2021-2022 School Year!
  • 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

    September 22, 2021

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see the message below for important information and updates.

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

    Celebration and acknowledgement! Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15 – 10/15

    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Our FCUSD family is proud to celebrate the cultures, achievements, and contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx community – diversity that enriches our schools and strengthens our society. 

    Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting these resources below:

    Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, September 23

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

    The full agenda, instructions for participating in-person or on Zoom, and instructions for participating in public comments can be found on our website: fcusd.org/boardmeeting

    Those who attend the meeting in-person are required to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, as per the California Department of Public Health’s latest guidelines, and the health order issued by Sacramento County Public Health.

    AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE: 

    Discussion:

    • Transportation Staffing Shortfall Update

    Information:

    • 2021 Secondary Summer School Report

    The Board meeting will be viewable from the District’s YouTube channel. Public wishing to provide public comments may:

    Submit written public comments prior to the Board meeting, using the Google Public Comment Card Form link found on our website (provided no later than 12:00 p.m., the day prior to meeting). All written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23. This link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 23. 

    Public comments may be made during the Board meeting, in-person at the Education Services Center (1965 Birkmont Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA), or via Zoom. Due to constraints on our Zoom account, the maximum number of participants in the Zoom room is 300.

    UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES: 

    • October 7
    • October 21
    • November 4
    • November 18

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    September 15, 2021

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please read below for important updates.

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

    IMPORTANT: Social media trend, encouraging unlawful behavior.

    Social media challenges are circulating on TikTok, in which students are encouraged to steal or damage school property. This is a nationwide issue that is affecting school districts across the country, our state, and here in Folsom Cordova schools.

    Several of our schools have recently experienced serious vandalism to school property, and theft of school and staff personal property. This is costly and unlawful behavior. The damages and stolen property are then posted and flaunted on TikTok in order for the poster to gain likes and increased visibility. 

    Students participating in this social media challenge may not realize the seriousness of their actions or realize the impact the disciplinary consequences may have. What may seem like a game, is illegal and dangerous. Our principals and staff are monitoring our campuses, and we are working with law enforcement closely on this trend. We are also encouraging parents and guardians to monitor their student’s social media accounts. Please talk with your student about this and explain the seriousness of this issue. If you have any information or concerns, please reach out to your school site principal.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    September 10, 2021

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

    Board approves policy on Equity

    Last night the Board approved a new Board Policy 0415 on Equity which states:

    “The Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) Governing Board believes that the diversity that exists among the district’s stakeholders is integral to the district’s vision, mission, and goals. FCUSD acknowledges that complex societal and historical factors contribute to systemic inequities within the district. Therefore, FCUSD is committed to policy and practices for eliminating predictable opportunity gaps based on a student’s race, ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, geographic location, socioeconomic background, pregnancy, language, immigration status, or religion, or other characteristics and any other marginalized groups.”

    To view the entire policy, please click HERE

    Student presentation on culture and diversity

    A special presentation was given by Pragya Praveen & Natalie Greene, students from Folsom High School who are leaders of the school’s Cultural and Diversity Student Council (CDSC). This student organization is committed to tackling issues of inequality and seeks solutions, so every student feels safe, welcome and included at school. A copy of their presentation is attached.  

    Budget: Presentation of Unaudited Actuals

    Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Sean Martin, presented the Unaudited Actuals Financial Report. This report will be submitted next to the county and state. Highlights of the attached presentation include:

    • About 73% of our budget is tied to ADA (Average Daily Attendance)
    • About 79% of expenditures this year are allocated to salaries* 
      • *Typically, this percentage is around 84%, however, COVID relief one-time funding altered the percentage for this year 
    • About 70% of funds go directly to Instruction and Instruction Related Services

    Remembering September 11, 2001

    Flags at FCUSD schools and District office were lowered to half-staff on Friday in remembrance of the loss of lives on September 11, 2001

    Words cannot express our sadness for the loss and the trauma felt by those involved, and gratitude for first responders’ courage and sacrifice – for running toward danger to rescue and save those in harm’s way. As we reflect on two decades since the September 11 attacks, we are reminded of the profound changes that followed this unthinkable event and the importance of coming together as a nation and caring for one another. 

    We will always remember.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    September 8, 2021

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please read today’s updates, which includes ways our schools celebrated kindness week.

    COVID Updates:

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

    In addition to the Dashboard, you can find helpful information and resources on the same website, by visiting the links on the left-hand column. For instance, community resources for vaccination and testing sites can be found HERE. Thank you for continuing to practice all COVID safety measures. We are stronger together.

    Expanded testing sites for students on modified quarantine:

    If you are notified that your student is on modified quarantine and needs to take COVID tests, your school site will provide you with a link to register.

    Starting next week, we will have COVID Dx modified quarantine testing for students five days per week. The new location will be at the Cordova Lane Center, 2460 Cordova Lane, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The complete schedule can be found below:

    •  Mitchell Middle School, Mondays: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    • Vista del Lago High School, Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Cordova Lane Center, Tuesdays: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    • Cordova Lane Center, Wednesdays: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    • Cordova High School, Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Folsom High School, Fridays:  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Kindness week - Back together, Stronger than Ever!

    Last week, schools across FCUSD celebrated Cool2BKind Week, Back Together and Stronger Than Ever! The kindness celebration, which typically takes place at the start of each school year, setting the tone for positive and respectful school environments. Activities throughout the week focused on building back school, community, and social connections, with a specific focus on equity and inclusion.

    “Investing in social skills instruction and working to create a welcoming environment where students feel safe to take risks is key to laying the foundation for learning,” said Carl H. Sundahl Principal, David Frankel. “Celebrating kindness at the beginning of the school year is one way we do that!”

    Check out some ways our students and staff celebrated Cool2BKind Week to spread love, compassion, empathy, and inclusion throughout our community by visiting our Facebook gallery of pictures here.

    Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, September 9

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

    The full agenda, instructions for participating in-person or on Zoom, and instructions for participating in public comments can be found on our website: fcusd.org/boardmeeting

    Those who attend the meeting in person are required to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, as per the California Department of Public Health’s latest guidelines, and the health order issued by Sacramento County Public Health.

    AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

    Discussion / Action Items:

    • Approve 2020-2021 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report: Actual Revenues and Expenditures Reported on the Annual State Budget Forms, General Fund and Other Funds for the State of California
    • Adopt Revisions to Board Policy (BP) 0415: Equity
    • Approve Certificated Assignments Under a Variable Term Waiver for the 2021-2022 School Year
    • Approve Extending a Substitute Teaching Permit Holder’s Days in a Special Education Classroom by Twenty Days

    The Board meeting will be viewable from the District’s YouTube channel. Public wishing to provide public comments may:

    Submit written public comments prior to the Board meeting, using the Google Public Comment Card Form link found on our website (provided no later than 12:00 p.m., the day prior to meeting). All written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9. This link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 9.

