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  • FCUSD Board Briefs and Updates, Sept 23
    September 23,  2022



    Dear FCUSD Community: Please read below for today’s Board Briefs and Updates.


    Fentanyl use increasing among youth


    Last August we shared information on the dangers of fentanyl which included a powerful video that was shared at last night’s Board Meeting. Please visit this link to watch Zach’s Story and this link to review the August message. 


    Fentanyl, an extremely potent and dangerous synthetic opioid, continues to be a major contributor to drug overdoses in California, including among youth, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard.


    In addition to these concerning trends, brightly-colored fentanyl referred to as Rainbow Fentanyl has been identified as a new trend according to the United States (U.S.) Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)


    Rainbow Fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy. 


    IMPORTANT: Any pill (regardless of its color, shape, or size) that does not come from a health care provider or pharmacist can contain fentanyl and can be deadly.

    • Emergency department visits related to non-fatal opioid overdoses in California’s youth ages 10-19 years more than tripled from 2018 (379 total) to 2020 (1,222 total).
    • Opioid-related overdose deaths in California’s youth ages 10-19 years increased from 2018 (54 total) to 2020 (274 total), marking a 407 percent increase over two years, largely driven by fentanyl. 
    • Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in California’s youth ages 10-19 years increased from 2018 (36 total) to 2020 (261 total), a 625 percent increase. 


    Naloxone is a life-saving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. The Department of Health Care Services Naloxone Distribution Project offers free naloxone to qualified organizations, including schools and universities.


    At the September 8, Board Meeting, Board Policy 5141.21, Administering Medication And Monitoring Health Conditions, was approved that allows “naloxone hydrochloride or another opioid antagonist available for emergency medical aid to any person suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an opioid overdose” at school campuses.  


    We thank our families and community as we work together to raise awareness and keep our youth safe.


    Social media trend on the rise


    A social media trend called the “one chip challenge” has gained national and local popularity. The challenge involves eating a bright blue chip that has been covered in pepper and hot sauce that causes the individual to react and become ill. In the region, there have been cases of hospitalization due to this activity.


    Please discuss this with your students to ensure that they do not take part in this activity while at school.


    Budget, Priorities, and Supplemental Funds allocated under the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)


    Supplemental Funding from the State is based upon Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s (FCUSD) Unduplicated Pupil Percentage (UPP). Students who qualify for UPP include socioeconomically disadvantaged, homeless/foster youth and English language learners.


    Supplemental Funding is a 20% add-on to the base per-pupil amount as part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).


    Please take a moment to view staff’s presentation of FCUSD’s budget and allocation of Supplemental Funds to support students along with important 


    Supporting student achievement


    The Student and Family Services Team prepared an informational presentation to demonstrate their collaboration with the instructional leadership to create conditions for educational excellence and closing of predictable and persistent gaps in academic, behavioral, and attendance data.  Please click here to view the presentation.



    FCUSD Board Briefs and Updates, Sept 9 
    September 9,  2022


    Dear FCUSD Community,


    Please read below for an update on last night’s Board Meeting.


    "Connections" at Mills Middle School


    Tonight’s Special Presentation was given by Mills Middle School Principal Dana Carrigan who shared how staff and students are building positive relationships and school culture with a program they’ve named Fun At Mills, or F.A.M. as it’s affectionately called. F.A.M. takes place at lunchtime one Friday a month with fun activities in a positive social environment. (The Mills staff hope to increase how often they can offer F.A.M. in the near future).


    To learn more and see some pictures of students and staff in action, take a look at the presentation HERE.


    Internet and cell phone addiction in youth


    Kelly Richardson, Marriage and Family Therapist, spoke on dangers our youth face with electronic media and how internet addiction affects our children. 


    Last May, Ms. Richardson joined presenters from local law enforcement, including the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security who shared valuable information on this subject that included:

    • Internet addiction and screen time
    • Digital platforms popular with kids
    • Real-life scenarios happening in our area
    • How to live with social media safely

    To view the recorded presentation from May 2022 in its entirety, please click HERE

    You can enable closed captioning in both English and Spanish


    Links below were also provided at the May presentation, providing information and resources parents can use for keeping their children safe online.


