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August 3, 2020

Hello Feather River Families,

As we shared last week, there are currently two vacancies on the Feather River Charter School Board and we are seeking individuals who might be interested in serving.

It is not too late to get involved! We have extended the deadline to Monday, August 10 for individuals to express their interest in serving on the board. Please email your letter of interest and resume to darcyb@inspireschools.org and allie@inspireschools.org, and complete this questionnaire. The Board has created an Adhoc committee who will be vetting and interviewing potential candidates with the goal of making a recommendation to the Board of Directors at the Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting on August 25, 2020.

The Board meets on a monthly basis and on occasion more frequently and Board Members serve one-year terms.

The role of the Board of Directors is to ensure that the Charter School is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of their community. The Board fulfills this role by performing five major responsibilities. These are setting the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the school; establishing an effective and efficient structure; providing support; ensuring accountability; and providing community leadership as advocates for children.

Board of Directors has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the Charter School. The fiduciary duties to the corporation consist of:

The Board Approves and Oversees the following (not a comprehensive list):



July 28, 2020

Dear Families,

As we approach the start of the new school year and continue to adjust and plan amidst the current challenges, we want to take a moment to thank you for your patience. We understand that there have been changes to what is usually expected as a homeschool family over the summer. The grace you have shown our staff is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to a fresh new year serving you. We take the health of our school very seriously. Our plans are long-term in an evolving, enduring partnership with you, our homeschool families.

One of the challenges we face with the passage of SB98 is the negative impact it has on the school budget. We had planned for growth to offset the rising costs of operating a school, and that can no longer happen. Feather River Charter School, along with all California public schools, are also expecting state funding deferrals in response to the economic impact from COVID. Although we do not usually send communication regarding upcoming items on the board meeting agendas, the administration felt it was prudent to share the proposed planning amount reduction in response to the budget issues. Feather River is being proactive and fiscally judicious in anticipation of state funding deferrals.

Feather River Charter School will have a board meeting tonight at 5:30pm. At the board meeting, administration will recommend an adjustment to the planning amounts for the coming school year. In order to continue to provide the best service and opportunities for all of our students, the recommendation is for a reduction in student planning amounts. We may have the opportunity to reinstate funds later on in the school year pending the state’s educational budget improvements. We remain committed to making sure each of our students has what he/she needs to support and reach their academic goals. We will keep a watchful eye and provide regular communication regarding state and federal legislative decisions.

Ordering for the 20-21 school year will begin August 3. Your teacher will be sending your Master Agreements to sign starting next week to confirm your enrollment and be able to process orders.

Please join us at the board meeting this week. The agendas and login information are listed in the chart below.

Meeting Date

Meeting Time

Agenda Link

Teleconference Information

7/28/2020

5:30pm

Click Here

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96568347400

Meeting ID: 965 6834 7400

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 965 6834 7400

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/atP6N5CBl


Our best,

Feather River Charter School Administration


July 28, 2020

Hello Feather River Charter School Families,

There are currently two vacancies on the Feather River Charter School Board and we are seeking individuals who might be interested in serving. The Board meets on a monthly basis and on occasion more frequently and Board Members serve one-year terms.

The role of the Board of Directors is to ensure that the Charter School is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of their community. The Board fulfills this role by performing five major responsibilities. These are setting the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the school; establishing an effective and efficient structure; providing support; ensuring accountability; and providing community leadership as advocates for children.

Board of Directors has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the Charter School. The fiduciary duties to the corporation consist of:

The Board Approves and Oversees the following (not a comprehensive list):

If you are interested in serving on the Feather River Charter School Board, please complete this Questionnaire by Monday, August 3. The Board has created an Adhoc committee who will be vetting and interviewing potential candidates with the goal of making a recommendation to the Board of Directors at the Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting on August 25, 2020.



July 23, 2020

Dear Families of Feather River Charter School,

Greetings from your school administrative team! We hope that this letter finds you enjoying summer break. We have been working diligently to adjust to the challenges posed by the state and the current pandemic. As we gear up to start the 2020-2021 school year, we’d like to update you on what to expect in the coming weeks.

