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 school transportation to students who are eligible. Students must live within District boundaries to be eligible for transportation. Elementary school students (grades TK-5) who do not attend a magnet, charter, International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) school are eligible for transportation if they live 1.5 miles or more from their school of attendance.
Elementary students who attend a magnet, IB or TWBI school may be provided transportation on a courtesy basis as routes and space are available. Transportation for eligible students attending a district charter school is only provided from within the school’s attendance boundary. Students attending most secondary schools (grades 6-12) are eligible for transportation if they live 3.5 miles or more from their school of attendance.
As we learn new information about the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and receive feedback from staff, students, and families, we will continue to provide updated information and guidance through this page as it becomes available.
Read the most recent update HERE.
Read prior updates HERE.
Academics and LCP
2020-2021 COVID-19 Instructional Guide
Our San José Unified instructional teams have created a comprehensive guide to help students and families navigate this truly unique school year. To read about our policies, practices, and expectations, please click HERE.
COVID-19 Learning Agreement
To ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all of today’s students as we prepare them to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow, San José Unified requires students and families to abide by the terms of our COVID-19 Learning Agreement. To review our rules and expectations, please click HERE.
The Parent/Student Handbook contains detailed information about San José Unified’s policies and procedures. We encourage you to use it as a guide and resource throughout the school year. To read the Parent/Student Handbook, please click HERE.
Supporting students with special needs is a priority for us. To read our Special Education COVID-19 Learning Supplemental Guidelines, please click HERE.
Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP)
San José Unified’s Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) for the 2020-2021 school year explains the actions and expenditures San José Unified is taking to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read the adopted LCP, please click HERE.
We are committed to ensuring that every student has the technology they need to successfully participate in distance learning. iPads are available for every student in grades preK-3 and Chromebooks are available for every student in grades 4-12. Hotspots are also available for families who need assistance with their internet connections.
All students who receive a district-issued device must also review the accompanying packet. The packet contains an overview letter, instructions for how to use the device, password reset instructions, and a copy of San José Unified’s Technology Acceptable Use Policy. To view an electronic version of the packet, please click HERE.
To successfully participate in distance learning, San José Unified students must use Canvas, Webex, and a variety of other programs. Families should only decline a district-issued iPad or Chromebook if they are sure their personal devices can support all necessary schoolwork. To review websites, programs, and system requirements, please click HERE.
Resources and Support
Training for Families
New technology. New ways of interacting with teachers and classmates. Learning from home. We know the changes caused by COVID-19 present a variety of challenges for students and families. San José Unified staff are committed to helping you meet them.
We are providing tutorials on everything from how to use our new learning management system (Canvas) to how to set up a productive learning environment at home.
Using San José Unified Technology
Parents can create a Canvas account by visiting sjusd.instructure.com/login/canvas.
More detailed instructions and trainings can be found at the links below.
Supporting Your Student’s Learning
English Classes for Adults
Questions for the Teacher
Social and Emotional Supports
San José Unified School District policy is discussed and set at Board of Education meetings. Meetings are held virtually during the pandemic and all members of the public are welcome.
The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2021.
To view 2021 Board agendas, minutes, information on how to attend an upcoming meeting (posted at least 72 hours in advance), and procedures for submitting a public comment, please click HERE.
To view Board agendas and minutes before December 15, 2020, please click HERE.
For audio from previous Board meetings, please click HERE.
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.