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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This area is a resource for our community regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  As needed, we will provide updates and important information on this page.  
 
On March 24, 2020, it was announced that home-based learning in KCUSD would continue through Friday, May 1 with students returning to school on Monday, May 4.  
 
Per Superintendent Campbell's message dated 3-18-20 a "shelter in place" order does not apply to the essential functions being provided by KCUSD. The delivery of high-quality education through distance learning and the preparation and delivery of meals are considered essential functions.
 
For information about meal distribution during non-student days click here.
 
For information about other resources available during non-student days click here.
 
For the latest information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please visit https://www.cdc.gov and the Fresno County Department of Public Health at https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health 
 
Communication sent from KCUSD administration to our families and/or staff members regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be seen below.

May 22, 2020

 

Dear KCUSD Parents:

 

In the interest of being transparent, I wanted to share the following with you.  This morning we were notified that a Riverview School staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  The staff member’s most recent time on the Riverview campus was Monday, May 18.  The employee was masked and had contact with other staff members.  There was no contact with parents or students during packet pick-up.  As this has happened in many school districts, Kings Canyon Unified has prepared for this type of occurrence with guidance from the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH).  Riverview administrators, in collaboration with District personnel, enacted the protocols previously developed.  I feel it is important to share with you the following steps that have been taken:

  

  1. District administrators notified local and state health departments and continue to work closely with them.
  2. Riverview staff members were notified.
  3. The Riverview campus is closed until further notice so that deep cleaning and sanitizing of the campus can be completed.  

 

It is understandable that this information may cause you concern.  I feel that it is important to provide you with the most current and accurate information, and our District and schools will continue to do so.  I previously notified you that our schools are working on a culminating event for our students.  We continue to plan for the safest way to provide this experience for your student(s).

 

Below are recommendations from health officials that we have been urged to continue to share with you so that you may protect yourself and those around you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

If you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms seek medical attention.  Free testing is available at various locations including United Health Centers in Reedley.  Prior to testing, please call 800-492-4227 to register.

 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support throughout this time.  Be assured that the safety of students, families, staff members, and community is our top priority.  Please do not hesitate to call the Educational Support Center at (559) 305-7010 with any questions. 

                                                                       

Sincerely,

John Campbell 

Superintendent                            

 May 15, 2020



Dear KCUSD Families:

 

I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy as we look forward to our final weeks of the school year.  As you know, this has been a year unlike any other and I encourage you and your student(s) to keep up the great work and finish strong.  This week teams have been working on end-of-year activities:  We concluded filming for our graduation videos and began the editing process.  Parents and guardians of our 8th-grade students received information about how their child will be recognized in lieu of a promotion event.  A committee of teachers, classified staff, school, and district administrators met today to begin planning culminating activities for all of our students.  More details will be shared soon.

 

As we have all experienced, the one constant in this current situation is that it is ever-changing.   This fluid environment coupled with uncertain parameters makes planning difficult.  Working with these obvious challenges, our team is strategizing for what next school year could look like.  We are planning for various scenarios that will ensure our students will continue to have the best educational experience while keeping everyone on campus safe and healthy.  

 

In addition to planning for next year, we are preparing for a budget crisis that we will face in the State of California.  This crisis will pose challenges on every level and will impact school districts throughout the state.  Staying true to our values, KCUSD is being proactive with this matter.  I have no doubt, as we have in the past, our team will face this issue successfully and we will overcome it.

 

Your ongoing support, especially through this difficult time, is appreciated.  I thank you for your continued focus, diligence, and motivation with home-based learning.  The resilience you and your students are showing is remarkable.  Once again, please remember we are all in this together, and together we will get through this.  As I am reminded daily from what I am witnessing, it is indeed an honor and privilege to serve the families of KCUSD.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 


John Campbell

Superintendent

May 15, 2020

 

 Dear Parents and Guardians of our 8th-grade Students:

 

I am writing to you today regarding how we will recognize our 8th-grade students this year.  Unfortunately, the current health and social distancing guidelines will not allow us to hold traditional 8th-grade promotion ceremonies.  While it is always our top priority to keep our students and families safe, we also believe it is important to continue to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our 8th-grade students.  With these values in mind, and working closely with your Principal, we have come up with what we believe to be the best scenario possible. 

