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    CDPH Updated Reopening Guidance   FCUSD Elementary COVID-19 Safety Plan   FCUSD Secondary COVID-19 Safety Plan

    Important:

    Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) strongly recommends asymptomatic testing for all stakeholders every two weeks while the county is in Purple and Red Tier status. To learn more please visit the SCPH site here

    To see a list of free testing clinics offered by SCPH, please click here


    Below are the most current and timely District messages. To view all previous District messages, please refer to our Previous Updates section at the bottom of this page.

     

    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    March 26, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: As we head into spring break, please see today’s message for news and information.

    Spring Break 3/29 - 4/5

    Spring break will take place from Monday, March 29 to Monday, April 5. School will resume on Tuesday, April 6. We hope everyone enjoys the break!

    Please remember to be safe if you are traveling during the break. The California Department of Health provided these recommendations for travelers, stating that:

    “Californians should remain local (not traveling more than 120 miles from their home or other place of residence) and avoid non-essential travel. Travelers from other states or countries entering into California for tourism and recreation are strongly discouraged.”

    Please see CDPH’s Travel Advisory for more details.

    COVID-19 Dashboard - next update 4/7

    Due to staff being out for spring break, the COVID-19 Dashboard will not be updated next week. The next update will take place Wednesday, April 7.

    Black Families United for Education, Parent Summit 4/13

    Black Families United for Education is our second Parent Summit event. The summit is scheduled for April 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The purpose of this event is to provide a safe and brave space to highlight the needs and give voice to families of Black students in FCUSD. To register for this event, please visit bit.ly/3ssnD6v and share the news we posted here on Facebook and here on Instagram!

    Did you know that today is International SEL Day?

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a critical component for student success. Check out this website that has more information and share your thoughts here as to how SEL has helped our community.

    SMUD payment relief for low-income families

    For families facing economic hardship, SMUD will not shut off power for non-payment through June 30, 2021, at the earliest. Please see the attached flyer to learn more about SMUD’s programs to provide payment assistance for families who are concerned about paying their SMUD bill.

    Information and yearly updates for students and families:

    Folsom Cordova has made many updates to information that can be found on the District and school websites. Please take a minute to review, Parent’s Rights & ResponsibilitiesVolunteer Information and HandbookStudent Athletic Handbook, school-specific Parent/Student Handbooks as well as updated postings at all school sites. These and more information can be found on our website at www.fcusd.org.

    Enjoy the break everyone!

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    March 24, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see today’s updates which include a summary of last night’s Special Board Meeting.

    The COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated. Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    At last night’s Special Board Meeting two important topics were addressed, 1) the status for establishing a Virtual Academy school for 2021-22 and 2) the opportunity for middle and high school students to be on campus four days a week. Please keep reading.

    Board approved staff’s proposal to apply for a new CDS Code for FCUSD Virtual School for 2021-2022.

    County-District-School (CDS) Codes are required by all school districts from the California Department of Education (CDE) to open a new school.  What this means is that FCUSD can now formally plan to add a separate Virtual Academy school for the 2021-22 school year. While in the early planning stages, families can expect an option for full virtual learning, for grades K - 12 next school year. More information will be forthcoming.

    As a reminder, staff is moving forward with master planning for a traditional full day, five-day a week, in-person learning at all campuses for the 2021-22 school year. FCUSD leadership is pleased that a full Virtual Academy school will be available for families and students who wish to remain in full remote learning next school year.

    Implications of New CDC and CDPH Guidance for Physical Distancing on Current Schedule

    On March 20, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its K-12 Schools Guidance to align with the latest science, as reflected by the March 19  update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The state's updated guidance strongly recommends distancing of at least 3 feet for students in classrooms. Given this new information, staff and Board discussed what this would mean for students who have elected Hybrid in-person learning. 

    In order to minimize scheduling disruption, it was recommended and agreed by all, that the current Elementary AM/PM, Tuesday - Friday in-person model would remain in place until the end of the current school year.

    Secondary schools, however, have an opportunity to maintain the current Hybrid schedule and merge the A and B groups, so middle and high school students can attend in-person learning, Tuesday - Fridays. 

    District leadership is taking action steps, starting today, to allow secondary students to return to campus four days a week, starting Tuesday, April 13.

    ***Due to Spring Break and the fact that most FCUSD staff will be out during that time, an April 13 start date will give staff and schools the necessary time to gather critical student information and implement the logistical changes needed.

    We realize there are many questions. Below are common questions we are hearing from staff and families.

    What is happening now?

    • All secondary families will receive a questionnaire TODAY at 5:00 p.mfrom their school site, asking to choose a learning option for their student; either on-campus for the 4-day/week model or attend as a full Distance Learner. 
      • IMPORTANT: All families of students in Groups A, B, and D need to inform your school of your choice, now that we will offer 4-day/week on-campus learning. 
    • Please reply to the questionnaire ASAP. This will be open until Friday at 5:00 p.m.
    • For any specific questions please contact your school site.

    What other safety measures are impacted by this latest public health guideline?

    • All previous health guidelines remain in place. The only change is reducing the spacing of desks from 6 feet to 3 feet. 
      • Adults need to remain six feet apart from each other and students
      • Mask wearing, increased handwashing/sanitization, and directional movement on campus remain in place.
      • Daily passive screening will continue
    • Contact tracing may be impacted. As students will be closer to one another in class, if an individual tests positive for COVID, more people may be contacted to quarantine.
    • A new COVID Safety Plan (CSP) will be rewritten and posted on all school websites.
      • The CSP does not need public health review 

    Will middle and high school students be on campus full day?

    In order to avoid another schedule change, minimize the disruption to students, and maintain all public health safety guidelines, the Hybrid schedule will remain intact. Students coming to campus will follow the current Hybrid Bell schedule. Lunch will continue to be grab and go. Afternoons will continue to be asynchronous learning.

    REMINDER: It is the District’s plan to return all K - 12 students to a full day, five-day a week schedule when we return in August for the 2021-22 school year as long as all safety measures required by public health are followed.

    With Spring Break coming up next week, we are mobilizing quickly the District and your school sites will keep you informed as more details and information becomes available.

    Folsom Middle School named California Distinguished School for 2021!

