Updates Related to School Dismissal

 
School Dismissal Update - April 2, 2020
 
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 Dismissal
Although 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 Learning
Over 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.
Superintendent
Fountain Valley School District
 
 
 
School Dismissal Update - March 31, 2020
 
March 31, 2020
 
Dear FVSD Families:
 
I hope that you and your family are safe and well! 
 
In response to the federal guidance provided on March 29, 2020, that extends social distancing through April 30, 2020, and in the interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, we have made the decision to extend our school dismissal through Friday, May 1, 2020.  We know this is such a challenging time for all of us, and we must continue to be vigilant, protecting each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Throughout this extended dismissal, we will continue to provide grab and go lunches to all students 18 years old or younger.  Distribution sites are at Cox, Oka, and Tamura Elementary Schools.  Beginning on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, meals will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the remainder of the school dismissal period.  However, we will not be serving meals during Spring Break, which is the week of April 13-17th.
 
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your support of your student's learning during this very difficult time.  In addition, thank you for your commitment to keeping them connected to school as you are also asked to continue providing for your families needs, while maintaining all other aspects of your family's life.  FVSD is a special community, because of people like you!
 
Please know that we remain hopeful that we will reunite our students and staff, prior to the end of the school year.  And, remember to stay connected by checking your email as well as our District's website at www.fvsd.us.  
 
Stay safe and healthy, take care of your loved ones, and we will get through this together!
 
With gratitude,
 
Mark Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Fountain Valley School District
 
 
 
School Closure Updates - March 22, 2020
 
Dear FVSD Families:
 
There are so many things that have happened recently, and I know it has been challenging to witness and experience the various ways our lives have changed.  For now, social distancing, working differently, finding basic household resources, and staying at home as much as possible are all part of our current world.  Additionally, learning for our students is going to look extremely different, as distance and remote learning become part of our new vocabulary.  Please know that our entire team has worked hard to bring forward a thoughtful timeline and process for how distance learning will occur in FVSD.
 
Important Reminders
 
  • Regular communication from our district office and school sites is critical while we are out, please check the Aeries portal to update your email and phone number, if necessary.
  • In addition, we need students to have a learning device, such as a computer or Chromebook at home, which will significantly improve the quality of distance learning for our students.
  • Securing internet/WiFi access at home is also important to keep us all connected.
  • Tomorrow evening, our Educational Services Division will share a new, more robust digital learning tool, by grade span, that will allow students/parents to access optional learning activities.  We will also share a daily schedule for students that parents can edit to meet their individual needs.
 
Although this is a time we are all trying to work through, something amazing happened last week!  We served over 2,000 meals to students in our community.  We will continue this service at Cox, Oka, and Tamura Elementary Schools, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  We are extremely grateful and proud of our amazing FVSD employees who made this possible.  From our custodians, to our bus drivers, maintenance staff, and site administrators, everyone jumped in to lend a hand.  A special thank you goes out to all of our food services workers!
 
I want to thank you for your ongoing support!  I also want to thank our teachers, support staff, and administrators for their continued efforts to redesign the ways we engage with our students and community.
 
Please know that regular and ongoing communications will continue in the coming weeks.  Checking your email and our district website, www.fvsd.us, will ensure you have the most current information and updates.
 
Stay safe and healthy, take care of loved ones, and we will continue to get through this together!
 
Kindly,
 
Mark Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Fountain Valley School District   
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #6 - March 18, 2020
 
 
March 18, 2020
 
Dear FVSD Families:
 
In response to the Governor's March 17, 2020 press conference and conference calls with school district leaders, as well as the recent guidance from the Orange County Health Care Agency to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, we will be extending the closure of all FVSD schools through the end of spring break, Friday, April 17, 2020. This is a challenging and unprecedented time and taking care of our students, staff and community is critical. Please know that we will evaluate this fluid situation in the coming weeks and extend the closure, if necessary.
 
During this period, we will provide grab and go lunches to all students 18 years or younger. Distribution sites are at Cox, Oka and Tamura Elementary Schools, with meals being served from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
 
The State Superintendent of Instruction, Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education delivered guidelines for distance learning and enrichment activities on March 17, 2020. In addition, he suspended all state testing. We will continue to monitor weekly updates from the California Department of Education, as they become available. To ensure equity and access for all students, we are currently working to align our educational plan with the State’s provided guidelines.
 
If you need assistance, you can email our staff at help-fvsd@fvsd.us. Please know that we are working with limited staff at this time, and that the district office and school sites are closed.
 
FVSD is committed to keeping you informed with regular communication in the coming days and weeks. We will provide a more detailed email about our programs to all families in the very near future. For more information, continue to check notifications on our website at www.fvsd.us. We continue to appreciate this very special community for your ongoing patience and understanding.
 