 

It is our intention to give every student in KCUSD a culminating/closure experience before the last day of school.  For our 8th graders, we will combine this culminating experience with a modified promotion event.  Eighth-grade students and up to four family members of their choosing will be invited to campus to celebrate this special moment.  Promoting 8th graders will be able to see their teachers and take a photo while receiving her/his certificate. All awards that have been provided in previous years to our 8th graders will also be presented at this time.  To observe health guidelines, your school will contact you to schedule a time for this culminating experience, as well as provide additional details.  

 

While this is an optional event, we strongly believe this opportunity will provide inspiration and memories for years to come.  In closing, I want to congratulate our 8th graders for reaching this important point, as well as, thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding during these difficult times.  I look forward to seeing you and your student at her/his traditional, live high school graduation ceremony in four years.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

John Campbell

Superintendent

Dear KCUSD Parents:

 

What an exciting week we have had in our District.   Last Saturday we began the filming of graduation productions at our high schools.  I have received many compliments from parents and families regarding all of the hard work being done by our staff to make this a special moment for our students.  I do appreciate that our community realizes the restrictions we are working under, and their willingness to join us and make the best of this difficult situation.  The graduation production provides an opportunity to recognize our students, allows families to celebrate, and provides closure at the conclusion of their senior year.  However, it is still our intention to hold traditional live graduations when health guidelines permit. 

 

Observing our graduates and their families reminded me that wherever our students are in their academic journey, culminating experiences are so important.  I am pleased to let you know that we are working collaboratively on details to provide students with an experience that will allow them to have closure on this school year.  We are hoping for each student to be able to return to school and meet with their teacher in some format.  More information will be provided from your school site in the coming weeks as health and safety guidelines evolve. 

 

Last week, you received a letter from me regarding short-term grading practices.  I recognize that home-based learning may be presenting some challenges, however, it is so important to your child’s progress and achievement that at-home work continues to be completed.  I encourage you and your students to stay engaged and continue to contact your child’s teacher or school administrators for support.

 

TK and kindergarten registration is underway for next year.  If you need to register your child for kindergarten please call your school office to schedule an appointment.  More information about kindergarten registration can be found on our website at https://www.kcusd.com/apps/pages/KindergartenRegistration

 

As we hear about plans for reopening our state and country, we are also looking ahead to what school may look like when we return in the fall.  We are in the early stages of this discussion.  There are many details to consider as parameters and guidelines continue to change on a daily basis.  

 

Thank you for your continued partnership.  This past Tuesday was National Teacher Appreciation Day.  In addition to recognizing our teachers, we salute all of you who are teaching your student(s) at home.  

 

Sincerely,

 

 

John Campbell

Superintendent

Dear KCUSD Parents:

 

At the regularly scheduled board meeting earlier this evening, Kings Canyon Unified School District announced: “With the utmost concern for the safety of students and staff members, KCUSD has made the difficult decision to continue home-based learning as the mode of instruction through the end of this school year.  It is our intention to have a culminating experience for all students to the point that local and state health guidelines allow.  Details will be sent as plans unfold.  In addition, an important announcement regarding high school graduation will be released tomorrow afternoon.”  

 

While we all look forward to a time when we can return to our school sites, our staff is committed, prepared, and ready to continue supporting our students and families with home-based learning.  Our collective efforts through the end of this school year will ensure our students stay engaged and ready to advance to the next grade level.  

 

The transition to home-based learning has presented many changes to the way our schools and district operates.  We recognize that the obvious changes presented by home-based learning impact the way students learn and achieve.  As a result, KCUSD has developed short-term grading practices to reflect our current situation.  Information about the short-term grading practices will be shared with parents tomorrow.  

 

Sincerely,

 

John Campbell

Superintendent

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

I want to begin by recognizing the work you are doing to keep your students engaged, inspired, and motivated during home-based learning. While I often talk about the great work our employees are doing during this time, I know that families are also doing exceptional work. I recognize how challenging this time may be for you. Home-based learning requires much more than we typically ask of our parents. Please know we continue to be here to support you and your child. Your child’s teachers and school administrators are standing by to offer assistance and guidance. You are also encouraged to use the resources available on the KCUSD website, www.kcusd.com as well as your school website.