    Child readiness for cellphone chart   Guide to Snapchat 2021   How to Really Prevent Screen Addiction   Keeping Children Safe on the Internet - Services and Devices   Parents Guide to Snapchat   QR codes for Internet Safety Links


    Shannon Diaz: Director of Compliance


    FCUSD is pleased to welcome Shannon Diaz who has become our first Director of Compliance. To learn more, please visit our website HERE.


    Labor negotiations update


    FCUSD and our labor partners representing certificated, classified, and management staff, have come to agreements regarding compensation and benefits for the 2022-23 year. To review the joint communications and details, please visit the FCUSD Employee Negotiations Update page and the links below.


    New Pacific School - Rancho Cordova Charter Petition


    At the second public hearing of the New Pacific School Charter Petition,  FCUSD staff presented the report and recommended findings of fact.  Please click on the following links to read the FCUSD staff report and view staff’s presentation.


    The New Pacific School was afforded equivalent time to respond to the staff report and recommended findings of fact. Please click on the following links to read New Pacific School Charter’s petition and response to FCUSD findings.


    Board voted to approve the petition to allow New Pacific School Charter to open in Rancho Cordova for the 2023-24 school year, pending language in an agreed upon MOU.


    Design Tech High School MOU


    Board approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Design Tech High School - Rancho Cordova.


    To read the MOU please click HERE.


    2021-2022 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report


    Staff presented the Unaudited Actual Revenues and Expenditures reported on the Annual State Budget Forms, General Fund, and Other Funds for the State of California.


    Information included:

    • Unaudited Actuals 2021-2022 (through June 30, 2022)
    • Adopted Budget 2022-2023 (Board approved June 23, 2022)


    We are committed to providing ongoing, transparent, and user-friendly information on District budget activity and encourage our community to continually review District financial information.


    To view the staff presentation on tonight’s budget report, please click HERE.


    Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions


    Board approved updates to Board Policy (BP): 5141.21 which will allow Naloxone Hydrochloride, or other opioid antagonists, available for emergency medical aid on school grounds, as well as language prohibiting the administration of medical cannabis on campus by parents/guardians or school personnel.


    FCUSD Message to the Community, Sept 7
     September 7,  2022  

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    We are pleased to present enriching learning opportunities every day at school. Daily attendance is important for learning and connecting! We are also pleased that volunteers may come onto campus. As we continue to offer safe and healthy in-person learning experiences, please review our safety guidelines below.

    Field Trip Reminders

    All volunteers, including those who accompany students on field trips, must follow our volunteer processes and guidelines. www.fcusd.org/volunteer

    The FCUSD volunteer process includes a TB assessment and/or TB skin test. A parent/guardian volunteer may complete this assessment at their physician’s office, or they can attend one of the courtesy monthly TB Test Clinics sponsored by FCUSD. If you are planning on attending an upcoming field trip, please plan to attend either the FCUSD sponsored TB clinic or complete the assessment at your physician’s office well in advance of the field trip. The next TB Clinic is September 19, 2022! You can find the list of scheduled clinics here.

    COVID-19 Safety

    As a reminder, FCUSD follows safety measures put in place by public health. If you are unsure whether to send your student to school, we ask that you follow these steps:

    1. Monitor for symptoms
    2. Please stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. 
    • COVID tests are available upon request from your school
    • Masks are not required but are strongly recommended indoors 

    For specific questions regarding your student, please contact your school’s health office.

    Updates to SCPH testing recommendations & School Attendance Documentation

    If your student tests positive for COVID please refer to the most recent Sacramento County Department of Public Health (SCPH) Decision Tree which you may view by clicking here.

    Under this guidance, a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 may exit isolation after a negative antigen test conducted at any time during days 5-10. 

