• Welcome SSD Families!

    (Updated January 4, 2021)


    Dear Sunnyvale School District Elementary Families:


    Happy New Year and welcome back from what we hope was a most restful Holiday Break. While this holiday season was much quieter than what it would normally have been, we hope you enjoyed the downtime with the loved ones in your household and virtual visits with friends and family outside of your household.  


    Our County remains in California’s Purple (widespread) Tier as defined by the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. You will recall that our plans for returning to in-person instruction require us to be out of the Purple Tier and that we have committed to providing two weeks’ notice before beginning in-person instruction.  Once we are confident the County will remain in the Red Tier for the required 14 days, we will begin the transition to in-person instruction. 


    Plans for Middle School in-person instruction and supports are being finalized and will be presented to the Board of Education this Thursday.  These in-person instruction plans will target students who have not adequately accessed learning through virtual school and will be offered as options to qualified families.


    You may have seen that Governor Gavin Newsom presented California’s Safe Schools for All Plan last week. The Governor’s plan is consistent with the plans Sunnyvale School District developed before the break, and his plan could provide additional support as we implement our plans.


    We know that we can get through this together if we continue to do our part to slow the spread and stop the surge by wearing a mask, washing our hands, and maintaining physical distance from one another.  



    Michael Gallagher, Ed.D




    California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy states that while in the "Widespread" (Purple) Tier, schools that have not reopened for in-person instruction cannot open and must wait until the county has been in the “Substantial” (Red) Tier for 14 days. Schools that were in the process of a phased return to in-person instruction can continue their plans to re-open accordingly.


    The Sunnyvale School District is planning to re-open the week of Jan. 21 pending our county's status. To see our proposed timeline please go here: Return to In-person Timeline

    For the full presentation staff gave the Board of Education please download the presentation by clicking here: Community Forum Presentation 113020


    Thank you to everyone who completed their in-person instructional model preference survey. The District will be spending the next few weeks reviewing the results and planning our next steps accordingly. Families shared their preference for the in-person hybrid model or to remain in the current model of Virtual School. Students will remain in the assigned program until the end of this school year. We also know that many families have a strong desire for their children to remain with their current teacher. We will try to accommodate these requests, but we cannot guarantee this preference. 


    NOTE: Students in Independent Study, Preschool, and SDC - Special Education Classes will be contacted directly by the District, and Middle School Families will be contacted at a later date.


    Highlights of the Elementary In-Person Hybrid (AM/PM) Model

    • Students' in person schedule is either  8:00am - 10:30 a.m. OR 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (M, T, TH, F), for 2.5 hours a day.

    • Due to the split schedule, only half the class will be in person at any given time

    • Each group of students completes asynchronous work while not attending school in person. This work may consist of digital, paper/pencil assignments, and exploratory materials.

    • All students attend live instruction in the Virtual School model on Wednesday morning from 8:00-10:00. 

    • Students will be assigned asynchronous activities for Wednesdays after the end of live instruction at 10:00 a.m.



    Elementary Hybrid Model: A Week at a Glance 

    • To ensure the necessary space for physical distancing in classrooms, in-person classroom capacity will be restricted to 50% of current class sizes.

    • The students that attend the morning session will have breakfast and a snack on campus. A hot lunch and a frozen dinner, with reheating instructions, will be bundled to take home. The students that attend the afternoon session will have a hot lunch and a snack on campus. A breakfast for the next day and a frozen dinner, with reheating instruction, will be bundled to take home.

    • Home to School transportation will be provided from the same bus stops as have been provided in prior years.  Bus capacity is limited to approximately 25% and will be disinfected throughout the day.


    Safety Protocols and Procedures

    • Daily Screener - all students attending the In-Person AM/PM Hybrid program will be required to complete a daily screener prior to their student entering campus.

    • Mask/Social Distance/Handwashing - facemasks will be required for all students and except for those that are medically unable to (doctors note will be required).  Social distancing signs and markers will be posted, proper handwashing techniques will be modeled and hand sanitizer is available.

    • Given the social distancing requirement, there will be some major differences from Pre-COVID, including no use of the playground and no open recess.

    • Disinfecting/Cleaning/HVAC - classrooms will be disinfected between each cohort in elementary school classrooms and at the end of each day.  Restrooms will also be disinfected daily.  District-wide, HVAC systems have been upgraded and fitted with MERV 13 air filters.  Rooms that do not have forced ventilation systems will be equipped with HEPA air scrubbers rated to exceed the air volume of that space.

    • Parent Handbook - The District has created a handbook to provide information about the safety protocols and procedures that will be in place at the school site.

    • FAQ - The District has created a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide information about the gradual, phased reopening of campuses. 

SSD Reopening Updates