 

This is the time of year when many people start looking forward to end of the school year activities and student awards.  Our team is working diligently to plan special experiences for students while ensuring health guidelines are observed.  We are committed to providing uniform, meaningful, and high-quality moments that capture the individual features of each school.   While current health guidelines prevent us from traditional celebrations, they do not diminish the importance of our students’ hard work.  Great care is being taken to capture the significant accomplishments students have worked so hard to achieve.  Announcements will be made soon regarding how we will recognize our students. 

 

Thank you again for all you are doing.  Your patience and resilience are recognized.  Our KCUSD team appreciates your calls, thoughtful comments, and positive feedback.  We are honored to have the opportunity to educate your child and support you through this time of home-based learning.  As I have often stated, together we will get through this.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

John Campbell

Superintendent

Letter to KCUSD Families: 
 

April 17, 2020

 

 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

Welcome back from Spring Break.  I hope you all enjoyed time with your loved ones.  As our students and staff members settle back into our new norm of home-based learning, I trust K-8 students were able to pick up week four and five packets earlier this week, and our high school students have reconnected with their teachers.  This time of learning is so important to your students’ development and staying on track to be ready for next year.  

 

The dialog in the media at both the national and state level this week has centered on how to reopen our state and country.  Bringing this discussion to our level, you may be aware that at the board meeting this past Tuesday, I announced the following, “With the acknowledgment that there is a high likelihood that students will be unable to return to school campuses this year and recognizing this is a very fluid situation, the Kings Canyon Unified School District governing board will refrain from making any decision on this topic before its April 28th board meeting.”  We are committed to making decisions thoughtfully, based on fact, and with our community’s best interest at heart.  Details regarding this situation are unfolding rapidly and as we make decisions about the return to school, we will continue to always keep student safety and welfare at the forefront.

 

The partnership with our KCUSD community has always been a core value in this district.  With that in mind, on behalf of our nearly 10,000 students, last week KCUSD donated masks (13,000) and gloves (5,000) to the Reedley Adventist Hospital and the Jefferson Adventist School-Based Health Clinic.  This gesture is just a small way to recognize and thank our heroes, the medical professionals, who serve those most impacted by this crisis.

 

Recognizing the guidance of State and local health officials, KCUSD has found it necessary to adjust our current meal distribution program.  Beginning this Monday, April 20 there will be one food distribution per day.  Students will receive lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. We are very pleased that we are still able to provide hot and nutritious meals to our students. Distribution times and locations have been modified. For more information about these changes visit the KCUSD website, www.kcusd.com.

 

This current situation has impacted every level of how KCUSD functions.  Your positive feedback is appreciated as we continue to work diligently to reinvent education in this ever-changing climate.  Currently, two committees are working to address senior recognition and plans for how to safely reopen schools in the future.  As information from these committees comes available I will share it with you.

 

While these are challenging times, my unique position allows me to see the way our KCUSD team is digging deep and rising to the occasion.  I continue to be truly inspired by what I am seeing. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and commitment as we work together to serve your students.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or Principal with any comments, concerns or questions.    

 

Sincerely,

 

 John Campbell

Superintendent

Letter to KCUSD families: 
 

Dear KCUSD Families:

Closing campuses to students was a difficult decision, however, KCUSD’s commitment to providing high-quality education and access to the services students need to reach their fullest potential has never wavered.  While hoping for the best, we are preparing for students to continue learning at home until it is safe to return.

 

By now you have likely heard Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement recommending schools continue distance learning through the end of the school year.  Some news outlets have even reported that all California schools are closed for the rest of the school year.  To be clear, local control gives school districts the authority to make decisions that best support their students, staff members, and community.  We will continue to monitor the guidance of health officials while prioritizing the safety and health of our KCUSD community as we make decisions regarding the education of our students.  The KCUSD school board is scheduled to discuss the possibility of extending home-based learning through the end of the year at the regularly scheduled meeting on April 14.