    Public comments may be made during the Board meeting, in-person at the Education Services Center (1965 Birkmont Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA), or via Zoom. Due to constraints on our Zoom account, the maximum number of participants in the Zoom room is 300.

    UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

    • September 23
    • October 7
    • October 21
    • November 4

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    September 3, 2021

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please read below for news and updates.

    IMPORTANT: All schools will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day. Please note that there will be no COVID DX testing at Mitchell Middle School or Vista del Lago on Monday, September 6.

    ABC 10 Teacher of the Year!

    Sandra J. Gallardo teacher, Mike Lobitz, was named the ABC10 Teacher of the Year!   

    Each month, ABC10 and SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union honor an inspiring teacher who has had an impact on students’ lives. Mr. Lobitz, who is in his 29th year of teaching, was honored as the September 2020 Teacher of the Month. Out of the 9 teachers honored during the 2020-2021 school year, he was selected as the Teacher of the Year.

    To see ABC10’s full interview with Mr. Lobitz click here: https://youtu.be/rPsdMAkdGa0

    Visit our Facebook post here to share your words of congratulations!

    Team FCUSD is hiring! Join the best school district in the area.

    Like many organizations, FCUSD is facing a labor shortage. We need your help!

    Spread the word that we are hiring and consider joining Team FCUSD. There are a number of positions available such as bus drivers, yard duties, instructional assistants, and teaching positions. 

    You can have a rewarding career and make a positive impact on student success. Wish to work only occasionally? You might be interested in our substitute pool. We increased pay rates for substitute teachers, and there are many substitute positions for support staff, such as yard duty workers, and instructional assistants.

    Visit: www.fcusd.org/careers to see a list of openings or call 916-294-9000 to ask about working for FCUSD!

    Distance Learning, removed as an option for California school districts 

    Parents may be wondering why we cannot temporarily move a class, school, or a student to a distance learning format. Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) which provided districts the flexibility to offer distance learning, ended this past June. This means that classroom instruction cannot replicate what we did last year with distance learning and hybrid schedules. The new requirements, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130), replaced SB 98 and requires school districts to provide Independent Study options. We have that with Innovations Academy and Walnutwood High School. However, the majority of our students come to school for in-person learning, and we are very pleased that students can be back in class, interacting with their teachers and peers.

    As you may have seen in Wednesday’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the number of students on quarantine is rising quickly, creating a systemic challenge to keep up with the demands of temporary independent study plans. FCUSD teachers are working diligently to meet the needs of these students. We ask for patience and understanding, and mostly your cooperation, to help keep students safely in school.

    School Activities

    We realize the District’s decision to pause on some school activities, such as high school dances and elementary “Fall Festivals” and “Family Movie Nights,” may be confusing and frustrating for parents and community members when events such as sports are still happening. When it comes to athletics, there are different rules and safety protocols, such as regularly scheduled testing of athletes, and signed agreements for safety, that apply to our sports programs, that cannot be applied in the same manner with a social event. Moreover, secondary students and adults have the option to be vaccinated, while elementary students do not.  

    As we stated on Wednesday, no one at FCUSD wants to limit these activities. With the alarming increase in COVID positive cases and high numbers of students in quarantine, we are simply prioritizing student safety and are working hard, with your help, to keep students in class, so they can continue learning in person with their teachers and peers.

    Latest School Guidance from public health

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidelines for schools on September 1, 2021. Please visit the links below for more information.

    Link for: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year

    CDPH K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 Questions & Answers

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    September 1, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Please see the following message for important COVID updates.

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

    You will notice that we have added a column for site populations of staff and students. These numbers are subject to fluctuations.

    COVID safety measures

    As you can see on the COVID-19 Dashboard numbers are on the rise for positive cases and students on quarantine across the District. Currently, District-wide, we have 92 active COVID 19 cases and 960 students and staff on quarantine. These numbers are nearly double what they were last week. Last week we had 55 positive cases and 524 on quarantine.

    As infection rates continue to climb, the District and our school sites are put in the difficult position of trying to create as “normal” a school environment as possible, while also doing everything possible to limit the chances of virus spread and keep the maximum number of students in class. Please remember, our younger students are still not eligible to receive the vaccine.

    Our primary objective is to keep students and staff healthy, safe, and in class for in-person instruction. We are asking for your support and help.

    Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) now strongly recommends students and staff wear face coverings outdoors, especially in situations where students and staff will be in close contact with each other. Therefore, we are encouraging all students and staff to wear face coverings outdoors.

    As a reminder, wearing face coverings indoors remains a requirement per public health.

    Additionally, and per SCPH recommendations, the District is implementing the following practices and expectations for activities and events at all schools.

    1. Limitation on physical “co-mingling” of classes, such as “buddy classes” getting together for indoor activities. There are exceptions, such as music in the elementary grades, but where it isn’t essential, we will push pause on activities where different classes come into contact with each other.
    2. Postponement on school dances for the time being. However, alternative events for students can be explored that utilize outdoor spaces, including mask wearing and minimizing close contact.
    3. Postponement on school-wide events such as “Fall Festivals,” and “Family Movie Nights.”

    No one at the District or your school site wants to limit these activities. We don’t take any decision to restrict school wide events lightly. We know the value of culture and community building that takes place during activities and events. We are simply prioritizing our highest charge, and that is classroom education, and we will use every resource we have to continue safely teaching and learning in person.

    As always, we appreciate the support of our parents and community members as we do all we can to keep our students and staff on campus for in-person learning throughout the school year.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    August 29, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD families,

    Our region continues to experience unhealthy air quality due to smoke from nearby wildfires. Sunday afternoon, District Leadership consulted with health officers at Sacramento County Department of Public Health (SCPH) and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality District (SMAQD) on the impact of unhealthy air quality and school activity. At this time health officials recommend that all activity be moved indoors while schools remain open. Please see the link here to view an AQI chart provided by SMAQD.

    FCUSD schools will be open, Monday, August 30 at their usual times. Please keep reading for more information.

    While predictions for tomorrow indicate a possible improvement in air quality, there is no way to assure AQI levels will move out of the Unhealthy range.

    Parents/Guardians who choose not to send their student to school may do so and absences will be marked excused by the principal.

    For students coming to school tomorrow, please note that all activity will be moved indoors. This includes recess, P.E. and lunch. Athletic competitions taking place later in the day will be monitored for air quality, and depending on the location of the competition, may or may not take place. Your student’s coach and athletic director will keep you informed.

