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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

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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

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Hello FUSD Staff, Students, and Community, 

Thank you to all the staff and community members who reached out to offer me such a warm welcome to Fremont Unified School District. I am thrilled to be serving as your Superintendent and look forward to building collaborative and meaningful relationships throughout our schools and our entire community. Please join me in thanking Dr. Raúl Zamora for his thoughtful and consistent leadership over the past five months as Acting Superintendent. Thank you, Dr. Zamora, for your continued commitment to FUSD. 

In a non-pandemic environment, I’d be filling my calendar with face-to-face meetings while traveling to all our schools to see the great work of our staff and students. As we know all too well, these times are anything but normal. Nonetheless, amidst an unprecedented start to the school year, I remain focused on establishing these meaningful relationships, even if through a digital medium, and I look forward to sharing some screentime with many of you soon. I’ll still be making visits to our school sites to visit facilities and perhaps I’ll have the chance to meet in person, from an appropriate social distance. 

I am very pleased to share with you that FUSD and FUDTA have reached an agreement on a comprehensive MOU related to starting the 2020-2021 school year in a distance learning model. Both FUSD and FUDTA worked diligently and collaboratively to finalize the parameters of our 2020-2021 distance learning program. The agreement, pending board approval on August 12th,  ensures FUSD’s compliance with all state mandates for daily instructional minutes and synchronous daily instruction for all students. At the same time, it provides flexibility for educators as professionals to meet the various needs of the students in their virtual classrooms and schools. I am very pleased to see the joint commitment to provide all FUSD students a rigorous and supportive distance learning instructional program.

In the coming days, our community will receive additional information from FUSD regarding the overall distance learning program for all students, specific platforms for online instruction, and many other important details. I recognize the need for this information to be provided in a timely manner and want to ensure our community receives a comprehensive summary so that staff, students, and families can properly prepare for our first day of school on August 26th.

As a former classroom teacher and principal, I empathize with how challenging these moments are for all educators and support staff, including our classified employees and administrators. Working together, I am very confident we will deliver a comprehensive high-quality educational program for ALL our students.

As a father of two school-aged children, ages 13 and 10, I fully understand the concerns of parents/guardians as it relates to a comprehensive high-quality educational program via distance learning and remote instruction. Over the past week, I’ve carefully reviewed the many FUSD parent/guardian emails related to such concerns. Thank you for taking the time to provide your input and advocacy. 

As the rich history of FUSD and the incredible diversity of Fremont come to life at the start of this school year, we are provided the continued opportunity to carefully review our practices, procedures, systems, and actions, to analyze if we are normalizing equality and to analyze gaps or systematic failure to ensure equitable educational access/outcomes for all students. With every interaction and meeting in the coming days and weeks, I look forward to learning about the history and the amazing people of FUSD,  that weave together the fabric of our Fremont Unified culture. I am confident there will be so many positive things to celebrate about FUSD and that we can also focus on areas to improve as well. I’ll remain focused on how we can build higher levels of excellence for our students by creating higher levels of equity for all students and staff. The opportunities and challenges ahead are monumental opportunities to rebuild the future our children deserve.

I look forward to meeting each of you in person, as soon as it is possible. Until then, please know that I’ll be working with passion, intensity, and a sharp focus on success for all FUSD students. 

Sincerely,
CJ Cammack
Superintendent
    

Posted 8/5/20