School Reopening Update July 2, 2020
Dear FUSD family,
On Monday June 29, Governor Ducey announced a delay to In-person instruction for all schools until August 17, 2020 due to the escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona. The Governor’s order does permit districts to begin school on-time in a distance or remote learning format. Since the order was enforced the FUSD Task Force and district administration have been preparing a plan for remote learning.
Our goal now is to begin the school year on July 22nd with a Distance Learning plan that includes the following;
• every student will be enrolled and connected to their home-school teacher
• students will learn new content as if they were in-person
• technology support will be available
This format will be different from what families experienced in the spring of the 2019-2020 school year as it will include more direct instruction and learning of new content.
Throughout the pandemic, FUSD has been committed to our mission and vision to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Since March, COVID-19 remains a very fluid situation.
The FUSD administration will continue to support our families during this difficult time and are committed to our mission and vision of making students our priority. We appreciate your trust and patience as we navigate these uncertain times together. We will continue to monitor this situation and follow the guidance from the CDC and State and County Health officials.
More information and details on our school reopening and distance learning program will be coming next week. I am confident that we will come through this stronger as a school community because of our commitment to our students.
Superintendent, Chris Knutsen
Welcome To Florence Unified
The Florence Unified School District is a District By Design, Not By Chance. This means, through the six pillars of our core values, we will work toward our goal of serving all students in our district. These six pillars include; Effective Leadership, Quality Teaching & Leadership, Culture of Continuous Improvement, Vertically Articulated Extra-Curricular Engagement, Integrated Technology, and Clear & Collaborative Relationships.
Hello athletes, parents, and guardians,
FUSD K8 Athletics will have a few changes for the upcoming year. Beginning this 20-21 school year, our first season sports will be basketball and cheer. If you are planning on trying out, make sure you are ready to go by completing all the required documents located in registermyathlete.com.
The 2020-2021 sports K8 sports seasons are as follows:
- Season 1: Basketball-Cheer
- Season 2: Baseball/Softball
- Season 3: Football/Volleyball/Cheer
- Season 4: Soccer/Wrestling
As a reminder, all sports are open to students grades 6th – 8th with the following exceptions:
- Football, 7th and 8th grade only
- Wrestling 4th – 8th grades
This year, due to COVID-19, the AIA is allowing all returning athletes who have a physical from the 2019-2020 school year on file in registermyathlete.com to use the same physical for the upcoming 2020-221 school year. If you played a sport last year in FUSD you may use the same physical this year. However, if you did not play a sport, did not have a physical during the 2019-2020 school year, or are new to our district, you will need to get one before tryouts begin.
We are excited for an amazing year! If you have any questions please contact your site athletic director.
Jeff Cox, M.Ed.
Director of K12 Athletics/Community Education
Florence Unified School District
CHILDCARE OPTIONS FOR FUSD FAMILIES
The Florence Unified School District welcomes all families to enroll students in their local school. As a public school system, the district provides instruction and support for students in kindergarten through grade 12 during regular school hours.
However, because many families require childcare options before and after the school day the district has contracted with a childcare provider called Right At School to offer these services. Providing more options for families has been an interest of the school board and district administration.
Right At School curriculum features hands-on learning, multi-sensory activities, child-driven projects, daily fitness, team building, and leadership development.
For more information please CLICK HERE.
Average Teacher Salary Info
AVERAGE TEACHER SALARIES (A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285)
- Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2019 (budget year) = $49,507
- Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018 (prior year) = $43,993
- Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year = $5,514
- Percentage increase = 13%
Comments on average salary calculation:
- The average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018 & 2019 include Prop 301 Base and Performance Pay.
The Governing Board approved the following definition of a teacher to clarify “who receives base compensation from Prop 301 monies and be eligible to receive a salary increase as a teacher”:“Any person eligible to be included as a teacher on a district’s FTE count submitted with its annual financial report, whose salary was paid under Program Code 100, 200, 300, 500; and Function Code 1000 (Instruction).