Commitments and Guidance
FUSD is committed to fulfilling its mission and vision so that all students are provided a high-quality education that prepares them for future success regardless of the instructional model they are served in during the next school year.
The Return to School Plan 2020-2021 is based on the following commitments:
- Provide continuity of learning that is engaging to students
- Prepare safe learning environments for students and staff, which mitigates their risk of exposure to COVID-19 in our schools and worksites
- Communicate with students, families, and staff
- Address challenges to social emotional health of students and staff caused by isolation and disruption due to COVID-19
- Offer students and families flexibility and choice
- Support staff with resources, training, and guidance
Team FUSD has reviewed feedback received from staff, students, and families through the remote learning surveys sent out in May. Based on this feedback, FUSD was able to take away some key pieces of information. They include:
- Enhance access to digital learning offerings for all students
- Utilize a video conferencing application to allow for group/class interaction of students and educators
- Create a clear system for teacher to parent communication that is universal between all schools
- Increase expectations for student attendance, engagement, consistent grading, and address learning loss from this spring
- Provide additional training for staff on digital instructional strategies
- Bolster resources to support students’ social emotional needs
FUSD values the input of its team members and obtains information regarding employee working conditions in a variety of ways including: meetings and discussions, committees, surveys, directly from individual staff, and from the elected liaisons for certified, classified, ancillary, and administrative employees. COVID-19 presents challenges and requires procedural changes to ways schools have operated in the past. Continued collaboration and problem solving among the caring and committed Team FUSD will be critical as this situation remains fluid throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
Since the beginning of school closures, FUSD has held regular team meetings composed of leaders from across the District to prioritize and coordinate next steps and review guidance from the following sources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- State and Local Health agencies
- Arizona Department of Education Roadmap to Reopening Schools
- General Guidelines for Re-Opening Schools on the Navajo Nation
- Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc. (the Trust)
- Udall Shumway, LLC
Reopening and Closure Decisions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recommend that reopening and closure decisions be driven by the current prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. All FUSD will operate in Flexible Remote Learning and Distance Learning for at least the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. Decisions will be made in collaboration with the Governing Board, Superintendent, and in coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Coconino County Health and Human Services.
Instructional and Operational Models at a Glance
FUSD is prepared to welcome students back, in-person, to all its elementary, middle, and high schools in the 2020-2021 school year when community health conditions allow. Every site will follow preventive measures to prioritize student and staff safety. FUSD has developed plans for three instructional and operational models which prioritize quality learning experiences for all students and safety: In-Person Learning, Flexible Remote Learning, and FUSD Distance Learning with Northern Arizona Distance Learning (NADL).
Information about the instructional and operational models offered by FUSD and the process for families to select the preferred instructional model for their students will be available upon approval of this plan. At this time, this process is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 7, 2020. Follow-up information about how to register and verify enrollment will come from FUSD schools. To best meet the needs of students and families, it is critical that families provide information to FUSD in advance of the start of the school year to enable school staff to be prepared and have resources allocated to meet the needs of students prior to the first day of school, scheduled for August 13, 2020 at this time.
Beginning on July 7, 2020, FUSD will begin surveying families regarding their plans for the upcoming school year and the options available for in-person learning, flexible remote learning, and NADL. Following the completion of the survey on July 17, 2020, school sites will reach out to non-participating households to collect information in preparation for the upcoming school year.