 
 
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #5 - March 16, 2020
 
Dear FVSD Families:
 
I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the FVSD Community for all of your ongoing understanding and flexibility during this unique and unprecedented time.  Ensuring the health and well-being of our students, staff and community remains our top priority.  This commitment to safety resulted in the decision to close all FVSD schools from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27, 2020.  At this time, our pre-school and CDC programs WILL NOT operate during the closure period, but please know that this situation could change, too.  In addition, this will give our community a moment to pause, slow down and check-in with family, friends and loved ones, as the information regarding this situation has been changing by the hour.  The FVSD Community is a very special place and I know that we will get through this together, as we have any challenge in our history.
 
Student Learning This Week
While our schools will be closed, our work across FVSD goes on.  For this week, March 16th-20th, we have developed the attached document with optional resources for students in various content areas.  We are doing everything we can to make sure our students stay connected and learning.  We will continue to adapt our plans as things evolve in this rapidly changing situation.
 
Distance Learning, Beginning March 23
At this time, teachers will be working remotely to develop a distance learning program for our students.  In addition, we will send a message to families on Friday, March 20th, with an update on distance learning.  Please know that some of the learning activities will require technology for students to complete, while others will be available for parents to print at home or pick-up at school.
 
Technology Access
For those who need them, Chromebooks will be available for checkout at each school, beginning Monday, March 23rd.  More information on how to obtain a Chromebook will be included in an update on Friday, March 20th.  If you don't have internet access at home, we are working with local companies to provide free internet access (we will provide more information on this later in the week).
 
Food and Nutrition
We understand that school meals are important in meeting the nutritional needs for many of our students.  We are preparing a drive-up meal distribution system for ALL FVSD students.  Meal distributions will be located at Cox, Oka, and Tamura elementary schools, beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for all children 18 and under.  Please see the attached document below for more information.
 
Ongoing Communication
We will continue to keep you informed with ongoing messages and updates from our district, as well as myself.  In addition, please continue to check our website at www.fvsd.us.  We realize that coping with an abrupt change like this presents an extraordinary challenge for all of us, and that it would not be possible without your steadfast patience and trust in our efforts.  Given the rapidly evolving nature of this crisis, we cannot be certain about the weeks ahead, but we know that together we will do our absolute best for kids!
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) SCHOOL CLOSURE Update #4
 
March 13, 2020
 

Dear FVSD Families:

 

Tonight, the FVSD Board of Trustees voted to close all schools, including before/after school programs, and pre-school, effective March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020.  This decision is being made in response to the National Emergency declared by the President of the United States.  The purpose of this closure is to limit the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

 

We do not have any presumptive or confirmed cases of the new COVID-19 virus in our schools, but we are taking this step to help protect public health.

 

We are actively monitoring the situation and following guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE).

 

We ask that students stay home and minimize social contacts as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe.

 

FVSD is committed to keeping you informed with regular communication in the coming days and weeks. For additional information, continue to check notifications on our website at www.fvsd.us.

 

We want to thank our entire community in advance, understanding lives will be disrupted during this complex and rapidly changing time.

 

Kindly,

  

Mark Johnson, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus

https://newsroom.ocde.us/coronavirus-update/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #3 - March 12, 2020
 

Dear FVSD Families:

 

We continue to closely monitor the coronavirus situation, and safeguarding our students' and staff’s health and well-being remains our top priority.  We also continue to work in close cooperation with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure that our District and school staff are receiving the most up-to-date information. Please know that schools are still open and learning will continue to take place.  That being said, please understand this is a fluid situation and plans may need to change at a moment’s notice. We will continue to communicate with you as the situation changes.

 

As of March 12, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Fountain Valley School District, and the OCHCA continues to share that the risk of infection in Orange County is believed to be low.  Today, we received guidance from the CDPH differentiating essential vs. non-essential activities in schools.  Regular school classes and regular work for staff in FVSD are currently defined as essential, while other activities and events are defined as non-essential (please see below for additional guidance).

 

The information related to specific topics and frequently asked questions can be found below.

 

Cleaning our Schools

We have received many questions about cleaning our schools and classrooms. FVSD custodial staff already follow proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques on a daily basis. Additionally, we are disinfecting high-touch surfaces to mitigate exposure on a daily basis, too. Moreover, we are bringing in crews this weekend to do a more extensive cleaning.  Cleaning products and soap are also available to all staff members.

 

School Closures

Any decisions to close a school will be made in consultation with the OCHCA. Considerations for length of time for closure will be based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.  We are working collaboratively with staff and local health officials to develop contingency plans for these situations.  Please know that all FVSD schools are currently open and the OCHCA is not recommending closure at this time.

