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    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

    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

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    January 27, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see today’s updates.

     

    Winter storm causes power outages in some schools

    The storm last night has left some of our schools without internet or power. If your school was affected by the storm, your principals will notify you of any scheduling changes. 

    COVID-19 Dashboard updated for Jan 27 

    Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID to see the current numbers of positive cases and quarantines. Next update will be Wednesday, February 3

    Secondary schools reopening status

    The Folsom Cordova Unified School District is eager and committed to bringing back our middle and high school students to campus, in a hybrid model, as quickly and safely as possible.  

    Why are middle and high school students not in-person learning now?

    We, like all school districts in Sacramento County, are currently in a holding pattern for reopening until the County is moved from Purple Tier to Red Tier.

    As you may remember, on December 17, 2020, the Board approved the reopening of our middle and high schools to align with the California Department of Health (CDPH) directives for reopening schools, which included a two-week waiting period once Sacramento County has been moved to Red Tier status.

    On January 14, the 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.

    We are currently complying with all guidelines to meet the new CDPH deadlines.

    ***These new CDPH guidelines, including those which allow us to reopen middle and high schools after being in Red Tier for five days, will be brought forth at the upcoming board meeting on February 4.***

    Our commitment to safely reopening our schools has been an ongoing effort since the beginning of the school year. A quick recap of highlighted dates and decisions are below.

    Timeline highlights of decisions and action:

    • September 8: In-person, Expanded Learning and Care opens for Students with Unique Needs and children of essential FCUSD staff.  
    • September 24: Board approves the Roadmap to Reopening, District’s comprehensive and phased plan to reopen schools as soon as safely possible and in accordance with guidelines provided by local and state health authorities 
    • October 19: Small Cohorts of students with special needs opens for in-person instruction.
    • October 22: Board approves to equip all middle and high schools with advanced technology for simultaneous instruction.
    • November 6: Board approves to move middle school reopening to match high school reopening date of January 4, 2021
    • November 9: Hybrid Elementary opens for in-person instruction
    • November 13Sacramento County moves back to the more restrictive Tier 1 Purple
    • January 14: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) releases new guidelines for schools reopening

    We appreciate the many thousands of staff, students, and families who are collaborating with us as we have redesigned dramatically different and educationally excellent options for all FCUSD students, amidst the unprecedented challenges of a pandemic. We will continue to pursue all options with diligence and optimism.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    January 22, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please take a look at highlights from last night’s Board meeting, and information on Kindness Week at the bottom of today’s message.

     

    Mangini Ranch Principal named

    We are pleased to announce that Canen Peterson has been named the Principal for Mangini Ranch Elementary, which will open for students at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

    • To learn more about Mangini Ranch, please visit our website here.
    • To view our announcement of Mr. Peterson’s appointment, please click here.

     

    New Folsom Ranch High School update 

    Last night, the Board approved the schematic design for the new High School in Folsom Ranch, south of Highway 50. To view the schematic, with artist renderings of the new school, please see the attachment.

    The new high school will be designed to meet the needs of 21st-century learners, with innovative and collaborative spaces to encourage academic advancements and positive socialization. 

    Board approval now allows the architect (Rainforth-Grau) to move forward with the next step, which is design development. Following this, construction will be in alignment with future area development growth.

     

    Budget Update: The Impact of the Governor's Proposed Budget for 2021-2022

    Governor Newsom released his proposed state budget on January 8.  

    With revenue growth surpassing original projections, the Governor’s Budget proposal includes a compounded cost-of-living (COLA) of 3.84% as well as additional funding for special education, educator professional development, and mental health services.  The Governor also proposed incentive grants for reopening schools and interventions to address learning loss.  While revenue from the state has been projected slightly higher than originally anticipated, future years are projected to have funding shortfalls.

    To view the entire presentation, please see the attached document

     

    In Other News…

    Next week is Kindness Week! 