    As a reminder, HVAC systems that support classrooms and common areas are maintained to the highest standards, cleaned regularly and outfitted with Merv 13 filters. All classroom windows and doors will remain closed to allow for maximum air filtration, and to reduce outside smoke from entering.

    We will continue to monitor the air quality situation daily and will keep you informed of any changes. Thank you for your partnership, as we work together to keep all students safe.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 27, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: 

    At the August 26 Board meeting, two new staff appointments were announced.

    A familiar face at Folsom Cordova, Linda Thurlo was named the Director of Fiscal Services. Dr. Crystal Grooms is joining FCUSD as an assistant principal at Vista del Lago. To learn more about them, please visit our website here.

    On the agenda for Board approval was the Governance Handbook

    As a discussion item on the Board agenda, staff presented  Board Policy 0415 on Equity for review. Staff will present the final draft to the Board for approval at the next Board meeting on September 9.

    Mangini Ranch Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Our newest elementary school, Mangini Ranch Elementary was celebrated with a formal Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this week. Dignitaries from the City of Folsom, Sacramento County Office of Education and local elected officials were present and joined the FCUSD Board and Leadership team in formally recognizing this state-of-the-art learning facility. Principal Canen Petersen and staff were on hand to greet attendees and share the successful start to the 2021-22 year for the Mangini Ranch “Longhorns.”

    Head over to our Facebook page to see a gallery of photos from the event.

    Elementary Music Education

    FCUSD is extremely proud of the award-winning music program we offer for students, recognized across the state and nation. Last year when we moved to Distance Learning, our team of music teachers continued providing excellent music education without pause.  

    Excited to be back in person, our Elementary music teachers are working hard in classrooms to continue the tradition of excellent music education. In order to minimize widespread contact exposure, increase safety precautions and allow for manageable contract tracing to occur if needed, our team of music teachers are broadening general music education to begin the year. General Music offers foundational instruction in music theory, singing, rhythm, listening, movement, and recorder (instrument) playing. This allows each music teacher to serve students within individual classrooms instead of multiple classes mixing at each school, which they normally would serve, and thus, minimize contact exposure.

    Foundational music education being provided will be an advantageous precursor to students who will play any instrument. The foundations learned now will easily transfer and will greatly support instrument instruction once it is resumed. Music instruction will continue as robustly as ever in our schools and as COVID safety measures change.

    Opportunities for English Language learners at Adult Education

    Folsom Cordova’s Adult Education offers no-cost English as a Second Language classes. The curriculum focuses on language and literacy skills to help families integrate into the community, work, and school, and is aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standard’s for Adult Learners.  The ESL classes range from beginning-low through advanced, U.S. Citizenship, and workplace skills and trainings. If you know anyone who would benefit from these classes, please share the attached flyers with them – Adult Ed Flyer | English Language Learners Flyer 

    Support for neighboring county families affected by wildfires

    With wildfires burning in our region, our community of educators looked for a way to support students in El Dorado County and throughout the state, whose families are facing damage and loss. 

    The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), in partnership with the Small School Districts Association (SSDA) formed the “CA Kids Fire Relief a two-week statewide effort where students and school communities throughout California are being urged to provide financial and emotional support to those students, families, and schools impacted by the catastrophic wildfires.

    Gift cards for food, clothing, gasoline, and also VISA gift cards may be sent to:

    CA Kids Fire Relief

    Ashley Slovak

    c/o Sacramento County Office of Education

    10474 Mather Blvd. – P.O. Box 269003

    Sacramento, CA, 95826-9003

    Those who prefer to donate securely online can do so via PayPal by visiting: www.tinyurl.com/CAKidsFireRelief 

    The Small School Districts’ Association (SSDA) will distribute all donations to the affected school districts who will, in turn, give the gift cards to students and families in need as soon as possible. Students are also being encouraged to send cards and personal letters of support and encouragement which will be hand-delivered to students and schools in the fire regions.  

    Thanks, in advance, for your support.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    August 26, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD families,

    District leadership is monitoring the air quality, due to nearby wildfires, and are in close contact with both Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality District (SMAQD) and Sacramento County of Public Health (SCPH).

    Please see the link here to view an AQI chart provided by SMAQD.

    Our area is currently experiencing Unhealthy air quality (Level 4). According to SMAQD, this is expected to continue and possibly worsen to Very Unhealthy (Level 5) in some parts of Sacramento County through Saturday.

    Per public health’s recommendation, our schools will remain open, however outside activity on school sites should be moved indoors for Friday. All outdoor vigorous activities such as P.E., and recess will be moved inside. Athletic competitions will be monitored for air quality, and depending on the location of the competition, may or may not take place. Your student’s coach and athletic director will keep you informed. Parents concerned with sending their student to school and students with health sensitivities may stay home and attendance will be excused by the principal.

    In terms of our facilities, FCUSD classrooms were retrofitted with Merv 13 air filtration systems. HVAC systems have been maintained to highest standards and cleaned regularly since last school year when we opened classrooms for hybrid instruction.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Secondary Families

    August 25, 2021

     

    Dear Middle and High School Families,

    Yesterday we turned off our automated attendnace notifications for middle and high school students, due to a malfunction in software programming. Today we were told by the vendor that the problem has been resolved. We will resume sending automated attendance calls for all secondary student absences beginning this evening.

    Thank you for your understanding and patience as we worked through this issue.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 25, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: please read today’s message for important information and updates.

    COVID Updates

    The FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard is now active for the 2021-22 school year.
    Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    To ensure our community is provided with the most recent and accurate information, the updated number of verified COVID-19 positive cases and numbers of students and staff on quarantine will be published on the FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard weekly, on Wednesdays, except for weekends and other non-student days.

    Important: FCUSD does not wait to notify close contacts upon an initial report of a positive case. However, we do wait for official verification before listing the case on this dashboard. This could result in a delay of cases appearing on this dashboard or a discrepancy between the number of notifications received and the actual number of verified cases.

    NOTE: Individuals who are COVID positive are in isolation, not on campus or site, and not double-counted as a quarantined individuals.

    Numbers reported will include only staff and students who have had a presence on an FCUSD school or work site.

    For more information on the District's COVID Communication Protocols please click HERE.

    To better understand the steps leading to either at home quarantine or modified quarantine please see the following infographics for:

    These resources, the COVID-19 Dashboard, and more can be found at our website: www.fcusd.org/COVID

    Transportation update

    Due to a bus driver shortage, we are not able to add any more buses or routes until we can hire additional drivers and train them. We continue to actively recruit drivers, and if you know of anyone who might be interested, please direct them to the listing HERE.

    As a result of this, we are suspending applications for student transportation at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    New Board Policy (BP) 5131.8 Mobile Communication Devices

    As a reminder and to follow up to the information provided by your school site, FCUSD has an updated Board Policy regarding Mobile Communication Devices.

