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COVID-19 Resources & Information

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We have a robust COVID-19 safety protocol to keep our schools as safe as possible. Our Learning Guide offers additional details on our safety measures, including information about quarantines.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol
Learning Guide for Families

COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is the leading public health preventative strategy, and we encourage everyone in our community who is eligible to get vaccinated. The vaccine is now approved for ages 5 and up. San José Unified is partnering with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to offer vaccine clinics at our schools for students, families, and community members. The vaccinations are free, and no appointment is needed. The clinics will offer the first, second, and booster doses for ages 12 and up and the Pfizer pediatric dose for ages 5-11.

Almaden Elementary: Wednesday, November 17, 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
1295 Dentwood Drive, San José, CA 95118

You can also schedule appointments for your students and other members of your family through the county by visiting sccfreevax.org, where you can also find a list of drop-in clinics in San José.

School Health Clinics is offering COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 5 and up. Call one of the clinics below to schedule an appointment or to get information about the walk-in vaccine clinics on the days listed below. The clinics are closed on November 25-26, December 24, and December 27.

Mondays 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
San José High Neighborhood Health Clinic
1149 E. Julian Street, Bldg. H
San José, CA 95116
(408) 535-6001

Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Franklin-McKinley Neighborhood Health Clinic
645 Wool Creek Drive
San José, CA 95112
(408) 283-6051

Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Gilroy Neighborhood Health Clinic
9300 Wren Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-1017 (phone)

Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Overfelt Neighborhood Health Clinic
1835 Cunningham Avenue
San José, CA 95122
(408) 347-5988

Thursdays 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Washington Neighborhood Health Clinic
100 Oak Street
San José, CA 95110
(408) 295-0980

Fridays 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Garden Alameda Neighborhood Health Clinic
​855 Lenzen Avenue, #105
San José, CA 95126
(408) 535-4729

If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine for your students, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider. You can also find additional information and answers to frequently asked questions at sccfreevax.org.

Santa Clara County Health Department is also hosting a virtual town hall to discuss the vaccine for ages 5-11 on Monday, November 8 at 6pm.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
What to Expect at the Clinic
Step by Step Guide for Filling Out the Vaccine Forms
COVID-19 Vaccine Forms
Town Hall Information

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Students

The Governor has directed the California Department of Public Health to follow the procedures to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations, like measles, mumps, and rubella, required for in-person school attendance. The vaccination will become required in the semester after the vaccine receives full FDA approval. We do not expect the requirement to go into effect for any grade levels until the 2022-2023 school year. We will provide additional information about the requirement and possible exemptions as the state’s plans are finalized.

COVID-19 Testing for Students

We offer testing for all San José Unified students and employees at three locations. Testing is available from 8 am – 5 pm, on school days, Monday – Friday at the following locations:

San José Unified District Office
855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

San José Unified Warehouse
2171 Cottle Avenue, San José, CA 95125

Liberty Alternative School
4849 Pearl Ave, San José, CA 95136

We do not conduct surveillance testing on students, but we do direct students to be tested anytime they have a COVID-19 symptom or have a known exposure or close contact with a COVID-19 case. Additionally, parents may bring their students for testing anytime. Testing information is included in our COVID-19 advisories for known exposures, classroom, and schools.

When we direct a student to test, the test results must be sent to the school health office or nurse for the student to be cleared to return to school. The test must be a PCR test in order to be accepted.

To schedule an appointment to test through San José Unified, visit go.sjusd.org/COVIDtest and login as your student, with their student ID and their password.  If you need assistance, please contact your school.


Community Resources

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.


Student Resources

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.


Parent Resources

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.

Parent Portal

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
  • If you’ve never accessed your Parent Portal account before and don’t have an email on file, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to verify your email address.

Parent Portal App Instructions for iOS

Download Parent Portal App for iOS
Download Parent Portal App for Android


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.


Transportation Information

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.


Parent/Student Handbook

The San José Unified Parent/Student Handbook is designed to help students and families understand the board policies, California laws, and school district procedures that ensure students have every opportunity to succeed in a safe learning environment.

The handbook contains a wealth of information that should be used as a guide to help you throughout the school year. You’ll find resources like the instructional calendar, a list of school organizations and committees to consider joining, expectations for attendance, behavior guidelines, and graduation requirements.

Click here to download SJUSD Parent/Student Handbook

Please refer to Board Policy 6020 and Administrative Regulation 6020, revised March 1, 2018, to see our policies and regulations for Parent Involvement.
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Safety Protocol

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.

2021-2022 Learning Guide for Families
2021-2022 Safety Protocol





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.

Can’t find your unique link? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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 learn more about preschool registration, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or click HERE.

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.

Once you have all of the required documents, please email copies of them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). When you do, please either include this form or fill out the online form 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.


External Resources

external resources

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Santa Clara County Department of Public Health




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.



Parent Perspectives

Parent Perspectives

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.




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