FUSD Emergency Closure Plan for Staff
Update: April 1, 2020
Good Afternoon Fontana Team,
As you know, on March 19, we announced the closing of all Fontana Unified schools through Friday, May 1, 2020, with the option of extending this closure if necessary. Yesterday evening Tony Thurmond, our State Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued communication urging all school districts to move towards distance learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year. Today the Governor of California reinforced this message. This afternoon, we will be joining School Districts county-wide in announcing that we will not be resuming normal operations for the remainder of the traditional 2019-2020 school year.
The health and safety of our students, staff, and our surrounding community is a top priority for all. The evolving Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 situation continues to cause educational institutions and organizations in virtually all industries to make difficult decisions regarding their operations.
During the closure period, no matter the length, we will continue our current Distance Learning Program, "Grab and Go” Meal Program, and limited site hours. Students and families will continue to be provided with resources, both digitally and printed. We are continuing to develop and deliver innovative avenues for students to learn and grow in the context of the current situation. We will continue to keep you posted as the situation develops.
As employees, you will continue to either work from home, if there is meaningful work that you can accomplish and is approved by your supervisor, or remain out on COVID-19 leave. At this time, we are not anticipating a disruption in pay. As guidelines are developed by State and Federal Governments, we will keep you posted of any additional reporting requirements. Please remember if you are at risk, or caring for someone at risk, please stay home, log your leave as COVID-19, and be well.
In the meantime, site administrators will help to keep you focused on the important work that we still must accomplish in our primarily work-from-home environment. Please remember that we want you to continue to take simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include washing hands with soap and water, coughing into sleeve/tissue, staying home if sick, and practicing social distancing. If you or a family member are exhibiting signs of illness such as fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing, please contact your healthcare provider.
Thank you again for your efforts to maintain connections to our students and our Fontana community.
Your FUSD Management Team
A Message from Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
Tonight you heard our Governor announce that California is going into a stay home order effective March 19, 2020. At this time, the order does NOT change or impact our role, considered essential, and our duty to carry out the following essential services:
--Meals being prepared and delivered to students.
--Any function associated with keeping the continuity of learning moving forward.
Please see the link for the full announcement and Executive Order from the Governor at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.
For additional guidance on essential functions, and furthermore, our role as essential employees, please see information at https://www.cisa.gov/government-facilities-sector.
The Education Facilities Subsector covers pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools, institutions of higher education, and business and trade schools. The subsector includes facilities that are owned by both government and private sector entities.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction