Dear FUESD Families,
We are eager for the 2021-2022 school year to get underway for our students! The well-being of our students is our top priority, and we look forward to bringing our students back for an engaging and successful new school year.
Our district has worked diligently to develop safety plans and protocols with layered mitigation practices. Following the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines and the most recent San Diego County Public Health Orders, this webpage serves to provide FUESD schools and families with information to support a safe return to school.
Please know that as requirements and guidance change, we will update these protocols. Our students are at the center of every decision, and we will take steps that best meet the needs of our children. Our district’s intentional approach to in-person learning last year was highly successful, and we anticipate an outstanding school year ahead!
You will be receiving information from your school’s principal and teacher in the coming days. Thank you for partnering with us to make the 2021-2022 school year the best it can be!
Dr. Candace Singh, Superintendent
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A Few Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions
Will school be on a full-time schedule?
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our teachers, staff, and the FUESD community, we are excited to share that all FUESD schools will be open with a full day instructional schedule, five days a week for the 2021-22 school year.
Our number one priority is always to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. All FUESD schools will continue to follow California and San Diego County Department of Public Health guidelines regarding school safety and COVID-19.
Are students and staff required to wear a mask?
The California Department of Public Health requires that all individuals in the K-12 school setting, including teachers, staff, students, and visitors, wear face coverings while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Everyone must wear a mask indoors at all times. You may wear your own mask or use a school-provided mask.
An effective mask:
- Has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
- Completely covers your nose and mouth
- Fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps
Face-shields, gaiters, and bandanas do not substitute for masks and are not allowed.
Anyone in need a mask will be provided one at school.
Will meals be served at school?
We are excited to announce that cafeterias will be open and hot meals will once again be served in FUESD Schools! Our Child Nutrition Services Team has worked diligently to create a safe and healthy environment for students to enjoy a healthy and nutritious meal.
Will there be transportation for students?
With the return of full-time instruction, we are also excited to announce the return of bus transportation, for both special and regular education.
- Students and bus drivers must wear a mask on school buses and vans.
- Busses will offer increased air circulation by opening windows and daily cleaning.
Find the most up-to-date bus schedule and locations here.
Will classes be distanced or grouped?
- Every student will be part of a stable grouping (cohort) while in school. This will allow children to learn and socialize with one another in a variety of settings while reducing transmission and allowing for contact tracing.
- Lunch and recess will be staggered and children will remain with their stable groups in an assigned zone. Physical distancing will be maintained while children are eating.
- Desks or tables will be spaced apart as much as possible, and interactions closer than three feet will be limited. Facilities staff have installed directional signage, spacing signage, advisory signage, and floor markings in all school buildings. Plexiglass dividers are available for staff upon request.
How does pick-up and drop-off work?
- Each school will provide specific instructions regarding entrances and drop off zones. Be sure to look for a communication from your school before the beginning of the school year.
- On the first day of school, classrooms will be open so students can go directly to class. Adults will be required to wear masks while escorting their children to or from school entrances during drop off and pick up.
Will there be a nurse at every school?
All FUESD schools employ full-time licensed vocational nurses (LVN) at every school site, as well as multiple registered Nurses across the district to ensure the health of our students and staff.
Our priority is to provide quality and highly available medical assistance at every school.
Can I volunteer in an FUESD school?
We are grateful to have parent and community member volunteers in our schools.
Unfortunately, given the growing number of COVID-related cases in our communities, we are postponing volunteers and non-essential visitors in the schools until a public health data allows.
We look forward to welcoming our parents and volunteers back soon!
How do we report a positive COVID case?
- Families must report a positive case in their household to their school nurse.
- School nurses will follow up with the student/family for symptoms and contact information.
- A student or staff member who has been exposed will be contacted by the school.
How does testing and contact-tracing work?
- In collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the San Diego Department of Public Health, the District will provide onsite testing for students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Parents must provide consent in order for their child(ren) to participate in the testing program.
- The testing program will allow children to participate in a modified quarantine following an exposure to a positive case. Modified quarantine allows students who were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 to continue to attend school as long as they wear a mask, are asymptomatic and have negative COVID tests 2 times per week following exposure.
- Students who are identified as a close contact, but do not have parent consent to participate in testing, will be required to quarantine at home for a minimum of 10 days.
Are COVID vaccinations available?
Yes! The Fallbrook Family Health Center(clinic) is continuing to partner with us and is providing COVID-19 vaccines to the community through their clinic.
Appointments can be made by calling 760.451.4720 or online at CHSI-Fallbrook Family Health Center Online Scheduler
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Regarding Healthy And Safety At Fuesd Schools
Safety Expectations for Students
- Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands when your teacher asks you to.
- Wear your mask at all times. Cover your mouth and nose. Don’t touch your face or anyone else’s mask. Your school has masks if you need one.
- Physically distance as much as possible.
School Cleaning and Ventilation
Disinfection And Sanitation
- Regular disinfection of the campus.
- Intensified cleaning schedule of frequently touched surfaces.
- Compatible HVAC units upgraded to MERV-13 filters.
- All units have been upgraded with anti-microbial filters.
- Systems optimized to pull in more fresh air.
- Hand sanitizing stations have been installed and are located in common areas such as the main entrance, lunch areas, MPRs, and priority locations identified by the staff.
- All classrooms have hands-free hand sanitizing dispensers with products recommended by CDC.