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08/14/20 Superintendent's Message | Mensaje del Superintendente | 總監的話
Posted 8/14/20

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Dear Fremont Unified School District Community,

As you may be aware, our Board of Education recently approved an MOU between FUSD and FUDTA outlining the framework of expectations for distance learning. I know there are many emotions people are experiencing as we move closer to the first day of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Attached to this communication is a general overview of FUSD’s Distance Learning program (English | español | 中文) and I am hopeful this will help provide you with helpful information and context as we move closer to our first day of instruction. In the immediate future, you’ll also receive further communication from your specific school site(s) with more detailed and individualized information, including finalized bell schedules for your school site(s).

I’d like to acknowledge and appreciate all the parent communication I received in recent days regarding advocacy for a robust and rigorous distance learning program for all FUSD students. While I have not been able to respond to each email, please know they are being received and reviewed.

It is important to note that while differing perspectives exist of what specific conditions must be met for a successful distance learning program, we do share common ground in wanting a high-quality education program for all students. All FUSD staff members want to see a distance learning program that provides rigorous instruction, relevant learning activities, and structures to support both the academic and social-emotional development of our students.

Does that mean it will look like the “traditional” in-person school day? No it will not, nor should it, for many reasons. As you can understand, during a normal school day students receive lots of in-person, all-class direct instruction, yet they also spend lots of time engaged in learning activities that are not based on live direct instruction, such as independent work, group work, small group meetings with their teachers, etc. We cannot mirror that exact experience in a distance learning environment. However, we can build structures for live interaction and instruction, as well as opportunities for independent and guided learning activities that are not dependent on live instruction. These combined structures will ensure students are engaged throughout the day with both synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (not-live) learning.

The 2020-2021 Distance Learning program will encompass a robust and supportive distance learning experience for all FUSD students. This learning experience will include access to social-emotional support for students, meals for students in need, access to academic support to address learning loss from last year, along with workshops for families to support navigating distance learning.

As good practitioners should, we will reevaluate our distance learning programs and practices to see how effectively we are serving our students and supporting our staff. We will also analyze how our programs and practices are meeting our goals of providing high-quality instruction for all FUSD students.

No one in FUSD has ever been a part of a comprehensive distance learning program to start the school year, during a global pandemic. Without question, this will be remarkably different from our initial crisis response last spring. This new Distance Learning program is truly a new experience for our students, our staff, our parents and guardians, and our community. As a community, I believe we need to focus on the word “unity”. Together, we can provide the learning experiences our students need and deserve, we can reflect on what is working and what needs to be improved, and we can continue to monitor conditions of COVID-19 to determine when we may return to a version of face to face instruction, at the safe and appropriate time.

Each year, students, parents/guardians, and educators think about what is needed for back-to-school supplies. As we embark on the start of the 2020-2021 school year, some of the most essential school supplies will include ample amounts of empathy, patience, flexibility, and perseverance. I look forward to being a partner with each of you in this new journey, working together, as a community.

CJ Cammack
Fremont Unified School District

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