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Mattos Newsletter Week # 2 Updated
Posted 9/3/20

 

PRINCIPALS MESSAGE

Dear Mattos Community,

 

As we move into a new full distance learning model this year, its important for parents/guardians and their families to understand and respect the legal aspects pertaining to students, teachers, and staff.  Listed below are the protocols for use during Distance Learning in the Fremont Unified School District. 

 

Student Confidentiality

 

  • All students have the right to confidentiality, which extends to distance learning.
    • Exception: By law, staff members are mandated reporters and required to report suspected child abuse, as well as safety concerns related to danger of self and to others.

 

  • To the extent possible, all students should remain in a confidential setting while viewing in-classroom teaching.

 

  • Per Education Code 51512, it is illegal to record teachers and/or students. This is a violation of student and staff privacy. Any person, other than a pupil, who willfully violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any pupil violating this section shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

 

Student Interaction ONLY

 

  • In-classroom teaching is for the personal use of the student ONLY for the sole purpose of distance learning.

 

  • Parents/guardians and family members should not interact during a live session or class with a teacher. If they need to communicate with their students teacher, they must go through the proper channels and schedule a meeting.

 

Academic Integrity

 

  • FUSD places a high value on academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to use only the resources and references allowed by their teachers in completing assignments and assessments.

 

  • While collaborative work with other students is often encouraged and acceptable, students must follow teacher directions when told to work independently.

 

  • Students who cheat on assignments or assessments will be penalized.

 

Student Dress Code and Behavior

 

  • Students should keep to the dress code as they would in a physical classroom, and avoid inappropriate clothes during a live session.

 

  • The District has the right to monitor behavior, identify bullying, and set expectations for good behavior while using these platforms.

 

  • The District may use audio or video recordings when investigating possible inappropriate behavior. The classroom teacher may record the class session for re- teaching or coaching purposes.

 

 

 

 

Visiting the School Site

 

Our school sites are closed to the public but there may be instances when the site administrator will contact you or students to come to the site. In order to follow health and safety guidelines provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH), we ask that all visitors who are invited to the site:

 

  • Maintain a social distance of six feet with anyone around you. In addition, we will only allow a maximum of two visitors at a time in all school offices.

 

  • Wear face coverings at all times. Those without a face covering will not be allowed on any school property.

 

  • Limit their movement on campus to the school office only. Visitors, including parents/guardians, are not allowed to enter the school grounds or classrooms.

 

  • Adhere to the drop off/pick up schedules for packets and assignments as determined and communicated by each school site.

 

Best Practices for Students and Staff during Distance Learning

  • With an eye towards these privacy issues, we have put together the following shortlist of best practices when using distance learning platforms:

 

  • Avoid uploading sensitive, confidential, or personally identifiable information to these platforms whenever possible.

 

  • Always access these platforms from the same device (e.g., designate one computer for distance learning; do not use multiple computers or devices).

 

  • Regularly clear your internet history, including your browsing history, cache, and cookies.

 

  • Do not share your login credentials or meeting links with anyone.  Use an advertisement blocking program while accessing these platforms.

 

 

 

DAILY LOG-IN

Thank you for all the support you have provided to your children and their teachers during our transition to distance learning.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to address some of the technological challenges.    Be advised that classroom teachers, school staff, and the FUSD Technology Department staff have been working to resolve these issues while maintaining a robust security system on our network.

 

We ask for patience as we attempt to address connectivity concerns throughout the school district.  If you are having challenges, contact the office staff via email at ewhalley@fusdk12.net or cytuarte@fusdk.12.net or you can call at 510-793-1359 and they can help answer your questions. 

 

Note:  We have discovered that some of the connectivity issues are not a result of the FUSD network or Zoom.  To minimize connectivity issues at home, please turn off any non-essential computers, apps, etc. that might negatively impact your connection to our network.

 

 

SCHOOL.-HOME COMMUNICATIONS

Information from Mattos School or the Fremont Unified School District will be communicated via the schools web page at: https://mattos.fremont.k12.ca.us/.  Your childs teacher will share with you how to contact them if you should have any questions during the school year.

 

If you are not receiving communication via email from Mattos School:

  • Check your spam folder to allow access to our information
  • Contact the office via email (ewhalley@fusdk12.net or cytuarte@fusdk12.net and include your childs first/last name and their current teachers name so we can make a correction on the email address we have on record

 

 

MATTOS OFFICE HOURS

The office will be open virtually Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  If you need in person assistance please email ewhalley@fusdk12.net to schedule an in person appointment. 

 

For any other questions or concerns please email ewhalley@fusdk12.net or  cytuarte@fusdk12.netQuestions regarding attendance should be sent to cytuarte@fusdk12.net

 

Emails will be answered within 24 hours during the work week.

 

ABSENCE AND TARDY POLICY

Nothing can replace learning time with the classroom teacher.  However, if your child is too sick to participate in distance learning, please call the office at:

 

  • 510-793-1359 Extension #7 to leave a message, or
  • Email Ms. Ytuarte, Office Assistant at: cytuarte@fusdk12.net

Any absence not reported could be considered truancy.

 

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

During distance learning Grab-And-Go school meals will be provided to students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. 

 

Online meal application to determine eligibility for free and reduced-priced meals at:  https://fremont.rocketscanapps.com 

Full price meals will be available for students who have paid online in advance at:  https://www.myschoolbucks.com

It is important to remember that parents must complete the required form and submit it electronically to the Child and Nutrition Office.  Child Nutrition Services can be reached at:  fusdcafes.org  or 510-659-2587.

 

School lunches will be available for pick-up at Mattos School between 11:30 am to 1:00 pm daily at the Drop-Off Zone in front of the school.  Reminder:  You must have your student ID Number to pick-up a lunch.

 

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

Back-to-School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30-8:00 pm   It is a minimum day for students in grades 1-5 so school hours will be from 8:25-1:25. 

 

Back-to-School Night will be a virtual meeting.  The Zoom meeting log-in information will be shared in next weeks newsletter.

 

 6:30-7:00              Brief message by interim principal, Jim Hough and PTA Board Members. 

Parents will need to log-in to your childs class Zoom meeting to hear the teachers presentation at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm.

7:00-7:30              All classroom teachers will make a presentation

7:30 - 8:00            Teachers will repeat their presentation for parents who have students in multiple classes

 

 

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL

 

The School Site Council is comprised of parents, teachers, classified staff and the principal. The SSC makes important decisions about our school programs and budgets. If you’d like an opportunity to be involved please sign up in the Main Office.

 

The SSC Officers are determined by community vote and we want all community members who are interested in running for SSC and attending the monthly meetings if elected to have an opportunity to be involved.

 

All community members may attend meetings which are posted and advertised.

 

The deadline for applying to be a SSC Office is Wednesday September 9, 2020.  Please email ewhalley@fusdk12.net if you are interested.