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Here is Fremont USD's Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP). This was approved by the FUSD Board of Education on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. A translation of the LCP in Spanish and Chinese will be posted soon.

Information below is from the California Department of Education’s website on the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP):

Background

Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) established that the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and an annual update to the LCAP are not required for the 2020–21 school year and that the California Department of Education (CDE) shall not publish the California School Dashboard in December 2020 based on performance data on the state and local indicators. SB 98 supersedes the requirement to develop and adopt an LCAP by December 15, 2020, which was established by Executive Order N-56-20, which was published in April 2020.

SB 98 also separates the development and adoption of the Budget Overview for Parents from the development and adoption of the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year. The legislation also requires that the Budget Overview for Parents be developed and adopted by December 15, 2020.

SB 98 establishes California EC Section 43509 and the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan) requirements for the 2020–21 school year.

Purpose

The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) is a key part of the overall budget package for K-12 that seeks to address funding stability for schools while providing information at the local educational agency (LEA) level for how student learning continuity will be addressed during the COVID-19 crisis in the 2020–21 school year. The provisions for the plan were approved by the Governor and Legislature in June in SB 98 and can be found in EC Section 43509.

The Learning Continuity Plan is intended to balance the needs of all stakeholders, including educators, parents, students and community members, while both streamlining engagement and condensing several preexisting plans. In particular, it was important to combine (1) the intent behind Executive Order N-56-20, published in April 2020, which envisioned an off cycle Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) due December 15th, and (2) the ongoing need for LEAs to formally plan to return to school in the midst of the uncertainty and of COVID-19, without requiring two plans. The Learning Continuity Plan replaces the LCAP for the 2020–21 school year.

The Learning Continuity Plan adoption timeline of September 30, 2020 is intended to ensure the Learning Continuity Plan is completed in the beginning of the 2020–21 school year. Additionally, the timeline is intended to allow for communication of decisions that will guide how instruction will occur during the 2020–21 school year. This includes in-person instruction, according to health guidance, and distance learning, while providing critical opportunities for stakeholder engagement.

The Learning Continuity Plan template memorializes the planning process already underway for the 2020–21 school year and includes descriptions of the following: addressing gaps in learning; conducting meaningful stakeholder engagement; maintaining transparency; addressing the needs of unduplicated pupils, students with unique needs, and students experiencing homelessness; providing access to necessary devices and connectivity for distance learning; providing resources and supports to address student and staff mental health and social emotional well-being; and continuing to provide school meals for students.

Posted 9/24/20

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Hello FUSD Parents, Guardians, and Community, 

It is my honor and privilege to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year in Fremont Unified. The start of each school year is always an exciting time for students, staff, and families. Although we wish the circumstances surrounding the start of this school year were different, FUSD and all our staff are still incredibly excited to welcome our students and families back to school! 

As you know, due to local conditions of COVID-19, Fremont Unified School District will start the school year in Distance Learning. As our first day of school, August 26th, approaches, our teachers, administrators, support staff, and classified staff have been working incredibly hard with a focus on building a robust and supportive distance learning program. I am incredibly grateful for all the hard work our staff is putting forward for our students. I look forward to seeing many of our staff and students in their virtual classrooms in the coming weeks. 

During the first few weeks of this school year, I encourage you to be quick to share your appreciation and compliments for educators, support staff, classified staff, and administrators, who are courageously revamping their entire instructional programs. Be open in your praise for your child(ren) as they persevere through new experiences and adjust to the full scope of online instruction. As parents and guardians, I encourage you to give yourself compliments and grace as you also move through the process of adjusting personal and professional obligations during distance learning. As you move through the start of the year, please keep an empathetic and thoughtful understanding that this is a new experience for everyone. 

As a society, we have faced so many challenges since mid-March and I am confident that one benefit of these circumstances is that our students are learning real-life problem solving skills that will serve them today, tomorrow, and well into the future. Every day, we are putting real-life problem solving and collaboration into action as we adapt to changing circumstances and overcome new challenges. 

