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.



Updated: August 19, 2021

Schedule & Instruction

Q. What is the in-person schedule 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. Schedules are similar to those at schools 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 are no longer available.

Q. What if we want to stay online? 
A. Families have two options if they do not want to return in-person:

1. 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 is no online option 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.

2. Independent Study: Clovis Unified offers both a short-term and long-term Independent Study program at Enterprise School and site-based Independent Study from the school sites. Contact your school for more details.

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 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 have implemented 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 are a critical and immediate element of our return to traditional school schedules. Contact your child's school with additional questions.

Q. Is Campus Club open to the community? What is the payment structure? 
A. Campus Club for the 2021-22 school year is available in a 5-days-a-week, traditional model, open to the public. Information about fees and registration for the 2021-22 school year is available at the Campus Club page.

Q. Are ASES programs and Preschool being offered?
A. Both ASES and Clovis Unified’s preschool programs are being offered using a traditional, pre-COVID schedule. Preschool registration information is at the District’s Child Development Department and their web page. Information regarding ASES can be found at your home school and the ASES web page.

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 Benchmark, iReady and Stride, the Clovis Online School’s curriculum platforms. Another option for TK is the Independent Study program through Enterprise School. Contact your school site for more details.

Q. Are instructional models consistent across schools?
A. All comprehensive schools in the district 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. Are temperature checks still required?
A. No, daily onsite temperature checks are no longer being conducted.

Q. Why aren’t temperature checks still being conducted as a first line of protection?
A. Temperature checks remain one way to identify illness, but are not recommended at school in CDPH K-12 school guidance. Parents are encouraged to conduct a daily symptom check (including checking for a temperature) before sending their child to school and to keep their child home if a fever is present of 100.0 or higher.

Q. Is social distancing still being implemented?
A. In their July 12 updated guidance for California K-12 schools, the CDC removed its physical distancing requirements while still recommending implementation of layered health and safety mitigation measures like those described on this website.

Q. Are parents, visitors or volunteers allowed on campus? Can parents walk students to or pick-up students from class?
A. Clovis Unified is continuing to take steps to reduce the amount of traffic on campuses. Parents may walk students to and pick-up from class, and will be asked to stop at the door of the classroom or building for schools that have interior hallways. We ask parents to practice social distancing as much as possible. Specific details and requirements for visitors are available from your child's school site. 

Q. What are the restrictions on volunteering in my child’s classroom? Do I have to be vaccinated?
A. Volunteers are allowed on campuses this year in a limited capacity provided the current health and safety guidelines are followed. As of August 11, 2021, the CDPH released a new order requiring public, private and charter schools to verify employees' COVID-19 vaccine status, and require weekly COVID-19 testing for any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees. This order applies to all school employees, and also applies to volunteers. Specific details, requirements and processes for volunteers will be available from your child’s school site.

Q. How does lunch-time work?
A. Clovis Unified has received a waiver that allows all students to continue to receive no-cost breakfast and lunch at school during the 2021-22 school year. Students use their school cafeteria for meals and meal schedules are based on physical distancing requirements. Intermediate and high school students must have their ID card to receive a no-cost breakfast or lunch. A la carte items may be available for purchase at secondary schools. Visit Parent Connection to add funds to your student's account.

Q. Can my child bring their own lunch box to school or does it need to be in disposable bag?
A. Yes, children may bring their own lunch box.

Q. Are the same symptom rules in place for quarantine and contact tracing requirements?
A. Quarantine and contact tracing guidance has been updated as greater access to vaccination has become available. Visit the Health & Quarantine Guidelines page for more information.

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

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

Q. What happens 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. In recent announcements, CDPH has emphasized the importance of in-person learning. 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. Are vaccines required for students or staff to return in-person?  
A. Voluntary vaccinations are available for students 12 years of age and older and reduce the risks of COVID infection and illness. There are no current requirements to require vaccination for 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. As of August 11, 2021, the CDPH released a new order requiring public, private and charter schools to verify employees' COVID-19 vaccine status, and require weekly COVID-19 testing for any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees or school volunteers.

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. No. Currently, there is no plan to accommodate requests based on vaccination status.

Q. What are the safety protocols for bus riders?
A. Clovis Unified buses operates 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. Are devices available to use/required daily? Do those devices need to be shared?
A. Schools 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 is enforced as well as cleaning of shared supplies. Students may also bring their own device to school when it is needed for classroom instruction.

Q. Are desks sanitized between class periods for students who attend intermediate or high schools?
A. Teachers have access to cleaning supplies for high touch surfaces within their classroom. In addition, high touch surfaces on the campus are cleaned 3 times per day. Campus wide disinfection using electrostatic sprayers happens daily.

Q. Is the school library open on a pre-COVID schedule?
A. The library is open for our students as in previous years. All masking and safety guidance for students and staff apply.

