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1401 W. Valencia Dr.,   Fullerton, CA 92833
Phone: (714) 447-7400 Fax: (714) 447-7414
COVID-19

Coronavirus Update

March 29, 2020

 

Greetings Fullerton School District Family:

 We are in unprecedented times with one of the largest crises of over a decade. We are not only facing the impact of the Coronavirus itself, but also the social impact of the virus on families such as the loss of jobs, school closures and social isolation. While this adversity is large, so are the hearts and courage of our Fullerton Community. Together the Fullerton community has stepped up and faced challenges like fire, earthquakes, and recession in the past. Together, we have overcome these challenges and like those challenges of the past, together we will overcome this present challenge. The challenge of school closures will likely continue for at least another 6 weeks until May 8th. However, Governor Newsom has repeated that we shouldn’t be surprised if the closure continues until the end of the school year

FSD 360° Distance Learning Plan

While schools have closed, student learning must continue. We have a plan that we are calling FSD 360° - ‘A Circle of Support’. Our plan is based on support and resources from school, district, and community. Together we can take actions to make learning continue. We have a plan to provide support for social emotional, art, STEM, and core academic needs. We will be able to meet these needs through a robust distance learning plan, printed materials, art kits, and teleconferencing. We are working to meet all the equity needs of our families. Together, our schools, district and community can provide our students a ‘Circle of Support.’

Fullerton School District schools are developing site instructional plans to ensure that high quality education continues during these uncertain times. During the week of March 30th, Fullerton School District teachers will contact their students and parents with an instruction plan that includes information on instruction, activites, and modes of communication. In person, parents can pick up an instructional packet at every school site from 11:00am-1:00pm. We will have more information on books, instructional games, and art projects that will be distributed to families at selected sites. Parents of all FSD students are welcome to pick up the resources and activities. 

Please visit our website often. Go to www.fullertonsd.org and click on Distance Learning. We have resources there for parents and students. We will be updating this information as we develop or find new resources that we think are important for our families. Your site and your child’s teacher will provide the learning plan for your students, but the district is providing additional resources for every grade level.

Social Emotional Support

We recognize that this is a very unsettling and challenging time for students, families, and our community. The Fullerton School District believes in educating the whole child and that means providing for education, social, emotional, and physical growth and enrichment. In difficult times like these, students and families may find themselves in need of some social-emotional assistance and support.  If you or your child is in need of some social-emotional resources and support, please visit our website and link to our “Social-Emotional Learning Resources” under our “COVID-19 Information and Guidelines” button.

Meal Distribution and Donations

During this time of temporary school closure, Fullerton School District will continue to distribute two free meals Monday through Friday from 11am to 1pm at all of our 15 elementary schools as well as Beechwood and Fisler.  Students from Ladera Vista, Nicolas, and Parks Junior High Schools may pick up their meals at any of the 17 distribution sites. We will also be providing non-perishable food items as they are received as donations from community families and businesses.  If you want to make donations, you may do so Monday through Friday between 10 AM and 1 PM at either the District Office located at 1401 W. Valencia Dr., Fullerton, CA 92833 or Pacific Drive Elementary School located at 1501 W. Valencia Dr. Fullerton, CA 92833.

Communication 

The Fullerton School District is committed to providing frequent and detailed communication to our students, families, and community.  You will continue to receive messages from us through phone calls, text messages, and emails. We would also encourage all families to download the free FSD mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store in order to have 24 hour access to all of the District's latest communications. In addition, the Fullerton School District website, www.fullertonsd.org, is a great information and learning resource for students and their families.

While these are difficult times, together we will overcome this adversity by working together. You are very important to us, and we will continue to update you as we get new information.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Bob Pletka

Superintendent


 

 

 

 

March 19, 2020

 

Good Afternoon Fullerton School District Parents and Community Members,

 

These are challenging times. We know that many of you are facing difficult situations, and we are here for you.  In order to ensure the safety of all our students, families, and staff, Fullerton School District (FSD) is following and implementing the newly issued guidelines from Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). We continue to work with these agencies as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and other north Orange County School Districts. This is a rapidly evolving situation and FSD will continue to update our community as we have new information.  We will be providing you with these updates via email, our phone messaging system, and information available on our website at fullertonsd.org


Based on the CDC guidelines and Governor Newsom’s press conference on March 17th, we are dismissing school (temporary school closure) for eight weeks starting from our initial closure date of Monday, March 16, 2020.  We are tentatively scheduled to reopen school on Monday, May 11, 2020; however, this date may change based on the COVID-19 situation. During Governor Newsom’s press conference he indicated that schools could remain on dismissal status for the remainder of this school year. 


To meet the needs of students and families in the entire District, we have a plan to continue student learning during the school closure.  We will provide a variety of delivery models for learning and teaching that include: distance learning, hands-on activities, family educational games, books, art, and traditional printed instructional materials.  We will be providing you with more information on how to access these learning materials and resources when we return from Spring Break. While FSD schools are temporarily closed and many things have been canceled, we are committed to students and their continued learning!  


