March 20, 2020
Dear AR Community,
Our world has changed immensely over the past few weeks and we have been faced with tough decisions in response to a situation that is evolving by the hour. I want to assure you that AR staff is working closely with the Fortuna district administration and College of the Redwoods, to support our students during these uncertain times. I recognize that there are a lot of unknowns ahead, still we will continue to remain informed at the local, state and national levels in order to make decisions that prioritize student health and safety.
Today, it was announced that there is a second COVID-19 case confirmed in Humboldt county. This person is reported to have returned from a “high risk” area. The state of California and Humboldt County have issued a Shelter in Place order to help curb the transmission of this incredibly contagious virus. The educational system across our country has changed in a matter of weeks and dedicated educators are adapting to these unprecedented circumstances. We miss our students greatly and look forward to connecting with them and establishing a new routine.
At this time, remote delivery of instruction is scheduled to continue through April 9th. This means that no students may physically come to campus unless they have made an appointment with the AR office. Appointments will be considered for students who have an essential need to be on campus. At this time, the CR campus remains closed to students through April 9th. CR distance learning will remain in place through the end of the semester.
School lunch service continues to be available for all Humboldt County students. Please view the FUHSD website for district school lunch distribution areas, or visit your district of residence’s school website for locations closer to your home. Additional detailed food service information will be sent out on Monday.
- March 23rd to 27th- No instruction will be provided as AR teachers and staff transition to a remote curriculum delivery model. Teachers are available for remote communication during this time, but will not be providing or evaluating any student work. The AR office will be collecting information from families regarding internet access, food service needs and other student/family concerns
- March 30th- April 3rd- First week of remote instruction for AR. During this first week we will focus on flexible learning options with reasonable time expectations. We will rely on student and family communication to help us identify known and unknown barriers to learning.
- April 6th- 10th- Classroom interactions will increase as will course expectations. Continue gradual transition to robust remote curriculum delivery program.
In order to prepare for remote learning, students should make sure that their Chromebooks or personal laptops are in good working condition. Please contact the AR office if you need assistance with accessing a working device. You should also notify the office if you do not have access to internet at home or are not sure that the connection speed will be sufficient. Students should create a Zoom account using their school email address. Zoom is compatible on a wide variety of devices, including home computers, laptops, phones, and Chromebooks. If you are using a school issued Chromebook, the app will appear soon. Concurrently enrolled students must make two Zoom accounts, one with their AR email, the other with their CR email. Additionally, students in CR classes should be monitoring their CR emails and Canvas pages for current course information. I understand that transitioning to remote learning will be difficult for both students and families. Please let us know what challenges you are facing and we will do our best to assist you.
The AR staff and the Fortuna Union High School District are committed to providing meaningful curriculum and continuity for our students. The dedicated teachers of AR are well practiced at adapting to unique circumstances, evolving as educators and taking into consideration individual student needs. I will continue to provide a Friday update for the next few weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or call the office. We will also be delivering information through the AR and District websites as well as our Facebook Page. We are an incredibly resilient community and working together, I know we will see our way through this.
For more information on COVID 19 and California’s response visit the CDPH website at cdph.ca.gov