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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.  

January 15, 2021

 

 

 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

Happy New Year!  It has been so great to have your children return from the holiday break.  For those attending in-person instruction, it is always a joy to see their enthusiasm and hear their voices filling the halls and classrooms.  For those students currently learning online,  we look forward to the day when you too are in person with your teachers and classmates on campus.  

 

Amid the excitement of a new year and renewed optimism that we are heading in the right direction, KCUSD continues to work closely with the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH), and we remain steadfast with serious safety and mitigation efforts. While our KCUSD community continues to be impacted by the pandemic,  I am happy to report that there has been NO transmission of COVID on any school campus or department.  With a controlled environment that includes stringent safety measures and sanitizing protocols, I am confident that school is the safest place for our students.  It is impressive to see how students and staff members continue to implement and refine safety measures.  Wearing masks, washing and/or sanitizing hands, and maintaining proper distancing have become second nature.   These practices are keeping students safe and it is my hope that students continue these practices when they leave our campuses.

 

In our on-going commitment to keep our students, staff, and community safe, KCUSD is working closely with FCDPH on logistics to provide locations for the distribution of the COVID vaccine.  As you are likely aware, the COVID vaccine is being administered in a tiered rollout.  Earlier this week, all staff members who work in a healthcare capacity, including school nurses, health office aides, etc. were offered the opportunity to receive the first dose of the vaccine.  I am happy to report that many of our staff have already taken advantage of this opportunity.  Currently, there are limited locations where the vaccine is being distributed.  To increase the speed with which the vaccine is distributed, additional locations are needed.  If you are interested in receiving the COVID vaccine please be on the lookout for additional information coming soon.  As always, we will have to follow distribution guidelines provided to us by state and local officials but we are very excited to be a part of the team bringing the vaccine to our community.

 

Looking forward, I am optimistic that through the many efforts that are taking place we will see a return to a new normal where all students can return to in-person instruction and co-curricular activities.  Thank you for your resilience and your trust in allowing our team to educate and care for your children.

 

Sincerely,

 

John G. Campbell

Superintendent

December 17, 2020



 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

As we reach the well-deserved holiday break, I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy.  So much has happened this year. I am in awe of the unwavering commitment, flexibility, and resilience you and our KCUSD team have shown.  This year has been challenging in many ways, however these obstacles have provided all of us an opportunity to creatively demonstrate our unwavering commitment to your child’s academic, social and emotional development.  I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and say thank you:  

  • To you, our parents and guardians, for being an important part of our KCUSD family.  The trust you and your children have shown during this time is inspiring and continues to motivate our entire team.
  • To our school board, for guidance, stewardship, and support that allows our team to most effectively serve the needs of our students and families.
  • To our teachers and certificated staff members, working both in the classroom and online, for serving in so many ways to engage our students and help them thrive through this time.
  • To our classified team members for ensuring our students, staff, and families are supported, while making certain that daily operations run smoothly. 
  • To our administrators for being creative and positive as you lead your teams through these difficult times.
  • To our City of Reedley and CYM partners for serving in our classrooms, on the playground, during after school program, and so much more.

 

Without your collective efforts, going above and beyond, we simply could not provide the educational experience that we do every day.

 

While we reflect on all that has happened and celebrate all that we have accomplished together this year, I also recognize the suffering and many losses our community has endured.  Many of us have lost loved ones, family members and friends over the past nine months. As difficult as it has been, I remain steadfast in my optimism that together we will pull through this.  The holidays can be a difficult time for many of our children. Over the winter break our K-8 After School Programs (ASP) will be providing online activities for students, as well as opportunities for them to talk to the ASP staff.  Please check ParentSquare for the Zoom links and other pertinent details. Our high schools will be offering winter session classes. Although it is the holidays, KCUSD will always have someone available to assist a child in need.  If you are in need of assistance, please call (559) 305-7010.

 

Over the next few weeks preparations will continue for the return of students to our high school campuses.  As I have shared in previous letters, we anticipate high school students returning to in-person instruction on Monday, January 11, as long as our county colored tier system retreats to the red level.  High school parents please be on the lookout tomorrow for an important message from your child’s principal regarding the prerequisites needed for returning to in-person instruction.  