 

Our team, working collaboratively, has focused on how home-based learning has impacted the way students earn grades, receive credit toward graduation, and college entrance requirements. I am delighted to report that once again our hard-working employees are ahead of the curve.  Specific information about our temporary shift in grading, which aligns with CDE guidelines, will be distributed by your school after we return from Spring Break.

 

We appreciate your positive feedback and the insight you are providing about ways we can help you and your students. In response to this feedback, we have identified two immediate areas to assist families in need. Nearly 20% of our families have reported that they do not have access to the internet. To address that need, we have partnered with generous businesses, churches, and organizations in our communities to provide access to free WiFi. Families can drive-up, park, access the internet, and allow students to complete homework assignments at a variety of sites. Due to the fact that we have always halted meal service during Spring Break, food distribution locations have been identified in our communities, for families in need. A list of food distribution and free WiFi locations are available on the KCUSD website at https://www.kcusd.com/apps/pages/Non-StudentDayResources. We are working hard to address your needs. We know how difficult home-based learning can be, so please continue to stay in contact with your school, student’s teacher, and Principal, and let us know how we can make this difficult time easier for you.

 

Once again, my apologies for being repetitive, I am continually inspired by the resilience of our students, families and the amazing KCUSD team. I believe our 95% return rate on home-based learning packets, shows the commitment of all stakeholders. As one example, if you have not seen it, I am happy to share that KCUSD was highlighted earlier this week on the California Department of Education Facebook page. If you have an opportunity, you can view the post at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation/posts/2779187725452235

 

As I have often stated, it is an honor and privilege to serve as your Superintendent. 

 

We are in this together, and together we will get through this.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 


John Campbell

Superintendent

The following letter was sent to from Superintendent John Campbell: 

 

Dear KCUSD Families,

 

I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy.  As we reach the end of our second week of home-based learning, I am so proud to hear about the many wonderful things that are taking place to support our KCUSD community.  I know there are more dire things going on in the world at this time, but I would like to share a few positives from KCUSD with you.  The first home-based learning packet drop-off and pick-up was a huge success.  Thank you for your commitment to ensuring your child stays academically engaged during this time.  Students are doing an incredible job completing the packets, connecting with teachers, and turning in assignments.  Parents are also reporting some additional benefits.  Home-based learning allows our students to maintain routine and engage in activities that are familiar, all while maintaining that very important feeling of connection.

 

At KCUSD we are happy to continue providing services to our families such as meals, social-emotional support, and a technology support line.  We understand some families are in need of WiFi access and we have been working hard to address this need.  I am excited to let you know that free drive-up WiFi is available to any family in the staff parking lots at Reedley High School and Orange Cove High School, as well as the bus drop-off area at Dunlap School.  Drive-up WiFi is available at other school sites, however, we are currently working to enhance connectivity at these locations.  Instructions for accessing the KCUSD free WiFi are outlined below.  We are doing all we can to provide students with the tools they need to be successful.  As we develop and implement these services, please let us know how we can continue to support you.

 

In order to observe social distancing guidelines, offices at our school sites and the Educational Support Center are available by phone call Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Prior to coming to school or the ESC please call ahead to make an appointment. Meals are served Monday-Friday. For meal distribution times, the most current updates, and a list of services available, please visit your school website or the KCUSD website at www.kcusd.com.

 

I wish you all the best as we work together to keep our KCUSD community safe and healthy while together educating our children to the extent that this situation allows.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Campbell

Superintendent

 

KCUSD Free WiFi Access Instructions:

1 - Park in the staff parking lot at RHS or OCHS or the bus drop-off area at Dunlap School

2 - Select KCUSD_Public from the WiFi options on your device

3 - Accept the user agreement

4 - Access the internet as needed

5 - Normal security filters that apply to KCUSD internet usage are in place

A technology support line is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (559) 305-7040.

 
The following letter was sent to from Superintendent John Campbell: 
 

Dear KCUSD Families,

 

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy as we begin our second week of home-based learning.  I am writing to inform you of the latest developments as well as to follow up on the original plans to continue to educate our children.  At the guidance of local health officials, in collaboration with our neighboring school districts, and after speaking with our board, it has been decided that all KCUSD schools will continue home-based learning through Friday, May 1.  At the present time, it is our hope to reopen schools to students on Monday, May 4.  All services that are currently being provided, such as meals and social-emotional support will continue through May 1. Schools will be closed and services will be stopped during our regularly scheduled Spring Break, April 6 - April 13, and will resume Tuesday, April 14.