    Inspired by the Great Kindness Challenge, we are dedicating next week to Kindness Week and hope you will join us! Be sure to follow FCUSD on Facebook. We will share a positive and kind story from our schools each day and will give you an opportunity to join in the conversation.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    January 20, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see the information below which addresses COVID-19 Dashboard updates, vaccinations for FCUSD staff, and tomorrow night’s Board meeting.

     

    COVID Dashboard update

    The FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated as of 1/20. Please visit our website: www.fcusd.org/COVID

     

    COVID Vaccines for FCUSD staff

    FCUSD is working closely with Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) for the most current updates, regarding access to the vaccination in Sacramento County. We know that the state is working on vaccination distribution for priority group 1a.  Educators are in priority group 1b.  In addition, larger counties, like Sacramento County, are working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to obtain the vaccines to complete priority group 1a and start with the 1b group.  At this time, we have not been given a set date yet for when priority group 1b will have access to the vaccine. 

    In the meantime, FCUSD recently filed the paperwork with CDPH to become a vaccination site for our employees, since we are an approved VFC (Vaccination for Children) site by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Our Health Team is working closely with SCPH to finalize those details.

    As soon as we have more information to share, we will notify our staff directly.

     

    Board Meeting, Thursday 1/21

    Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, January 21

    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:

    • Approve Schematic Design for new High School in Folsom Ranch 
    • Adopt Revisions to the Governance Handbook

    Discussion:

    • Budget Update: The Impact of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2021-2022

     

    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, January 21, 2021. This link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21.

    (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 4
    • February 18
    • March 4
    • March 18

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    January 13, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see today’s message which includes updates to the COVID-19 Dashboard. 

    COVID-19 Dashboard update

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

    As a reminder, the Dashboard displays numbers of COVID positive cases for students and staff with on-campus presence. As last week was in Distance Learning for students in elementary Hybrid, there were lower numbers of students and staff on campus.

    COVID vaccines for educators

    Educators have been prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the Governor’s office. Information pertaining to vaccination for Sacramento County can be found here.

    FCUSD is currently working directly with public health to map out an expedited plan for our staff to receive the vaccine. One advantage FCUSD has is that we qualify as a VFC (Vaccines for Children) provider, a designation from the CDC that allows us to store and administer vaccines for our students by our school nurses. This opens up possibilities for us to offer the vaccine to our employees once they are available.

    Free COVID testing available

    SCPH continues to offer free COVID testing for the community and has expanded locations and hours, including these two additional sites:

    • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS
    • 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    • Indoor Location: Elk Grove, CA 95758 (near City of Elk Grove Council Chambers)

     

    • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS
    • 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    • ​Drive-Thru Location: Cal Expo - ​Gate 5, Sacramento, CA 95815 (near Business 80/Hwy 160)

    Details and information for scheduling an appointment can be found by visiting their website here and on the attached flyer.

    Students coming to campus must be self-screened at home

    Elementary students and students with unique needs who are coming to campus for in-person instruction must be screened at home for COVID symptoms before arriving on campus.

    We encourage all families to use the Frontline Screening tool, a quick online form that can be accessed on your computer or mobile device. Instructions for setting that up can be found on our website: www.fcusd.org/screening

    Secondary schools and Governor’s directives

    The District is encouraged by yesterday’s announcement that Sacramento County’s stay-at-home order has been lifted. Our county is currently in the Purple Tier.

    On December 17, 2020, the Board approved the reopening of our middle and high schools to align with the CDPH directives for reopening schools, which includes a two-week waiting period once Sacramento County has been moved to Red Tier status.

    For more information, please visit the CDPH website.

    In order to advance to the next tier, and as stated on the CDPH website:

    1. A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks.
    2. A county must meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier for both measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.
    3. In addition, counties must meet the health equity criteria to demonstrate the county’s ability to address the most impacted communities within a county.