    Congratulations to Folsom Middle School for being recognized as a California Distinguished School for 2021! The school is one of only three recipients in Sacramento County and among roughly 100 middle and high schools across the state. 

    The program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years. Schools recognized with the honor hold the title for two years.

    Visit our Facebook post here and read more about this high honor on our website.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Staff and Families

    March 19, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD staff and families:

    We are aware of the CDC’s recent guidelines that state students may sit in class 3’ apart. We are now awaiting updates to learn how the California Department of Public Health, Sacramento County of Public Health, and Cal-OSHA will align with updated CDC guidelines. As a reminder, all California schools must follow state and local public health guidelines.

    A reduction in spacing would create additional opportunities for in-person offerings, and our plan for the next school year is to return to a full, five-day traditional schedule as long as all required safety measures are in place as required by state authorities. We will continue to update our staff and families with this evolving information.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    March 19, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD community: Please see today’s Board Briefs and Updates.

    Building More Equitable Learning Environments

    A Special Presentation was given by Dr. Iyuanna Pease, Director of Social Emotional Learning and Equity, and Scott Meyer, Director of Behavior Intervention & Student Services titled Building More Equitable Learning Environment highlighted the inequities that exist in suspension, graduation, and attendance rates. One area of focus is that Black, Hispanic, English Learners, and Special Education students have been most disproportionately impacted with distance learning and attendance.

    Additionally, the presentation covered strategies for improving student outcomes of marginalized groups, including creating an Equity Board Policy, and increasing diversity in FCUSD staff. 

    To learn more, please see the attached presentation.

    Instructional Models: Summer and possible schedules for fall of 2021-22 school year

    Assistant Superintendents, Curtis Wilson, Dr. Jim Huber, and Betty Jo Wessinger shared information on plans for Summer Extended Learning, Extended School Year, and potential schedules for starting the 2021-22 school year.

    Summer extended learning opportunities will be available at all 20 elementary schools and four secondary schools; Cordova High School, Folsom High School, Mills Middle School, and Sutter Middle School. Elementary Summer Schedule will take place from June 1 to June 18. Secondary Summer Schedule will take place from June 7 to July 2.  

    Extended School Year (ESY) will be available for students with special needs and who have ESY written into their IEP. Dates are June 3 to June 30.

    PLEASE NOTE: These plans are currently being developed, and must consider student needs and staffing availability.

    Please see the attached presentation for more information

    Potential Schedules for 2021-22 school year 

    The Intention of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District is to open ALL Elementary, Middle, and High Schools in our traditional, pre-pandemic models for all students, in all classes, five days a week.

    While the District is planning for a traditional school year, it is important to note that external factors such as national and state health guidelines must be followed.

    Please see the attached presentation for more information and proposed schedules

    New FCUSD leaders named and Board approved:

    At tonight’s Board Meeting, two new leaders were announced:

    Congratulations and a warm welcome to both new leaders!

    Reminder of Parent Summit, Hispanic Families, March 24

    Families of Hispanic students: we want to hear from you! FCUSD is hosting a Virtual Parent Summit on March 24 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of the group is to highlight the needs of families in the Hispanic community and to give a voice to the authentic experiences of our Hispanic students. We hope you will join us!

    To register for the event, please visit bit.ly/3sLcKML

    Familias de estudiantes hispanos: ¡Queremos oir de ustedes! FCUSD está organizando una Cumbre Virtual de Padres el 24 de marzo de 6 a 7:30 p.m. a través de Zoom. El propósito del grupo es resaltar las necesidades de las familias en la comunidad hispana y dar voz a las experiencias auténticas de nuestros estudiantes hispanos. Esperamos que nos acompaña,

    Para registrarse para el evento, visite bit.ly/3sLcKML

    Recap of secondary back to campus

    Folsom Cordova is both pleased and proud to have Hybrid on-campus, in-person learning for students K - 12 at all school sites. Secondary sites enjoyed having students back in class and on the campus. Shout out to the faculty and staff of  #TeamFCUSD for their dedication, hard work, and all the many extras it took to accomplish this.

    If you haven’t seen pictures of the week, check them out here and here and here

    Thank you to all FCUSD students and families for your patience and grace as we progress forward in our goal to have all students safely back on campus.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    March 17, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD community: Please see today’s update which includes the return of middle and high school students to campus for Hybrid instruction.

    COVID Dashboard update

    The COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated. Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    ~~~ You may notice, there are no COVID positive cases reported this week~~~

     7th -12-grade students, return to campus!

    Sacramento County moved to Red Tier on Tuesday, March 16 which allowed us to bring 7th - 12th-graders back to campus today! We’ve been preparing for the safe return of all students to campus since last September, making today extra celebratory for middle and high school students and staff who have been waiting for this day. Even with masks on, you couldn’t miss the smiles on their faces. Want to see what this looked like? Visit our Facebook post here to see a gallery of photos and please add your pictures in the comments below!

    Local news crews came out to record the moment. Click on these links to see FOX40 interview Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Koligian and KCRA interview Principal, Jerad Hyden.

    Across the District, about 65% of middle and high school students elected to come onto campus for in-person Hybrid instruction. The advanced AV technology and concurrent model of instruction being used in classrooms make it possible for students to keep their same schedule, and interact with their teacher and fellow classmates in real-time, whether they are sitting in class or joining online via Zoom or Teams. Take a look at our video here, which demonstrates how middle and high school students can be on campus with safety guidelines in place, and concurrently learning with their teacher and peers.

    6th-grade students start at Mills and Mitchell

    Yesterday, Tuesday, March 16 our 6th graders returned to campus at Mills and Mitchell Middle schools. As you will remember, a previous waiver from public health allowed us to return 6th grade prior to the county’s announcement of moving to Red Tier.

    Stand up to acts of hate and racism

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the victims of yesterday’s attack on the Asian community. Anti-Asian hate crimes have increased throughout the nation. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has elicited hateful scapegoating and vilification of an entire ethnic community; a community that has been integral to American history, advancements and culture. Stop AAPI Hate is a website that offers a place to report incidences of hate against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and provides resources for preventative and safety measures. We want our community to be aware and to know that FCUSD will not tolerate acts of racism, hate, or aggression directed at those of Asian heritage or any other ethnic group.

