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5/8/20 Weekly Communication
Posted 5/8/20

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Dear FUSD Community,

Teacher (Certificated Staff) Appreciation

As we enter the eighth week of our Shelter-in-Place and distance learning experience, I believe the arrival of Teacher Appreciation Week could not have come at a more appropriate time. I continue to be amazed at the ability of our teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, speech language pathologists, and program specialists to rise to the occasion to support and keep our students engaged in learning despite the circumstances. I thank our students, parent groups, and other individuals/organizations who have taken the time to express their appreciation for our educators and invite everyone to reach out to your teachers and thank them for their outstanding efforts in and - especially now - out of the classroom. On behalf of the Board of Education and me, “We Thank You!”

Budget Update

As you are aware, our District is facing budgetary challenges as we deal with declining enrollment and a continued lack of funding from the state. These challenges are now compounded by the COVID-19 crisis. At our May 6th Board of Education meeting, Trustees were presented with a budget update that shows the impact of the crisis. While there are difficult choices to be made in the weeks ahead, our Board and staff remain committed to providing the best educational opportunity possible for our students. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Superintendent Search

The search for the District’s next Superintendent continues. The District has gathered feedback through an online survey and Community Input Sessions. All opinions provided will be discussed and incorporated into the Superintendent Position Description. I will keep you informed of the search process as it moves along. 

Student Meals

On Monday, we were excited to add Thornton Junior High School as a new location offering Grab & Go pick-up meal service for impacted students and children. Meal service is now provided under the following schedule:

Mondays and Wednesdays - 

  • Irvington, Kennedy, Washington High Schools and Thornton Junior High School from 10:00am - 11:30pm
  • Cabrillo Elementary School from 10:15am - 11:15am

Two days of breakfasts and lunches will be distributed on Mondays and three days of breakfasts and lunches will be distributed on Wednesday. 

Graduations 

Over the past two weeks, high school principals have been collaborating with activity directors and student leadership, as well as the District’s Technology and Instructional Services Departments, on options for hosting graduation ceremonies. At the FUSD Board meeting on May 6th (see slide 3 of presentation), it was announced that all FUSD high schools will be hosting virtual graduations. More information will be sent to seniors soon. We all recognize the significance of these events and will do everything possible to honor our Class of 2020 appropriately. 

Please read below for news and updates from around FUSD, as well as from local and state health and education agencies. Thank you for your continued support.

Raúl M. Zamora, Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent

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