 

As we continue home-based learning, I recognize that the delivery of education has changed for all of us, but I know our team is working hard to find creative, innovative ways to connect with students and provide support to families. On the next page, please find information about additional resources you can use to support your child’s home-based learning during non-student days.  

 

By now your child’s teacher should have made contact with you or your student.  It is our intent to stay connected with all of our students during this time.  If your child’s teacher has been unable to connect with you or your student, it is possible we may have incorrect contact information.  Please call your child’s school to confirm the contact information they have for you and/or your student.  School offices and the Educational Support Center are answering calls Monday - Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Due to social distancing guidelines, our offices are open by appointment only. 

 

Our commitment to your child’s safety and success continues to be our number one priority. While it is important to observe California’s stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I would like to remind you that essential functions such as picking up food is acceptable.  KCUSD continues to provide breakfast and lunch at 10 of our school locations.  Please be reminded per federal regulations children must be present when picking up meals.  For sites and times visit: https://www.kcusd.com/apps/pages/NonStudentDaysMealInfo

 

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to stay healthy while supporting the educational needs of your student(s).  For the most up-to-date information and resources please visit www.kcusd.com.

 

Sincerely,

 


John Campbell

Superintendent

 

Attachment: Home-based learning additional resources

 

Page 2: Home-based learning additional resources

This is a guide designed to help parents/guardians support their children during non-student days due to COVID-19 guidelines.  Please consider the following suggestions:

Create a consistent time for your child to complete their Home-Based Learning packets and contact their teacher if there are any questions.

 

Visit the KCUSD website link: “Home-Based Learning Resources(https://www.kcusd.com/apps/pages/Home-BasedLearningResources) under the Parents/Students tab to find online resources and websites that support Home-Based Learning. 

 

Consider the following enrichment activities:

  • Independent or shared reading- ask a question about the book or read a book together
  • Creative writing, poetry, journaling, writing a letter or making a card for residents at Palm Village or Sierra View. Cards or letters can be sent to:
    • Palm Village Resident, 703 W. Herbert, Reedley, CA 93654
    • Sierra View Resident, ℅ Julia Duran or Kelly Brady, 1155 E. Springfield Ave., Reedley, CA
  • Artistic/creative options - drawing, painting, music, play-doh, puzzles, Legos, dress up, cooking, photography, etc.
  • Math journal -- what math problems can you create as you look around your house? (example: There are 15 pairs of socks, how many individual socks are there? How many more white socks than blue socks?)
  • Science experiment or exploration
 
For digital resources, first, visit your child’s school website to access programs and applications used by the site.
 
Additional Educational Websites

 

 
 
KCUSD Students Services shared the flyer below with families via Peachjar.
Phone Messenger sent to families: (Calls made in English and Spanish)

Good evening. This is (principal's name), principal of (school name). I am calling this evening to let you know about the positive response we are seeing in our first few days of distance learning and to provide you with important updates. During the next few weeks our school office will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you are in need of assistance please call us at (phone number). Our District is offering many services to support you and your child during this time, such as free meals, a technology line and social/emotional support. Today, a letter from our Superintendent John Campbell was sent via Peachjar email to our parents. To see a copy of the letter and for more information about the services being provided during this time, please visit our school website or the District website at www.kcusd.com.

 
 
Superintendent John Campbell's letter to families: (Sent via Peachjar email in English and Spanish)
 

Dear KCUSD families:

 

This letter is intended to provide you with updates about our non-student days and distance learning program.  Since our announcement last Friday to hold non-student days, I have received many positive calls, emails and comments.  I am so proud of our teachers and staff members for providing a calming environment for our students.  I am so grateful to serve in a community that shows such confidence in their school district’s ability to care for their children.  At KCUSD we felt it was important for the well-being of our students to receive guidance and reassurance from their teachers and school staff members before leaving.  As I visited schools on Monday, students told me how they had learned to wash their hands properly and cover their coughs.   They were confident and calm when they explained why they would be participating in home-based learning.  Some shared their excitement about the educational packets and library books they received, and the opportunity for online learning.  During our first two non-student days, I witnessed staff members handing out meals, working in classrooms, and maintaining the cleanliness of our sites.  Getting through this truly is a team effort.