    Regular Board Meeting, Thursday, March 18

    Closed Session: 5:00 p.m.; Open Session: 6:00 p.m.

    The full agenda, instructions for viewing on the District’s YouTube Channel and on Zoom, and instructions for participating in public comments can be found on our website:

    www.fcusd.org/virtualboardmeeting

    Agenda items include:

    Special Presentation:

    • Update on Building More Equitable Learning Environments

    Discussion/Action Items:

    • Approve Extended Educational Field Trip Requests: Cordova Gardens, Cordova Meadows, Folsom Hills, Gold Ridge, Navigator, Rancho Cordova, and Theodore Judah Elementary School’s Fifth Grade Students to Sly Park Environmental Education Center, Pollock Pines, California for the 2021-22 School Year
    • Approve Resolution No. 03-18-21-25 Authorizing Emergency Purchase and Installation of HVAC Systems at Natoma Station and Gold Ridge Elementary Schools

    Discussion Items:

    • Current, Summer, and 2021-2022 School Year Instructional Models

    Written public comments can be submitted now, using the Google Public Comment Card Form link, found on our website, and all written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2021. This link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, March 18.

    Public comments can be made during the Board Meeting, via Zoom, as space allows, by using the “raised hand” feature. Due to constraints on our Zoom account, the maximum number of participants in the Zoom room is 300.

    Please note: There are no limitations on the number of viewers watching the live broadcast of the Board meeting on our YouTube channel.

    Upcoming Regular Board Meeting dates:

    • April 15
    • May 6
    • May 20
    • June 3

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Secondary Families

    March 15, 2021

     

    Good Morning Secondary Families,

    The District received confirmation from Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), that our County will transition to the “Red Tier” tomorrow, March 16th which will allow us to have 7th – 12th graders on campus for Hybrid instruction the following day, Wednesday, March 17.

    7th – 12th-grade students:
    All middle and high schools will welcome 7th – 12th-grade students who have decided to return to “in-person learning” back to campus beginning Wednesday, March 17. As a reminder, students in Group A will come to campus on Wednesday. Students in Group B will come to campus on Thursday and Friday.

    6th-grade students:
    As a point of clarification, Mills and Mitchell Middle Schools will have 6th-grade students, and 6th grade only, on their campuses beginning tomorrow, March 16.

    Please watch for specific information to come from your school site principal and teachers.

    We are excited that secondary students will be able to be on campus this week. For many of our students and staff, this may feel like a first day of school. And like any new experience, there will be a period of adjustment. The expectation for staff and students is to allow themselves grace and patience to adjust to the newness of concurrent learning and the excitement of seeing each other in person. This week will be centered around building connections with each other and with technology.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    March 12, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see today’s message which includes important information regarding middle and high school students return to campus.

    COVID-19 Dashboard updated

    Please visit www.fcusd.org/COVID to see this week’s Dashboard update

    Secondary schools reopening updates

    6th-grade students are back on campus

    All 6th-grade students are allowed to be in-person for Hybrid learning, per the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Mills Middle and Mitchell Middle students in Group A will return to campus on Tuesday, March 16. Students in Group B will return to campus on Thursday, March 18. Specifics from each school will be shared with families and students directly. Folsom Middle and Sutter Middle 6th-graders will continue coming to campus in the Hybrid model.

    It was exciting to welcome back 6th-graders to campus last week at Folsom Middle and Sutter Middle. To see pictures of what this looked like, please visit our Facebook page here

    7th - 12th-grade students return to campus update

    As of this message, we have not received notice of our application to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to return 7 - 12 grades for in-person learning while we remain in Purple Tier. Fortunately, all indications are that the county will be announcing a move to Red Tier Status by next Tuesday, March 16. Guidelines allow us to reopen the day after being moved to Red Tier. Therefore we are planning to reopen our secondary schools for grades 7 – 12, on Wednesday, March 17.  

    Pending our move to Red Tier status, Hybrid return to campus next week will be:

    • Students in the A Group will come to campus on Wednesday (3/17)
    • Students in the B Group will come to campus on Thursday (3/18) and Friday (3/19)
    • Students in the D Group will continue Distance Learning

    All students will follow the same Hybrid Bell Schedule beginning Monday, March 15

    REMINDER: The Hybrid Bell Schedule is the weekly schedule of classes that all students will follow, whether they have chosen in-person or full Distance Learning.

    The District is excited to see students from 7th - 12th grade back on campus! To see what a day in the life of our secondary students, and the safety measures in place, please watch this video, narrated by Student Board Member Ally Gallant.

    Parent Summit: Hispanic voices for education

    Hispanic families and allies are encouraged to attend the next Parent Summit which will be held virtually on  March 24, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please see the attached flyer to register. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link via email.

    The purpose of this event is to provide a brave and safe space for our Hispanic families and allies to build community and to facilitate advocacy, agency, and activism for our Hispanic students. Give your voice to what Hispanic families need based on their unique, individual, and collective experiences in Folsom Cordova Unified School District

    Read Across America: Read along with Dr. Koligian!

    The District enjoys celebrating Read Across America in March, a chance to highlight books and the joy of reading. Oak Chan Health Assistant Brit Renshaw was impressed with the book All Are Welcome and reached out to our Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Koligian who read the story out loud so we can all enjoy it.  According to Renshaw, “This book has been on my radar for a bit, enjoying it because of its touch on diversity and inclusion. What pushed me over the edge to reach out to Dr. Koligian is the fact that this book was just nominated as a CYRM nominee (California Young Reader Medal),

    Thank you, Ms. Renshaw and Dr. Koligian! Now, please sit back watch here and enjoy reading along to All Are Welcome!

    Vaccinations for education

    We want all FCUSD staff to be safe and feel safe. The District’s Health Department teamed up with Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) to offer our staff the COVID vaccine at two clinics. See what that looked like here! 

    Additionally, District communication continues to inform staff of vaccine clinic opportunities throughout the area so all staff has an opportunity to be vaccinated if they wish.

    We are Stronger Together / Safer Together #TeamFCUSD

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Secondary Families

    March 10, 2021

     

    Dear Secondary Families:

    Next steps for returning secondary students to campus in Hybrid Schedule

    As we prepare for secondary students to return to campus in the Hybrid Schedule, and in alignment with the grading period, the majority of our secondary sites will be transitioning to the Hybrid Bell Schedule this Monday, March 15. Please keep reading.

