Hello FUSD Parents, Guardians, and Community,
It is my honor and privilege to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year in Fremont Unified. The start of each school year is always an exciting time for students, staff, and families. Although we wish the circumstances surrounding the start of this school year were different, FUSD and all our staff are still incredibly excited to welcome our students and families back to school!
As you know, due to local conditions of COVID-19, Fremont Unified School District will start the school year in Distance Learning. As our first day of school, August 26th, approaches, our teachers, administrators, support staff, and classified staff have been working incredibly hard with a focus on building a robust and supportive distance learning program. I am incredibly grateful for all the hard work our staff is putting forward for our students. I look forward to seeing many of our staff and students in their virtual classrooms in the coming weeks.
During the first few weeks of this school year, I encourage you to be quick to share your appreciation and compliments for educators, support staff, classified staff, and administrators, who are courageously revamping their entire instructional programs. Be open in your praise for your child(ren) as they persevere through new experiences and adjust to the full scope of online instruction. As parents and guardians, I encourage you to give yourself compliments and grace as you also move through the process of adjusting personal and professional obligations during distance learning. As you move through the start of the year, please keep an empathetic and thoughtful understanding that this is a new experience for everyone.
As a society, we have faced so many challenges since mid-March and I am confident that one benefit of these circumstances is that our students are learning real-life problem solving skills that will serve them today, tomorrow, and well into the future. Every day, we are putting real-life problem solving and collaboration into action as we adapt to changing circumstances and overcome new challenges.
Those two words, adapt and overcome, have been a focus with my own children as they started school in distance learning this year (8th and 5th grade). As we embark on this new adventure in FUSD, imperfections will exist and areas of improvement will be identified. I am confident our staff will rise to those challenges and continually adapt their practices to best meet the needs of our students, as we collectively adapt and overcome.
As part of our new distance learning program for the start of 2020-2201 school year, in conjunction with the daily live instruction, students will be engaged in additional learning activities that continue to support their academic and social development in alignment with state content standards. Our staff will also provide structured office hours to support individualized student needs. You can view additional information regarding our distance learning program on the District website. Additional information is also available on your school’s website.
In closing, I’d like to take a moment and offer my thanks and recognition for all our firefighters and first responders who are working so hard to protect people and property from the devastating wildfires throughout the Bay Area and across California. Please join me in offering our gratitude for their hard work and bravery.