 

While we are all adjusting to the recent changes, I would like to review the services we are providing to assist you and your children during this time:

  • School offices and the Educational Support Center (ESC) will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please handle any business possible via the telephone.
  • Breakfast and lunch are being served weekdays at several locations.
    • Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m.
    • Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    • Anyone, age 18 and under, is eligible to “pick up” a meal at any site during the times listed above.
    • Meals are available at the following locations:
      • Dunlap Elementary School
      • In Orange Cove: McCord, Orange Cove High School, Sheridan
      • In Reedley: Great Western, Jefferson, Lincoln, Reedley High School, T.L. Reed, Washington
  • Social and emotional support services will be available on an on-call basis. Please contact your school site or the ESC if services are needed.
  • A technology support line for students and parents is available Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (559) 305-7040.
  • All school sites will be communicating regarding distance learning materials.

 

As I have stated before, this is a fluid situation that is changing rapidly.  As I write this letter I am learning of the city of Fresno’s “shelter in place” order.  At this time this order has not been declared in our area.  If we are instructed to observe a similar order, we plan to continue serving meals at KCUSD.  Such an order has many exemptions for essential services including the ability to pick up food and participate in the distribution of food.

 

As we always have, we will continue to work in the best interest of our KCUSD community.  We will follow the guidance of local and state health officials, and keep you informed of details that may impact you and your child(ren).  Please visit your school or the District website at www.kcusd.com for the most up to date announcements.

 

It is an honor for our team to serve this community during this time.  Thank you for your continued partnership.

 

Sincerely,

John Campbell

Superintendent

 

Phone Messenger:

Good evening.  This is Kings Canyon Unified Superintendent, John Campbell, calling to let you know that we have received guidance from the governor's office and the CA Public Health Dept. concerning the coronavirus.  With their recommendations in mind, KCUSD's plan is that all students should report to school on Monday as usual.  We will have a regular school day, including After School Programs.  On Monday afternoon, your children will be provided with a home-based learning packet, or they will receive directions about how to access their lessons on-line.  Starting Tuesday, March 17 we will convert to home-based learning until school resumes for students on Tuesday, April 14.  As an educator and father, I believe Monday is a crucial day for our students to hear directly from the teachers and staff they trust, that this change in schedule is a precautionary measure to keep them healthy while this virus season is brought under control.  We are grateful for your understanding and assistance, and will keep you informed if any of these plans must change, based upon direction from state officials.  You may view a letter with details and more information on Peachjar or our kcusd.com website.  Thank you.

 

Letter to parents: 

 

March 13, 2020

 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

Today we find ourselves in unprecedented times.  I thank you for your partnership and attention to the many messages that have been delivered to you in the past few weeks related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The safety and well-being of our students, staff members and community are at the forefront of all of our efforts.  Tonight our administration and governing board took steps to move forward with a plan to address the health concerns related to COVID-19. 

 

We will hold a regular school day on Monday, March 16.  With the guidance of local and state health officials, KCUSD has made the very difficult decision to begin NON-STUDENT DAYS on Tuesday, March 17.  Students will return to school on Tuesday, April 14.  As a District, we are committed to keeping students safe and educated.  Therefore students will be provided with academic materials to take home on Monday, March 16.  

 

Adjustments to the school schedule are listed below:

Tuesday, March 17 – Friday, April 3      Non-student days

Monday, April 6 - Monday, April 13      Regularly scheduled Spring Break

Tuesday, April 14                                 Students return to school

 

We currently plan to welcome students back to campuses on Tuesday, April 14, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time. We will reevaluate this plan and provide updates to our families prior to April 14.

 

To assist with the challenges related to the non-student days, KCUSD is taking the following steps:

  •       Schools and the Educational Support Center will remain open.
  •       Breakfast and lunch will be available on weekdays beginning March 17 - April 3, similar to the summer lunch program.

○       Breakfast will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

○       Lunch will be available between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

○       Any person, age 18 and under, is eligible to “pick up” a meal during the times listed above. 

