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FCUSD plans for the 2020/21 school year

As we near the finish of the 2019/20 school year, our families, students, and staff are looking ahead to the start of the 2020/21 school year and wondering what that will look like. Our community, like your leadership team, is paying close attention to decisions being made now by other school districts and by higher educational institutions, such as the CSU and Los Rios college systems, both of whom announced to start their fall semesters with distance learning. 

We are following daily the guidance set forth by public health agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and their recommendations for opening schools. We are working with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) for guidance, and are discussing with them the resources we will need for the start of the next school year.

While we cannot know what the months ahead will look like in relation to the COVID-19 situation, we can plan for a variety of scenarios so we are ready to start schools, with the best learning options and conditions for both students and staff, depending on the environmental situation.

As we gather information and resources from our county and state, we will also be sending our families and staff a survey to gather your input, so we can make decisions for FCUSD that will be best for our students. We are committed to keeping you informed of the timeline of decision making and want and need your participation in this process.

At the next Board Meeting, May 21, we will provide an update of what information we have and next steps in the process for determining options for the start of the next school year. No decisions are being made on May 21. This is an opportunity to present information to the Board and the public. After the May 21 Board Meeting, we will be sending our families and staff a survey, outlining possible options, so we can gather your feedback.

We are facing an unprecedented challenge, but we are a strong community of educators and families, committed to academic excellence and keeping our students safe. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to hearing your thoughts and voice as we figure out together, the best way to serve our students.