Good evening CUSD Parents and Guardians,
As promised in our last communication, Clovis Unified continues to monitor the evolving situation in Fresno County, and to work closely with the County Dept. of Public Health toward the successful return of all students opting for in-person instruction.
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.
With Fresno County’s adjusted case rate over 72 per 100,00 population this week, we will not be able to continue with our next phase of students returning to campuses on Feb. 1 as was our intent. I recognize that this is heartbreaking news for those families with some students on-site and others not yet returned, and for our students who benefit most from in-person instruction. The FCDPH has confirmed that we can provide in-person instruction safely to those students already back on campuses. Therefore, we will continue to advocate for their authorization to complete our final phase of student returns following all the health and safety protocols that our sites already open for in-person instruction have implemented very successfully.
Requirements placed on school districts by state and local orders are continuing to evolve, and this requirement, too, may be revised in the future as COVID conditions in Fresno County change. We will continue to keep our community updated, and once we have been given authorization to proceed, we will do so while providing families time to plan and prepare.
We recognize that this news is very disappointing for our families wishing to return to in-person instruction, and we wish to reiterate our commitment to doing everything we can to be ready for the safe return of our students once the county conditions permit us to do so.