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.
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
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
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Franklin-McKinley Neighborhood Health Clinic
645 Wool Creek Drive
San José, CA 95112
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
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Washington Neighborhood Health Clinic
100 Oak Street
San José, CA 95110
Fridays 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Garden Alameda Neighborhood Health Clinic
855 Lenzen Avenue, #105
San José, CA 95126
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.
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.Top
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 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.
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.