    • Please CLICK HERE for the policy in its entirety
    • The new policy reflects new law (AB 272) which authorizes school boards to limit or prohibit student use of smartphones while at school or while under supervision and control of a district employee, except under specified circumstances (i.e., in an emergency, with permission of teacher or administrator, when directed by student health care provider, when required by a student’s individualized education program). The policy also addresses reasonable search of students’ mobile communication devices, employees’ authority to confiscate a device, and discipline for off-campus use of a mobile communication device that possess a threat of danger to the safety of students, staff, or district property or substantially disrupts school activities.

    Regular Board Meeting, Thursday, August 26

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

    The full agenda, instructions for participating in-person or on Zoom, and instructions for participating in public comments can be found on our website: www.fcusd.org/boardmeeting

    Those who attend the meeting in-person are required to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, as per the California Department of Public Health’s latest guidelines and the health order issued by Sacramento County Public Health.

    AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

    Discussion / Action Items:

    • Approve Revised Governance Handbook
    • Approve the Certificated Assignment Under a Variable Term Waiver for the 2021/2022 School Year

    Discussion Items:

    • First Read: Revision to Board Bylaw Exhibit 9270(c): Conflict of Interest
    • First Read: Board Policy (BP) 0415: Equity

    The Board meeting will be viewable from the District’s YouTube channel. Public wishing to provide public comments may:

    Submit written public comments prior to the Board meeting using the Google Public Comment Card Form link, found on our website, www.fcusd.org/boardmeeting.

    All written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26. This link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 26.

    Public comments may be made during the Board meeting, in-person at the Education Services Center (1965 Birkmont Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA) or via Zoom. Due to constraints on our Zoom account, the maximum number of participants in the Zoom room is 300. The Zoom link and Zoom call-in phone number will be posted on the District’s web page, www.fcusd.org/boardmeeting, approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

    UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

    • September 9
    • September 23
    • October 7
    • October 21

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Secondary Families

    August 24, 2021

     

    Dear Secondary Families,

    Middle and high school families, receiving an automated attendance notification may be experiencing a delay or duplication of notices. While absences are noted correctly in PowerSchool, the software that sends automated notifications for a student’s absence is malfunctioning. This issue is affecting secondary attendance notifications only. Elementary automated notifications are fully functioning.

    The vendor is aware of their software malfunction and is working now to fix the issue. FCUSD is one of many school districts across the county affected by this issue and at this time, the vendor does not have a timeline for resolving it.

    To minimize disruption, FCUSD is temporarily turning off automated attendance notifications for middle and high school students, until this issue is resolved. Elementary absence notifications will continue.

    Please continue to monitor your student’s PowerSchool profile for all up-to-date information, including absences.

    We are very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 20, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    Caring for one another continues to be our message of encouragement and hope. Please keep reading to learn more.

    Support for Afghan students and families

    News of the evacuations and events in Afghanistan are felt close to home. It is with a heavy heart that we watch a humanitarian crisis unfold before us. Those recently arrived and those who have loved ones in Afghanistan are facing unimaginable trauma. Many recent Afghan refugees in our area need support and resources.

    FCUSD warmly welcomes students from Afghanistan to our schools and stands ready to help with their transition to a new learning environment. Translation support for families is available, and staff are ready to assist students and their families make the transition to school as seamless as possible. We are working closely with community partners, such as our local governments, faith groups, and nonprofits to connect resources with need. Below are links to local resources, and information on ways you can help.

    https://bera.house.gov/media-center/amis-updates/afghanistan-evacuation-information

    Afghanistan Evacuation Information Representative Ami Bera's office is collecting emergency information from people who are currently at risk in Afghanistan. The information collected from this form will be communicated to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, USCIS, and other relevant agencies as needed. 

    www.mas-ssf.org

    Social Services Foundation – Muslim American Society
    Muslim American Society-Social Services Foundation is a non-profit that aims to aid families at large, and the Muslim community in particular, with their social services needs

    Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services-Resettlement Services

    World Relief Sacramento-Refugee Resettlement Services

    www.openingdoorsinc.org - Resettlement agency

    FCUSD Homeless Services hosts drive thru supply event

    As summer came to a close, FCUSD Homeless Student Services team focused on equipping at-risk students with the necessary supplies to start the school year right. The team partnered with PowerSchool and a local Relief Society Organization to help set these students up for success. Equipped with a generous donation of backpacks, courtesy of PowerSchool, the organization filled 200 bags with school supplies, hygiene products, and clothing items that were specific to individual student needs. The group also donated additional school supplies to supplement FCUSD’s inventory for the event. Last week, our FCUSD team hosted a drive thru event and gave away 96 backpacks to students in need. The remaining 104 backpacks will be distributed among homeless and foster youth in our District.

    Head over to our website HERE to read more, and visit our Facebook post to see pictures.

    Thank you, PowerSchool, and the Relief Society Organization, for investing in our students and families.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 19, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community,  

    With wildfires burning throughout the state, some very close to us, air quality has been affected. The health and safety of our students and staff remain our priority and due to poor air quality, there may be a need to adjust school-related activities.

    Air Quality

    FCUSD follows safety guidelines in the School Air Quality Activity Recommendations which were created by the California Department of Education in partnership with the California Air Resources Board, California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Association of California School Administrators, and California School Boards Association. When air quality is deemed unhealthy, outdoor activities may need to be moved indoors or canceled. Attached is a chart FCUSD is using to determine when these modifications would take place.  

    You will notice on the attached chart that when the AQI index rises to 151, physical activities, such as recess, P.E., and athletic practices or events will either be canceled or moved indoors. 

    AQI index numbers may vary from site to site, and across the District and region. If your school site is directly affected by high AQI numbers, you will be notified by your principal that activities are moving indoors, are canceled, or are postponed.  If your student’s athletic practice or event is affected by poor air quality, your coach or athletic director will notify you of cancellation or changes.

    Websites providing further information regarding air quality can be found here:

    Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

    AirNow

    Please continue to monitor your email for updates from your school.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 18, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    Our teachers and staff are so pleased that our students are back to learning. We have much to celebrate, such as pictures of the first day of school (take a look here), and a recent news story on our CTE building at Folsom High School which can be seen here.

    We are also facing innumerable challenges. The surge in COVID cases continues to rise, which is creating quarantine situations and health concerns. It is understandable that anxieties and tensions have increased, and now more than ever we need to focus on keeping healthy, positive environments for our students. Like many organizations throughout the state and nation, FCUSD is facing a labor shortage, which also creates operational obstacles.

    You can help!

