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The Fremont Unified School District encourages parent involvement and support of our schools. Parents are an integral part of our school system and we appreciate all efforts put forth by our parent communities. In response to the tremendous budget crisis facing the State of California and the Fremont Unified School District, many parents have expressed the desire to help schools by donating funds to augment budget cuts. 
 
In order to clarify the parameters of parent involvement, answers are provided for the following list of questions from the community (please note, all asterisks (*) are for clarification and are not part of the original state policy):
 
 
Q: In response to the proposed cut to elementary subject matter specialist time (commonly known as prep), can parent organizations hire individuals to teach science, P.E., music, or computer at their childs school?
 
          A: No. Parent organizations cannot directly hire staff to augment cuts for the schools. All employees, 
              classified and certificated, must be hired by the District. Any reinstatement of elementary subject
              matter specialists at schools will be done equitably throughout the District by the FUSD Human
              Resources Department.
 
Q: Can parent organizations hire someone to help perform non-teaching duties (such as those done by Library Media Techs) performed currently by employees and eliminated or reduced due to budget cuts?
 
          A: No. See above answer regarding parent organizations hiring staff. Non-teaching duties currently
              performed by employees may still be considered normal employee duties/requirements.
 
Q: Can parent organizations donate funds to a school for the purpose of hiring someone to render services not offered at the school prior to budget cuts?
 
          A: Yes. Parent organizations can donate funds to the District for the purpose of hiring someone to render
              services not previously offered at the school, however, parent organizations cannot be the employee
              agency. This should be coordinated with the principal and the school must fill out all appropriate paper
              work with FUSD Human Resources Department prior to hiring anyone. The employee would then be
              paid through the District from the donations given to the school for that purpose.
 
Q: Can parents volunteer to help with teaching duties to fill in for the loss of employees due to the budget cuts?
 
          A: No. California Education Code 35021 states:
 
              (b) No district may abolish any of its classified positions* and utilize volunteer aides, as authorized
                   herein, in  lieu of classified employees who are laid off as a result of the abolition of a position. A
                   district shall not refuse to employ a person in a vacant classified position and use volunteer aides
                   in lieu of filling the classified position.
 
              (c) It is the intent of the Legislature to permit school districts to use volunteer aides to enhance its
                   educational  program but not to permit displacement of classified employees nor to allow districts
                   to utilize volunteers in lieu of normal employee requirements.
 
                * Includes Library Media Technicians and other classified positions.
 
Q: Can parents volunteer to help with non-teaching duties to assist employees as they take on a larger work load due to the budget cuts?
 
          A: Yes. California Education Code 35021 states:
 
              (a) Notwithstanding any other law, any person, except a person required to register as a sex offender
                   pursuant to Section 290 of the Penal Code, may be permitted by the governing board of any school
                   district to perform the duties specified in Section 44814 or 44815*, or to serve as a nonteaching
                   volunteer aide under the immediate supervision and direction of the certificated personnel of the
                   district to perform noninstructional work which serves to assist the certificated personnel in
                   performance of teaching and administrative responsibilities. With respect to this noninstructional
                   work, the nonteaching volunteer aide shall serve without compensation of any type or other benefits
                   accorded to employees of the district, except as provided in Section 3364.5 of the Labor Code.
 
               * Allows for recreation personnel or other suitable persons to supervise the pupils of the district
                 during lunch period, breakfast period or other nutrition period.
 
                 FUSD Board Policy 1240 Community Relations/Volunteer Assistance provides clear guidelines  
                 regarding volunteers. This policy can be viewed here: BP 1240 (page 40 of 111).
 
Q: How can parents help their schools during this budget crisis?
 
          A: Parents are encouraged to continue to volunteer (within the guidelines of CA Ed Code stated above)
              and raise funds to benefit their schools, as they have done in the past. The District is in the process of
              forming a Donation Task Force to benefit all students in Fremont. More information on the Donation
              Task Force will be available in the fall. In the meantime, parents and parent organizations interested in
              donating to their schools should contact their school principal to coordinate any volunteer activity,
              fundraisers or events.
 
 
Due to reductions in time and availability over the summer, staff may not be able to respond to inquiries immediately. Information may be posted on the website over the summer and more information will be available in the fall when school resumes.
 
Thank you for your continued dedication,
 
Fremont Unified
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