    Note: This transition has already taken place at Folsom Middle School and Sutter Middle School as they welcomed 6th-grade students back to campus last week.

    Schools transitioning to Hybrid Bell Schedule on Monday, March 15 include:

    • Mills Middle
    • Mitchell Middle
    • Cordova High School
    • Folsom High School
    • Folsom Lake High School
    • Vista del Lago High School

    Schools remaining on their current Distance Learning schedule until notified by their principal include:

    • Kinney
    • Prospect Community Day School  
    • Walnutwood

    ***Please watch for specific information from your school site regarding schedule changes***

    IMPORTANT: As of this message FCUSD has *not* been given a date by state authorities or public health, allowing us to bring 7 - 12 grade students onto campus. However, we anticipate that authorization to be soon.

    As of right now:

    • Mills Middle and Mitchell Middle will welcome 6th graders to campus next week as this has been previously allowed by public health.
    • Grades 7 – 12 will remain in Distance Learning but will follow the Hybrid schedule starting Monday until we have clearance from public health to allow all grade levels on campus. Again, please watch for specific information from your school sites.

    School site and District communication will continue to keep you informed and updated.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    March 5, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD community: Please see the Board Briefs and Updates below.

    Secondary schools update

    FCUSD found out from public health on Tuesday night that we could reopen campus for 6th graders. Staff and families mobilized quickly. Two days later we welcomed Folsom Middle and Sutter Middle School 6th graders to campus in a Hybrid schedule, and in alignment with the schools’ trimester schedule. 

    It was an exciting day! Get a glimpse of what the day looked like by visiting these links:

    News coverage from ABC10 and our post on Twitter.

    We are excited to welcome our 6th graders at Mills Middle and W.E. Mitchell Middle on March 16, which will be when their new quarter begins.

    FCUSD eagerly awaits a decision by public health to allow us to bring back ALL middle and high school students, and we will keep you informed as soon as we are notified. As a reminder, all secondary students are allowed to return to campus in Hybrid as soon as one of these conditions are met:

    • California Department of Public Health approves our second request to return secondary students to campus while in Purple Tier
    • Sacramento County moves to the Red Tier

    Faculty and staff are ready for secondary students. Want to see what school will look like for them? Check our Secondary: Welcome Back to Campus Video

    Many thanks and credits to Student Advisory Board Member Ally Gallant for her narration of the video and her leadership!

    Athletics and Extracurricular activities update to the Board

    Athletics and other extracurricular activities such as performing arts provide a valuable experience for students. FCUSD is pleased that state and public health authorities are allowing these activities as long as all health measures put forth by public health are followed.

    For information on performing arts, band, drama, and after-school clubs, please contact your school or program advisors.

    Currently, several secondary athletic teams are practicing and competing. Outdoor sports are allowed to take place. Indoor sports are still waiting to be approved by public health. 

    IMPORTANT: For specific information on transportation, specific safety measures for each sport, and information on limited observation for spectators, please contact your school or coach directly.

    A few athletic highlights:

    • Football started full-pad contact practice and games will be starting as soon as next week
    • Cross county meets are taking place at all three comprehensive high schools
    • Tennis and Golf are competing in league games now
    • Soccer, baseball, softball will be starting competition soon
    • Swim will be starting this month
    • Middle school sports will be offering track and field after spring break 

    To learn more about what is taking place at our comprehensive high schools, please visit the schools’ athletics pages:

    Board approved motions at last night meeting included:

    Memorandums of Understanding with Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA)

    Please see attached.

    2020-2021 Second Interim Financial Report, for Period Ending January 31, 2021, with Positive Certification

    Please see attached.

    All Board Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on our website: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/SB_MeetingListing.aspx?S=36030240

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Middle School Families

    March 3, 2021

     

    Good morning middle school families:

    Late last night, we were granted approval by Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) to bring 6th-grade students back to campus in a Hybrid model. We have been preparing for bringing our secondary students back to campus since the fall. All health and safety measures are in place. Knowing how important it is for students who are eager to be on campus, and in alignment with the grading periods, we will begin in-person Hybrid instruction tomorrow with a small group of 6th-grade students. Please keep reading for important dates and information.

    Folsom Middle School and Sutter Middle School ONLY

    March 4th,  All students from Folsom Middle and Sutter Middle begin the Hybrid Bell Schedule. (Your principal will send out additional information today) 

    March 4th and March 5th, 6th-grade students who have elected in-person and are in the “B group” will come to campus. Monday, March 8th is an Asynchronous day for all students

    March 9th & 10th, 6th-grade students who have elected in-person and are in the “A group” will come to campus.

    Your school site will be communicating with you directly with specific information. Please watch for more information to be emailed.

     

    Mills Middle School & Mitchell Middle School ONLY 

    For the remainder of this week and the week of March 8th - 12th, students will remain in Distance learning to complete their end of 3rd quarter work. 

    March 15th,  6th grade will begin in-person, 7th and 8th grade will remain in Distance Learning but will follow the Hybrid Bell Schedule.

    March 16th and 17th, 6th-grade students who have elected in-person and are in the “A group” will come to campus.

    March 18th and 19th, 6th-grade students who have elected in-person and are in the “B group” will come to campus.

    Your school site will be communicating with you directly with specific information.  Please watch for more information to be emailed.

    We are grateful that SCPH has approved 6th-grade, in-person presence on campus. We also learned from SCPH yesterday, that they disapproved of our application to return all middle and high school students for in-person Hybrid instruction while in Purple Tier status. However, we are still actively pursuing the CDPH waiver as an appeal. Whether the CDPH application is approved or not, once our county enters the Red Tier, we will be able to reopen grades 7-12 for in-person Hybrid instruction.

    FCUSD faculty, staff, and leadership are working diligently to make this and future transitions as smooth as possible, and everyone at the District appreciates the understanding and partnership of our parents as we shift schedules and daily activities.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    March 3, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD community:

    The COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated. Please visit:

    www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Public health approves our request to bring 6th grade back to campus

    Late last night, we were granted approval by Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) to bring 6th-grade students back to campus in a Hybrid model. All middle school families have been notified. Please see the attached letter from SCPH, giving us their approval.

