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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.  
 
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.
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