Town Hall Recap and BUSD Reopening 2020

Message from the Superintendent
Dear Berryessa Community,

Thank you for your participation in our virtual BUSD Town Hall on Monday evening. We appreciate your feedback and support as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on our students, staff and community. 

For your convenience, we have created a new page on our District website titled BUSD Reopening 2020 featuring all of the information covered in the BUSD Town Hall meeting including:

  • “Share with BUSD” where you can send your questions and comments
  • BUSD Town Hall Presentation by Dr. Roxane Fuentes and Dr. Joe McCreary, including Zoom video
  • BUSD Updates providing links to the most recent electronic communications regarding reopening
  • Reopening FAQ 
  • SCC Public Health Department Reopening Guidance

I would like to also take this opportunity to brief you on the latest information that has become available. Yesterday afternoon, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) held a joint press conference regarding the reopening of schools for 2020-21.  

It is important to note that the news media has been inaccurately reporting that Santa Clara County schools will resume in the fall. These reports are not accurate. The guidance issued yesterday does not provide direction, but rather provides requirements, recommendations, and considerations for “in person” school to the extent possible. According to SCCPHD,

“The guidance, which was developed in partnership with the County Office of Education, provides detailed direction for schools on issues such as safe practices for in-class instruction, school arrival and departure, bus transportation, use of face coverings, handwashing, school cleaning, food service, extracurricular activities, and other topics. For use by school administrators, the document explains specific actions schools should take to prevent COVID-19 transmission and to respond to possible cases in the school setting.”

"Whether schools can move forward with reopening for in-person instruction in the fall will depend on the containment of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead."
In addition, we are reminded by SCCOE and SCCPHD of the following:

“We need everyone in the community to strictly follow social distancing now so that children and teachers can safely return to school in the fall,” said County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “Schools and other institutions in our community can operate safely if they carefully follow all recommended public health practices, and they must move forward with their preparations now to ensure they have all the measures in place.” 

Please read the full SCCPHD and SCCOE joint press release here .

You can also access SCCPHD’s reopening schools guidance document here .

Our District Action Team is now reviewing and evaluating to what extent we can implement the guidance for elementary and middle school. Guidance was differentiated for both settings. We will continue to keep safety and wellbeing for staff and students as a top priority. We also recognize that families may prefer a distance learning program for various reasons and that is an option we are preparing for.
Once again, thank you to all who attended our BUSD Town Hall. Your participation was much appreciated! We will continue to update you as this process unfolds. Please be safe!


Dr. Roxane Fuentes
BUSD Survey Results
BUSD asked parents, teachers, and support staff to provide feedback regarding their experience in distance learning this past year so that we may improve our program and ensure we come up with a model for the upcoming school year that provides the best educational experience possible for all students. In addition, we asked for feedback regarding readiness to return to school in the fall. We greatly appreciate the time our community took to complete the surveys.  

We have evaluated all the data and have created a summary of the responses. You can access the results here

We recognize that in terms of readiness and as more information develops, mindsets may change. A follow up survey will be sent soon.

Quick Links
For Translation Assistance
For translation assistance, please call one of our District hotlines below:

Chinese, 408-­923-­1901
Spanish, ­408-­923­-1902
Vietnamese, ­408-­923-­1903


Si desea más información en español, por favor llame a la línea de asistencia en español al 1-408-923-1902 y alguien le llamará para darle un resumen de este documento.

Xin gọi số hotline của khu học tại 1­-408-­923-­1903 và sẽ có người giúp quí vị để hiểu những điều cốt yếu của văn kiện. 
Connect with us
Berryessa Union School District
(408) 923-1800