As you are probably aware, our charter schools in the north region are no longer run by or affiliated with Inspire Charter Schools. The school still contracts Inspire Charter Services/Provenance as one of its back-office providers. Each individual charter serves its own local counties and has its own leadership and board members making decisions. Even though we are individually Feather River Charter School, we continue to work together as a family to the benefit of students in all of our schools. Our heart for homeschooling and family choice stays steadfast and we continue to be honored to serve you, especially during this time of world crisis when our school model excels in serving students needing to learn at a distance. The relationships we’ve built and the programs we’ve put in place remain the same.

We welcome and encourage family participation on our school boards. We need you! We love having parents attend board meetings to stay abreast of school governance. Information about upcoming board meetings can always be found on the school website. Currently, all meetings are held via Zoom, so your participation is just a click away. We are also seeking people willing to serve on our board to give a voice to the needs and concerns of our families. An email will be sent soon if you are interested in serving as a board member.

We are excited to start the new school year afresh, and are ready to serve you with the warm support and devotion we’ve shared in years past. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your teacher or anyone on our administrative team. We are honored to share the homeschool journey with you and we look forward to “Soaring to Excellence” together in the 2020-2021 school year. More updated information to come soon!

Sincerely,

Your Admin Team



COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

March 19, 2020

Dear Families,

COVID-19 has dramatically altered life for all of us in California. During this time of crisis, it is our top priority to keep our students, staff, and family members safe. In response to recent guidance from the Governor, the California Department of Education, health officials and school boards, we have determined that a temporary COVID-19 closure of our schools is necessary from March 20, 2020, through April 20, 2020. This closure includes Clarksville, Cottonwood, Feather River, Winship, and Lake View Charter Schools.

A temporary COVID-19 school closure provides the flexibility necessary to address school-provided services and extenuating circumstances for students, families, and staff, as we manage illness, navigate changed households, and face other challenges that may arise. Despite the closure, our unique educational model allows us to continue partnering with parents to support student learning.

Teachers will continue to provide support for families during this temporary closure. We will work with all families to flexibly provide support where needed. Our teachers will check in with you regularly (no in-person meetings) to offer support and provide resources necessary for you and your students as you continue in your learning plans to the best of your ability during this unprecedented time.

  • Enrichment Ordering:
    • Product orders will continue to be processed when approved by HST
    • Service orders will be approved for virtual services ONLY. No service certificates for in-person activities or services will be approved at this time.
    • Order requests for activities that require travel are prohibited until further notice (family-led trips or tours, for example, in accordance with state guidelines)
  • Field trips are currently canceled or postponed during school closure. Many amazing virtual field trips are available on our School at Home site
  • Curriculum orders and subscriptions will continue to be processed
  • Special Education Department: case managers will be reaching out directly via email to parents with more information and support
  • High School: We are working closely with the state to ensure that all high schoolers will earn credits for courses in progress.
  • Students enrolled in online high school courses (CPA, Edgenuity, etc.) will receive additional information and updates following each class and as necessary
  • Pending Federal approval, all mandated state testing will be waived for California this year (CAASPP, ELPAC, PFT)

During the closure, we are continuing to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Intent to re-enroll email and form will be coming soon - watch your email listed in Pathways.
  • New student open enrollment begins on Monday, March 23rd and will continue through April 30th. Tell your friends!

Our hearts are with you, our families, wishing for your health and well-being during this unprecedented time. We look forward to returning to our regular routines, and times ahead when we can offer our support to you in person. In the event that we need to extend the temporary closure past April 20, 2020, we will communicate with staff and families. Thank you for your grace, patience, and partnership.