 

I hope you will find time during the next three weeks to relax and safely enjoy the holiday season.  Please remember to continue practicing appropriate safety protocols.  Your children have been doing a great job!  In fact, this week KCUSD students and staff members were featured showing some of our safety protocols on the Channel 24 Education Matters segments.  If you have time, please see the Education Matters Minute video attached below.  We look forward to seeing your children and hearing their laughter on January 11. 

 

Happy Holidays,

 




 

John G. Campbell

Superintendent

 

December 3, 2020

 

 

 

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

I hope that you and your family are all doing well.  I am writing today regarding Governor Newsom’s conditional stay-at-home order that was announced this afternoon.  The order today is similar to the one issued in March that impacted non-essential businesses and other entities.  A significant difference with the current order is that in-person instruction will be allowed to continue at this time. Several weeks ago school districts received guidance from the state that said schools that have already reopened may remain open regardless of shifts back into more limited (color) categories.  This guidance allows our schools to conduct in-person hybrid and small group instruction without additional modification.  Because our schools are currently open, they will remain open and your child is able to continue attending.

 

As I have shared with you in previous communication, I am encouraged by our students and staff every time I step onto one of our campuses.  Safety protocols including wearing masks, frequent hand washing, maintaining six-feet of distance, and many other measures are keeping our students and staff safe.  It is encouraging to hear from parents how their students are continuing to practice these safety measures even when away from school.  I am confident you will agree that by learning and practicing these safety measures our students, staff and families are more aware of the ways we can help to stop the spread of this and other viruses.

 

As we know further changes could occur, however I am thankful and encouraged with the priority being shown toward education by our Governor today.  The safety measures we are practicing are allowing for in-person instruction on our campuses every day.  While I am pleased that we are able to offer a quality virtual learning experience for students, the results of live in-person instruction just cannot be matched.  Thank you for diligently continuing to support your students with the many protocols that allow in-person instruction to continue.  Once again, I am glad that the Governor’s announcement supports our school board’s vision for allowing the choice of in-person instruction.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact your school administrator.

 

Sincerely,

 

John G. Campbell

Superintendent

November 20, 2020  



 

Dear KCUSD Families: 

 

I hope you and your family are healthy as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. I am happy to report that all of our schools, preschool to 8th grade, are now open and filled with the sounds of student laughter and learning. Although our openings have been very successful we do need to stay diligent and careful, as most of the state was just moved back into the purple tier. This development impacts various entities and may have you wondering how it affects our schools. For the time being, state officials have announced that once opened, schools would not have to close, regardless of the tier designation. Currently, all of our schools are open, including high schools where small pods of students are receiving specialized instruction.  We still plan to open our high schools to all students on a hybrid model on January 11, as long as Fresno County moves into the less restrictive red tier.  This decision has been made taking into account the unique details on our high school campuses.  One significant detail is the necessary movement of high school students between classes.  Unlike our TK - 8th grade classes which can be housed in a single classroom, high school classes are specialized and require students to move between classrooms.  We are very optimistic that Fresno County will move from its current purple tier to the red tier, however if that does not happen we will delay the high school return.

 

Considering the many safety measures that have been implemented on our campuses to keep students and staff members safe, I was pleased to learn on Wednesday that there has been no transmission of COVID cases on any school site in Fresno County.  Dr. John Zweifler, with Fresno County Department of Public Health stated on a zoom call with all Fresno County Superintendents that while there have been reports of people who have tested positive, “there are no cases of COVID transmission at any school in Fresno County.”  This information indicates that the measures we are taking are working as intended.   

 

Even during this festive time of year, we can all do our part to stay healthy and keep our friends, family and community safe.  Our students and staff members have shown that by diligently practicing new routines including wearing masks, washing hands and staying socially distant, we can stay safe.  Your children have done a fantastic job and we can learn so much from their commitment to safety.  This consideration for others is what has allowed more than 6,500 of our students to return to the most ideal educational setting over the past five weeks.  I encourage us all to follow our students’ lead so that we can stay safe, move out of the purple tier and allow our remaining high school students to return.  

 

Thank you again for your continued partnership.  I hope you and your family enjoy your time together next week.  We look forward to welcoming your children back to class on Monday, November 30.