We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for all Fullerton children under the age of 18 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm during the week:

  • For Spring Break Monday, March 23rd through Thursday, March 26th breakfast and lunch will be provided (Friday, March 27th is a school holiday and no meals will be provided) at all elementary and K-8 schools in FSD (no meals served at Ladera Vista, Nicolas, and Parks Junior High Schools, however students attending those school can go to any FSD school to pick-up food).
  • Beginning Monday, March 30th and until further notice, meal distribution will resume Monday through Friday until May 8th at all elementary and K-8 schools in FSD (no meals served at Ladera Vista, Nicolas, and Parks Junior High Schools, however students attending those school can go to any FSD school to pick-up food).  As new information becomes available, we will provide all families and community members with updates.

Please visit our website at fullertonsd.org to get more information on free and low-cost home internet options.  These free internet options are for a limited time and have charges after 60 days.  Families will need to cancel the free internet options based on the provider’s policies or they will be charged for the internet service to continue.  One of the low-cost options even includes a free Chromebook, so please explore all options listed on our website and make the best decision for your family. 


There are families that have needs for food and basic necessities during this time of crisis.  Please visit our Food and Community Resources Page for more information on how to access these resources.  Our staff is dedicated to the Fullerton community and is seeking ways to help Fullerton families in need.  We are accepting donations of non-perishable items and basic necessities at Pacific Drive and the District Office Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Please look for the donation boxes under the blue sunshade pop-ups. We want to do everything we can to assist our families during this time of need. We care very much about each of you.


While FSD schools are temporarily closed and many things have been canceled, we are committed to students and their continued learning! 


Sincerely,


Dr. Robert Pletka

Superintendent

Fullerton School District


March 14, 2020

Hello Fullerton School District Parents,

The message you received Saturday morning listed 9 sites for lunch and breakfast pickup. This was not correct. We will continue to offer breakfast and lunch next week, March 16th through March 20th, to all children under the age of 18 through curbside pick up at all school sites from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children must be present in order to receive their lunch meal. In addition, breakfast can be picked up for the following day.


We also wanted to ensure that everyone understands that all programs are closed for the next two weeks, March 16th through March 29th. This includes Preschool, ASES, TheLAB, and all before school and after school clubs, classes, or programs run by FSD. As we receive additional information, we will notify parents of the start up date for these programs.


Thank you.



 

 

 

March 14, 2020

 

Good Morning,

 

This is the Fullerton School District with an important update to our parents, staff, and community.


Last night, the Fullerton School District Board of Trustees passed a resolution closing all schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, resuming as usual on Monday, March 30, 2020.  Please note this time includes our regularly scheduled week off for Spring Break. 


This is out of an abundance of caution, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, and with guidance from local, state, and federal public health experts.  As a reminder, we continue to recommend that you and your family continue prevention practices.


We understand that school closures affect all families, and we are committed to addressing the needs of our students. We will continue to offer breakfast and lunch next week (March 16th through March 20th) to all children under the age of 18 through curbside pick up at the following school sites: Acacia, Beechwood, Fern Drive, Fisler, Golden Hill, Hermosa, Ladera Vista, Laguna Road, Maple, Nicolas, Orangethorpe, Pacific Drive, Parks, Raymond, Richman, Rolling Hills, Sunset Lane, Valencia Park, and Woodcrest from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students from Commonwealth can pick up their food at Ladera Vista JHS of the Arts. Children must be present in order to receive their lunch meal. In addition, breakfast can be picked up for the following day.


For families without home Internet access, Spectrum is offering FREE INTERNET for 60 days. Please call 1-844-488-8395. We have many optional learning resources on our website and it would greatly benefit your family to take advantage of this FREE Internet offer. 


Thank you for your understanding and patience as we make decisions for the health and welfare of our students, staff, and community.  Together we will successfully navigate these uncertain times. Please visit the FSD website at www.fullertonsd.org for updates and links to additional resources.


Thank you.


 

 

 

March 13, 2020

Good Afternoon,

 The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families will always remain our top priority.   As of today, there are no confirmed cases of individuals diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus in our District.

 

Out of an abundance caution, in an effort to limit the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, and with guidance from local, state, and federal public health experts, it is anticipated that the Fullerton School District Board of Trustees will take action tonight and temporarily close all schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, returning to school as usual on Monday, March 30, 2020 (note: this time includes our regularly scheduled week off for Spring Break). 

 

In order to continue providing educational opportunities for our students, today each student has been provided with a five-day at home learning plan for the next week.

 

At this time it is our plan that our student meal program will continue from March 16th through March 20th.  We will provide details by 8 p.m. on Sunday evening on how students will access our student meal program. 