    In order to shorten the 10-day isolation period according to the SCPH guidelines, a parent/guardian must complete the attestation form and submit it to the attendance clerk at their student’s school site. All absences will be coded Illness Parent Verified (IPV-limit of 10 per school year) while the student is absent from school until additional documentation is submitted (for example, a doctor’s note or an attestation form). Once the attestation form has been turned in to the attendance clerk, the attendance codes will change from IPV to COV for absences related to the student’s isolation period.

    If unable to test, or choose not to test, a student may return to school 10 days after symptom onset (Day 11). All absences will be coded Illness Parent Verified (IPV-limit of 10 per school year) while the student is absent from school. If the student’s symptoms were related to COVID, a parent may submit a signed and dated attestation form to change the student’s attendance code from IPV to COV.  In this example, the attestation form is a tool used to change an attendance code and is not being used to verify testing dates. Please reach out to your school site attendance clerk if you have any questions.

    Reminder: Antigen tests are available at the school sites upon request for students and staff 

    COVID-19 Exposure Notices:

    With support from the Sacramento County Public Health Department, COVID-19 exposure notices will be sent out when the following criteria are met within a 14-day period:

    • Elementary school setting: three or more suspected/probable/confirmed cases in a classroom or if 10% of the school population fits these criteria
    • Secondary school setting: 10% of the grade or 10% of the school is suspected/probable/confirmed cases of COVID-19

    Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, September 8, 2022

    • Closed Session 5:00 
    • Open Session 6:00 

    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



    • Highlights "Connections" from Mills Middle School Staff
    • Internet /Cyber and Cell Phone Safety Presentation


    • Approve or Deny New Pacific School - Rancho Cordova Charter Petition
    • Renew Action to Approve Memorandum of Understanding between Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Design Tech High School - Rancho Cordova
    • Approve 2021-2022 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
    • Approve Board Policy (BP): 5141.21 Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions
    • Approve Certificated Assignment Under a Variable Term Waiver for the 2022-2023 School Year


    • First Read: Board Policy 5131.62 Smoking/Vaping (Tobacco)


    • September 22
    • October 6
    • October 20


    FCUSD Board Briefs and Updates, Aug 31
    August 31, 2022    


    Dear FCUSD Community,

    Safety of our students and staff is our top priority. To address questions some may have regarding how we work to maintain safe and secure schools; below are strategies and tactics we use.

    • Direct communication with families from the site principal and District leaders in emergency and non-emergency situations
    • School Resource Officers* (Please see below for more information)
    • Internal emergency communication platform between staff and law enforcement 
    • Cameras at majority of schools and all schools with a plan to have cameras installed this school year
    • All classroom doors are to remain locked during the school day
    • Campus monitors and/or yard supervisors at all sites
    • New positions added this year
      1. District Coordinator of Safe Schools
      2. Community Safety Specialist
    • School safety plans for each school site
    • Mental Health Professionals response team
    • Visitor and volunteer protocols for on-campus access
    • Threat assessment protocols
    • Emergency response drills including:
      1. Active shooter lockdowns
      2. Fire drills
      3. Evacuation drills

    *FCUSD has a strong working relationship with our law enforcement partners for ongoing emergency needs and to provide School Resource Officers (SROs) from the City of Folsom Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Please see highlights of how we work together below:

    • Two SRO's from Rancho Cordova PD are assigned to schools in Rancho Cordova for the 2022-23 school year.  
    • Two SRO's from Folsom PD are assigned to schools in Folsom for the 2022-23 school year.  
    • Increased communication between SRO's and FCUSD site administrators
    • SRO's will not be assigned a specific school(s), instead they will rove to all schools for check-ins and based on communicated needs from site administrators and safety concerns
    • SRO's wear body-worn cameras
    • Interactions involving a safety concern, with SRO's and students, are documented with additional details and data points that will include student demographic information, allowing for more robust tracking of interactions.

    As always, if you have any specific questions regarding your student’s school, please reach out to the site directly.


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