Q. I have questions about the COVID-19 Dashboard. Where can I get more information?
A. Please see the FAQs at the bottom of the COVID-19 Dashboard page.

Special Education

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

Q. Does my child have to wear a face-covering/mask?
A. Please see the Mask section of this FAQ for more information.

Q. What if we want to stay online?  
A. In the 2021-2022 school year, Clovis Unified has returned to in-person, on-campus, five-day-a-week instruction and is no longer operating the distance learning program that was set up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For families who may want the option of online programming, 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.

Clovis Unified also offers both a short-term and long-term Independent Study program at Enterprise School and site-based Independent Study from the school sites. Contact your school site for more details.

Contact Tracing & Quarantine Guidelines

Q. Is contact tracing still at 6 feet of distance?
A. Contact tracing requirements from CDPH continue to be based on the 6 feet of distance, however, based on an individual's vaccination status and other factors, quarantine requirements are lessened. 

Q. If my student is fully vaccinated and gets exposed, are they required to quarantine?
A. Anyone who is fully vaccinated is no longer required to quarantine, unless they are themselves exhibiting symptom(s). If a fully vaccinated individual presents with symptom(s), 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?
A. If a student is required to quarantine as a result of exposure to COVID-19 they will be marked with an excused absence. As health and safety guidelines change, we will keep parents notified.

Q. How does instruction for a student look 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 family member is ill at home, must a child remain at home or can they attend school?
A. If a family member at home tests positive for COVID-19, quarantine protocols would be enacted. Please see the guidelines and instructions here.

Q. If my child wakes up and is not feeling well before school, what should I do?
A. Whether or not your child is vaccinated, the following should be done:
  • Has COVID Symptoms -- If your child has a COVID symptom (click here to see symptom list) your child should stay home and the absence reported. Your child would now be considered Person B on the Quarantine/Contact Tracing form, and this is Day 0 of a possible 10-day quarantine. Your child can return to school sooner (1) with a negative COVID test and when symptom free for 24 hours; or (2) with a note from a healthcare provider stating the symptom(s) are not COVID-related; or 3) after 10 days of home quarantine and symptom free for 24 hours. Please see below for more information on testing options.
  • Not COVID symptoms -- If your child does not have COVID symptoms as listed, but is unwell and stays home, the absence should be reported. Your child may return to school when they have been symptom free for 24 hours.

Q. How do I get my child tested for COVID-19?
A. You may take your child to be tested at one of the locations listed on the FCDPH website here. The district continues to look into ways to make COVID testing available to students.

Q. If one of my children is experiencing symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 but has not yet been confirmed with a test, do my other children need to stay home as well?
A. Yes. Any household contacts of a symptomatic person must stay home until the symptomatic person tests negative for COVID or an alternative diagnosis is given. This notification will be provided to parents if they have a symptomatic child.  Parents will work with the school site to notify the school where the other household contacts attend of the need for their other student(s) to quarantine.

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."

Q. Will we be notified if there is a positive COVID case on our child’s school site?
A. The Clovis Unified COVID-19 dashboard provides the community with a real-time reporting tool that reflects confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported to a school or support department of the District by a student or staff over a three-month period. Included in this dashboard are confirmed positive cases reported by students onsite for in-person instruction, intervention, or co-curricular programs; and staff members working onsite in any facility of the District, even if a case was contracted elsewhere. It can be found here.

In the event your child is determined to be a close contact exposure should there be a positive COVID case at your school, more information would be sent to you about next steps.

Athletics, Co-Curricular Activities & Events

Q. Are athletics and co-curricular activities being offered?
A. Yes, athletics and co-curricular activities are being offered at comprehensive schools and are following traditional schedules. Health and safety protocols are being followed according to local health and safety guidelines.


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. Can parents attend school events?
A. Parents may attend events, but each event may have restrictions based on its nature. Check with your school on specific events.

Masks

Q. Are students and staff required to wear masks during the 2021-22 school year? 
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 are in place for as long as they continue to be required for our facilities to be open. Clovis Unified is following current California Department of Public Health face covering requirements for K-12 school settings. Masks are required to be worn by non-exempted adults and students regardless of vaccination status in a K-12 setting when students are present. If requirements for schools change as COVID conditions improve, we will update plans accordingly.

Q. Can a student be exempted from the requirement to wear a mask?
A. Currently, there are very limited reasons that a student may be deemed physically incapable of maintaining mask wearing. Parents who believe their child requires a mask exemption can review CPDH exemption requirements and submit a mask exemption attestation here.

Q. Are there special classroom arrangements if a class has mask-exempt children in it?
A. In addition to regular classroom disinfecting and hand sanitization, efforts are made as possible to create socially distanced seating.

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. 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. Do we need to send supplies with our children, such as sanitizers and extra masks?
A. Students are expected to provide their own mask. Schools will have a supply of hand sanitizer for student use as well as extra masks on hand.

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