March 19th, 2021
Dear FUSD Community,
Like you, I am deeply saddened by the tragic and terrible events around the Bay Area and the nation related to physical and verbal actions against Asian-Americans. The Fremont Unified School District strongly condemns violence directed toward any segment of our population and stands in support of our Asian-American community. I am proud to be part of a school district and community that sees its diversity as a strength and am confident these bonds among us will strengthen as we stand united against hate in all its forms. As educators, and as a community, we must take this global issue and seek ways to address it on a local level for the betterment of our students, families, staff, and community. I look forward to working with students and local leaders on opportunities to work together for the benefit of Fremont and beyond.
Return To Campus
Schools have never been closed, our educators, support staff, and students have done an amazing job of keeping learning fully open since last March. I am excited for that learning to continue as we work toward the transition of students and staff back to campus this spring, in advance of an even more comprehensive return in the fall.
As I am sure all our staff and our community are keenly aware, we are working hard to bring our students back to campus right now. Our physical school preparations are moving along very well. We have all the air purification units on hand to ensure that we are improving the air filtration for every classroom. Along with our PPE already in stock, our cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and masks, we have all the needed supplies to provide a safe environment for our students and staff to return. In addition, we have a comprehensive safety plan fully aligned with local and state guidelines related to such things as local and state mask mandates and proper responses for confirmed and/or suspected cases of COVID-19 in schools.
Our schools are preparing their respective entrance and exit pathways for student travel and the unique needs of their school’s physical landscape. I remain excited to see students return to campus. A huge thanks to our SEIU staff who have been working so hard on preparing our school sites, and to our classified staff who are supporting our learning hubs.
Additionally, as I am sure is also very clear to our community, FUSD and FUDTA have not yet been able to come to an agreement on an MOU for the conditions by which FUDTA employees would return to campus for in-person instruction. Negotiations are ongoing, and I remain hopeful an agreement can be reached in the immediate future. A summary of each negotiation session is posted on the Readiness Page of the District website if you are interested in more information specific to this topic. I look forward to seeing our staff and students engaged in teaching and learning in the very near future and certainly understand the importance of providing our students the opportunity to return to campus.
As we approach the target dates for returning, please know that additional information and communication will be forthcoming through next week. This information will be posted to our Readiness Page and sent directly to families as well.
FUSD has added a number of elements to our Readiness Page. Key among those include the following:
Negotiations Updates for each bargaining session
Feedback and Question Submissions
Thanks to those of you who have reached out about Graduation ceremonies for this year. While we can’t make a definitive promise at this exact moment, I am excited to share that FUSD is working hard to prepare for in-person outdoor graduation ceremonies this year! Of course, this is dependent on case rates of COVID as we approach graduation season and certainly, there will be significant modifications from our traditional ceremonies of years past.
You may be asking what is needed for FUSD to make a final decision on this. As you’d expect, these events will fall under the public health guidelines of Alameda County Public Health and the California Department of Public Health. We are expecting official guidance from CDPH in the coming week(s) and those requirements will further inform our planning. As we progress, we are committed to providing you with updated information on these exciting developments.
Enjoy your weekend and thank you for your continued support!