preparation to offer in-person instruction. If you have a question that is not addressed, please contact the front office of your school or fill out this form to let us know.
To view the most current set of frequently asked questions and answers, please click HERE.
We are sharing perspectives from parents with the hope that you find them helpful and a reminder that you are not going through these challenging times as a parent alone. Please note that these perspectives are authored by parents and not edited by San José Unified. Therefore, the views and opinions expressed in these perspectives are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the San José Unified School District.
Read the most recent parent perspective HERE.
Read prior parent perspectives HERE.
Through a partnership with Collegewise this summer, San José Unified is excited to offer students and families a free series of webinars on college application requirements. Each session, which will be in English, runs from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on a Wednesday night. Please click on the links below to view more details and to RSVP for any sessions that interest you.
Recordings in both English and Spanish will also be available approximately one week after each webinar and remain available for 60 days after posting. To view available recordings, please click HERE.
One of the best ways for students to hone their skills during the summer is to engage in independent reading. We encourage our students and their families to visit San José Unified’s Virtual Library. It’s free, easy to access, and a great place for students to start browsing for summer reading material. To begin a summer of reading fun, please click HERE.
For information on recommended summer reading programs, please click HERE.
Want more structure? Our suggested daily schedule and list of resources created in the spring remains available online.
It never hurts to brush up on your skills! All of the educational videos our Curriculum & Instruction team created in the spring are still available; please click on the appropriate links below for easy access.
Resources for Students with Special Needs
Supporting students in special education is a priority for us. To read our distance learning guidelines for special education and related services, please click HERE.
To view suggested schedules and resources for students with special needs, please click HERE.