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This message was originally emailed to the FUHSD community on September 28, 2020, at 6:44 PM.

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Dear FUHSD Community,

Now that the 2020-21 school year is well underway, we wanted to provide you with some important reminders and information during this time of distance learning. We hope this information will be helpful to you as the year continues.

Parent & Community Webinars

As part of our continued efforts to communicate with you on a regular basis regarding the latest guidance from the State and Public Health and any subsequent changes to our instructional plans, we will be holding several parent and community webinars throughout the year.

Our first webinar was held this afternoon and the webinar recording can now be viewed on our District website's Distance Learning & Resources webpage under Updates for the 2020-21 School Year.

Our second webinar for the semester will be held on Monday, Nov. 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. - https://fuhsd-org.zoom.us/j/93447259397

Technology Help

Visit our Assistance with Online Tools webpage to submit a tech help request and get information on Schoology, Infinite Campus, and other FUHSD tools.

Food Service Information

For the most up to date information on Food Service pick-up dates, times, and locations, please visit the Food Service webpage on our website.

Mental Health Resources

During this time of school closure and remote learning, we want your school experience to be successful. You can request to speak with a School-Based Therapist or School Psychologist while the campus is closed by filling out our FUHSD Wellness Check-In Form. We take appointments during regular school hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additional mental health resources can be found on our Distance Learning webpage

Parcel Tax Renewal - Measure M

In July, the Board of Trustees approved placing Measure M, a renewal of the district's $98 parcel tax, on the ballot in November. A parcel tax is a special school tax commonly used by local school districts to help fund classroom programs. School districts have discretion on how to use funds, but often they are used to attract and retain qualified teachers and staff, keep class sizes small, give struggling students the help they need to master basic skills, fund art, and music programs, and improve math and science programs.

The current FUHSD parcel tax, which was first approved by the voters in 2004, provides the district with approximately $5 million annually to support our local high schools. When the economy collapsed in 2008, parcel tax funds helped to prevent teacher and staff layoffs and preserved core academic classes.

Measure M, which all voters in the Fremont Union High School District will be asked to vote on in November, would renew a local, reliable source of funds that has strengthened the classroom programs in our high schools for the past 16 years. All funds from Measure M would be used to provide our high schools with reliable funds to support classroom programs and to continue to attract and retain the outstanding teachers and staff our community expects. Funds from Measure M would help keep teacher and support staff salaries competitive to prevent top quality teachers and staff from leaving the district. Measure M would not raise taxes and explicitly prohibits funds from being used on administrator salaries. The measure provides strict accountability on how the local funds are spent and requires annual audits with an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure all funds are spent to benefit our students.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the parcel tax, please visit our website.

Flu Shots & COVID-19 Testing

Every person aged 6 months and older needs the flu vaccine, every year. This is especially true this year, with COVID-19 also circulating widely in Santa Clara County. The County Health system will be providing no-cost flu shots to the public starting this month. For detailed information on where and when to get your flu shot, visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website.

Widespread testing for COVID-19 provides a more accurate picture of how many cases exist in our community and helps us understand how and where the virus is spreading. Testing helps identify people without symptoms who could be spreading COVID-19 so that they can stay away from work and public places until their infectious period is over. To find out where you can get tested and schedule an appointment, visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website.

FUHSD Honors and Accolades

Even in distance learning, our students and staff continue to accomplish great things! In the first month of school:

  • This year, 199 FUHSD students from all five high schools were named as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Congratulations to these incredible students on this amazing achievement;
  • Monta Vista High School teacher Sushma Bana was chosen by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce as FUHSD Educator of the Year;
  • The City of Sunnyvale recognized Jesus Ramirez, Family and Community Liaison from Fremont High School, as Educator of the Year, and Peri Plantenberg, from Homestead High School, as High School Student of the Year!
  • Cupertino High School students made masks by hand and delivered them to grateful staff members who are working on site.
  • A Lynbrook student was highlighted by local news outlets for trying to help small businesses survive the pandemic.

We hope the information and resources provided in this update have been helpful. We look forward to sharing regular updates and reminders with our district community throughout the year as we continue to face the challenges of distance learning together.

  • Parent, staff, student