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COVID: Fremont united to stay in distance education for the rest of the school year – ‘No definitive end result in sight’

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FREMONT (UKTN SF) – The Fremont Unified School District announced Wednesday that the greater East Bay District will remain on distance education for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, after an agreement could not be reached with teachers.

“We have approximately 43 school days between now and the end of this teaching year and no final final results in sight related to reaching a deal with FUDTA,” Superintendent CJ Cammack said in a letter to families from school.

The main issues, Cammack said, were with staffing, grade levels that would be eligible for full return to campus, and additional pay for returning employees under a blended learning model.

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“Despite a good faith effort at the FUSD negotiating table, including fair and focused proposals, air filters placed in every classroom, safety protocols beyond current national and local guidelines, and access easy to vaccines, our negotiations did not result in a timely agreement. aligned with the district’s intention to provide in-person instruction to the extent possible to all students, ”the principal said.

By failing to come to a deal, the superintendent said he would lack $ 9 million in additional funding. A deal struck by the legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom offered $ 6.6 billion in funds to districts across the state if certain groups of students resumed in-person learning before March 31.

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Cammack said the district is planning a full return to in-person teaching in the fall. In the meantime, the district plans to expand existing in-person learning centers and that schools would create opportunities for students to come together in groups described as “stable and of appropriate size” for social interactions.

For senior graduates, the Superintendent anticipates in-person graduation ceremonies to be held outdoors, with some limits on attendance. “Our high school administrators and their staff are already working hard to plan how to make this experience a rewarding one for these seniors who have already missed so many milestones,” said Cammack.

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Other districts in Alameda County have started the process of resuming in-person learning or plan to do so in the coming weeks. Earlier this month, the Pleasanton Unified School District opened up in-person learning at all levels. This week, students from Kindergarten to Grade 2 returned to schools in Berkeley and Oakland, with additional grades returning to classrooms in April.

Meanwhile, the San Leandro Unified School District plans to resume in-person learning for all grade levels starting April 12.

The district serves approximately 35,000 students in 42 schools.

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