Distance Learning Update for Fillmore Unified District
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Dear Fillmore Unified School District Families,
The purpose of this letter is to provide district families with an update on actions in support of students and the introduction of our Distance Learning for students. Our Board of Trustees and district staff hope that you and your families are healthy and safe during this difficult time. The Fillmore Unified School District believes deeply in continuing our efforts to support our students and remains committed to providing meals and instruction even though our physical schools are closed.

General Information
- All Fillmore Unified Schools and facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.
- District owned facilities and offices are closed to the public and visitors.
- During our closure you may see staff from Child Nutrition, Maintenance, Technology Services, Management, etc. in our facilities. Each of them is performing an "essential service" and is working to ensure continued supports for our students.

Meal Distribution
- Fillmore Unified is committed to providing meals for district students during the closure including during the upcoming Spring Recess.
- Meal distribution is now occurring once a week during which students are provided with a "5 day pack" of meals (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches).
- Meal distribution occurs at the following sites: a Mountain Vista Elementary School a Fillmore Middle School a Piru Community Center
- Our next meal distribution was scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the above locations.
- Communication regarding the meal distribution can be found on the district website, www,fillmoreusd.org or via Blackboard Connect Ed messages

Spring Recess
-The scheduled Spring Recess is April 6th-10th, 2020
- We encourage families, students, and staff to use this time to care for themselves and others.

Distance Learning
- Beginning April 13, 2020, Distance Learning will focus on providing district students with instruction that is directed and supported by your child's teacher(s)
- Teachers will be establishing initial contact with students between April 13-20, 2020
- Students in all grades will be supported by their teacher(s) with specific differences based on grade level
- Children enrolled in Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1° grade will receive work packets created by their teachers as well as weekly contacts with the teacher
- Students in grades 2-12 will receive access to instruction through the use of technology. Devices, iPads for students in grade 2 and laptops for students in grades 3-12, and network access will be provided to any Fillmore USD student who needs them to participate in instruction.
- Information on the distribution of technology will be provided to families during the week of April 6, 2020
- All district teachers, specialists, and managers will be using the Microsoft Teams platform to work together to support student instruction.
- Students in grades 2-12 will also receive access to Microsoft Teams where they will have opportunities to meet with their teacher(s) in video conferences and access assignments to complete.
- The Fillmore USD Microsoft Teams access is limited to district employees and enrolled students only.
- Resources for students and families to learn how to navigate with Microsoft Teams will be made available to district families.
- A list of digital learning resources are already available to all students on the district website under the title Distance Learning Support Class of 2020 Graduation, Senior Events, etc.
- The Fillmore Unified School District Governing Board remains committed to honoring the Class of 2020 at a time when the risk to the health and safety of our district community is no longer present.
- We remain in close contact with our county health officials and do not yet know when we can provide an update on this topic given the current circumstances.

Our teachers, principals, and other staff have been hard at work to prepare for providing instruction beyond our traditional schools and classrooms. We look forward with optimism to the opportunities for our teachers to work with your child through Distance Learning. As questions arise, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher or principal. Together we will be able to navigate through the current challenges. Keep healthy and thank you in advance for your patience throughout this difficult time.

Adrian E. Palazuelos, Fillmore Unified Superintendent