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District Message Regarding Walden West


**Braly Students did NOT go to Walden West for Science School, but the district has asked us to post the following letter. 

Dear parents,

We have received new information from the Santa Clara County Office of Education regarding last week's arrest of a Walden West Outdoor School employee.

To correct and update information previously released by the County Office, the staff member held several different positions over his two years of employment at Walden West, a County Office of Education program that provides science and environmental education and outdoor school experiences. It operates at two sites, one in Saratoga and the second in Cupertino. He held positions at both sites. At the time of his arrest, he was the Night Manager at the Cupertino site. Based upon our initial information and understanding, a previous statement said that none of his jobs required him to interact with any of the students at the camp. However, we have since received new information that in his positions, he would have had contact with students.

Again, we ask that anyone with information regarding this case contact the County Sheriff's Office immediately at (408) 808-4300.

According to the County Superintendent of Schools, the County Office will be reviewing procedures at Walden West with the intent to see where they can improve and revise their protocols and procedures. The safety and security of students and staff continues to be their highest priority.

As a reminder, this person was first employed by the County Office in August 2013, and was subject to all of the standard background screening for employment, including fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice. He is no longer employed by the SCCOE.

Children may be upset by this news and want to talk to an adult. Should your child need counseling support, please let your child's teacher or the front office know. There are counselors available at your school.

We will be in touch as we receive any new information. New information will be sent out through School Loop and posted on your school's website.

As always, we welcome your comments and questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about our schools or district.



Jennifer Dericco

Public Information Officer

Santa Clara Unified School District

(408) 423-2131


Dear SCUSD families,

Santa Clara Unified School District is launching a new electronic flyer communication tool called “Peachjar.” To view school- and district-approved eflyers, simply click the Peachjar button on your school’s website homepage. The button should begin appearing on your school's website over the next week or so.

This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers. 

No action is required on your part. If the district has your email address on file in our student information system, you will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school eflyers. If you do not receive a welcome email within the next week, contact your school office to update your email address on file.

To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “” to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school- and district-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school and district programs, activities, and events.

Click the button below to check out our current Peachjar flyers:


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The District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so and when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.


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