    In order to align with the grading periods, 6th-grade students at Folsom Middle and Sutter Middle will begin returning to campus tomorrow. Students at Mills Middle and W.E. Mitchell Middle will return on March 16. Parents, please check your inbox for details from your school.

    We are excited and ready for all secondary students to come back safely to campus. For months we have worked hard to implement safety measures, provide training, and set up advanced technology in the classrooms. In fact earlier this week 8th-grade students gave 6th-grade students tours of their campus to show them around and make new friends. To see some pictures of what this looked like, head over to our Facebook post.

    We also learned from SCPH yesterday, that they disapproved of our application to return all middle and high school students for in-person Hybrid instruction while in Purple Tier status. We have resubmitted the application to CDPH with additional rationale regarding our phased reopening. Please note, that whether the application is approved by CDPH or not, once our county enters the Red Tier, we will be able to reopen grades 7-12 for in-person Hybrid instruction.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Secondary Families

    February 26, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD secondary families:

    We have been in correspondence with Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) and responded to their request for revisions, regarding our application to allow 6th grade for in-person Hybrid instruction. The reply we received from SCPH is as follows:

    “We received the FCUSD Safety Plan re-submission this morning, thank you for the revisions. As a reminder, once revisions are re-submitted the local health jurisdiction has 7 days for review. This time window allows the school team to carefully review the plan and provide comprehensive feedback. The SCPH school team will complete this review as quickly as possible.” 

    Given this notice from public health, we will remain in full Distance Learning at all middle and high schools next week. 

    Public health has seven days to respond to our revisions. We will notify all faculty, staff, and families next week when we learn about the option to return 6th grade to in-person instruction. 

    We have not yet heard from public health if our application to return all secondary, for in-person Hybrid instruction in the Purple Tier has been approved. We will keep faculty, staff, and families informed as information is shared from public health.

    All future updates will be shared next week. Please enjoy your weekend.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Secondary Families

    February 25, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD secondary families:

    We are eager to see our secondary students, safely back on campus in a Hybrid model as soon as possible and as allowed by public health. We also recognize the notice for when that will happen may come with a tight turnaround for families to make arrangements. Please know that we are committed to keeping you informed on a regular basis, and as soon as we have information to share, so you can have the information you need to plan. Please keep reading.

    FCUSD and FCEA MOU agreement

    FCUSD and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA) are pleased to announce a joint communication, attached here, regarding the MOU agreements that address the impacts and effects of secondary certificated staff returning to in-person hybrid instruction.

    Public Health allowances for in-person Hybrid instruction

    Pending public health approval, secondary students may be allowed to return to campus in the upcoming days. In yesterday’s message, we shared the status of our application process with public health.

    To view all messages to families, please visit: www.fcusd.org/2020-21schoolyear

    We have submitted requests to public health that would:

    • Option #1: Allow us to return 6th grade to campus in a Hybrid model per CDPH guidelines
    • Option #2: Allow us to return all middle and high school students to campus in a Hybrid model, per the CDPH Specific Safety Application process

    Grading periods (grading period dates can be viewed at the bottom of the Instructional Calendar)

    In order to minimize instructional disruption, it is in the best interest of students to align the transition from full Distance Learning to Hybrid schedules with the grading periods.

    Trimester grading period begins March 1

    Folsom Middle School and Sutter Middle School are on the trimester grading cycle. Students at these schools could* begin Hybrid, on-campus presence as early as next week, Tuesday, March 2 in either of the options pending public health decisions.

    • Option #1: 6th grade only*
    • Option #2: 6th - 8th grades*

    Semester grading period begins March 15

    Mills Middle School, W.E. Mitchell Middle School, Folsom Community Charter 7 – 8, Folsom Lake High School, Kinney/Prospect 7 – 12, Walnutwood High School, Cordova High, Folsom High, and Vista del Lago are on the semester grading cycle. Students at these schools could* begin Hybrid, on-campus presence as early as Tuesday, March 16 in one of the options we are pursuing with public health.

    • Option #1: 6th grade only*
    • Option #2: 6th - 12th grades*

     *Pending approval from public health

    Please note: It is the District’s intention to bring back as many grades to campus as allowable by public health. If public health approves both options we are pursuing, the District will act on Option #2 to bring back grades 6 - 12 as soon as aligned with the above grading periods. 

    We realize waiting for more detailed information is difficult for families, students, and staff. Please know your FCUSD leadership team, teachers, and support staff have been working hard, planning for this transition. As soon as we are notified of a decision from public health, your District and school will communicate specifics directly to parents. Please continue to check your email.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    February 24, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see today’s message with important updates

    COVID-19 Dashboard update

    The FCUSD COVID Dashboard has been updated as of today. Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Secondary students, Hybrid schedules, and return to campus

    Middle and high school families, please look for an email from your principal with general information regarding upcoming Hybrid schedules.  

    While we are waiting for the county to move to Red Tier status, FCUSD is actively and concurrently, pursuing two potential options within California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines to bring secondary students back to campus in a Hybrid model, while in Purple Tier status, and has submitted all necessary applications and documentation. Our requests to CDPH are:

    1. Allow us to return 6th grade to campus in a Hybrid model per CDPH guidelines
    2. Allow us to return all middle and high school students to campus in a Hybrid model, per the CDPH Specific Safety Application process

    We anticipate hearing from public health soon as to their decision. As soon as we are notified, the District and schools will communicate specifics directly to parents. Please continue to check your email.

    Elementary families: Friday, Feb 26 will be full Distance Learning

    As a reminder, all elementary students will be in full Distance Learning, Friday, February 26. Students will begin their day with a synchronous meeting with their teacher in the morning, and asynchronous work for the remainder of the day to allow teachers time to prepare report cards. 

    Thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your patience.

    Health Programs Tobacco Prevention Parent Newsletter

    From FCUSD Health Services, Tobacco Use Prevention Education Programs 

    Please read the attached newsletter from Health Services which includes information on social media influence in youth vaping trends, tips for talking to your kids about the risks associated with tobacco and marijuana use, and refusal skills to support healthy choices. Resource links provided for teen-based support addressing nicotine addiction/tobacco cessation.