    • If your student is symptomatic, please don’t send your student to school.
    • Continue to practice health and safety measures set forth by public health.
    • Please continue to exercise patience and grace.
    • Look after one another with care and respect. Taking care of each other will make us all stronger.
    • Let others know that we are hiring! Visit EdJoin.org to see opportunities to join #TeamFCUSD!
    • Maintain a positive outlook - we can face any challenge together.

    We promise to continue keeping you updated as public health updates us and share ways we are implementing safety protocols in our schools, while minimizing disruption to students’ school days. Please keep reading for more information.

    Free COVID testing for students in modified quarantine

    Students who have come into close contact with a COVID-positive individual in the school setting, and are eligible for modified quarantine, will need to take COVID tests twice weekly during the duration of the modified quarantine.

    **If your student has come into close contact with a COVID-positive individual, you will be notified by an FCUSD staff member**

    COVID tests may be done with their primary care provider or through the free COVID testing provided by Sacramento County Public Health locations, or the four locations within FCUSD, in which COVID DX will be present. Prior to going to a COVID DX testing site, an FCUSD staff member will provide a link to the parent or guardian for creating an account.

    Please see below for additional details on times and days of the week for testing locations. 

    Please note: Results from home administered tests, per State and County Departments of Health, will not be accepted to shorten quarantine times.

    COVID DX will be available at these FCUSD locations below:

    • Mitchell Middle School: Mondays, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    • Vista del Lago: Mondays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Cordova High: Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Folsom High: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Testing sites available through Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), include:

    Tuesdays: Cordova Neighborhood Church

    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Closed 1-2PM​)​
    • 10600 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova CA 95670​ | 916-361-8684
    • Complete Registration for Testing: http://www.thefccp.or​g/covid ​

    Wednesdays: Oak Hills Church, Folsom

    For a complete list of all SCPH testing sites, please visit their website HERE.

    FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

    The FCUSD COVID Dashboard for the 2021-22 school year is in progress and will be live next week.

    Our priority is to contact trace and notify families and/or staff who have come into close contact with a COVID-positive individual. That is happening now. The process for data collection while maintaining student and staff confidentiality will be complete by next week, and our community can expect to see weekly updates to the District's COVID Dashboard going forward. Please keep an eye out for more information coming soon.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    August 17, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Families,

    District staff remains committed to student safety which includes following all health mandates regarding the pandemic. 

    If a student comes into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual and needs to quarantine at home for 10 days, there are strategies for keeping the student fully engaged with their teacher, the lessons, and fellow students. Your teacher(s) and school site will work with you and your student to develop a Short Term Quarantine Independent Study (QIS) contract. This may look different from class to class, but overall families can expect common efforts to take place.

    Elementary students

    Students in elementary grades who need to quarantine will work with their classroom teacher and the school site’s Intervention teacher to create an Independent Study contract that may include physical packets of schoolwork, lesson activities through SeeSaw (grades TK-3) or Google classroom (grades 4-5) and remote live interaction with the school’s Intervention Teacher. Upon completion of the quarantine, students will submit any physical or virtual copies of assignments to their teacher. Special education related services will be provided and according to individual needs.

    Secondary students

    Students in middle and high school, with multiple subjects and teachers, will be provided with an Independent Study contract and, in many cases, an opportunity to live-stream into their regular classes using advanced AV technology. This week, our ETIS team is assessing and updating classroom technology that will allow students to interact virtually with their teachers and classmates. Instructional materials for students will be provided in numerous ways that can include, pre-recorded lessons, physical packets of schoolwork, and electronic delivery of school work using Google classroom and email. 

    Special consideration for 504, ELL, and SpEd students will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. QIS does not necessitate an IEP for placement for students receiving special education.

    Settling into the routines of any school year takes a few days, and this year there are more factors to consider than ever. Further details and specifics regarding Short Term QIS will be provided in the upcoming days and as needed by students affected. 

    Staff and faculty are working diligently to minimize disruption to the classroom routine. Please continue to practice all safety measures on and off campus. By staying safe, we can remain together.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 16, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,

    Would you like to contribute to the success of FCUSD students? Here is your opportunity! We currently have many classified positions available including Instructional Aides, Special Education Paraeducators, Preschool Assistants, Food Service Workers, Custodians, Yard Duty Supervisors, Campus Monitors, and Bus Drivers. People in these positions play a key role in supporting our students, teachers, and staff throughout each day.  Many of these positions are perfect for FCUSD families as most are part-time and scheduled when school is in session.

    For a list of what positions are available and links to apply, please view our current job listings here.

    If you have any questions about one of our open positions or the application process, please contact one of our personnel technicians:

    Becky Marquez at bmarquez@fcusd.org for job listings in Folsom schools.

    Ellen Zenobia at ezenobia@fcusd.org for job listings Rancho Cordova schools

    Together, we can make a difference for the children in our community.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 13, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    At the Board Meeting last evening, Folsom High School Senior, Alice Gao was sworn in as the 2021-22 Student Board Member. Congratulations Ms. Gao and thank you for your commitment to serving the FCUSD student body. Join us in welcoming Ms. Gao on our Facebook post HERE,   

    The Board approved updates to the FCUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year. Please see attached.

    Additionally, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, Sean Martin presented the 45-day Revised Budget, also attached.

    First day of school!

    Our first day of school was a success across the district. Over 21,000 students came to class, on-campus virtually through Innovations Academy. We love seeing our students back in school and want to share the moment with you. We took many pictures and posted them on our Facebook page. Head over to our post to view, and please add your first day of school picture in the comments.

    #FCUSDstrongertogether

    #FCUSDback2school

    #TeamFCUSD

    New Administrators Join FCUSD

    We are proud to announce the new Administrators who have joined FCUSD and will serve as leaders at our schools. To see a full list, along with pictures, please head over to our webpage here.

    Join Team FCUSD!

    Over 100 new teachers started with FCUSD this year, and close to 70 support staff joined FCUSD this year - and we are hiring more! FCUSD is a great place to work and many opportunities for career growth are available.

    For a list of what positions are available and links to apply, please view our current job listings here.

    If you have any questions about one of our open positions or the application process, please contact one of our personnel technicians:

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 10, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    First day of school, tomorrow, August 11

    We are excited to welcome our students back to school. The last time all our students were on campus together was in March of 2020. We’ve come a long way since then. While we are still dealing with the impacts of COVID we are better prepared now than when the pandemic began, and we are overjoyed to see our students on campus, in class, and together again.

    As a gentle reminder, and per the public health order, all students must wear face coverings indoors, unless medically exempt. Face coverings are not required outdoors or while actively eating or drinking. 

    Welcome Back Message from Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Koligian

    Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Koligian, shares her welcome back message and well-wishes to students, staff, and families. Please take a moment to watch by clicking on this link clicking on this link HERE.

