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Return to In-Person Instruction

As KCUSD transitions to in-person instruction, this section will provide important information and updates for families and staff members.  Links in the right menu bar include our Safe Return to School Plan, Hybrid Instruction Plan and Safety Measures.
Communication 
 
This page will include letters shared with parents from Superintendent John Campbell.  Communication pieces are delivered directly to parents through ParentSquare.  

October 16, 2020

 

 

 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

What a great week we have had!  It has been wonderful welcoming back so many of our TK - 6th grade students over the past two days.  Our campuses have truly come alive again with the sound of laughing, talking, and learning.  Continuing with the positive news, I am excited to share another development.  We are planning to begin in-person instruction for our 7th and 8th grade students beginning Monday, November 9.  This aligns with our safe, secure, and steady return to school plan. 

 

As I visited our schools this week, it was wonderful to see the excitement of our students and staff members.  In classrooms, I saw students embracing the routine of wearing face coverings, learning how to properly wash their hands, and maintaining social distancing.  Our staff members are working diligently to educate students while also teaching safety protocols.  I have been so impressed with how resilient our students are and how these new practices are already becoming second nature.

 

In preparation for the return of 7th and 8th grade students to campus, our schools will be sending letters in the U.S. mail this coming week.  If you are the parent of a 7th or 8th grade student please watch for this important letter that will include your child’s hybrid schedule and additional information regarding the return to in-person instruction.  

 

It feels great to be back in school!  Our small class sizes are allowing our students to quickly reconnect on a social level with both their teacher and classmates.  The days that 3rd - 6th grade students are learning away from school, they will have at least one Zoom session with their teacher.  This virtual meeting will allow teachers to check on their students’ learning and address any needs the students may have. 

 

I continue to hear from our parents and teachers inquiring how long until our high school students can return.  We are working closely with health department officials on the complex details involved with a high school campus.  We understand how important it is for students to have live, on-campus interaction with their teachers, so we remain focused on bringing these students back sooner rather than later.  

 

The distance education program for students in grades TK - 6 is also getting into full swing.  Initial meetings took place this week where students were able to meet their Distance Education teacher.  Zoom sessions will begin this Monday for students who enrolled during the distance education enrollment window.  While we respect the parents’ wishes who have chosen distance education, our students are always welcome to return to in-person instruction when their circumstances change. 

 

It has been great speaking with so many parents in the past two days who are excited to see their students return.  Equally, I have enjoyed hearing from students who have shared how happy they are to be back in school.  Although this current return is not optimal, hybrid models are a step in the right direction for safely welcoming our students back...and we are thrilled to have them back!


Sincerely,

 

John G. Campbell

Superintendent

October 2, 2020

 

 

 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

I hope your family is doing well as we begin the month of October.  Yesterday, we received great news!  Our TK - 6 waiver has been approved by the California Department of Public Health.  As we move forward with our plans to begin in-person instruction, I am confident that the measures we are implementing will allow students and staff members to return safely.  KCUSD is following all guidance provided by local and state health officials to ensure we are making every effort to provide a safe environment.  To see an outline of our safety practices please visit https://www.kcusd.com/apps/pages/SafetyMeasures  Next week, we will be sharing a video with you through Parent Square to further explain these campus safety practices. 

 

As you know, there have been frequent changes to safety practices since March.  In addition to the measures outlined on our website, we have recently been informed that all students and staff members will be required to self-certify every day before coming to campus.  Parents, students and staff members can easily access the “Daily Screening Form” on https://www.parentsquare.com/, through the ParentSquare app or the StudentSquare app.  Your school will provide more information about how to complete this fast and easy process.  While completion of the form will require the cooperation of all families and staff members, self-certification will allow one more layer of protection to prevent illness from finding its way onto our campuses.

 

As previously shared with you, when students return for in-person instruction, KCUSD will implement a hybrid schedule.  To view the hybrid model that was shared in my previous letter, please visit https://www.kcusd.com/apps/pages/SafeReturnHybridPlan  If you haven't received your child’s schedule yet, very soon all parents of students in grades TK - 6 will receive them through the U.S. mail.  Please refer to the letter to see if your child’s first day of in-person instruction is Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16.  Students planning to attend in-person instruction need to do nothing further and should arrive at their school site on the date indicated in the letter.  If you would like to request a different schedule or continue distance education, please complete either the “schedule change request” or “continue distance education request” found on the KCUSD website  https://www.kcusd.com/.  The request forms will be available Monday, October 5 through Thursday, October 8.  Please complete the form that best addresses your needs.  

 

I continue to hear from our staff members how excited everyone is to safely welcome our TK - 6th-grade students back for in-person instruction.  We look forward to the day when our 7th - 12th graders can also return.  As we consider the return of our 7th -12th grade students, we will be monitoring our TK - 6 instruction while taking into account guidance from state and local health officials.  Hopefully we will be able to have those students back sooner rather than later.  Moving forward, I thank you for your continued commitment to supporting your child’s education.  We know this year has been anything but normal, yet our KCUSD team remains committed to partnering with you for the betterment of all of our children.  Please continue to call upon your school site or district administrators if you have questions.  We remain available and are here to provide you and your student all the support needed to be successful. 

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent

John G. Campbell

Superintendent

September 17, 2020 

 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and doing well.  I am pleased to share some exciting news with you.  In a meeting yesterday, officials from the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) provided Fresno County school districts with the option to file waivers that will allow students in grades TK - 6 to return to in-person instruction.  KCUSD will be filing the TK - 6 waiver next week.  In the request for waiver we will outline how our students will safely return in a hybrid model.  Should the approval process go as we have been informed, we anticipate a return to in-person instruction on Thursday, October 15 only for students in grades TK - 6.  The FCDPH further indicated that the return of students in grades 7 - 12 is likely to soon follow if the current number of COVID cases in the county continues to decline.  Although this is not exactly where we want to be, we are all very excited to see our students return to campus.

 

As you will recall over the summer we shared our Safe Return to School plan with you.  When students return we will implement this model as originally planned.  This hybrid plan will allow students to return in smaller class sizes so that safety protocols can be appropriately followed.  Attached to this letter is a copy of the plan. In anticipation of the waiver being approved, letters will be mailed to parents of students in grades TK - 6 with information about your child’s daily schedule.

 

At KCUSD the safety of our students, staff members, families and community remains a top priority.  Since last spring we have worked diligently to develop safety protocols that address our current situation. In July when we convened our Summer Re-Start Program, our schools successfully practiced all of our new and existing safety procedures with students.  What I observed during our summer program gave me confidence that we have the systems in place that will allow our students and staff members to return safely.  To view our safety protocols please visit www.kcusd.com.

 

While we are very excited about returning to school, one thing we have learned through this situation is that unexpected changes can rapidly occur.  It is our sincere hope that we will see all of our students back on our campuses in October.  We recognize that some families may have special circumstances that will prevent them from returning to in-person instruction.  We will offer a modified version of our current distance education program for those in need of an alternative to in-person instruction.  Information about how to apply for this option will be available in the coming weeks.  

 

Our commitment to serving the needs of our students, families and staff members will continue as we transition back to in-person instruction.  Until we receive approval and have firm start dates, we will continue our current distance education program.  In the coming days and weeks we will keep you informed of developments with the waiver process and important details about our return to in-person instruction.  Thank you for the patience, resilience and dedication you have shown throughout this time.  Our Kings Canyon Unified team looks forward to the day when our campuses will once again be filled with the laughter and learning of your children.

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent

John G. Campbell

Superintendent