Those two words, adapt and overcome, have been a focus with my own children as they started school in distance learning this year (8th and 5th grade). As we embark on this new adventure in FUSD, imperfections will exist and areas of improvement will be identified. I am confident our staff will rise to those challenges and continually adapt their practices to best meet the needs of our students, as we collectively adapt and overcome. 

As part of our new distance learning program for the start of 2020-2201 school year, in conjunction with the daily live instruction, students will be engaged in additional learning activities that continue to support their academic and social development in alignment with state content standards. Our staff will also provide structured office hours to support individualized student needs.  You can view additional information regarding our distance learning program on the District website. Additional information is also available on your school’s website. 

In closing, I’d like to take a moment and offer my thanks and recognition for all our firefighters and first responders who are working so hard to protect people and property from the devastating wildfires throughout the Bay Area and across California. Please join me in offering our gratitude for their hard work and bravery. 

Sincerely,

CJ Cammack
Superintendent

Posted 8/25/20

English | español | 中文

Dear Fremont Unified School District Community,

As you may be aware, our Board of Education recently approved an MOU between FUSD and FUDTA outlining the framework of expectations for distance learning. I know there are many emotions people are experiencing as we move closer to the first day of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Attached to this communication is a general overview of FUSD’s Distance Learning program (English | español | 中文) and I am hopeful this will help provide you with helpful information and context as we move closer to our first day of instruction. In the immediate future, you’ll also receive further communication from your specific school site(s) with more detailed and individualized information, including finalized bell schedules for your school site(s).

I’d like to acknowledge and appreciate all the parent communication I received in recent days regarding advocacy for a robust and rigorous distance learning program for all FUSD students. While I have not been able to respond to each email, please know they are being received and reviewed.

It is important to note that while differing perspectives exist of what specific conditions must be met for a successful distance learning program, we do share common ground in wanting a high-quality education program for all students. All FUSD staff members want to see a distance learning program that provides rigorous instruction, relevant learning activities, and structures to support both the academic and social-emotional development of our students.

Does that mean it will look like the “traditional” in-person school day? No it will not, nor should it, for many reasons. As you can understand, during a normal school day students receive lots of in-person, all-class direct instruction, yet they also spend lots of time engaged in learning activities that are not based on live direct instruction, such as independent work, group work, small group meetings with their teachers, etc. We cannot mirror that exact experience in a distance learning environment. However, we can build structures for live interaction and instruction, as well as opportunities for independent and guided learning activities that are not dependent on live instruction. These combined structures will ensure students are engaged throughout the day with both synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (not-live) learning.

The 2020-2021 Distance Learning program will encompass a robust and supportive distance learning experience for all FUSD students. This learning experience will include access to social-emotional support for students, meals for students in need, access to academic support to address learning loss from last year, along with workshops for families to support navigating distance learning.

As good practitioners should, we will reevaluate our distance learning programs and practices to see how effectively we are serving our students and supporting our staff. We will also analyze how our programs and practices are meeting our goals of providing high-quality instruction for all FUSD students.

No one in FUSD has ever been a part of a comprehensive distance learning program to start the school year, during a global pandemic. Without question, this will be remarkably different from our initial crisis response last spring. This new Distance Learning program is truly a new experience for our students, our staff, our parents and guardians, and our community. As a community, I believe we need to focus on the word “unity”. Together, we can provide the learning experiences our students need and deserve, we can reflect on what is working and what needs to be improved, and we can continue to monitor conditions of COVID-19 to determine when we may return to a version of face to face instruction, at the safe and appropriate time.

Each year, students, parents/guardians, and educators think about what is needed for back-to-school supplies. As we embark on the start of the 2020-2021 school year, some of the most essential school supplies will include ample amounts of empathy, patience, flexibility, and perseverance. I look forward to being a partner with each of you in this new journey, working together, as a community.

Sincerely,
CJ Cammack
Superintendent
Fremont Unified School District


Here are some important things to know about the District’s plan.

Posted 8/14/20