    Keeping you informed: www.fcusd.org/2021-22schoolyear

    Missed a District email or wish to refer to past messages? All District communications are housed and archived on www.fcusd.org/2021-22schoolyear.

    School Board Meetings resume in person

    • Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, August 12
    • Closed Session: 5:00 p.m.; Open Session: 6:30 p.m.

    The FCUSD Board of Education has resumed in-person meetings and the public is invited to participate in-person at the Education Services Center at 1965 Birkmont Drive, Rancho Cordova CA. The full agenda can be found on our website: fcusd.org/boardmeeting

    Please note:

    • Masks must be worn indoors at all times.
    • The public is invited to attend in person or watch live-streamed on YouTube

     Public comments may be submitted two ways:

    (1) Written public comments may be submitted using the Google Public Comment Card Form link, which will be posted on our website: www.fcusd.org/boardmeeting. All written comments will be given to the Board for review by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12. This link will close by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 11.

    (2) Public comments may be made in person during the Board meeting. To do this, please:  

    • Fill out a speaker card with name and topic (available inside board room upon entrance)
    • Turn in speaker card to Superintendent's Administrative Assistant before the meeting begins

     AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

     Special Presentation:

    • Installation of Student Board Member: Alice Gao, Folsom High School Senior
    • Introduction of New Administrators to FCUSD

    Discussion / Action Items:

    • Approve Updates to FCUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year
    • Approval of the 45-day Budget Revision
    • Adopt Revisions to Board Policy (BP) 6158: Independent Study and Delete (BP) 61576: Distance Learning

     Discussion Items:

    • Transportation Staffing Shortage and Potential Impact

     UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

    • August 26
    • September 9
    • September 23
    • October 7

     


     

    Update from CDPH: Message to FCUSD Community

    August 6, 2021

    Dear FCUSD Community:

    Updated information from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was recently released, providing answers to frequently asked questions. To read this update, please click on this link: K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 Questions & Answers.

    As we learn more from the CDPH and our local health officers at Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), we will keep you informed.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    August 5, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: Much has happened over the past few weeks. To give a quick recap of what our students and staff did over the summer, please keep reading.

    Student summer learning

    This summer 4,656 students were enrolled in the FCUSD summer school program, and 62 students participated in the CTESPP internship program at various local businesses. This equates to over 22% of our entire student body who partook in extra learning and enrichment opportunities this summer. To watch a short video and to see what this looked like, head over to our Facebook post here.

    FCUSD teachers honored

    Cordova High’s Yvonne Thornton was named a Sacramento County Teacher of the Year and moves on to the State level competition. Sandra J. Gallardo teacher, Michael Itkoff has been chosen as ABC10’s August Teacher of the Month! Click here and here to learn more…

    Plans for the new school year have been underway all summer and we are excited to see our students back at school for the 2021-22 school year!

    Mark your calendars - School starts on August 11

    Updates for the 2021-22 school year:

     

    School meals for all students

    All students, at every school, will be able to receive school lunches at no cost to their families, thanks to funding and a program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With one in six children in the United States facing hunger issues, this program will remove an important barrier to learning.  

    All-day schedule for 1st and 2nd grade students begins September 7

    Beginning September 7th, all 1st and 2nd grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a full day schedule. Using one-time funds for COVID mitigation strategies, sites are able to offer full day extension and/or supervised care until the 2:37 bell. More information on full day schedules for first and second grade students will be forthcoming from the site.

    COVID safety measures

    As you are aware, public health officials have ordered all individuals in Sacramento County to wear a mask indoors, which follows similar guidance for K-12 schools from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

    To view a timeline of public health decision making and links, please see below:

     

    07-29-2021     SCPH Order of the Health Officer of the County of Sacramento Directing All Individuals in the County to Wear Face Coverings Indoors in Workplaces and Public Settings

    07-29-2021     CDPH K-12 School Guidance 2021-2022 Questions & Answers

    07-28-2021     CDPH  Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

    07-12-2021     CDPH  COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year

    06-04-2021     CDPH  COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year

     

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    To address questions that families, staff, and students are asking, we have put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) list below. This will continue to develop as we learn of community questions and concerns, and as state and health guidelines evolve.

    Does my student have to wear a mask all day?

    Masks must be worn at all times indoors, unless medically exempt. “Mask breaks” will be incorporated into the day as necessary. Masks are not required outside or while students are actively eating or drinking.

    If my student is exposed to a COVID-positive individual, what happens next?

    Contact tracing will commence for all students and staff exposed to a COVID-positive individual.  

    Depending on if the student is vaccinated or not, and showing symptoms or not, next steps are as follows:

    • If the student is vaccinated and shows no symptoms, they may continue coming to school in person. If a vaccinated student develops symptoms, they would need to follow testing and quarantine guidelines per SCPH and CDPH.
    • If an unvaccinated student shows symptoms, they must follow testing and quarantine guidelines per SCPH and CDPH. 
    • Unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period & within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they are (1) asymptomatic; (2) Continue to appropriately mask indoors; (3) Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10 day modified quarantine; and (4) Continue to quarantine (not participate) in non-school day activities, including sports and activities within the community setting. *

    *NOTE: Testing of students on campus will require parent/guardian consent. 

    Will FCUSD resume reporting numbers on the COVID-19 website?

    Yes. Weekly updates will be provided on www.fcusd.org/COVID, following the first week of school. The COVID-19 Dashboard will not include personal identifiable information, is separate from contact tracing communication, and is for general information only.

    If my student is in quarantine, how will they continue learning?

    Students in quarantine will work with their teacher(s) and school site for a temporary independent study plan. Once quarantine is over, and the student is asymptomatic, they may return to campus.

    May I enroll in Innovations Academy, Walnutwood HS or the FCUSD Homeschool program mid-year?

    Yes. Please let your school site know and they will start the process for you.

    If my student is enrolled in Innovations Academy, Walnutwood HS or the FCUSD Homeschool program will they be allowed to switch to in-person, on campus learning mid-year?

    Yes.* Please let your school site know and they will start the process for you.

    *NOTE: Mid-year re-enrollment at the student’s attendance boundary school will be dependent on space available. If there is no room at their attendance boundary school, the student will be placed at a school site that has room.

    What if a student arrives at school, not wearing a mask?

    School sites will provide students with a mask. If a student has problems with a mask, parents/guardians will be notified by the school, so their concerns may be discussed with the school principal. Please note that all school site administrators must follow public health orders, and the student will not be allowed to return to an indoor class setting without a mask. 

    IMPORTANT: It is the position of FCUSD to minimize disruption, maximize instructional time and work with parents/guardians on solutions for their student. Our focus continues to be on providing outstanding learning experiences for all students, in safe, welcoming environments.

