Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about transferring to Clovis Online School from your local, in-person Clovis Unified school, click here.

For other questions about the 2021-22 school year, click to expand the sections below.

Schedule & Instruction

Q. What will the in-person schedule be at Clovis Unified schools?
A. Clovis Unified is offering a full pre-COVID, in-person schedule five days a week at all comprehensive school sites for the 2021-22 school year. Parents should expect schedules similar to those at their child’s school prior to the start of the pandemic.

Q. Is Clovis Unified offering CUSD Connect (zoom from home daily with your teachers) or Flexible Online (zoom with one teacher on a flexible schedule using Edgenuity or Accelerate Education curriculum)?  
A. No. Clovis Unified is offering a full pre-COVID, in-person schedule five days a week at all comprehensive school sites for the 2021-22 school year. CUSD Connect and Flexible Online will no longer be available.

Q. What if we want to stay online? Is there an online option?  
A. Families will have one online option, Clovis Online School, a dependent charter school of the district. Families wanting to remain in an online learning model must disenroll from their current school and enroll in Clovis Online School. Visit the Clovis Online School website for more information and for FAQs about transferring to Clovis Online School.  There will be no online option for parents at any of our comprehensive schools. Parents/Guardians of students with disabilities who choose an option that varies from their child’s IEP may be required to participate in an IEP team meeting to determine appropriateness.

Q. When will families have to decide between in-person and Clovis Online School for the 2021-22 school year? How long is the commitment? Can we change our minds?
A. The commitment form sent to all families on April 30 should be completed by May 7 to establish your child’s priority for classes and schedules. If you are choosing to enroll in Clovis Online, where capacity is limited, enrolling early will help ensure correct staffing and class availability for students opting for Clovis Online School.

The commitment form will be used in the event a school site or grade level exceeds enrollment capacities to establish enrollment priority.  

This priority will be used to establish students’ access to schedules that may become impacted and require capping and busing.  If a family later wishes to  change their school of enrollment, they would follow the typical enrollment and transfer processes offered through our Student Services and School Attendance department.  Once a family disenrolls from their current school to enroll in Clovis Online School, they will not be guaranteed a spot back at their current school site if enrollment capacity at that school is exceeded.

Q. What happens if families don’t respond to the commitment form?
A. Families who do not respond to the commitment questionnaire will remain enrolled in their child’s current school. However, if the family later opts for online instruction, they may find that Clovis Online School has reached capacity.

Q. Will teachers continue to utilize online platforms and Google classroom with students for in-person learning along with instructional resources they used in the classroom prior to the pandemic?
A. Teachers are equipped with all of the same educational technology tools and resources they’ve had to use during the pandemic and many of these same resources will remain in use to support in-person instruction into the future.

Q. Does the district have plans to help transition students back from online learning (CUSD Connect, Flexible Online or Clovis Online School) to their home school?
A. Recognizing the lasting impact of the pandemic on our students, our teachers and school leaders will implement a number of resources to assess and support the individual needs of students as we transition back to a full in person model.  Emotional wellness resources and personnel, and academic intervention will be a critical and immediate element of our return to traditional school schedules.

Q. Will Campus Club be open to the community? What will the payment structure be? When will the parents be notified?
A. Campus Club’s summer programs are already open for enrollment. Campus Club for the upcoming school year will also be available in a 5-days-a-week, traditional model, open to the public. Information about fees and registration for the 2021-22 school year will be available at the Campus Club page beginning May 24.

Q. Will ASES programs and Preschool be offered?
A. Both ASES and Clovis Unified’s preschool programs will be offered using a traditional, pre-COVID schedule. Preschool registration information along with any necessary class capacities, will be available in May from the District’s Child Development Department. Information regarding ASES can be found at your home school.

Q. Why is there not an online option for transitional kindergarten students in the 2021-22 school year?
A. Transitional kindergarten is an optional choice for families in California, and as such there is no adopted online curriculum available through Accelerate Education, the Clovis Online School’s curriculum platform.  

Q. Is summer school required for all students?
A.  No. Summer school is not required for all students but is an option that your child’s teacher has recommended if needed. Students who have been referred as part of the Promotion/Retention criteria should work with their school’s principal if they have questions. Parents interested in requesting summer school enrollment for their child can contact your school to discuss whether academic intervention over summer would be appropriate for your child’s academic needs.

Q. Why isn’t summer school online this summer?
A. With multiple health and safety layers in place to protect student health, Summer School is being provided in person to maximize its effectiveness as an intensive academic recovery program for students struggling academically.

Q. Will instructional models be consistent across schools?
A. All comprehensive schools in the district will have similar, full five-day-a-week schedules for the new school year. This was not the case in 2020-21 because of the widely different needs of unique school communities when schools first opened or developed schedules last fall. Because individual sites were allowed to develop plans that maximized in-person options for their unique community, these unique plans sometimes resulted in differing hybrid schedules.

