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Schools to Open with In-person Learning. New Independent Study Option Announced.

CUSD schools will open with full-day, in-person instruction for all grades. A new law allows for an independent study option for students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.

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(Clic for Spanish. Haga clic para español)

July 23, 2021

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We are excited that Campbell Union School District schools will open with full-day, in-person learning for all grades on August 19th. We follow all required public health protocols in order to maintain safe learning environments for students and staff and are committed to educating students to their highest potential. 

Under late-arriving legislation—AB130—we are required to also offer an independent study option for the 2021-2022 school year to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. 

This letter is your official notice of the option to enroll your student in an independent study (I.S.) program if in-person instruction presents a health risk to your child.

The law allows the district to provide Independent Study in any of three ways: by contracting with another school district, the County Office of Education, or by the district itself. The I.S. program will meet all of the legal requirements for educational progress, grade-level standards, synchronous instruction, student engagement, and transitioning back to in-person instruction within 5 days if the parent/guardian determines that the health risk is no longer an issue.

Published on July 12th for school districts to process, this new law has created a very tight timeline for planning. However, we are able to share the following information with you.


Your student will have rights regarding procedures for enrolling, disenrolling, and re-enrolling in independent study. The independent study option will include:

  • An agreement between the district and the student’s parent/guardian which must be signed no later than September 17, 2021.* 
  • Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) shall not participate in independent study unless the student's IEP specifically provides for such participation (Education Code 51745). **
  • When it is determined that a student is no longer at health risk for in-person instruction, the parent must notify the teacher and the enrollment department. The student will be assigned to in-person instruction within 5 school days of the notification, and school placement will be subject to space availability at the time of the transition. We cannot guarantee the student will be placed at the school they were  assigned to prior to I.S.

Moving from in-person instruction to independent study

For students assigned to in-person instruction whose parent/guardian later determines that their student needs independent study due to the child's health risk, the parent/guardian must inform the child’s current teacher, school principal and enrollment department. Enrollment department staff will contact the parent/guardian with information about next steps for the Independent Study placement and agreement.


It is your right to request a parent-educator conference prior to enrolling your student in Independent Study in order to inform your decision and ensure that it is appropriate for your student. To request a parent/educator conference please contact Dr. Pamela Cheng, Director of Teaching and Learning, at pcheng [at] ()


The goal of our independent study program is to provide an alternative to in-person instruction to students whose health is at risk by attending class face-to-face.  As such, independent study is an educational program that provides instruction based on the state-adopted content standards by certificated teachers. There are specific requirements for instructional time that may include both synchronous and asynchronous work. These expectations will be outlined in the students’ written Learning Agreement, which should be signed prior to enrollment and no later than September 17, 2021. 

Your student will have asynchronous and synchronous instructional time as follows. 

  • Grades TK-3: Daily synchronous for all students
  • Grades 4-8: Both daily live & weekly synchronous
Instructional Time Description
Synchronous Instructional Time Classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications and involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student.  Synchronous instruction shall be provided by the teacher(s) of record for that student.
Live Interaction Interaction between the student and school classified or certificated staff, and may include peers, provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness including but not limited to: wellness checks, progress monitoring, provision of services and instruction.  This interaction may take place in person or in the form of internet or telephonic communication.
Asynchronous Instructional Time  Forms of instruction that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of digital and online learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own—that are not being delivered in person or in real time. Yet asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations.

I hope the information provided here will help families as they weigh their child’s health risk against the benefits of in-person instruction. I understand that there is a short timeline for making this determination. Unfortunately, this law was just recently adopted, and we are adapting as quickly as possible.. 


Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent
Campbell Union School District

* For those parents/guardians who determine in-person instruction would be a health risk for their student, a Written Agreement must be signed no later than September 17, 2021. This agreement will outline the student’s general information, the frequency, time, place and manner for submitting the student's assignments, reporting the student’s academic progress, and communicating with the parent/guardian the academic progress. The specific resources that will be made available to the student and determination of access to internet connectivity and devices to participate in and complete assignments that best suit their child’s needs.  

** Students with an IEP cannot be placed in I.S. unless/until the IEP indicates this placement is appropriate for the student’s individual needs.


If you have not already done so, please respond to our survey about the independent study option as soon as possible.