    Do students need to wear a mask while eating or drinking?

    No

    Do students need to wear a mask outside, during recess, or during outside P.E.?

    No

    Will field trips be allowed this year?

    Not at this time. As soon as this changes, we will notify our schools and families.

    Will classrooms and school facilities be cleaned and disinfected?

    Yes. Cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, shared spaces on campus such as multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, front offices, etc., will be cleaned and disinfected daily.

    Will bus transportation be available?

    Yes. However, please note that bus service is limited at the moment due to staffing shortages. While we anticipate staffing to improve, please complete your bus application as soon as possible. You can access that HERE. Thank you for your patience.

    Will students be able to eat meals on campus?

    Yes. Full-service school meals will be provided (at no cost), including hot lunches and salad bar options.

    Are visitors and volunteers allowed on campus?

    Not at this time. As soon as this changes, we will notify our schools and families.

    Will after-school activities, such as sports and clubs be allowed?

    Yes. For specific information, please contact the teacher or coach in charge of the activity.

    Do students and staff still need to physically distance?

    Per public health, there are no more physical distancing requirements, indoors or outdoors. However, it is still a recommendation from public health to maintain social distance if possible. Every reasonable effort will be made to encourage social distancing for students and staff.

    District leaders acknowledge that the last 18 months have been filled with changes, challenges, and at times, unknowns. When looking back to the start of the pandemic compared to where we are now, we have gained new skills and have more information to be and stay safe.  

    Everyone at FCUSD looks forward to a positive and rewarding 2021-22 school year, happy that we can be back together, learning, and deepening relationships with one another. Your student’s education and safety will always be our top priority and we are grateful for the trust you put in FCUSD staff, schools, and programs.

     


    Update: Message to FCUSD Families

    August 3, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Families of High School Students:

    As you may know, with the passage of Assembly Bill 104 (AB 104), there are now provisions that allow high school students to change their letter grades to a Pass or No Pass grade on their transcripts for the 2020-21 school year. 

    AB 104 requires Districts to post a grade change application template and a list of the institutions of higher education that will accept a transcript with a Pass/No Pass grade. The California Department of Education (CDE) has provided information and forms for families who wish to proceed with this option. For more information, please click HERE

    • To request a grade change, please fill out the attached form which is provided in English and Spanish. You may also access HERE.
      • Please submit grade change request forms to your school site
    • To see the list of institutions of higher education that will accept a Pass/No Pass transcript, please click HERE.*

    *Please keep in mind that some postsecondary institutions, including those in other states, may not accept a Pass or No Pass grade for admissions.

    Both the CSU and UC systems have issued guidance on how they will handle admissions and GPA calculations for transcripts with Pass or No Pass grades. The CSU information can be found HERE, and UC information can be found HERE. AB 104 requires CSU schools, and encourages UC and private postsecondary schools, to accept without prejudice any transcripts with Pass/No Pass grades. 

    Students will have 15 days from today, August 3, 2021, to request a grade change. AB 104 states that FCUSD shall not honor grade change requests after 15 days

    FCUSD will have 15 days from the day the grade change application is received to change the transcript and notify the pupil and the pupil's parent/guardian of the change. 

    If you have any questions, please reach out to your school site administrator or counselor.

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    July 30, 2021

     

    To our FCUSD community:

    The latest update from Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), effective today, July 30, is that all individuals in Sacramento County must wear face coverings while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Please click here to read. This includes all FCUSD schools, sites, and offices. This is on top of and in addition to the health order issued on July 12, from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) K-12 Schools Guidance for the 2021-22 school year which stated that all students and staff must wear a face covering. 

    While some guidance is similar to last year, there are some changes as well:

    Continues from last school year:

    • Masks are required indoors for all students and employees regardless of vaccination status
    • Staff and students must stay home when sick
    • Unvaccinated individuals with symptoms, who test positive, or who have close contact exposure must quarantine for the required period 
    • Testing recommendations are in place for individuals with symptoms or close contact exposures
    • Positive case reporting and contact tracing will take place by the District
    • Hand hygiene practices
    • Regular food service operations
    • Masks must be worn on school buses by all students and employees

    No longer required:

    • Masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status
    • Masks may be removed for eating and drinking
    • Hybrid schedules
    • Physical distancing
    • Quarantine for vaccinated* 
      • *unless symptomatic
    • Grab-&-go/individually packed lunch service - lunchtime will resume on campus

    Guidelines for sports, drama, band and other extracurricular activities have not been updated. Until further notice, protocols in place for the 2020-21 school year will continue to be followed. Masks will not be required outdoors.

    The new guidance allows schools to reopen with regular schedules, very little physical distancing, and no masks required outdoors. In addition, school lunch service can resume regular operations.  Compliance with masking indoors is the main portion of safety procedures that remains from 2020-21.

    Other safety strategies our schools will continue to employ:

    • All eligible individuals are highly encouraged to be vaccinated
    • Frequent testing at school sites if needed and upon parent/guardian consent
    • Continued cleaning of classrooms and common spaces
    • Frequent hand washing
    • Option to enroll in Independent Studies
    • Temporary Independent Study option for short-term needs, to be arranged at the student(s) school site
      • For instance, temporary quarantine, COVID positive situations until able to return to class

    Many parents/guardians have reached out with concerns about the indoor mask requirement. The Mask Mandate is Not Discretionary for California K-12 Districts. 

    Per the directive from the CDPH, all California school districts must require that all students and staff wear face coverings at all times when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. All K-12 districts in the state must comply with this mandatory requirement, which includes enforcing it at all school sites. Therefore, local Boards of Education and the Superintendent do not have discretion about whether or not to enforce the mask mandate for students and staff. The CDPH makes clear that districts’ discretion is limited to adopting enforcement protocols that ensure face coverings are properly worn at all times while indoors. CDPH will continue to monitor the situation and will make changes to the guidelines according to levels of community transmission.  

    Please note that districts are to follow safety regulations from state agencies for all people on campus.  To express your thoughts and concerns to state policymakers, please see the links below:

    Governor Newsom: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

    CDPH: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/contact_us.aspx

    Click the link for the complete CDPH Guidance for K-12 Schools from 7/12/2021.

    Continued reminders to students and staff:

    • Teaching and reinforcing use of face coverings, or in limited instances, face shields with drapes
    • Not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently
    • Providing information to all staff and families in the school community on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings
    • Appropriate time to remove a face covering or face shield while indoors only for meals, snacks, nap time, or when it needs to be replaced. 
    • Applying face covering policies on school buses and any vehicle affiliated with the District used to transport students, staff, or teachers to and/or from a school site

    In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, (e.g., communicating or assisting young children or those with special needs) a face shield with a drape (per CDPH guidelines) can be used instead of a face covering while in the classroom as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others.  Staff must return to wearing a face covering in accordance with the second point above when sharing indoor spaces with students.