    For further support and resources for student and staff mental wellness, please visit our website: www.fcusd.org/wellness

    A similar message and newsletter for staff was shared today

    For questions or more information, please contact Lea Rathbun at lrathbun@fcusd.org

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    February 22, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD community: Please see the Board Briefs and other updates below.

    Resolution declaring February to be Black History Month

    At the February 18 Board meeting, the Board adopted a Resolution declaring February as Black History Month. Please see attached.

    Black History is American History and the District is committed to recognizing, celebrating, and bringing awareness to the contributions the Black community has made to American history and culture. The District is proud to adopt this resolution to formally recognize what has been a long-standing tradition, recognizing February as Black History Month. 

    It’s important to note, that aligning curriculum and pedagogy to improve student learning and awareness of the contributions made by Black Americans to our society, creating a climate of inclusivity for our Black students and staff, and identifying and mitigating systemic racism and inequities, is an ongoing and urgent District objective.

    Secondary timelines for returning to in-person Hybrid schedule

    District staff is diligently pursuing every opportunity and possibility to bring back middle and high school students to campus, safely and as soon as possible. 

    At the February 4 Board meeting, the Board approved middle and high schools to reopen in Hybrid, five days after Sacramento county has been moved to Red Tier status, and specifically approved FCUSD plans to align with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance, knowing that guidance has and may continue to change.

    You may remember that on February 10, CDPH provided an update to their Jan 14 guidelines, allowing school districts to apply for in-person return to campus, while in the Purple Tier, through a multi-step process. 

    District staff has pursued this latest option and has submitted the necessary Letter of Intent and Specific Safety Application to CDPH. Public health has seven days to respond with approval, denial, or additional requirements. 

    As we wait for either 1) the county to move to Red Tier or 2) CDPH response of the Safety Application, we are ready to welcome back middle and high school students as soon as allowed by state authorities in a Hybrid model. With this in mind, the Board further approved in-person Hybrid schedules as follows:

    • If approval occurs between grading periods, (prior to March 1 for Trimester schools, prior to March 15 for Semester schools), In-person Hybrid instruction starts on the first Tuesday of the beginning of the next grading period (March 2 for trimester schools, March 16 for Semester schools).  
    • If approval occurs after grading periods, (after March 1 for Trimester schools, After March 15 for Semester schools), In-person Hybrid instruction starts the following school day. 

    Learning recovery plans

    At the February 18 Board meeting, staff presented plans to address learning challenges brought on by the pandemic and Distance Learning. To see staff’s presentation, click here.

    Update on high school athletics

    On January 25, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced criteria for certain fall sports to compete as long as all safety measures are observed. Last week the California Department of Public Health released new guidance for youth sports. To see the guidelines dated February 19, please click here.

    For FCUSD, student-athletes in cross country, boys and girls golf, swimming, tennis, and track and field (coming up in March) are eligible to compete and coaches are working with area leagues to begin scheduling those opportunities.

    CDPH’s new guidelines will allow for these additional outdoor sports:  baseball, softball, lacrosse, football, and soccer, once the county meets the newest metric of 14/100,000 cases per CDPH. Start dates have not been determined and site administrators will communicate directly with students and families.

    This will be the most unusual high school sports season we have all experienced and we ask everyone for grace, patience, and help.

    As there are modifications due to safety measures, there will most likely be a bottleneck of facilities needed to be accessed. Collapsing fall, winter, and spring sports into a truncated timeframe will create some scheduling challenges. There will be additional challenges with transportation and parents may be asked to help transport their children. Please know that everything that can be done, will be done to create access to safe and engaging sports experiences for our student-athletes. Please also be aware that schedules and locations of events may change due to a variety of factors.

    Enrolling for the 2021-22 school year, deadline extended to Friday, Feb. 26

    Important reminders:

    Emergency contact: Please provide information for someone close to home. If needed, think of someone who would be able to get to the school quickly. 

    Correct contact information: Please provide accurate email and phone numbers during registration. This contact information is what your school and District use to email, text, or call you with important school and district announcements and updates.  

    Photo permissions: Help us celebrate your student! We love to showcase student achievements and school events on FCUSD communication platforms. Stories such as this and this and this and this

    To approve sharing your student’s image or name on FCUSD communication platforms, please check: No I do not want to opt-out 

    If you do not wish for your student’s image or name to be shared on FCUSD communication platforms, please check: Yes, I do want to opt-out 

    Reminder: Free COVID testing, available throughout the area

    A reminder that if you would like a free COVID test, our local public health office has free testing sites throughout the county! Click on the link here, to find a location near you. Appointments are required.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    February 19, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    Typically you would be getting Board Briefs and updates today. Unforeseen delays in the day got in the way of getting that to you. Please accept our apologies.

    The updates will be sent next week on Monday. 

    Hope you have a happy and restful weekend.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    February 12, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD families: Please see the Board riefs and updates below.

    BOARD BRIEFS

    Last night at the Special Board meeting, the Board considered options for reopening secondary in-person options. Staff also updated the Board on school enrollment dates.

    Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year has been extended to February 26. For more information, please visit: www.fcusd.org/enroll

    Secondary school in-person reopening updates:

    As you will recall, last week the Board directed staff to explore opening 6th grade, as the language in the January 14 California Department of Public Health Guidelines indicated that 6th grade could open once the COVID case rate fell below 25/100,000. Sacramento is now at that metric.

    HOWEVER: On Wednesday, February 10  the Governor's Administration announced a Safety Review Process for schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) asserting that compliance with the January 14th K-12 Schools Guidance (Guidance) would mean offering fewer students in-person instruction than previously planned. 

    ***This allows school districts like FCUSD, already in a phased reopening status to apply for a waiver to reopen on-campus hybrid instruction for all grades, while in Purple Tier, and if the Safe Schools for All, Safety Review Request is approved.***

    FCUSD has submitted the Letter of Intent and is in the process of submitting the required Safety Review Request application. More information and details will be provided at the upcoming Board meeting on February 18.

    Why does everything take so long?

    With the ever-changing parameters given to school districts by state authorities, we know this can be confusing and frustration.

    This has been an arduous process for all. Students, teachers, staff, and leadership look to our governing authorities for guidance and are adapting to the changing and evolving situation while staying diligent, making sure all safety and health measures are in place and followed.

