Fountain Valley School District announced on their website that all schools in Fountain Valley School District will be closed to students through the end of the school year.
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Updates Related to School Dismissal
School Dismissal Update – April 2, 2020
Dear FVSD Families:
Yesterday, April 1, 2020, Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced that all California schools will be closed to students through the end of the 2019-20 school year, June 18, 2020, as a result of increased COVID-19 cases throughout the state. The extension of school dismissals reaffirms the Governor’s previous statements and his intention to continue “stay at home” orders to protect the public health. Additionally, a statement from County Superintendent, Dr. Al Mirjares, with more details regarding school dismissals can be found by clicking here.
Like you, we are deeply saddened with the need to dismiss our schools, but we are in full agreement with the need to do so. The safety of our students, staff and community is the most important thing, and we must continue to protect each other during this pandemic. I know that I am speaking for the entire FVSD Family, as well as our Board of Trustees, when I say how much we miss our students, more than words can express. That being said, as educators, we have the distinct honor of serving our amazing students and families, and we are fully committed to providing a meaningful Distance Learning program for the remainder of the school year!
How to Speak to Your Children About School DismissalAlthough many parents and community members anticipated the possibility of schools being closed for the remainder of the school year, it will likely be very disappointing and difficult to process for our students. Please take a moment to discuss this news with your children and to listen and acknowledge how they are feeling. Please see the links below for resources for talking to students about Coronavirus. In addition, we have posted a newly-designed web page on resources for mental health for both students and parents. Please click here for that webpage.
FVSD Distance LearningOver the past several weeks, FVSD teachers, administrators, and support staff have done an extraordinary job in supporting our students, as we have made the rapid shift to Distance Learning. Collectively, we have all been working hard to get up to speed with new digital learning platforms to best drive instruction remotely. Throughout it all, we have tried to be thoughtful to all of the various aspects that go into this transition, including professional development for staff; ensuring all students have access to Chromebooks/WiFi at home (Over 2,000 were distributed just last week); creating supports for English Learners and Special Education students; and giving families the opportunity to create effective learning spaces in the home. Over the next ten instructional weeks, our teachers are now in a position to expand learning opportunities through video conferencing with teachers and students at all of our sites, and are creating weekly instructional units that can start to both review and extend/expand learning.
Grab and Go Meals
FVSD will continue to deliver meals to students for the remainder of the school year to all students 18 years old and younger. Using a drive-thru delivery method, meals can be picked up at Cox, Oka, and Tamura Elementary Schools, Monday – Friday, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. A giant “thank you” to our food services staff, maintenance staff and our leaders for ensuring our students have daily meals.
Please know that we are closely monitoring this crisis, however, and should conditions change and public health officials advise it, we would take full advantage of bringing our students back for even a short time before the end of our normal school year.
We will continue to send regular updates through our normal channels. Please know that all District communications during this time will also be posted on our website at www.fvsd.us. Stay safe and healthy, take care of your loved ones, and YES, we will continue to get through this together. Mark Johnson, Ed.D.SuperintendentFountain Valley School District
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