2020-21 Return to School Health and Safety Plan

Current Status

JANUARY 22, 2021:

On Thursday, January 21 we received a new policy statement from the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) which puts a continued hold on our efforts to return any additional students to our campuses.  This was not the news that we had wanted to be sharing with our community, and for the past week we have been in discussion with local and state officials seeking authorization to continue as of Feb. 1 with the healthy and safe implementation of our phased return of students opting for in-person instruction on campuses.

While FCDPH's policy released Thursday supports the continuation of in-person instruction for those students who were attending on-site classes prior to December 18, they have now established as the criteria to return any additional students at any grade level, a case rate in Fresno County of 25 cases per 100,000 population. Mandates released by California on January 14 allow county health officials to establish criteria such as these that regulate when school districts can continue with the return of additional students to campuses.


What might prompt a return to online learning?

With the COVID pandemic still impacting our community, there is the possibility that a temporary return to online learning might be required. This could happen at a classroom, grade, or school-wide level. We want families to be aware of the process we will be using in the event students must return to distance learning. Please see the infographic links to the right for additional information.

The Road to Reopening

The Road to Reopening
Fresno County COVID conditions have allowed schools to return to in-person instruction with multiple health and safety guidelines in place. The Nov. 16 announcement of Fresno County’s move back to the purple tier does not interrupt Clovis Unified’s current instructional plans. (More details here.)

In October, families made the choice between two learning options: Online Learning or On-Campus Hybrid Learning. Clovis Unified employees and leadership have worked together to plan for the healthy return of students and staff returning for on-site hybrid instruction, including:

  • Practical implementation of new health and safety protocols
  • Instructional schedules at the elementary and secondary level
  • How transportation and school meals are provided
  • How students move about campus
  • And other elements of the school day
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A Healthy Path Back to Campus

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Getting kids safely back to campus is our first priority. Here’s what returning to campuses looks like:
  • Hybrid Schedule
  • Face Coverings
  • Physical Distancing
  • Increased Disinfecting
  • Temperature & Health Screenings
  • More

County Conditions Met 14-Days at Tier II

Fresno County has met California’s COVID requirements to re-open school campuses grades TK-12. Once campuses have opened for in-person instruction with health and safety guidelines in place, they may remain open even if the County returns to a more restrictive tier under the state’s blueprint for reopening the economy. 

Click here to view Clovis Unified's COVID-19 School Reopening Notification. (PDF) (RTF)

Under Elementary Waiver

Clovis Unified’s Elementary Waiver was approved by Fresno County in October and allows schools to offer in-person instructional options independent of California’s tier. Each CUSD school has customized its timing and process based on parent survey results and school needs, with in-person instruction beginning as early as Nov. 3, 2020 and no later than Jan. 19, 2021. Check with your school site for specifics about your school’s plan
Click here to view Clovis Unified's waiver submitted to Fresno County. (PDF)(RTF)

Click here to view the Parent/Guardian Health and Safety Acknowledgement In-Person Instruction for the 2020-21 School Year. (PDF) (RTF)

Families Should:

1. Contact your school or teacher(s) with questions related to current online learning or timing of return to in-person learning

2. Download the Clovis Unified App and follow your school for the latest updates and news.

3. Watch for updates from your school with the latest details on returning to campus.

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