    We are pleased that we have successfully brought back to campus, Elementary Hybrid, Special Ed Cohorts, and students in Expanded Care and Learning.

    We are pleased to be able to continue offering Distance Learning for those families who choose this learning option.

    We are not done. Many students who want to come back have yet to be allowed, and we will stay the course with the state process, to ensure safe on-campus learning is available for every student who wishes. 

    We will keep you informed as to the progress of this process.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Elementary Families

    February 9, 2021

     

    Dear families of elementary students:

    Friday, February 26 will be in full Distance Learning. Please keep reading.

    February 26th was originally planned to be a Super Minimum Day for our elementary students. In the traditional 2020-21 school year calendar, this day was planned for teachers to prepare report cards. However, due to our current Distance Learning and Hybrid schedules, it is not possible to arrange the day in the same manner. 

    All elementary students will be in a Distance Learning model on Friday, February 26. Students will begin their day with a synchronous meeting with their teacher in the morning, and asynchronous work for the remainder of the day to allow teachers to prepare report cards.

    Thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your patience.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Secondary Families

    February 5, 2021

     

    Dear Secondary parents and guardians, 

    FCUSD’s priority continues to be connecting with our students to support their academic, social, and emotional success with a positive school experience. Attendance is still the key to learning – whether online or in a classroom.  

    Beginning February 1, secondary sites transitioned to a new phase in their attendance and engagement tracking. On Mondays, students will continue to follow the distance learning bell schedule for their school and attend one online meeting. In PowerSchool, families will now see a bell schedule and teachers will be recording attendance for all classes on Mondays. This year, under Senate Bill 98, attendance is measured by student participation and engagement. Student attendance in their asynchronous classes is determined by the assignments and/or learning activities assigned by the teacher. Students are expected to submit the assignments and/or learning activities for Mondays, or make contact with their teacher.  

    Teachers will post Monday’s asynchronous learning activity no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Students must complete the learning assignment OR contact the teacher no later than 30 minutes before the end of the instructional day. This will allow teachers to take the state mandated attendance. If students do not submit their assignments and/or learning activities 30 minutes before the end of the instructional day, they will be marked absent and parents/guardians will receive a robocall home as notification that their student did not complete the asynchronous learning activity during the school day on Monday.  

    Parents/guardians do not need to call to excuse an absence generated by the student not completing the learning activity for the day. Parents would continue to call for other scenarios such illness, etc. For an absence generated by missing work to be cleared, the student must complete the assigned learning activity before 11:59 p.m. Monday, and make contact with the teacher via email confirming the assignment has been completed. As we implement these changes, the robocall will be turned off for Monday, February 8th but will resume on Monday, February 22nd.  

    We understand that remote instruction poses unique challenges and are deeply committed to helping students overcome as many of these challenges as possible.  Together, we can work towards helping your child do well in school every day of the week. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or administrator if you are having any questions or challenges with attendance.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    February 5, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD community: Please see updates below from last night's Board meeting.

    Plans to reopen for in-person Hybrid instruction at middle and high schools

    At the Board meeting last night, the Board approved to align reopening date for schools not yet open to new (1-14-21) CDPH recommended timeline or the earliest day possible under any future directives issued by the Governor or the State. Additionally, staff is directed to take all necessary actions required to open 6th grade in hybrid instruction at the earliest possible date based on the new guidance. 

    Staff presentation is attached. Please click on this link to view the new California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidelines, released on January 14, 2021.

    Note: The new CDPH document does not modify or supersede the Guidance Related to Cohorts for Children and Youth (first issued on August 25, 2020, last updated September 4, 2020), which applies to groups of children and youth in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments.

    This Board decision allows FCUSD to open middle and high schools for Hybrid in-person instruction, five days after Sacramento County has moved to Red Tier. 

    More information on the timeline and necessary components for opening 6th grade will be forthcoming.

    IMPORTANT: County metrics and tier status changes are based on the State’s CDPH weekly updates. You may notice that Sacramento County reports differ slightly. There is about a one week lag for County metrics to be uploaded to the State’s report. 

    To follow CDPH determinations, please visit their website here: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

    FCUSD looks forward to bringing back secondary students to campus in a Hybrid model and is encouraged by the successful return to campus for our students in Elementary Hybrid, Special Education Cohorts, and Expanded Learning and Care sites. The CDPH required COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) is posted on all elementary school websites and will be posted on all secondary schools websites in advance of their reopening for in-person Hybrid instruction.

    Registration Information for Fall of 2021

    The District is now enrolling students for the 2021-22 school year. While working in conjunction with the County Department of Health and the County Office of Education, and vaccination programs throughout the summer, FCUSD has every hope of opening in a traditional model for those families who wish to return to in-person learning.

    The District will alert the Board of Trustees, and our families, if any contingencies arise from the state that could negatively impact opening our schools in the traditional model.  

    Additionally, the District will offer a full Virtual Academy for the 2021-22 school year. Families interested in the Virtual Academy would still register at their school of attendance now. Final decision to enroll in the Virtual Academy could be made at a later time.

    As of February 1, online registration has opened.

    • Registration paperwork has been distributed directly to families
    • For questions regarding registration paperwork, please contact your school of attendance
    • For general enrollment questions, please visit: www.fcusd.org/enroll

    First Day of Instruction: August 11, 2021

    Proposal for Learning Loss Mitigation: Support for Students

    Staff provided an overview of the District’s Learning Loss Mitigation Plan. Considerations to support students experiencing learning loss focus on:

    • Expanding small cohort groups for in-person instruction 
    • Academic supports
    • Social/Emotional supports
    • Summer programs

    Please see the attached document to view tonight’s presentation. A more detailed plan will be brought to the Board during the next Board meeting on February 18.

     


    Update: FCUSD Celebrates Black History Month

    February 4, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD community:

    Black History is U.S. History and therefore, should be celebrated and highlighted year-round. However, the founding of Black History Month and the celebration of Black excellence was established to acknowledge the many achievements and contributions of Black Americans. For far too long, many of these have gone unnoticed, unrecognized, and untaught. 