○       Breakfast and lunch will be distributed at the following locations:

■       Dunlap Elementary School

■       In Orange Cove: McCord, Orange Cove High School, Sheridan

■       In Reedley:  Jefferson, Lincoln, Reedley High School, T.L. Reed, Washington (added Great Wester)

  •       Social and emotional support services will be available on an on-call basis between March 17 and April 3. Please contact your school site if services are needed.

 

Please know that considerable thought has gone into the decisions being made in regard to this issue.  We thank you for your understanding as we work together to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.  I thank you, our students and staff members for your resolve and understanding as we all work together during this trying time.  I wish you continued health and look forward to seeing our students return on April 14.  We will keep you informed of updates related to this matter and will continue posting information on the KCUSD website www.kcusd.com.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

John Campbell

Superintendent

 
2. The following message was sent via phone call/message to KCUSD parents regarding the Rotary Track meet in response to Governor Gavin Newsome's direction to cancel nonessential events of 250 people or more.  The phone message was delivered in English and Spanish.
 
Governor Newsom has announced that any gatherings of 250 or more people in a nonconfined space should be canceled or postponed.  Unfortunately, the Rotary Track Meet scheduled for later today draws well above that threshold.  We are aware that a tremendous amount of work has gone into today's event, and are grateful to all those involved.  You will be informed when we are able to reschedule this event.  Thank you.
 
3.  The following letter was sent to the KCUSD Community by Superintendent John Campbell: 

March 12, 2020

 

Dear KCUSD Community:

 

This letter is to give you an update to KCUSD's response to the COVID-19 statewide directive to cancel non-essential gatherings. The directive states that activities which exceed an attendance of 250+ people or any large event where we cannot meet the directive on social distancing be cancelled or postponed.  KCUSD, along with our neighboring school districts, continue to follow the guidance of the Fresno County Department of Public Health as we make decisions in the best interest of our students, staff members and the community.  

 

In consideration of the many events and activities taking place on our campuses each day, the following steps have been taken to follow the Governor’s directive and best practices recommended for schools.

  1. Schools remain in session.
    1. Health professionals have reported that our school-age population is at low risk for contracting COVID-19.  Our schools continue their daily attention to recommended hygiene practices such as proper handwashing and covering coughs.  We recognize that it is in our students’ best interest to carry on with classroom learning and to provide the essential services students need.   
  2. Effective immediately, KCUSD is cancelling or postponing all non-essential activities, competitions, and gatherings, where we cannot meet social distancing criteria, through April 13.  A partial list of the gatherings include, but are not limited to:
    1. All athletic competitions
    2. Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) events
    3. Awards assemblies
    4. Fundraisers and events held by booster groups
    5. Civic contracts, including all outside community organizations that utilize district space

For more information about events at your school site, please contact your school office.

  1. Normal athletic practices and other co-curricular practices are permitted.
  2. Field trips within our local region are being considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please watch for guidance from your school.

Much thought and consideration went into the decision to cancel and/or postpone events.  We are saddened that the hard work and dedication of our students and staff members will be impacted by this decision.  It is our hope that most events/activities will be able to be postponed.  While the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low for healthy students and staff members, we recognize that community members and those with underlying health conditions may attend non-essential activities and events.  We take seriously our role in working to keep our community safe. 

 

Your understanding as we work together through this challenging time is appreciated.  To see a video of our local superintendents discussing issues related to this matter and for the most current updates related to COVID-19, please visit www.kcusd.com

 

Sincerely,

 

John Campbell

Superintendent

 

 
The following telephone message was sent to Reedley High School parents today from Principal John Ahlin:
 

Hello, parents, this is Reedley High School Principal John Ahlin.  Thank you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty related to coronavirus.  In order to continue our transparency, this call is to notify you that earlier today an RHS student notified a teacher and classmates that his sibling returned from an area of concern and has been on self-isolation as recommended.  The RHS student has had NO contact with the sibling. The sister is NOT a KCUSD student and has shown NO symptoms of the illness. We can all understand how difficult this must be for our student and his family. Under the guidance of the Fresno County Department of Public Health, we continue to see NO threat to our students or staff members.  Classes and activities WILL CONTINUE as normally scheduled. For regular updates related to the coronavirus please visit the KCUSD website at www.kcusd.com.  Your partnership and understanding is appreciated.