    Once we qualify in Red Tier status, the District is prepared to open our middle and high schools for in-person, Hybrid instruction, with safety measures and advanced technology in place.

    Current events in Washington D.C.

    The lawless actions at the United States Capitol last Wednesday, and the ensuing events, have provoked strong emotions of anger and anxiety amongst many staff and students. As we grapple as a nation and community with the discourse, we affirm that:

    • Violence and hate are never solutions to anger
    • All people deserve to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity
    • Our diversity is our strength
    • Our students deserve safe environments for learning and expression

    We want our FCUSD community to know that the District is committed to providing support for the physical and emotional wellness of our students and staff. Wellness resources to help parents, students and staff can be found on our website:: www.fcusd.org/Wellness

    Mangini Ranch Elementary School opening

    Our newest campus, Mangini Ranch Elementary School in Folsom is scheduled to open in August for the 2021-22 school year and will feature an innovative, two-story single building design with state-of-the-art collaborative spaces for students in grades K-5. We are in the process of evaluating candidates for the school’s principal and are excited to welcome current and new FCUSD students to Mangini Ranch Elementary next school year!

    More detailed information will be available soon. General registration information for all students can be found here: www.fcusd.org/enroll

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    January 8, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Families:

    Students participating in Elementary Hybrid will return to campus on Tuesday, January 12. All elementary schools will be open. 

    We continually appreciate the diligence of our families and staff, practicing all safety measures, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Please read the following information, regarding daily screening.

    Self-screening for COVID symptoms required

    All students coming onto campus must be self-screened before coming to school. Frontline Health Portal is our preferred method. Here’s why...

    • Frontline Health Portal helps us with quicker and more efficient contact tracing, should your student come into contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
    • Frontline Health Portal is a quick and efficient way to let us know your child is healthy.

    Frontline can be accessed from your computer or mobile device by downloading the app, available on Android and iPhone devices. Search: Frontline Health Portal

    Detailed instructions for using Frontline Health Portal can be found by visiting: www.fcusd.org/screening

    If you are unable to access Frontline Health Portal, please continue to use the paper screening tool. Information and a downloadable pdf can also be found on www.fcusd.org/screening  

    Please note: Daily text reminders for self-screening will be sent at 4:00 p.m. from January 11 - 15, then every Monday at 4:00 p.m. thereafter. This text message will read:

    From FCUSD: Reminder, all students who come on campus, must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Please visit: www.fcusd.org/screening  

    Thank you for your partnership as we work to keep your student and their fellow students safe.

    In Other News…

    Granite Center in good hands

    We are happy to announce the sale of the Granite Grammar School to the Folsom Economic Development Corporation (FEDCorp), and the placement of this treasured building on the California Historic Registry. Built in 1915, this building holds dear memories for many residents in the community. As stated by Superintendent Dr. Koligian, “This is a win all around for the citizens of Folsom who value and honor history, education and the unique local culture of Folsom.” Thank you to the Folsom Telegraph for sharing the story. To see more, please visit our Facebook post.

    Strengthening Families online classes begin February 18

    All families have strengths. This class will help them to become stronger. Strengthening Families is a family skills program that parents and their kids in 1st thru 12th grades learn TOGETHER to build a happier, healthier family.

    • 10 weeks
    • Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    For more information, call Health Services at 916-294-9013.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    January 6, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Today’s message includes COVID-19 Dashboard update information and the latest on high school athletics. Please keep reading.

    COVID-19 Dashboard updates:

    The COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated as of 1/6/21. Please visit www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Please note, numbers this week are lower than the last update (12/16/20). This is due to schools and offices being closed for Winter Break, and all schools on a Distance Learning schedule this week. 

    Question: How do we get our data for the COVID-19 Dashboard?