 

Field Trips/Assemblies/Open House

We have been receiving questions about field trips, extracurricular activities, and school events. Based upon the March 11th guidance from the CDPH, these events have been defined as non-essential school activities.  Based upon this guidance, we will be postponing all non-essential school activities in FVSD through spring break, April 19th.  These activities include: field trips, school assemblies, flag decks/ceremonies, professional development for staff, Open Houses for Elementary and Middle Schools, community events, jog-a-thons/fundraising events, parent education nights, and the Middle School Basketball Tournament.  We will make every effort to find alternative dates in the future for these events/activities, where possible and appropriate. District staff continues to review OCHCA and CDPH guidance and will provide updates in this rapidly changing environment.

 

Spring Break Travel

Many families are already changing or canceling plans for Spring Break. To slow the spread of coronavirus into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions. Currently, we are enforcing the CDPH’s guidelines: Students and staff who have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea, as well as individuals who have been exposed to people with COVID-19, will be excluded from school for 14 days. In addition, students who are newly enrolling from China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea will be excluded from school for 14 days.  CDC Level 3 Travel Guidelines can be found here.

 

Guidelines/Practices for School Sites

If any student or staff member is suspected to have the coronavirus, we will immediately contact public health officials, who will determine the need for further restrictions and/or public notifications.

 

At this time, we ask that only healthy individuals enter our campuses. We are requesting that visitors diligently self-monitor their health and refrain from entering any school if they are experiencing even a minor health issue. Visitors that exhibit any sign of illness are strictly prohibited from coming on campus.

 

All children and staff with respiratory symptoms and a fever should remain home, until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

 

General Preventative Guidelines

CDPH and OCHCA have provided the following guidance below:  

  • As of March 12th, there is a recommendation to reduce direct physical contact (hand shaking, holding hands and hugging), as well as to create social distancing in gatherings as much as possible. The goal of this recommendation is to prevent people from coming together unnecessarily.  Please know that this guidance does apply to essential events/activities such as attendance at regular school classes and/or work. 
  • All residents should practice good health hygiene, which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).
  • As new information about COVID-19 has been shared and according to the CDC, older adults (ages 60 and higher) as well as people who have serious, chronic medical conditions (like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. It is recommended these individuals avoid crowds as much as possible as well as cruise travel and non-essential air travel. 
  • CDC guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection.
  • If you have not been to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy or not been in close contact with someone who has been to one of these countries and is sick, your risk is very low.
  • If you have been to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left one of these countries, you should:
    • Seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Do not travel while sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

 

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource

The following resource is provided by the National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists when talking with children about COVID-19:  Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

 

Fountain Valley School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. We thank you for your cooperation and support. Please see the links below for additional information and resources.

 

 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #2 - March 4, 2020          
 

Dear FVSD Families:

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (also named COVID-19) situation, and we want you to know that safeguarding our students' and staffs' health remains our top priority.  We are working in close cooperation with the Orange County Health Agency, the California Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention t make sure that our District and school staff are receiving the most up-to-date information.

As of March 3, 2020, the Orange County Health Care (OCHCA) is reporting only one confirmed case of coronavirus in Orange County, and that the patient has recovered without any evidence of the virus having spread.  The California Department of Public Health has determined that the health risk to the general public remains low and is not recommending cancellation of school or any public or social events.

You may also be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concerns for South Korea, Iran, Japan, and Italy.  Travel warnings for China have not been changed, and the CDC has lowered their level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Additional details about these warnings can be found on the CDC website

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now.  We are working with county and health officials to establish protocols for our schools in the event that Coronavirus spreads in Orange County and in our local community.  More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and OCHCA websites.  Please know that it is also recommended that travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 self-quarantine from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left that region.  

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 

Fountain Valley School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. We thank you for your cooperation and support. Please see the links below for additional information and resources.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #1 - January 30, 2020          
 

Dear FVSD Families,

Over recent weeks, during the normal cold and flu season, Fountain Valley School District has monitored our students’ health and been in communication with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). As you may be aware from news reports, a case of the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed in Orange County. We will continue to communicate with OCHCA to ensure the FVSD community is both safe and prepared.  Updates to the community will continue to be provided through the Orange County Health Care Agency Novel Coronavirus website and FVSD. 

To our knowledge, the confirmed case of the novel coronavirus is not a member of the FVSD community. 

Recommendations for Families

It is recommended that families continue to monitor the health and well-being of their children and themselves, and take all necessary, routine precautions that we would expect: washing hands, remaining home from school for at least 24-hours following any symptoms of illness, and consulting with your family's primary care physician, as appropriate. 

FVSD will continue to work closely with the Orange County Health Care Agency and will provide additional updates regarding the coronavirus when new information is available.

Resources

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus, please visit the following websites: