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Keeping FUSD Safe (English | español | 中文)

Yes. All schools will be open for the first day of school on August 18th, 2021.

FUSD is implementing comprehensive safety and mitigation strategies, aligned with California Department of Public Health recommendations for a safe return to in-person instruction. However, if you would like to inquire about enrolling in FUSD’s Elementary Virtual Academy, please contact Director of Elementary Education, Robin Sehrt, at If you would like to inquire about attending FUSD’s Secondary Independent Study program, please contact Principal Herrera at FUSD’s programs (Elementary & Secondary Information Night videos) are compliant with the new state requirements and regulations for independent study. FUSD is required to return students back to in-person instruction within five days based on parent/guardian requests under the newly revised Education Code. Although this prompt return to in-person instruction is required, FUSD cannot guarantee the location and/or schedule for secondary students with such a quick turnaround.

All adults and students must wear a face covering at all times while on campus, except while actively eating or drinking, or while in a private office or alone in a classroom. Face coverings should be worn properly which requires the covering of both the mouth and nose and fits snugly against the side of the face. Students in all grade levels Preschool-12 are required to wear face coverings at all times, while at school, unless exempted. This will include most unstructured times outdoors such as passing periods, breaks, and recess times. Exceptions would include specific outdoor activities, where structured/supervised classes or activities are being conducted, and ample distancing is possible.

At this time, FUSD will continue to have masks be worn outside the classroom, except when eating or participating in a Physical Education class where outdoor activities are able to be performed with sufficient physical distancing. Masks will be required during locker room use for Physical Education. Specific to athletics, FUSD will fully align all activities with NCS/CIF guidance.

As stated by the California Department of Public Health, “Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented.” Therefore, teacher and other staff desks will be distanced as practicable to decrease unnecessary close proximity, while still allowing for a full in-person instructional program. Although the updated guidance doesn’t mandate a specific physical distancing requirement. Students and staff will be distanced as is practicable, and this will remain a focal point of our operations during student lunch/meal times.

FUSD has equipment and supplies to disinfect its facilities. Custodial staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces (such as light switches, faucets, handrails, and doorknobs), classrooms, and common areas regularly. While it is very important to fully clean and sanitize our campuses, there is mounting evidence that the prior concerns regarding surface-to-surface contact have not manifested itself as the primary method of transmission. Cleaning and sanitizing sites will remain a top priority, however, our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are best focused on preventing transmission through droplets and aerosols. Of course, as was noted in prior communications last spring, FUSD will continue to emphasize good hygiene practices and hand sanitizing/washing throughout the day.

Currently, vaccines are not mandated for staff or students, as they are still in the emergency use authorization phase. However, Alameda County and Fremont have a high percentage of individuals who are fully vaccinated (70.7% of all eligible residents over age 12 are fully vaccinated and over 83.3% have had at least one dose). Due to FUSD’s efforts, the support of community partners, and the action of our employees, FUSD had an estimated 95% of our employees vaccinated. FUSD will continue to work with our generous community partners to provide vaccine accessibility and will provide information to our community regarding any such events.

8/11/21 the Governor announced that all school employees in California must be vaccinated or they will be tested for COVID-19 weekly. FUSD will be in compliance.

FUSD will ask that all students complete a home-based COVID-19: Daily Screening | Examen de salud diario de | 每日健康筛查 to ensure that students are checking each day, prior to leaving for school, for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Should you have any signs or symptoms, students should remain home from school and consult the FUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan for next steps as well as COVID-19 Flowchart for Parents | Diagrama de Flujo COVID-19 para Padres | 面向家长的2019冠状病毒病应对流程图. FUSD will provide access to students on a monthly basis for asymptomatic testing when case rates exceed 25/100,000 (adjusted) and as recommended by the ACPH/CDPH. Students may only be tested with the permission of their parent/guardian. Testing is made available, not mandated.

Rigorous measures have been taken to provide maximum outside air to meet or exceed CDC standards. FUSD has adjusted HVAC dampers to bring in additional outside air, and sites are fitted with updated MERV 11-13 air filters, where possible. FUSD installed air purification units in all classrooms in the spring of 2021, as well as additional air purification units this summer for auxiliary spaces and large classroom spaces to provide filtration at the maximum extent practicable. The District has also purchased portable air purifiers to be placed as needed in areas (non-classroom space) that may need additional air purification, and in rooms where students may need to quarantine and/or isolate due to symptoms. FAQ ON HVAC AND CLASSROOM READINESS

FUSD has worked with the Alameda County Department of Public Health to establish protocols in the event of a positive COVID-19 case including:

  • FUSD COVID Liaison to notify Alameda County Public Health Department within 24 hours of any positive COVID-19 case who has been on campus during their infectious period or within 10 days of their positive test (per ACPHD and CPHD guidance).
  • FUSD to send a site-specific notice to all staff and families in the affected school community of any positive COVID-19 case while maintaining confidentiality as required by local, state, and federal laws.
  • Close off areas used by any symptomatic person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. To reduce risk of exposure, wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as practicable. Ensure a safe and correct application of disinfectants using personal protective equipment and ventilation.
  • Identify close contacts via case investigation, by utilizing class seating charts, and by consulting with teachers/staff in all classrooms and on-campus activities. A close contact is someone who has been within six feet of the case for a total of 15 minutes or more regardless of face covering use or other barriers.
  • Close contacts, cohort members, and household contacts will be advised to contact their health care provider, and follow the guidance outlined above.
  • For hospitalized/severe cases, duration of isolation is varied according to health care provider recommendations.

FUSD COVID Liaison contacts can be found on the Saftey Plan (page 14)

FUSD has not received guidance from the State or County regarding these types of events but will make an effort to start the year by keeping such gatherings to a minimum.

Parents/Guardians and other visitors will not be allowed on campuses at this time, unless prior arrangements are made and/or for the purpose of picking up a child who may be ill.

The full FUSD Safety Plan can be found on the District website.

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