Prior Updates

August 6, 2021

CUSD Families,

We are just a few days from the start of a brand new school year on Wednesday, August 11. Your child’s teachers, school staff, and administrators are ready and excited to welcome students and guide the next steps in their educational journey.

As previously shared, current state and local public health guidance requires that masks be worn in classrooms and school buildings. There is no mask requirement for outdoor settings. For additional information about health and safety protocols in place as we begin the 2021-2022 school year, please click the links above. We will continue to monitor public health guidance and to prioritize the well-being of students and staff as the year progresses.

As we resume in-person learning after nearly a year of distance and hybrid learning, CUSD has committed additional resources to support students’ academic and social-emotional growth. If you have questions or concerns at any time during the school year, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school. We invite and welcome your partnership in ensuring that students have the tools they need to thrive.

Sincerely, Denise Wickham, Ed.D. Superintendent

July 22, 2021

CUSD Families and Staff,

A new school year begins in person on Wednesday, August 11, and we are looking forward to the learning, friendships, and opportunities that await! In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the summer break. I am writing to update you about new COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools that was recently released by the California Department of Public Health.

The new guidance removes the requirement for social distancing at schools, but requires adults and students to wear face masks while inside classrooms and school buildings. Masks are not required outdoors.

We anticipate that this guidance will remain in effect as the school year begins; however, the past year has shown that guidance can change unexpectedly to meet evolving conditions. We will continue to monitor developments and meet regularly with local public health officials and area superintendents in order to make sound decisions based on the latest information. To provide families with flexibility, an independent study option will be available. Please check ParentSquare for updates and additional information as the school year approaches.

While the coming weeks may still not look quite like “normal,” I am excited about the tremendous growth that I am confident lies ahead. Thank you for entrusting CUSD to provide safe and effective learning environments for all.

Denise Wickham, Ed.D.