Q. What is the plan for distance learning? Will it be the same for K-12?
A. Teachers are finalizing lesson plans and we encourage parents and students to continue watching your @cusdstudent and home email, our apps and websites, and your phone for updates from teachers, principals and the district. We will also be providing parents with sample “schedules” for students to help you in accommodating the instructional time needed to ensure your child’s continuity of education. If you have not already downloaded our app from the Apple or Android store please do so and opt into push notifications. If you have not received emails and/or phone calls from us this week, please make sure to contact your school to confirm we have the right contact information for you on file.
Q: Can I communicate with my child’s teachers or principal during this time?
A: Yes. You can continue to utilize communication tools that have been indicated by your student’s teachers or school site during this time. Teachers are available to answer questions about instruction or provide instructional coaching to students, just email your child’s teacher to set up a time to talk.
Q: What about students who don’t have laptops, webcams, or internet access?
A: Teachers will work individually with families and students who do not have access to computers or internet to make accommodations. Possible ways of receiving instruction may be via phone calls, Facetime or similar on mobile devices, making packets available for pick-up at the school offices, or delivering packets to students and families unable to pick them up. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact your school office.
Q: What technology will students need for distance learning?
A: Teachers will be contacting their students and families with details on how distance learning will occur.
Q: Why are teachers across different subjects and schools using different distance learning platforms? Can they all do it the same way?
A: Just as individual classroom teachers use a wide variety of instructional strategies, teachers have also adopted a variety of platforms to support their move to distance learning. We recognize this may be challenging to families with more than one child and/or teacher, and are constantly evaluating those platforms and may make adjustments in the future. In the immediate short-term, however, individual teachers are being encouraged to use the platform he/she is most comfortable with to connect with their students and families.
Q: How long will the temporary suspension of on-site learning be?
A: You may have heard speculation that our current suspension of onsite classes could last through the end of the school year, but this is not a known fact at this time. We will continue to plan for the worst and hope for the best – a return to regular school operations on April 14. We recognize that this is a big question on the minds of every one of our students and their families and we are working with public health officials and the California Department of Education to make a determination on when on-site classes will resume.
Q: Packets and distance learning are a good effort, but sub-par to regular education. Is distance learning mandatory?
A: The intent of the Governor’s executive order – even during the “stay at home” order – is to continue to educate our students, and we are committed to doing so through distance learning. We understand learning will look different during this time, but we expect all students to participate in distance learning just as they would in on-site learning, and encourage all students to engage with and participate in distance learning lessons and assignments. Your teachers are still here to help, and we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher by email for extra help.
Q: How will Special Education be handled? What about students utilizing services such as IEPs, 504s, RSPs, speech therapy, counseling services, or school psychologists?
A: Families with students in Special Education or utilizing other services will be contacted directly by their instructors to ensure education and services continue. Please contact your school site if you do not hear from the instructors for these services, and the school site can ensure you are contacted.
Q: How will hands-on classes like PE, Ceramics, Art, Ag, etc. be handled?
A: Teachers will be contacting their students and families with details on how distance learning will occur for these classes.
Q: How are grades being decided and are any exceptions being made? Will my child be penalized if I'm unable to teach them adequately?
A: We understand distance learning is new to all of us. While parents can support their students in creating a workspace and helping facilitate communication with teachers if needed, your students' teachers are still responsible for teaching. Teachers are available to answer questions about instruction or provide instructional coaching to students, just email your child's teacher to set-up a time to talk. Please work directly with your student's teacher regarding grades and assignments. To provide the greatest degree of continuity of instruction during this time, we expect students to complete work assigned by their teacher and we intend to collect this work. Final grading on work completed during distance learning will be determined using guidance from the California Department of Education and the Office of the Governor.
Q: What is the district doing for kids who have parents that are non-English speakers?
A: Our team is reaching out to families using their home language, and we are providing resources in multiple languages.
Q: Can I still bring up my grades for this semester?
A: Yes. You will still have the opportunity to improve your grades if you continue to work hard and participate through distance learning. Keep up the hard work and work with your teacher to find out how you might be able to do so.Q: Will students have to repeat their current grade?
A: Our intention is that this school year will continue as usual through participation in distance learning, and that grades will not need to be repeated.Q: How will attendance be handled?
A: While it is unclear how the state will address attendance, teachers will be keeping track of participation in distance learning for attendance credit as it relates to their classes.Q: Are SAT tests still scheduled? Will I get refunded?
A: According to the College Board, the May 2, 2020 SAT administration is canceled. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds. More information here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/test-center-closingsQ: Is State Testing (SBAC) still happening?
A: Students or parents worried about the state’s standardized tests that were to begin this month will be glad to hear that on Friday, March 20, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVoss announced that waivers to testing (which California has requested) will be granted.Q: How will AP testing be handled?
A: AP teachers will continue to teach classes through distance learning. The College Board has not yet announced how it will address AP testing, but updates will likely be made at https://www.collegeboard.org/.
WELLNESS RESOURCESQ: I am concerned about my child's mental and emotional health while being away from school and friends. What resources are available for us?