With kindness,

Jenell Sherman
Principal
jenell@inspireschools.org

March 11, 2020

Dear Families and Staff:

In recent news, you may have heard how other districts in the area are taking action in response to the COVID-19. Our administration and staff recognize the questions and concerns that have arisen due to the fluid COVID-19 situation and how this could affect our North family of schools, students, staff and families. Fortunately, our students have the ability to participate in their education remotely while being fully engaged and can remain free of large gathering places, if they so choose.

As an administrative team, we have made the following decisions regarding our school activities:

  • All meetings between HST’s and families will be virtual through Spring Break.
  • We are not directing families and/or vendors to cease classes and activities; we will leave that decision up to the discretion of the vendor and family.
  • We are working to determine which Community Connections events can continue as planned.
  • Mobile Library activities will be paused through Spring Break.
  • Field trips: We are working to determine which field trips will continue as planned. We will provide regular updates as soon as they become available. Please wait to be contacted by the Field Trip Coordinator on the status of specific field trips.
  • Starting tomorrow, March 12th, the PFT - Group Physical Fitness Testing (5th, 7th, and 9th grade only) will be paused until further notice. We will be sending out instructions on how to proceed.
  • We will continue to monitor state testing requirements and communicate the most up-to-date information as we receive it.

We are in communication with our authorizers and public health officials in order to monitor the situation closely and will follow all guidance from public health officials as it relates to protecting the health and safety of our students, our employees, and our community. Of course, the situation is fluid, and our administration will respond immediately, should the recommendations of public health officials change.

Our team will also continue to communicate the practical measures advised by county and state health officials in helping to combat the spread of this virus.

These include:

  • Frequent handwashing for students and staff
  • Frequent and deep sanitizing of surfaces touched at school events such as testing, field trips, and Community Connections events
  • Advising anyone who is ill to stay home and not return until they have been fever-free--without medication--for at least 24 hours

If new guidance is issued by state and federal officials, our North family of schools will communicate the information to you and act on it immediately. We will keep you notified of any changes to planned events or activities as quickly as possible. The focus is to keep our students, families, and staff updated on our response and action to this challenge. Emails will be sent and school websites will be updated.

Please rest assured that the well-being, health, and safety of our students, families, and staff remains our top priority.

If you have questions, please feel free to email me directly.

Sincerely,

Jenell Sherman
Principal
jenell@inspireschools.org

March 6, 2020

Dear Families,

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation in Northern California. We understand that with the strong media coverage, anxieties are heightened and you may have questions.

We want to assure you that every precaution is being taken to ensure the health and safety of you, our students and staff. As we continue to monitor the situation, we would like to provide current information about precautions and preparations we are taking as a family of schools in Northern California.

As always, the safety and wellness of our students and staff is a priority. We will be monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions.

Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us to maintain healthy and safe learning environments. Any official updates will be posted on our school websites.

What Are We Doing Now?

We are closely monitoring the California Department of Health Care Services, the California Department of Public Health - as well as the California Department of Education (CDE) for ongoing information, guidance, and coordination. We will continue to follow their expert recommendations.

Testing: Any site where students gather in groups (testing sites) will be cleaned utilizing EPA-recommended cleaning solutions, methods, and devices. That list can be viewed here.

While public health officials say that there is no need to alter current routines, we are open to alternatives to in-person HST meetings, should that become a necessity.

What Can You Do?

Our team has received CDC recommended strategies for staying healthy during cold and flu season which are:

  • Handwashing remains our No. 1 defense against illness. Please wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If children are not feeling well, or exhibiting signs of illness at an event or on a field trip, have them check in with an HST. We will notify parents immediately.
  • Communicate all health concerns with your physician.
  • If employees or children have a fever, please stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
  • The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks among healthy individuals, however, it is important that anyone wearing a mask be treated with respect and not fear. N95 respirator masks are not designed for and should not be worn by children.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by local counties, please visit the CDC website.

This is an evolving situation and we will update you regularly with important information and instructions. The safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. Unless otherwise informed, please plan for all regular school activities as scheduled.

Thank you for partnering with us.

Sincerely,

Jenell Sherman
Principal
jenell@inspireschools.org