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Update November 20, 2020

Update: Message to the FCUSD Community

November 20, 2020

 

Last night’s Board meeting touched on several areas of key public interest including:

A Special Presentation: Building an Equitable and Positive School Climate

  • Systemic improvements to promote more equitable learning environments through the intentional implementation of social emotional learning, focusing on the disproportionately negative impacts to students of color, low-income, English-learners, and homeless/foster youth
  • Presentation attached

Budget Update

  • A three-year outlook of reductions needed to balance the budget
  • Stakeholder feedback from Budget Study Sessions
  • Enrollment updates
  • Presentation attached

School Reopening Updates

Secondary Schedule and Reopening updates:

Middle and High school schedules were presented to the Board. Please see the attached presentation to view these schedules. In order to move forward with Board approval and staff planning, a Special Board Meeting has been set for next Monday.

Special Board Meeting: Monday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Please note: The Special Board Meeting will be available via Zoom only. Due to staff availability, this meeting will not be simultaneously broadcast on YouTube. For instructions on viewing, please visit: www.fcusd.org/virtualboardmeeting

Items on the agenda include:

  • Consent:  Approve Middle and High School Hybrid In-person Bell Schedules
  • Consent: The Board approved an MOU with CSEA. Highlight includes a 1% of base salary payment to all members in acknowledgment of the extraordinary work done during these challenging times.
  • Discussion/Action: Approve Threshold Criteria for Consideration to Close a School during the COVID-19 pandemic

Although planning continues to safely reopen Middle and High Schools in a Hybrid model, Sacramento County must be in Red Tier status for two weeks (by December 21) to reopen Secondary schools on January 4. Anticipating a need to plan for alternatives, staff will recommend approval of a modified start date for Hybrid in-person Middle and High school instruction, contingent on the county tiers at the next Regular Board meeting on December 17.

Health updates:

Evidence shows that the spread of COVID-19 is not concentrated on school campuses.

Currently, our rate of COVID-19 positive cases on FCUSD campuses and places of work is well under 1%. Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) recommends a school, or district close if the positivity rate reaches 5%. Please click here to read the latest guidance from SCPH released on 11-10-2020

This week, the District launched the FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard, which outlines the number of verified positive cases of staff and students who have an on-site presence.

Please visit: www.fcusd.org/COVID

IMPORTANT: Modifications to the FCUSD COVID Dashboard as of 11/19

Please see the changes below:

  • The total population published now represents staff and students who have an in-person presence on a school or work site.
  • This includes staff and students for, Hybrid Elementary, Middle, and High school special education cohorts, student-athletes, Extended Day Learning, preschool, and staff at the ESC
  • Data will be updated and posted on Tuesdays (except for holidays and non-student days)
  • Due to privacy and confidentiality, only individuals who have come in close contact with a verified COVID-19 positive case will be notified.
  • School sites will not release COVID-19 positive information to the entire school site staff and families unless they are directly involved. All verified COVID-19 cases will be updated weekly on the FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard.

Thanksgiving Break: Schools will be closed November 23 - 27.

We are thankful for our FCUSD Community and asked our students what they are thankful for.

To see their responses, head over to our Facebook Page to see a gallery of student sentiments.

Stronger together / Healthier together

FCUSD takes the safety and health of all staff and students very seriously. We will continue to take every step possible to ensure our working and learning places are outfitted with the necessary materials and procedures recommended to protect against COVID-19. However, we cannot do this alone.

We ask the community to follow public health guidelines. Please wear a mask in public, social distance, and please do not gather in large groups. We are in this together, and together we can help keep each other safe.

If you have plans to travel during the upcoming holidays please read the travel advisory issued by the state of California, Oregon, and Washington on November 13, 2020: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/11/13/california-oregon-washington-issue-travel-advisories/

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and look forward to seeing our students on November 30, after the break.