A: We know how challenging this time continues to be for students and parents adjusting to distance learning and social distancing. Our students' mental and emotional wellness is of utmost importance, which is why we've created the "Together, We've Got This" page under COVID-19 Resources on our website: https://www.cusd.com/TogetherWeveGotThis.aspx. Our team of school psychologists are actively working to populate this section of our website with additional resources and new videos to support your family. You also may call your local school site and ask to be contacted by one of our wellness team staff. They are standing by to help.
FACILITIES & PROGRAMS
Q: Is anyone available at the school for questions?
A: After final packet distribution on Monday, March 23, 2020, our school offices will no longer be staffed on-site, but you can still call your school, or email or call your teacher or other educational support providers using our regular telephone numbers. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for schools, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for business offices, you will quickly receive a return phone call or directly reach our staff.
Q: What about students who have medication or other belongings that need to be picked up from school?
A: Students who have prescription medication held on a Clovis Unified campus, or who left laptops or other belongings at school, can make arrangements to pick them up. After final packet distribution on Monday, March 23, 2020, our school offices will no longer be staffed on-site, but you can still call your school, or email or call your teacher or other educational support providers using our regular telephone numbers. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for schools, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for business offices, you will quickly receive a return phone call or directly reach our staff.
Q. Does the closure include all co-curricular events, practices and other activities?
A. All on-site activities have been canceled or postponed through April 13, including all co-curricular events, practices, and any other activities that take place at our school facilities.
Q: When & where will meals be available for my students?
A: Meal times and locations are listed in the "Lunch Schedule" section above this "Frequently Asked Questions" section.
Q: Will the Budget Book Art Contest winners be announced?
A: Winners were contacted by phone call.
CAMPUS CLUB & CHILD CARE
Q: Is Campus Club closed? If not, can I enroll my other children?
A: Campus Club is closed at this time.
Q: Will we be reimbursed or credited for Campus Club that has already been paid for?
A: Yes. Any Campus Club days that were paid for after the site closures will be reimbursed.
EVENTS & SCHOOL CALENDAR
Q: Will school be extended or rescheduled into summer break?
A: You may have heard speculation that our current suspension of onsite classes could last through the end of the school year, but this is not a known fact at this time. We will continue to plan for the worst and hope for the best – a return to regular school operations on April 14. Be assured we will keep you well informed along the way as this situation continues to evolve.
Q: Do students and employees still get spring break?
A: Yes. Spring break is still scheduled for April 6-13, 2020. No distance learning will be happening during this time.
Q: How will this affect Graduation? Will there still be ceremonies?
A: At this time we are not planning on the cancellation of graduation and remain hopeful that we will be able to return to onsite instruction before the end of the school year. We also recognize that there are things we don’t yet know about the longer-term impact of our nation’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and are preparing for a number of possible outcomes about which we will keep our community informed as the situation evolves.
Q: What about events like senior prom, grad night, class picture?
A: Events scheduled April 14 and later are currently still scheduled, but information is changing daily. As soon as any decisions are made about events after April 14, it will be shared with students and families.
Q: Is Sonora canceled?
A: Sonora Outdoor School is also closed during this temporary suspension of on-site learning. If your student’s Sonora trip was scheduled to take place prior to April 13, it is canceled. Events scheduled April 14 and later are currently still scheduled, but information is changing daily. As soon as any decisions are made about events after April 14, it will be shared with students and families.
Q: Is registration for Kindergarten, junior high & high school still happening?
A: Yes. Kindergarten registration for 2020-21 will continue via phone or email by appointment. Please contact your child’s school to arrange time for an over-the-phone appointment to complete registration. Intermediate and high school registration will continue by phone. Your child’s counselor will contact you to arrange time for an over-the-phone appointment to complete registration.
Q: How do I turn in annual district transfer and re-enrollment forms and supporting documents?
A: If you have a transfer to turn in, there is a mail slot located to the right of the front door of the Student Services and School Attendance (SSSA) office (1465 David E. Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611). Staff will be checking for mail regularly, and you can turn in transfer paperwork there. If you need to enroll your student, please contact your school site for directions. For any other questions, please call the SSSA department at 327-9200 to leave a message, and your call will be returned.
Q: Will I be refunded for events or programs I've already purchased (eg. school play tickets, field trips, etc.) that have been canceled?
A: Yes, you will be refunded. Please contact your school site or program in which you are enrolled for details on how/when reimbursement will occur.
Q: I have not been receiving the daily email and/or phone call updates from Clovis Unified. What do I need to do?
A: If you have not received emails and/or phone calls from us this week, please make sure to contact your school to confirm we have the right contact information for you on file. Also, if you have not already downloaded our app from the Apple or Android store please do so and opt into push notifications.
Q: How will you communicate future updates?
A: Updates will be communicated through Automated Phone Calls, Email, Texts, Social Media and Web Sites. All official communications will be included on CUSD.com to confirm authenticity of messages.
Q: Why haven’t I received a response to the question I submitted on the Questions and Concerns form?
A: The form is aimed to gather information and concerns from our community as we continue to move forward. Comments submitted there will not receive individual responses, but will help inform our future communication to our entire community. Answers to many questions will also be posted to these FAQs. If you would like a specific contact from the district, please contact your child’s school directly or call the district office at 559-327-9000.