Health & Safety Guidelines

Q. Will temperature checks still be required?
A. Temperature checks and other health and safety requirements will be in place for as long as they are required by health and safety officials. Right now, we are planning for the possibility that daily health screenings will remain a part of required safety protocols, but that on campus temperature checks will not be a part of the school day. If requirements for schools change as COVID conditions improve, we will update plans accordingly.

Q. Will students and staff be required to wear masks during the 2021-22 school year? Will face shields be allowed in lieu of masks?
A. We’re tired of masks, too!  But for now, they continue to be required by local, state and national health officials in order for us to hold in-person classes. Face coverings and other health and safety requirements will be in place for as long as they continue to be required for our facilities to be open. As a result, we are planning for the possibility that face coverings may be required and would schedule additional mask breaks and similar opportunities for students to have time without face coverings during the school day. If requirements for schools change as COVID conditions improve, we will update plans accordingly.

Q. Can students take off their masks in PE?
A. Currently students are not required to wear masks when they are engaged in strenuous physical activity (loosely defined as any activity that will work up a sweat).

Q. Can a student get a doctor’s note to not wear a mask or to wear a shield instead?
A. Currently, there are very limited reasons that a student may be deemed physically incapable of maintaining mask wearing. Parents should contact their local school should their child have a medical necessity related to face coverings.

Q. If/when masks are no longer required, can my child still wear one if I want them to?
A. At this time, we do not anticipate requiring students to NOT wear a mask but will continue to evaluate this option related to state and local health guidance and requirements.

Q. The CA state health department said school districts can make masks optional because it’s not a law. Why aren’t you making them optional?
A. The California Public Health Department requires masks for grades K-12, it is this mandate that Clovis Unified is following. For more information visit the CDPH’s Reopening Framework and Guidance Q&A.

Q. Will the District be utilizing any waivers that would allow for the proper implementation of sports and co-curricular activities?
A. There are no waivers available to exempt schools from following California Department of Public Health face covering requirements for K-12 schools.  We continue to be involved in conversations at the State level related to this conversation and as requirements evolve will update our practices.

Q. Will social distancing of 3ft or 6ft be required next year? Will we limit the number of students per class?
A. The current 3 ft of distancing required between students in classrooms, and six feet of distancing in other on-campus settings are included in our staffing and facility plans for the coming year. State health officials have not announced plans to change these distancing requirements, but as COVID conditions and vaccination rates improve these requirements may also be changed, in which case we will revisit this topic. Classes are currently being built in accordance to social distancing guidance, which is informing the maximum capacity of classrooms.

Q. Will parents, visitors or volunteers be allowed on campus? Can parents walk students to or pick-up students from class?
A. We are following COVID guidance requirements at the State and Local level that expects schools to limit on-campus traffic. We will open our schools for parent volunteers and visitors when this guidance permits and will continue to communicate with our families as guidance changes. When approved, parents will be provided opportunities to volunteer and visit campus with details of check-in procedures and required health screening shared by individual school sites prior to the start of school in August.

Q. How will lunch-time work?
A. Clovis Unified has received a waiver that will allow all students to continue to receive no cost breakfast and lunch at school during the 2021-22 school year. A la cart items will also be available for purchase at secondary schools. Students will use their school cafeteria for meals and meal schedules will be based on physical distancing requirements in place at the start of the school year.

Q. What about recess?
A. Recesses will be held with supervision. Schools will communicate specific recess plans to parents prior to the start of the school year.

Q. Will the same symptom rules be in place for quarantine and contact tracing requirements?
A. Our trained contact tracing teams will continue to follow required quarantine and isolation procedures. With recent changes from the state on required physical distancing between students in classrooms (to 3ft) we have requested that the quarantine guidelines (currently at 6ft) be updated to all be consistent at 3 ft for students.

Q. Can school nurses complete COVID-19 test for students with symptoms?
A. We are currently exploring options to expand COVID-19 testing options for students, and currently school health offices can refer families to locations offering no cost COVID-19 testing.

Q. Will rapid COVID testing be available through the district?
A. Rapid COVID testing for all students will not be available through the district, but school sites can provide a list of testing sites for families to access.

Q. Will there still be a Care Room?
A. Schools will continue to have a separate space for students who present with COVID symptoms while on campus so they can be cared for while waiting for parents to pick them up.

Q. What will happen in the fall if we have another spike in cases? Since schools will not be doing any distance learning is there a plan in place for a new government shut down of schools?
A. Improving COVID vaccination rates and treatments for the virus help protect against future shutdowns, but there is no certain guarantee against future requirements for schools. As a result, Clovis Unified will remain prepared to use an online instructional model currently in place in case a classroom or school must close due to positive COVID cases during the current school year.

Q. Will vaccines be required for students or staff to return in-person?  
A. There are no plans under development to require vaccination for staff and students. We continue to closely watch the state-level dialogue on the topic and will keep the community informed if such a requirement becomes part of California’s school vaccination requirements.

Q. Can students be assigned classes based on their and/or their parents’ vaccination status? Can parents request their child be placed in a vaccinated teacher’s class?
A. Currently, the District is not requiring vaccinated individuals to report that information to the District.