     


    Update: Welcome Back Message from the Superintendent

    July 27, 2021

     

    Greetings FCUSD Family:

    I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and took time to relax, recharge, and spend time with family and friends. It is with great excitement that we prepare to welcome our students back to campus this August. I am personally looking forward to seeing our students together again and our classrooms abuzz with innovation, creativity, and learning. I am also excited to welcome students and their families starting at our newest schools, Mangini Ranch Elementary, and Innovations Academy! This is an exciting year. Not only is our District expanding with two new schools, we are starting the school year with in-person, five days a week, full-day classes. 

    As a reminder, the 2021-2022 school year begins on August 11, 2021

    Our theme this year centers on how social emotional learning (SEL) can serve as a bridge to educational equity. Our entire community was met with unique challenges this past year – the 2020-21 school year was a year of change for many of our students – but we remain committed to supporting the academic, social, and emotional health of all students. Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment that cultivates curiosity, encourages ingenuity and helps students thrive in their educational journey.

    As part of that goal to provide a safe and healthy environment for all, FCUSD will continue to follow all requirements from public health, including the most recent California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for schools, which states that all students and staff must wear face coverings indoors on K-12 sites, regardless of vaccination status, unless medically exempt. I know that guidelines may change throughout the year, and we may need to pivot and adapt in the future as our state and local health guidelines evolve. An FAQ regarding the latest COVID-19 updates will be forthcoming from our Communication’s Office.   

    As we return to school in August, I challenge us all to make connections – with our students, colleagues, and families. We have many new faces in FCUSD to greet and welcome, and we will finally have a chance to reunite with many of whom we haven’t seen in person for a very long time. I am confident that the lessons we learned from the past 18 months, and the resiliency we’ve developed have made us stronger and better prepared for whatever challenges may come our way. I am also optimistic that our rhythms and routines will begin to feel more steady as we return to school. Lastly, I want to acknowledge the dedication of the entire FCUSD staff who have worked so diligently over many months to prepare for the school year, to our parents and families who are integral to student learning, and are valuable partners in education, and most importantly, to the students of FCUSD who are at the center of all we do. 

    Warm Regards,

    Sarah

     


    Update: Assembly Bill 130: Independent Study

    July 21, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Families:

    On July 9, Assembly Bill (AB) 130 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, making several changes to independent study requirements that all school districts will need to adhere to for the 2021-22 school year. Under AB 130, all families will have the option to choose an independent study option for their child(ren), regardless of the reason for their choice.

    Two of our programs meet this state requirement; Innovations Academy: K-12 Virtual Learning and Walnutwood High School.

    Attached, please see the Notification of Enrollment Options that provides detailed information. English Spanish

     


    Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

    July 21, 2021

     

    Dear FCUSD Community: 

    We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well, and that you are enjoying these weeks of summer. All at FCUSD are excited to see our students come back to school on August 11 and are eagerly preparing for the first day of school.

    We are pleased that we can offer in-person, full day instruction for students at all campuses, as well as alternative options for education including, 100% remote learning through Innovations Academy, independent studies at Walnutwood High School, and a robust TK - 8 Homeschool Charter School to meet the varying needs of students and their families. 

    The COVID pandemic created challenges and disruptions in the 2020-21 school year that affected us all. While state and health guidelines continue to evolve, it is the promise and commitment of the FCUSD team to minimize disruptions to the greatest extent possible so we can continue to focus on the well-being of students and maintain high-quality education for all learners.

    In order to address time-sensitive topics in preparation for the start of the school year, the Board convened last night for a Special Board Meeting. Below is a recap of topics discussed and actions taken.

    SRO contracts for 2021-22

    Board approved the revised 2021-22 Renewal Agreements with the City of Folsom Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for School Resource Officers (SROs).  Additionally, staff will re-engage the District Safety Committee to review and recommend alternatives for school safety that will be presented to the Board by December 2021 for implementation to take place no later than the 2022-23 school year.

    Key points and updates:

    • Two SROs from Rancho Cordova PD will be assigned to schools in Rancho Cordova for the 2021-22 school year
    • Two SROs from Folsom PD will be assigned to schools in Folsom for the 2021-22 school year
    • Increased communication between SROs and FCUSD site administrators
    • SROs will not be assigned a specific school(s), instead will rove to all schools based on communicated needs from site administrators
    • SROs will wear body-worn cameras
      • Folsom PD will implement by September
    • All interactions with SROs and students will be documented with additional details and data points that will include student demographic information, allowing for more robust tracking of interactions.

    The contract language discussed and approved for Folsom PD and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department are attached. To access past information staff presented to the Board, regarding SROs, please visit the following links for the May presentation and June presentation.

    Letter to California Department Public Health (CDPH) Requesting Local Control 

    On July 12, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidelines for schools, stating that students and staff must wear a mask indoors, whether vaccinated or not.

    presentation summarizing CDPH updates was given by FCUSD’s Director of Health Services and can be viewed by clicking here. Reference links imbedded in the presentation can be found below:

    The Board and District leaders recognize and respect the expertise of health officials but would prefer more localized oversight. As such a letter is being sent to the CDPH requesting that COVID mitigating measures affecting our District, including the wearing of masks, be a decision made in cooperation with our local Sacramento County Department of Health (SCPH) officials. Please see the attached letter that will be signed and mailed later today. 

    IMPORTANT: FCUSD’s continuing focus and dedication is on student learning, in a safe and welcoming environment. This includes respect for students and families with differing beliefs and perspectives, as well as the right to advocate as they deem necessary. 

    It is also important to note, that public health mandates and public policy decisions reside in the jurisdiction of state authorities; rules that all school districts in California are legally, financially, and ethically bound to follow. To express your thoughts and concerns to state policy makers, please see the links below:

    Governor Newsom: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

    CDPH: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/contact_us.aspx

    Assembly Bill 130: Independent Study 

    On July 9, Assembly Bill (AB) 130 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, making several changes to independent study requirements that all school districts will need to adhere to for the 2021-22 school year. Under AB 130, all families will have the option to choose an independent study option for their child(ren), regardless of the reason for their choice.

    Two of our programs meet this state requirement; Innovations Academy: K-12 Virtual Learning and Walnutwood High School.

    Following state requirements, we will be sending parents and guardians a letter providing further information and options for independent study. Please watch for that soon.

    As we get closer to the first day of school on August 11, we will continue to keep you updated and informed on safety precautions and protocols. Please be on the lookout for more information.

     


     

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