    Most of us recognize names such as Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou, but did you know about self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, astronaut Mae C. Jemison, or open-heart surgeon Daniel Hale Williams? To learn more about them and many other Black Americans who have been instrumental in shaping America’s culture and success, please visit this website: www.biography.com/tag/black-history

    In FCUSD, we acknowledge all of our young Black scholars, staff, and community members. Your perseverance, endurance, resilience, and dedication inspires us all. 

    Recent events in our country of racial injustice and violence have illuminated the urgency to challenge the status quo and examine biases that are negatively impacting our Black students, staff, and community members. In the words of Journalist and Civil Right Leader, Ida B. Wells, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Therefore, FCUSD is committed to being a change agent in the community and advancing equity throughout the organization. 

    Over the course of this month, we look forward to sharing stories of Black achievements and the significance of Black History Month. However, we want to be clear that uplifting and supporting Black students and staff is an ongoing District commitment with no end date.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    February 3, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Families:  

     

    The COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated as of today. Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Attendance changes and information:

    Yesterday, we shared a message with secondary families, that taking attendance has changed. Why are we doing this now? The state requirements for attendance changed when Senate Bill 98 was implemented. Our software for taking attendance was recently upgraded in order to keep pace with the state-mandated requirements. However, these changes created confusion amongst staff and families on how attendance will be taking place on Mondays. Therefore, there will be no student absent reports for Monday, February 1

    Please note: Changes to attendance taking for elementary will take place on March 1. Families of elementary students will receive communication reminders before that takes place.  

    Moving forward, this is what middle and high school families can expect, starting February 8: 

    On Mondays, students will continue to follow the distance learning bell schedule for their school and attend one online meeting.  In PowerSchool, families will now see a bell schedule, and teachers will be recording attendance for all classes on Mondays. 

    IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Mondays, while mostly asynchronous, are full learning days which include a morning synchronous check-in with the teacher and student assignments.

    One of the major state-mandated changes in tracking attendance is that this year, attendance is measured by student participation and engagement. In order to accomplish this for Monday’s mostly asynchronous schedule, students are expected to complete the assignments or make contact with their teacher. If students do not do either, they will be marked absent.   

    FCUSD’s priority continues to be connecting with our students to support their academic, social, and emotional success with a positive school experience. Being present for instruction is key to learning, whether online or in a classroom, and the update to our attendance method will not only improve attendance tracking, it will support stronger student connection. 

    We understand that remote instruction poses unique challenges and are deeply committed to helping students overcome as many of these challenges as possible. Together, we can work towards helping your child do well in school every day of the week.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or administrator if you are having any questions or challenges with attendance.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    February 1, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see today’s update below:

     

    Public Health Framework for Reopening In-Person Instruction

    On January 14, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidance for reopening K-12 schools, which includes the requirement for districts to post a COVID Safety Plan (CSP) on all school sites, and an opportunity to reopen after five days in Red Tier status if all requirements for the school checklist have been met. To view the entire document, please click here.

    All of our Elementary Schools have posted their COVID Safety Plan (CSP) on their websites. We continue to work closely with public health to meet all requirements so we may safely reopen all schools for in-person instruction.

     

    FCUSD not eliminating honors for 6th-grade students

    A rumor is circulating in our community that FCUSD is eliminating 6th grade Honors English and Pre-AP Math courses. There is no plan to eliminate 6th grade Honors English and Pre-AP Math courses for the upcoming year. It is important to note that a discussion did take place, in the context of evaluating all of our curricula. Please keep reading.

    During this time of the year, District educational leaders engage in master planning and schedule building for the upcoming school year. Part of this process is to examine how our curriculum and pedagogical practices best meet the needs of all our students. Discussions include evaluating how all learners are best served, including those who are challenged to work above grade level and those who require additional supports to be successful.

    FCUSD prides itself on excellent academic opportunities for all learners and there is no plan or intention to diminish or reduce the challenging opportunities for our students. While the current 6th grade Honors English and Pre-AP Math courses are staying intact, if there are future improvements to meet the needs of students, that will better prepare them for high school success and post-secondary opportunities, FCUSD will pursue.

    We sincerely hope this rumor has not created undue anxiety. The District is committed to timely and transparent communication and will keep our stakeholders informed. 

     

    Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, February 4

    Closed Session: 5:00 p.m.; Open Session: 6:00 p.m.

    The full agenda, instructions for viewing on the District’s YouTube Channel and on Zoom, and instructions for participating in public comments, can be found on our website: www.fcusd.org/virtualboardmeeting

    AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

    Discussion/Action Items:

    Align Reopening Date for Schools Not Yet Open to New (1-14-21) California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Recommended Timeline 

    Staff will present a brief update of the highlights of the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year that was updated by CDPH on January 14, 2021.  The highlights will include what has changed in the guidance, and what the impacts are to FCUSD schools, staff, and students.  Staff will also review the new CDPH recommended timeline for reopening schools not yet open.

    Discussion:

    Registration Information for Fall of 2021

    The District is now enrolling students for the 2021 – 2022 school year. While working in conjunction with the County Department of Health and the County Office of Education, and vaccination programs throughout the summer, FCUSD has every hope of opening in a traditional model for those families who wish to return to “in-person learning.” The District will alert the Board of Trustees, and our families, if any contingencies arise from the state that could negatively impact opening our schools in the traditional model. 

    Proposal for Learning Loss Mitigation- Support for Students

    Staff will provide a brief overview of the district’s Learning Loss Mitigation Plan.  Discussions with lead teachers, Principals, and PL Coaches are on-going in order to create a robust plan to meet the needs of our students.  A more detailed plan will be brought to the Board during the next Board meeting in February.

    Public wishing to provide public comments may choose two options:

    (1) Written public comments can be submitted now, using the Google Public Comment Card Form Link, found on our website, and all written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. This link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 4.

    (2) Public comments can be made during the Board Meeting, via Zoom, as space allows, by using the “raised hand” feature. Due to constraints on our Zoom account, the maximum number of participants in the Zoom room is 300.

    Please note: There are no limitations on the number of viewers watching the live broadcast of the Board Meeting on our YouTube channel.

    UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

    • February 18
    • March 4
    • March 18

     

    In Other News...

    February is Black History Month

    Our students and schools are celebrating in different creative ways this month and we look forward to sharing some of these with you in the upcoming days. 

    To learn more about the struggles and achievements of African Americans, and find valuable information and resources, head over to this website: www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov

             


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