Q. What are the safety protocols for bus riders?
A. Clovis Unified buses will operate home-to-school routes for all students qualifying for district transportation. On the bus, students can expect enhanced ventilation and sanitizing, required face coverings, and reduced numbers of riders per bus.  

Q. Do we need to send supplies with our children, such as sanitizers and extra masks?
A. Schools will have a supply of hand sanitizer for student use as well as extra masks. However, if masks are still required as part of the health and safety guidance in Fall, each student is encouraged to bring their own mask.

Q. Will devices be available to use/required daily? Will those devices need to be shared?
A. Schools will have devices available for student use as was the case prior to COVID. When supplies or devices need to be shared among students, hand washing will be enforced as well as cleaning of shared supplies. Students may also bring their own device to school when it is needed for classroom instruction.

Special Education

Q. How will Special Education programs be impacted during the 2021-22 school year?
A. Clovis Unified’s Special Education programs will be offered in-person, on-campus in a full, five-day-a-week setting.

Q. Will my child have to wear a face-covering/mask?
A. Face coverings and other health and safety requirements will be in place for as long as they are required by health and safety officials. Right now, we are planning for the possibility that face coverings may be required and would schedule additional mask breaks and similar opportunities for students to have time without face coverings during the school day. If requirements for schools change as COVID conditions improve, we will update plans accordingly.

Q. What if we want to stay online? Is there an online option?  
A. In the 2020-2021 school year, Clovis Unified is returning to in-person, on-campus, five-day-a-week instruction and will no longer be operating the distance learning program that was set up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For families who may want the option of online programing, Clovis Unified does operate an online, independent studies charter school, Clovis Online School, for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.  However, because such a change would constitute a change in placement and because under California law a student with an IEP can only participate in independent studies if the student’s IEP team determines it to be appropriate, any change of a student’s placement to Clovis Online Charter School must be done through a student’s IEP team.  Families wanting information regarding the Clovis Online School should visit the Clovis Online School website for information and FAQs about transferring to that school. Students who attend Clovis Online School will no longer be enrolled in their current school.

Contact Tracing & Quarantine Guidelines

Q. Is contact tracing going to change from 6ft to 3ft for quarantine requirements?
A. Our trained contact tracing teams will continue to follow required quarantine and isolation procedures. With recent changes from the state on required physical distancing between students in classrooms (to 3ft) we have requested that the quarantine guidelines (currently at 6ft) be updated to all be consistent at 3 ft for students.

Q. If my student is fully vaccinated and gets exposed, will they be required to quarantine?
A. Anyone who is fully vaccinated is no longer required to quarantine, unless they are themselves exhibiting symptoms. If a fully vaccinated individual presents with symptoms, however, he/she would need to be symptom free and have a negative COVID test or isolate for 10 days, before he/she may return to school.

Q. If a student is in quarantine, will they be considered absent or an excused absence? Will they present a medical certificate to come back?
A. If a student is required to quarantine as a result of exposure to COVID-19 they will be marked with an excused absence. If a student contracts COVID the student must wait the 10 days following the first day of symptoms and can return when symptom free. As health and safety guidelines change, we will keep parents notified.

Q. How will instruction for a student look like if they must quarantine?
A. Our pre-COVID independent study process will be in place to support any student who must miss class(es) because of quarantine.

Q. If a student is said to be in “close contact” with another student who tests positive, why can’t the school pay for and provide a COVID test, if that’s what’s required, instead of putting that burden on parents?
A. Testing is not required of those identified as “close contacts” to a positive person, though such circumstances do require quarantine time. There is an option available to shorten the quarantine period with a negative test, and around the community there are free COVID testing sites available to families.

Q. What is the plan for when a student tests positive for COVID in a class? Does the whole class shut down?
A. We have a trained contact tracing team who will continue to follow necessary protocols in the event of a positive case on campus. These protocols will determine if any student or adult must quarantine as a “close contact.”

Athletics, Co-Curricular Activities & Events

Q. Will athletics and co-curricular activities be offered next year? What will they look like?
A. Yes, athletics and co-curricular activities will be offered at comprehensive schools. At this time, we expect athletics and co-curricular activities to follow traditional schedules. Health and safety protocols will be followed according to local health and safety guidelines.

Q. Will the District be utilizing any waivers that would allow for the proper implementation of sports and co-curricular activities?
A. There are no waivers available to exempt schools from following California Department of Public Health face covering requirements for K-12 schools.  We continue to be involved in conversations at the State level related to this conversation and as requirements evolve will update our practices.

Q. Can students opt out of band/choir if they are uncomfortable with it being indoors?
A. Band and choir are optional electives and not required of students. Students who enroll in choir or band would be required to participate in their class.

Q. When will parents know if they can attend school events?
A. We plan on parents being able to attend events. School sites will communicate any protocols that must be followed based on the local health and safety guidelines at that the time of the event.

Q. Will there be back to school night?
A. Yes. There will a back to school night for each of our schools. More details will come from the school site as their BTSN approaches. Health and safety protocols will be followed according to local health and safety guidelines.

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