 

Facts and circumstances regarding the Novel Coronavirus are changing quickly.  We will continue to monitor the situation and update our community.

 

Thank you to our students, staff, and families for their patience and trust as we all work through this public health crisis.  Please visit www.fullertonsd.org for updates and links to additional resources.

 

Thank you.

 


 

  

March 12, 2020

Good Afternoon,

In an abundance of caution, and in accordance with the California Department of Public Health, effective immediately Fullerton School District is cancelling “non-essential” gatherings with an expected attendance of 250 people or more.  This cancellation includes all future Open House nights at our schools, Robot Nation, Writers Guild Celebrations, field trips, and the Speech and Debate District Tournament scheduled for March 14, 2020. 

The California Department of Public Health has very specific guidelines related to school closures and has stated that, “This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services.”  Any decision to close schools will be done at the direction of the California Department of Public Health, and Fullerton School District has ongoing and frequent communication with the California Department of Public Health, Orange County Office of Education, and Orange County Health Care Agency.

Fullerton School District will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed of any changes.

Thank you.


March 6, 2020

 

Good Evening Fullerton Families and Community,

 

The health and wellness of our students, staff, and community is always our top priority. 

 

As you are aware, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has formally acknowledged that the spread of the CoronaVirus will continue to increase – but the current risk to the general public continues to be low. 

 

While the risk of contracting the Coronavirus is deemed low, we still want to provide regular updates to you on what the Fullerton School District is doing to maintain a healthy learning environment for your student. As per our communications from earlier this week:   

 

  1. We will continue to work directly with the Orange County Health Care Agency to receive the latest information. We will be monitoring information from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and adjust our plans and procedures as necessary. 
  2. We are meeting with staff regularly keeping them up to date on information and recommendations made by the healthcare agencies.
  3. We are providing guidance to staff on how to ensure our students and staff are taking the necessary precautions to prevent transmission, such as proper hand washing methods.
  4. We have increased cleaning efforts on frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, desks, counters, and electronics throughout FSD schools.
  5. We are posting prevention reminders in common work areas and classrooms.  We are also providing lessons to students on effective handwashing.
  6. We have added hand sanitizing stations, tissues, and cleaning supplies to all the schools according to the Healthy School Act.

We appreciate your continued support and partnership – and we will continue to keep you informed.  If you need additional information, please review updates at our website fullertonsd.org.

 

Thank you and have a great weekend.


March 1, 2020


Dear Fullerton School District Parents and Community Members,


The health and wellness of our students, staff, and community is a top priority.  As you are aware, the coronavirus is a newly discovered respiratory virus that has been diagnosed in the United States and other countries around the world.  


While the Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHA) acknowledges the “situation is rapidly evolving,” they also acknowledge that the current risk to the general public is low.  Only one person in Orange County has been identified with the virus and has recovered. While the risk of contracting coronavirus is deemed low at this time by OCHA, we do want to take the necessary steps to keep our students and families safe.


With a goal of slowing the entry of the virus into the United States, on February 2nd, the federal government implemented a series of travel restrictions and warnings on travel to and from China, South Korea, Iran, Japan, and Italy.  Per the Orange County Healthcare Agency, if you or a family member has visited any of these countries you should avoid contact with others and follow the voluntary self-quarantine recommendations for at least 14 days. More information is available on the OCHA website.  If students are absent due to self-quarantine, the District will work to establish an independent study contract so that the student may continue their schooling during the 14-day period.


Tips to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, rubbing for at least 20 seconds and use alcohol based hand sanitizer when soap is not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you or your child has flu-like symptoms, including a fever, stay home until you or your child are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information in multiple languages, visit the OCHA’s website at:

www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus


Fullerton School District (FSD) will be dedicated to disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as door handles/knobs, desks, school supplies, lunch tables, deep cleaning bathrooms, and more.  Additionally, hand sanitizer will be provided in all common areas (lunch and snack areas) and to the playground supervisors. 


The District’s Student Support Department works closely with the OCHA and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)  in order to maintain a healthy school environment for students, staff, and community. FSD adheres to all health policies and guidelines as set forth by both agencies.


Please know that the safety and wellness of students, staff, and community is our number one priority in FSD.  If we all continue to adhere to the daily precautions as mentioned above, we can help ensure our students and community remain healthy.  Please share this information with your family and caregivers. FSD will continue to provide additional updates as needed.


If you have any questions regarding school attendance, an independent study contract, or District procedures, please contact the Fullerton School District at (714) 447-7400.


In the meantime, we are providing you with links to the following information and resources for more information. 


Center for Disease Control Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)​: Center for Disease Control 

Centers for Disease Control Information.


Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Newsroom

https://newsroom.ocde.us/coronavirus-update


Orange County Healthcare Agency

http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus


Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travelers

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html 


Sincerely,


Robert Pletka, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Fullerton School District