 

Sincerely,



John G. Campbell

Superintendent

Dear KCUSD Families: 

 

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe.  During the month of November, we are reminded to take a brief pause to recognize the people and things for which we are grateful.  Through this difficult time, our KCUSD team continues to be thankful for the opportunity to serve you and your family.  Please read below for announcements that I am excited to share with you.

 

It was so good to see the return of preschool students, and 7th and 8th graders within the past week.  Even with masks, the smiles and excitement were visible on the faces of both students and staff members.  Witnessing students in class these last few weeks has made all of our hard work worthwhile.  It is great to see how quickly everyone is adapting to our safety protocols.  We appreciate your efforts in helping your students understand the importance of these measures.  

 

I am pleased to let you know that Reedley Middle College High School will resume in-person instruction for 9th and 10th graders this Monday, November 16.  Their small class sizes, logistics and unique configuration make it possible for these students to return safely at this time.  We continue to work diligently on the many details needed for the safe return of all of our high school students.  We are currently planning for all KCUSD high schools to begin in-person instruction Monday, January 11.  In early December, letters will be mailed to parents of our high school students with details regarding your child’s return.  The letter will outline your high school student’s hybrid schedule and provide information for those in need of a virtual option.  After receiving your letter, if you have any questions you are encouraged to contact your child’s counselor or high school administrator.

 

On behalf of our KCUSD team, we are grateful for the confidence and trust that you have in our school district.  When this all began in the month of March, I shared with you that together we would get through this challenging time.  Since then, my confidence in our school community has been reaffirmed and bolstered.  I am continuously impressed by the way our district and community have pulled together to do what is best for our students.  While we may not be through this yet, there are incredible things taking place in KCUSD on behalf of your children. As I have said many times before, we will come out stronger on the other side.  I hope you and your family enjoy this season of gratitude and thanksgiving. 

 

Sincerely,

John G. Campbell

Superintendent

Dear KCUSD Families:

 

I hope you and your family are healthy and enjoying the cooler autumn days.  As the month of October comes to a close, it is exciting to think about all we have accomplished in the past month and to look ahead at what is on the horizon. Together, we have seen the return of more than 5,000 Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 6th-grade students to in-person instruction.  Our distance education students in grades TK - 6th have been placed in classes and most began instruction last week.  At Orange Cove High School and Reedley High School, small pods of students returned for specialized instruction this week.  In the next two weeks, we will welcome back both our preschool students (November 5) and our 7th and 8th-grade students (November 9 and 10) for in-person instruction.  

 

We continue to examine the ways our high school students may safely return to in-person instruction.  I have heard from many high school students, parents and teachers who are very eager to return to campus.  I assure you that we are working diligently to bring back high school students sooner rather than later, however, there are many unique factors at the high school level that must be considered.  Due to their small size and unique configuration, we are working with Reedley Middle College High School administrators and staff members to bring back their 9th and 10th graders in the coming weeks.  I am optimistic that by continuing our slow, steady, safe and secure strategy of return our other high schools will follow shortly thereafter. 

 

With all of the positive momentum that we are witnessing, we continue to be vigilant in our commitment to safety.  We know, as in the rest of society, it is very likely that people on our campuses may become sick.  Our team, together with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, has planned for this scenario.  While we hope to mitigate the risk, you can be assured that we are prepared.  If you are interested in viewing our response protocol you may do so by accessing our Safe Return to School plan at www.kcusd.com.  In order to keep each person safe and our schools open, we need everyone’s help.  For those with children returning to in-person instruction, please continue to monitor your children to ensure they are healthy before sending them to school; and remember to complete the required daily health screening.  

 

Whether your children have returned to in-person instruction, are participating in distance education or are eagerly awaiting their return to school, please know we are doing all we can to provide the safest and best experience possible.  Distance education students remain members of their home school and will continue to be included in any communications or activities.  As we work to provide an outstanding experience, we know that this time is presenting many challenges.  We remain open to your feedback and are happy to discuss any concerns you may have.  If you have comments, questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact your school administrator or call the Educational Support Center at (559) 305-7010.  Thank you again for allowing Team KCUSD the opportunity to serve you and your family.

 

Sincerely,

 

John G. Campbell

Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

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