New Independent Study Option for Students with Health Risks

Parents asked to take survey about in-person or independent study by July 29th

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This week, the District sent all families a survey related to planning for the beginning of the school year and asked that parents/guardians respond as soon as possible.

Under a new law—AB 130, the TK-Grade 12 Education Budget Trailer Billschools are expected to fully reopen for in-person instruction while also offering an independent study option for students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. 

Published on July 12th for school districts to process, this late-arriving legislation has created a very tight timeline for us to plan for and communicate options to parents and guardians. An official notice describing parent/guardian rights pertaining to the independent study option will be sent to families on July 23rd.

Take the Survey in English.   

Toma la encuesta en español.

With a July 29 deadline to respond, the survey will help determine how many students may require independent study due to personal health risks. 

The survey, which is in English and Spanish, is available online, and printed versions are available from the Campbell Union School District administration office at 1545 N 3rd Street, near downtown Campbell.

Superintendent's July 16 "Backyard Briefing"

Information relating to the State's updated guidance for K12 Schools

Shelly Viramontez backyard briefing image

Campbell Union School District Superintendent, Dr. Shelly Viramontez, provides a mid-summer briefing for families with updates about planning for the 2021-22 school year under California's new K12 Guidance and recent legislation attached to the State budget adoption.

Her message also refers to an upcoming survey about Independent Study that the District will email to families on July 20th.

Click to view the video message on our Youtube channel, Campbellusd.
(Use the Youtube settings to see subtitles in English or Spanish.)


La superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unido de Campbell, Dra. Shelly Viramontez, ofrece una sesión informativa a mediados del verano para las familias con actualizaciones sobre la planificación para el año escolar 2021-22 bajo la nueva Guía K12 de California y la legislación reciente adjunta a la adopción del presupuesto estatal.

Su mensaje también se refiere a una próxima encuesta sobre el Estudio Independiente que el Distrito enviará por correo electrónico a las familias el 20 de julio.

Haga clic para ver el mensaje de video en nuestro canal de Youtube, Campbellusd.
(Use la configuración de Youtube para ver subtítulos en inglés o español).

Set for Success for Kindergarten and Beyond?

Kindergarten in Campbell Union School District goes beyond teaching basic academics.

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“Social-emotional development is as important as their academic development,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Our kindergarten teachers blend both into their lessons and start our students on the path of becoming collaborative, self-directed, innovative, empathetic  critical thinkers.” 

Campbell Union School District’s Kindergarten Curriculum Guide shows the step-by-step skills that these youngest students will come to master over the course of the 2021-22 school year.

Planning for Safe Return to In-person Instruction

District to incorporate new requirements into plans for new school year

girl in mask with paint and paper

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued guidance that applies CDC’s updated recommendations to the California context. The foundational principle of this guidance is that all students must have access to safe, full in-person instruction for as much instructional time as possible  in the 2021-22 school year. 

The guidance places a strong emphasis on virus-mitigating measures, such as vaccinations, masking, and testing.

“We are so pleased that we will be able to bring back all students, TK-8, for full time instruction,” said Campbell Union School District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We are looking closely at the requirements in the CDPH guidance and pending legislation to see what revisions are needed in our School Reopening Plan.

“Because our community has low community spread and high vaccination rates, we anticipate that our students and adults will be wearing face covering indoors, and that face coverings will be optional outdoors,” she said. “Of course, if conditions change, we will adjust the restrictions accordingly.”

Both the CDPH and the CDC K-12 School Guidance cite recent evidence that indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies, primarily masking, are fully implemented, according to the CDPH.

“Masks are one of the most effective and simplest safety mitigation layers to prevent in-school transmission of COVID-19 infections and to support full time in-person instruction in K-12 schools,” the guidance states.

There is also pending legislation (AB 130) that discusses providing independent study for those students whose health would be at risk by participating in in-person instruction. District staff is monitoring this evolving legislation closely to incorporate any new requirements into its Reopening Plan. District families will receive more information about the plan by the end of July, and the Governing Board will receive an update at its August 5th meeting.

Looking for other back-to-school information? 

Schools and the District will post details—such as arrival and dismissal times—on their websites over the coming weeks and will email other specifics to families in early August.