Covid-19: Co-Curricular & Specialty Programs

Co-Curricular Activities Are Vital to our Kids’ Development

Co-Curriculars at a glance
 
In Clovis Unified School District, we believe our co-curricular programs are essential in developing students in Mind, Body and Spirit, and at every opportunity have sought ways to make these programs available to students. Clovis Unified led the charge in developing Return to Play protocols now in place across our county, and since last June have been able to provide a safe and healthy environment for student athletes to participate in conditioning activities. Modifications (such as those listed below) to how students participate in activates like sports, visual and performing arts, and career technological education, enable students to continue these pursuits.  

  • No Mass Social Gatherings
  • Enhanced Cleaning Protocols of facilities and equipment
  • Required Self-Assessment of COVID-19 symptoms before participating
  • Sports and level of participation/competition will be based on the protocols established in the CDPH and FCDPH guidelines
  • Follow California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH), California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) & other governing body plans and protocols for comprehensive play 

Sports

FCDPH has recently adopted guidelines for Youth and Adult Sports that were released in December by the California Department of Public Health, along with the State CIF. After months of seeking such guidance, this framework established when we can resume and compete in specific sports based on a county’s COVID tier. These include additional guidance on such things as athletic cohort size, sharing of equipment, social distancing, inter-team competition parameters and more, and also ban competition from occurring if a county is under a Regional Stay at Home Order.  You can read this guidance here. These new guidelines supersede our earlier established competition schedules that were based on CIF’s initial season of sport plans, and now clearly establish when particular sports can begin competition.  

We recognize that the continued delay in a return to youth athletic competition is hard on our students, and we are committed to advocating with local and state bodies governing youth sports for opportunities to play in a healthy and safe manner.  Like our early development of Return to Play guidance that has now become a model around the state, we will explore every avenue available to expand access to athletics at the high school, intermediate and elementary level.

Please see below for the most current status of athletics at the High School, Intermediate, and Elementary levels.
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High School Athletics

As of January 19th, we were notified that the State CIF has cancelled State and Regional Championships and our Central Section CIF has cancelled Section playoffs for Season 1 (traditional Fall). However, Clovis Unified has developed a contingency plan that would allow our Season 1 sports to continue through the date originally planned for State/Regional Championships. This would extend the season of sport date to possibly allow for our students to participate in Season 1 sports contingent on what tier our county is in and requirements of CDPH and FCDPH. We have every intention to offer a modified season for Season 1 sports even though CIF canceled playoffs.

At the same time, because of the uncertainty of moving into a lower tier, we have to determine possible start dates that will give our students the best and safest opportunity to participate. These dates are based on a minimum number of practices and a minimum number of games that we want to play and provide all stakeholders with some hard and fast deadlines for starting or cancelling seasons based on the tier level we are in. It also gives our multi-sport athletes an opportunity to move on to other sports if necessary. These dates have been established and are available from your student’s secondary school site.

Intermediate Athletics

With the latest guidelines allowing different sports in different tiers, our Intermediate School Athletic Directors have developed a compressed schedule that is in line with health department guidelines and allows each sport to have a shortened season, if possible. We will be offering three seasons with every sport represented, though not using the traditional season of sport time frame. Details will be shared by your school site.

Elementary Athletics

At this time, we have plans to offer elementary students who wish to engage in them some fun, skills-based, after-school activities. Details will be shared by your school site. In addition, beginning in April 2021, students will be able to participate in some traditional sports such as:
  • Cross country
  • Baseball
  • Softball

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

Currently, Colorguard, Choir, Dance, Drama, Orchestra, and Percussion programs are allowed to meet adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Must be outside in groups of up to 30 (including one instructor that stays with that pod)
  • Physical distancing of:
    • 6 feet for all performers, musicians, and staff for activities that do not generate respiratory droplets (drama, percussion, strings, color guard, dance, etc.).
    • 9 feet for all singers
    • 12 feet for all wind and brass musicians
    • 15 feet for all trombone musicians
  • Masks must be worn by all participants, including modified masks (masks with mouth slits) for all wind and brass instrument players.
  • Bell covers should be placed on all wind and brass instruments.
  • No sharing of any type of musical instruments is allowed. Limit and discourage the sharing of other items especially those that are hard to clean/disinfect.
  • Clean and disinfect all equipment and musical instruments before and after engaging in any activities.
  • All participants should be screened for COVID-19 symptoms including temperature checks prior to entering any rehearsal.
  • All other COVID-19 protocols and procedures remain in full effect.
  • Plans for performances of these disciplines are being researched, and an update will be provided as available. 

Clubs and Activities

All in-person co-curricular activities, assemblies, rallies, field trips, and any school-wide gatherings related to the 2020-21 school year will be suspended until the County Health Officer deems them safe. Virtual assemblies, rallies, field trips and other similar activities may take place. Mass Social gatherings of any kind are not permitted.

Trips and Competitions

Field Trips and Competitions will follow local guidance from the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Additional Programs and Schools:

CART

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CART began the 2020-21 school year in a full online instructional model, aligned to Clovis Unified (CUSD) and Fresno Unified (FUSD) instructional plans as of July 2020. With CUSD’s announcement to return all secondary students choosing in person instruction the week of February 22nd and FUSD’s announcement to continue to promote a gradual return of students to in-person instruction, CART is in a unique position between the two school districts. CART also needs to make sure we provide an equitable opportunity for all CART students to return to some form of in-person instruction. We have continued to work diligently as a team on site and with both districts to come up with a compromise, which will allow for at least some in-person learning time for all of our students.

CART students will return for in person learning starting March 9 and 10 as follows: 
  • Half of our students will attend on Tuesdays and the other half will attend on Wednesdays. 
  • Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays will remain with all virtual instruction until further notice. 
  • Students and families will be notified by February 26 whether they are assigned for in-person learning on Tuesday or Wednesday. Bus schedules will also be available by the end of February.

CART will continue to work with both districts and each school site to accommodate students’ needs with their home school schedules and CART’s plan. Additional details will be communicated as they become available. 

Clovis Adult School

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Clovis Adult School will operate under normal schedule with limited class sizes following the recommendations of the Fresno County Department of Public Health and Clovis Unified School District. Classes will be held following social distancing guidelines and staff and students wearing masks. Clovis Adult will mirror the guidelines established for CUSD K-12 schools and post secondary institutions.

Career Technical Education

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Our goal with Career Technical Education (CTE) is to deliver an enriched educational experience that promotes student interest and academic success, while also developing technical and soft skills training necessary to prepare our students for college and career. In addition to academic learning, students benefit from the practical, hands-on learning experiences they gain from their work based learning opportunities. These experiences range from internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, and industry-certification opportunities.
 
For the 2020-21 school year, we are committed to students continuing to gain these experiences but understand things may look different from our industry partners providing virtual work experiences, students participating in web conferences to learn about career opportunities or taking online courses to receive industry certification. Many of our programs have returned smaller groups of students to participate in work setting on campus to utilize industry equipment our schools have purchased or participate in work settings in smaller numbers. Our goal is to have small groups of students in-person for every program as soon as possible.

Sierra Outdoor School

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Sierra Outdoor School has developed their guidelines in accordance with Tuolumne County Regulations and Clovis Unified School District.  Updates can be found at sos.cusd.com.

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