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CUSD News

There are great things happening at Corcoran Unified School District, and we want to share them with you! Here we will keep you informed of important district announcements as well as success stories about our district, our schools, our teachers, and our students. We want you to feel connected, so please check our News page often and stay in-the-know.

Spring Break Notice

During the extended school closure, we will still recognize spring break as scheduled from April 6 through April 13. We will not be providing student meals during this time. We look forward to seeing you online ready to work when school resumes on Tuesday, April 14.

Although this is a time to take a break from doing schoolwork, please continue to encourage your child to read for leisure.

I encourage you to continue to follow guidelines and protocols to continue to keep you and your loved ones safe and well. Social distancing, washing hands, and avoiding touching your face will guarantee health with regard to the COVID-19 virus.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful spring break and Easter holiday. Happy spring!

Aviso de vacaciones de primavera

Durante el cierre extendido de la escuela, aún reconoceremos las vacaciones de primavera según lo programado del 6 al 13 de abril. No proporcionaremos comidas a los estudiantes durante este tiempo. Esperamos verte en línea listo para trabajar cuando la escuela se reanude el martes 14 de abril.

Aunque este es un momento para tomarse un descanso de las tareas escolares, siga alentando a su hijo a leer por placer.

Le animo a que siga las pautas y protocolos para continuar manteniéndolo a usted y a sus seres queridos a salvo y bien. El distanciamiento social, lavarse las manos y evitar tocarse la cara garantizarán la salud con respecto al virus COVID-19.

Deseándoles a usted y a su familia unas maravillosas vacaciones de primavera y vacaciones de Pascua. ¡Feliz primavera!

Extended School and Facility Closures

As we indicated to all of you on March 13, our district schools will be closed through April 13 in coordination with the State and National emergency to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since that closure, our staff and students have done a remarkable job of creating a viable distance-learning environment for continued student learning and growth.

In keeping with our focus to consider first student and staff safety with the advice and direction of our local public health officials, we are extending this school facility closure for a projected return to normal school function May 4, 2020. Please read the entire May 4 facility closure notice from Superintendent Merlo to learn more about this extended closure as well as services that will continue during this time

In addition, earlier this month, Kings County school district superintendents, with the support of their boards of trustees and in consultation with the local public health department made the decision to temporarily close our schools due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, we have remained in constant contact with one another, monitoring local, state, and national announcements that affect our schools. During the closures, we have focused on providing students with meals, educational enrichment opportunities, and planning for distance learning. We initially planned to resume classroom instruction in April, promising to continually evaluate the situation. 

Given these current circumstances, we have come to a collective decision that the safety of our families and our community outweigh all other considerations. We recognize the need to extend the closure of our physical sites until May 1, 2020. Our focus will be on providing meals to our students and education through distance-learning. We will continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances, remaining hopeful classroom-based instruction will resume on May 4, 2020. Please read the entire COVID-19 May 27, 2020, letter extension of physical site closures from the Superintendent's of King County to learn more about this extended closure.

School Closure and Procedures

Dear Parent/Guardian,

First, thank you for your patience and flexibility in an unprecedented set of circumstances. Plans and modifications are fluid as we receive updates from the state, and we find challenges and needs in the process. We ask that you please take a moment to read our school closure notice and procedures.

School Closure

Kings County Community: 

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused great anxiety in our schools and communities. While local health officials have yet to confirm a case of community transmission, we do not yet know how this will ultimately impact our county. Simply put, we are dealing with the unknown, and the time has come for us to take decisive action on behalf of our students, staff, and community. In the face of the declaration of a state emergency by our governor, guidelines to restrict public gatherings, and now, our president declaring a national emergency, the superintendents of Kings County have met to consider the health risks posed to our students, staff, and community. As a precautionary step to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19, and after careful deliberations with local school district leaders and in consultation with the Kings County Department of Public Health, we hereby support the decision of schools and districts in our county to close schools through spring break. We are optimistic that we will resume classroom instruction after spring break with schools anticipated to reopen on April 14, 2020. We will continue to evaluate what is best for our community. For additional information, please read the school closure March 13 2020, document.

Closure Notice to Parents

On Friday, March 13, in a coordinated response to the COVID-19 virus at the state and national levels, Kings County School Districts have decided to close all Kings County schools. In response, Corcoran Unified School District is closing schools from March 16 until April 13, 2020. This is a difficult decision, but necessary, as we try to slow the spread of the virus. Corcoran Unified schools serve students at all levels of need, and we have a responsibility to not only educate but also protect our children. Please read the closure notice below for additional details.

Coronavirus Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As of March 12, 2020, there are zero confirmed cases of Kings County Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Kings County Department of Public Health is closely tracking the progress of COVID-19. Plans are in place to protect residents, limit exposure, and address concerns as they arise. The immediate risk remains low for the U.S. public at this time. For more information, please read our letter to parents concerning the coronavirus.

Kings County Food Safety Silver Award

John C. Fremont school was pictured in the Corcoran Journal for being a part of the 2019 Kings County Food Safety Silver Star Award. Congratulations to Terri Thomas and all of her staff!

SkillsUSA Region 2 Competition

The Health and Art Pathway competed at the SkillsUSA Region 2 competition in Bakersfield on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Jesus Soto placed second in the T-shirt Competition, Shane Loera placed fourth, and Jeweliana Jarvis placed fifth in the Medical Terminology competition. The top four winners will move on to compete in the California State competition! This is the first time that the SkillsUSA students have made it to state!

2020 Novel Coronavirus Guidance

The California Department of Public Health recommends the tips below to help you and your student learn and to prevent the spread of germs and all respiratory viruses.

  • Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use "respiratory etiquette.”
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. When feasible, identify a “sick room” through which others do not regularly pass.
  • Encourage flu vaccine for those who haven’t had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (but won’t prevent Coronavirus illnesses).

A note about facemasks: facemasks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. 

For more specific instructions, we urge you to read our 2020 Novel Coronavirus Guidance letter in its entirety.