    Answer: FCUSD nurses and health clerks document student COVID positive cases, while our Human Resources team documents staff COVID positive cases. In both instances, contact tracing ensues, which involves correspondence with all individuals who came into close contact with a COVID positive individual while on an FCUSD school or site. This process takes many hours, and sometimes days, to reach all interested parties, answer questions and concerns, and document. Numbers are then gathered and shared with the Communication and Community Engagement Department for posting on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

    We are pleased to provide this transparent information, updated each Wednesday with accurate, district-wide numbers. If there are edits to the Dashboard, because of reporting that was delayed by the Wednesday deadline, they will be date-stamped and noted by end of that same week. Please visit this site often.

    Status of High School sports:

    We are eager to see our student-athletes back on the playing fields and courts, enjoying the sports they love, safely and as soon as possible. In order to achieve this, we are closely following the guidelines for youth athletics, set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Below are upcoming important dates and current information.

    January 11: FCUSD fall sports may resume outdoor conditioning, adhering to all safety protocols in place before Winter Break

    • Sports include Cross Country, Girls Volleyball and Football

    January 19: FCUSD spring sports may begin outdoor conditioning, adhering to all safety protocols*

    • Sports include Golf, Tennis, Swimming, Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Boys Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Sport Cheer

    * Please note, each school and sport’s program will have specific details and availability based on a variety of resources and factors. Please connect with your coach directly if you have any questions.

    January 25: CDPH is set to release guidelines on when and if competitions can resume. Determination of middle school sports will be predicated on these guidelines and more information will be forthcoming. 

    For more information on the latest guidelines set forth by CDPH, please visit their website here.

    For more information from CIF, including allowances for fall sports (Season 1) and spring sports (Season 2), please visit their website here.

    For further information and details, regarding FCUSD athletics, please visit our website at: www.fcusd.org/athletics

    Safer Together / Stronger Together

    We want our students back on campus and we want them to be safe. Please let’s work together to ensure this success. As stated on the CIF website:

    “..we implore ALL Californians to wear a mask, practice social distancing, limit mixing between households, and practice all basic hygiene. This is the way to ensure the best chance for CIF competition to commence by January 25, as allowed by the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.”

    News from Sacramento County Public Health:

    (please note, this is not a Folsom Cordova Unified School District event)

    COVID-19 Public Health Forum Online, Jan. 7

    Sacramento County will hold an online Zoom Public Health Forum on COVID-19 for the community (and media) on Thursday, January 7, featuring a question and answer format with Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye and Rachel Allen, Sacramento County Public Health Immunization Program Manager from 6:00-7:30 pm. This forum will specifically focus on questions the community has about the vaccine and the vaccination process.

    This “community conversation” ​forum format allows the community to get updated on COVID-19 and have the opportunity to ask questions. Advanced registration is required and pre-registered individuals will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting. Register for the COVID-19 Public Health Forums.​

    These forums are held every other week and the next forum will be January 21st, followed by February 4th

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    January 5, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Families:

    Please see the information below with upcoming dates and information as we look ahead to the new year.

    2021-22 school year registration 
    Online registration will begin on February 1, for the 2021-22 school year, for new and returning students. You can expect to receive more information soon, directly from your school site.

    Immunization clinic offered by FCUSD 1/13  (please see attached flyer)
    In an effort for all FCUSD students to meet California’s immunization requirements for in-person learning attendance, FCUSD offers the following options:

    • Students that are MediCal/CHDP eligible, uninsured, American Indian, or Alaskan Native can receive free immunizations.
    • FCUSD is also offering free TDAP shots to all students. No restrictions and insurance is not required.

    Appointments are required
    Contact your school nurse or call 916-294-9013

    Location: Educational Services Center Board Room
    1965 Birkmont Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
    Wednesday, January 13, 2:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

    For more information, regarding California’s immunization requirements, please visit the California Department of Education’s website here.

    Upcoming immunization clinics will be:

    • February 10
    • March 17
    • April 14
    • May 19

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/18
    Schools and the District office will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021, in observance of the holiday.

        


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