August 20, 2021
Dear FUSD Staff and Community,
First and foremost I want to thank each and every one of you for the important part you had in returning our students to campus for the 2021-2022 school year! From the classroom teachers and other educators working to make teaching and learning possible, our support staff at each site and the district office that keeps enrollment running, facilities ready, technology operating, transportation moving, and food service in place, this has been a shared effort by all involved, including our administrators, parents/guardians, and students.
Over the last three days, I visited a number of our FUSD schools and the excitement and energy for learning was evident in every classroom. From building legos with students in Transitional Kindergarten at Blacow Elementary, to checking on our high school students at Irvington, Robertson, and Kennedy High School, you could see smiling faces, even though everyone was wearing a mask, and you could feel the energy return as students bring such amazing joy to our schools each day.
Of course, our first week of district wide in-person instruction since March of 2020, was not without challenges, but I was continually impressed with the willingness of staff to respond and adjust. Thank you to our parents/guardians for their patience and flexibility during the unique start of this school year. For each school site, we will continue to monitor developments and consider how we can best adjust to maximize the learning and safety for all. Whether it is related to traffic patterns in the morning, COVID-19 mitigation measures, class schedules, or other developments, I look forward to being a partner with all of our schools in working toward continuous improvement.
Our virtual elementary school program and secondary program also started this week and we were excited to welcome those students to their learning experiences as well. We are still working hard to address all staffing needs in our virtual academy at the elementary level and that remains a fluid process, as does enrollment. If you are interested in additional information, visit the virtual academy for elementary students or the secondary level update.
During the first week we did identify cases of COVID-19. As noted previously, we must work collaboratively and collectively to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. FUSD will keep our community updated on cases in our schools through a reporting of data on our website that can be viewed here.
As a reminder, if there is a case at a school, here is what happens:
Case is reported to school administration and case investigation and contract tracing begin
Individuals identified as close contacts are notified directly by FUSD staff, and directed to take appropriate action depending on the circumstances of the case.
The space(s) occupied by the individual are properly cleaned and sanitized
The school staff is provided notice
The school community is provided notice
FUSD will update our reporting page regularly
FUSD is providing weekly COVID-19 testing for staff and students, effective Monday, August 23, 2021. Please review the important information below related to testing:
FUSD Students: COVID-19 Testing for Students
FUSD Staff: Testing for Staff (staff sign in required)
Here are some very helpful resources from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the Alameda County Office of Education that have recently been shared in other communications:
Again, thank you to all our staff throughout FUSD for making this return to school possible. To our students and community members, thank you for being a partner with us in the education of your students.