FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fresno Unified is preparing to welcome more than 70,000 students back to its campuses in less than two weeks.
Students will return to class on Aug. 15, and district officials are working hard to keep COVID-19 off campus.
Superintendent Bob Nelson says the coronavirus is more manageable than ever, but it’s not gone.
Officials want to remind students who feel sick or show symptoms of a virus to stay home.
The district will provide testing, hand sanitizer and masks to those who choose to wear them, though they are no longer required.
Superintendent Nelson says as they work to prevent the spread of the virus, the focus is on education.
“We did a lot of things that were both good and right for our community, but they weren’t necessarily the main thing, which is teaching and learning,” he said.
One of the changes this year will be later start times for some students, due to Senate Bill 328.
“Also known as the ‘delayed start’ initiative, it puts some restrictions on when middle and high schools can start this year, so all of our bus and bell schedules reflect that,” says Nelson.
Fresno Unified is also beefing up security by adding school resource officers to its middle schools and introducing the RAPTOR system
“A system that checks people at the front door for ID … is checked against a database of people that can cause concern,” Nelson says.
Students will also notice additional emotional support in and out of the classroom – to meet the growing need.
Unlike in previous years, the district will not provide supplemental online education if students are sick, but families have options.
FUSD will still offer the e-learning academy for families who are not comfortable with in-person education.
Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, the district reminds families that there are still other required immunizations, especially if your student is entering Kindergarten or 8th grade.
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