The California Department of Public Health Guidelines regarding non-essential gatherings of 250+ can be accessed at the following link: 
The following message was sent via email from Superintendent John Campbell to school site administrators:
 
During our board meeting tonight, I received a message from the Superintendent of Parlier Unified that their school board announced the closure of Parlier High School and Brletic Elementary School as a precautionary measure, due to the presence of a student identified as having traveled to a region of high risk for COVID 19.  The student has no symptoms and this is described by their superintendent as precautionary.  The move is intended to provide staff at PHS the time to provide a deep clean for the site.  At this time, the high school is the only announced closure in their district.
 
Letter to KCUSD families (sent in English and Spanish)
 

March 9, 2020

 

Dear KCUSD Families,

As COVID-19 begins to have an increased impact on our communities, we feel it is important to connect directly with you to share more about the steps we are taking to help keep our students, employees and communities safe and healthy.  Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and the Fresno County Department of Public Health continue to work together in response to this concern. 

 

KCUSD has successfully navigated challenges of this nature before.  Those prior experiences coupled with the support of state and local health officials have us well prepared for COVID-19.  You are essential to all of our preparation in reducing the spread of COVID-19.   On Saturday, March 7 the Fresno County Department of Public Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19.  This was a travel-related case and was not community-acquired.  Reflecting guidance from health officials, best practices for schools are in place, and we will continue to keep our community updated through calls, email (Peachjar) and on the KCUSD website (www.kcusd.com). 

 

We understand your interest in the actions of our schools related to this current concern.  I want you to be aware of the steps KCUSD has taken in response to the COVID-19 issue, and additional actions following the most recent announcement here in Fresno County.  Daily practices include:

  • disinfecting highly used surfaces (like doorknobs and counters)
  • encouraging proper handwashing and covering coughs
  • other healthy classroom practices regularly in place to reduce the spread of cold and flu germs

Signage has been placed in highly visible locations around campuses reminding the importance of hand hygiene and proper hand washing practices.  Additionally, custodians at each site are being directed to shift priorities to a more extensive cleaning regimen of surface areas.

 

For the latest news about the coronavirus and actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control please visit https://www.cdc.gov and the Fresno County Department of Public Health at https://co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health.

 

As new information comes available, or if public health officials change recommendations for schools we will keep you informed through the outreach systems listed above.  If you have additional questions or concerns you may contact KCUSD Student Services at (559) 305-7010. 

 

While the information above can be concerning, be assured that tremendous teaching and learning is continuing in KCUSD classrooms.  Thank you for your partnership as we work together to address this situation and keep healthy habits at the forefront of our daily activities. 

 

Sincerely,

John Campbell

Superintendent

Notice posted on KCUSD website under News & Announcements: 
California Governor Gavin Newsome declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, March 4 following the first confirmed death in the State related to novel coronavirus. The illness has been reported in 12 counties in California. The rationale behind declaring a state of emergency is that it will allow state agencies to get equipment, services and supplies more quickly to areas where they are needed. KCUSD is encouraging students and staff members to follow recommended precautions such as covering their coughs, washing hands regularly and avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth. The District is monitoring this situation very closely and will report as more information becomes available.
 
Letter to KCUSD Community (sent in English and Spanish)
 

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a virus that was recently identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and is now being spread widely in other parts of mainland China.  More cases are being detected worldwide, and while new cases were initially linked to Hubei Province, China, at this time public health considers being anywhere in China in the past 14 days a risk factor for novel coronavirus infection.

The virus causes respiratory illness.  For up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus, see:

 

 

At this time, the health risk to the general public in California from novel coronavirus remains low, but individuals can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

The best way to prevent illness from ANY virus is to reduce exposure to the virus.  These preventative actions can help prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Keep your children at home if they are sick
  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

 

We will continue to stay in constant contact with the Fresno County Public Health Department and will give updates as they are given to us.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools’ Health Services Department at (559) 265-3025 or the Fresno County Public Health Department at (559) 600-3200.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Carousso

Student Services Administrator