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March 26, 2020

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Photo of the Week

Two students dressed alike
Fresno High School celebrates Twin Day – virtually.

Video of the Week

Video of the week
COVID-19 Health Update

Dates to Know

Schools are Closed through April 13 – Watch for Updates

April 1 – via live streaming (see website for time)
Board of Education


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Coronavirus Information

Call Center (559) 457-3395 For more information about school closures, meal distribution and optional instructional supports, visit

The district continues to create flyers and information that can be shared with families during the school closures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. More information is available on the district’s website and social media platforms. For questions, please call the COVID-19 Fresno Unified call center at (559) 457-3395.

Fresno Unified COVID-19 Webpage
Flyer on Social Distancing
Flyer on Low Cost Internet
Flyer on Free Hotspots

Superintendent’s Video Message

Superintendent Bob Nelson Superintendent Bob Nelson highlights the instructional materials the district is providing students and information for high school seniors in a new video.
Video from Superintendent Nelson

Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

The latest edition of 60 Seconds with Fresno Unified features information on instructional packets for students and meal distribution during school closures, hygiene tips for families at home and information on the COVID-19 call center.
Fresno Unified News in 60 Seconds Video

District Providing Meals at 19 Sites

Staff distributing mealsThe district has served approximately 202,200 meals to students and others in need since March 18, after the closure of district schools March 16 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to the dedicated work of Food Services employees and school and district staff, breakfast and lunch meals are being distributed every weekday from 9-11 a.m. at 19 schools through a grab-and-go process. Meals will not be served during the spring break, April 6-13. A limited number of printed Exercise your Brain instructional packets for all grade levels are available at meal distribution sites for families without access to the online version. Meal distribution sites:

• Addams Elementary School
• Ahwahnee Middle School
• Birney Elementary School
• Columbia Elementary School
• Computech Middle School
• Cooper Academy
• Figarden Elementary School
• Fort Miller Middle School
• Hamilton K-8 School
• Kings Canyon Middle School
• Lincoln Elementary School
• Scandinavian Middle School
• Sequoia Middle School
• Tehipite Middle School
• Tenaya Middle School
• Terronez Middle School
• Tioga Middle School
• Wawona K-8 School
• Yosemite Middle School

Superintendent Reads Books to Students

Bob Nelson reading book Superintendent Bob Nelson is creating a series of YouTube videos featuring him reading books to students.
Video of Superintendent Reading “Last Stop on Market Street”

School Directory Webpage Refresh

Eaton School Profile screenshot Beginning on March 23, the school directory on the Fresno Unified website had a fresh new look. The directory page has been modernized and is more accessible to website visitors with disabilities.  Each school has a new school profile, with up-to-date site information, as well as links to state dashboards and reports. School demographics and staff directories will be updated automatically on the new profile pages. Explore the new directory and school profiles at, or by clicking on Schools, then School Directory from

School Buzz

Cooper Reaching out to Students

Cooper logo Cooper Academy is engaging students during the school closure through its Instagram page (cooperacademy_activities) and has been busy with a virtual spirit week, inviting students to post photos of their participation. Staff is also reaching out to students through a daily video message. Cooper’s school counselor has emailed every student to check in on them and has been busy on the Cooper Counseling Instagram page (mryates_cooper) posting virtual college tours and mental health check-ins. Cooper’s librarian also has been posting on the library Instagram account (cooper_academy_library), encouraging students to use Sora and has emailed all students.

Many of Cooper’s teachers are emailing students and the campus culture director is emailing leadership students and having them help plan virtual activities. 

Cooper Calendar

Fresno High Sharing Inspirational Quotes

Warriors at home virtual spirit week Fresno High is sending videos with favorite inspirational and motivational quotes via social media and sharing other virtual activities to keep students connected and positive.

• Leadership students and other Fresno High social media followers can participate in Character Strong Kindness Journal Challenges. 
• Some staff members have compiled a video for students, staff and community through YouTube.
• Leadership students have created a virtual spirit week inviting students to post photos of how they participated. For example, March 23 was Social Distancing Day.

Gaston uses Facebook to Stay in Touch

Gaston logo At Gaston Middle School staff is enjoying students’ responses and photos to virtual spirit weeks and other activities. Teachers are also sending personal emails to their students, calling them on the phone and working on a staff greeting video. Staff also created fun and motivational posters to encourage students arriving at campus for grab-and-go meals.

Hamilton Staff Sharing Book-Reading Videos

Hamilton logo Hamilton K-8 School is keeping in touch with parents through its website, YouTube, and Instagram (hamiltonk8activities). Teachers are reading books and providing schedules to students to help families stick with a routine. Other virtual activities include posing questions to students, lunch updates and kindness challenges.

Hoover High continues Patriot Games

Hoover logo Hoover is staff is working with student leadership officers to roll out cool events for students posted daily via Instagram. Posts will include inspirational quotes and videos, funny videos, challenges, dress up days and more. It will continue Patriot Games, just virtually. Starting March 24, students were invited to participate in themed days and post their participation to earn points. Staff also compiled a video of encouraging messages for students to help them get through the sheltering at home.

McLane offers 30-Day Challenge while School is Closed

Mclane logo To keep spirits up among students and staff during the COVID-19 school closures, McLane High School is offering a Character Strong 30-Day Challenge and other virtual activities.

• Staff is sharing inspirational videos and questions for students to help them stay positive on the school’s Instagram (@highlanderhype)
• Students are invited to do the Character Strong 30-Day Challenge
• The school launched a virtual spirit week March 23, with activities for each day. For example, Friday is McLane’s Got Spirit Day. Students are to wear spirit gear and the activity is to reach out to a friend (virtually) to see how they are doing.
• Leadership students are connecting every couple of days via Zoom (optional).
• Staff created a video for students using messages emailed from teachers.

McLane Spirit Calendar

Sunnyside Compiles Staff Video

Sunnyside logo Sunnyside High School is sending out a weekly video to students and families compiled by staff. The campus has launched a virtual spirit week and is randomly selecting students for Dutch Bros cards. For example, March 26 is #homealone Day, with students invited to share how they are spending that day during the shelter in place restrictions. Staff is going to do a Zoom yoga session.
Video from Sunnyside Principal

Hamilton Preschool Teacher Stays in Touch with Students

a student of Debbie Sharp with art work Debbie Sharp, a preschool teacher at Hamilton K-8 School, is among the many teachers across the district who is continuing to make themselves available to families and stay connected with their students. She encourages her students to send her photos of how they are continuing to learn at home.
Video of Debbie Sharp Student

Edison High Math Teacher Creates YouTube Channel

Shariya Lasha Gray Edison High School geometry teacher Shariya Lasha Gray has created a YouTube channel during the school closures and is providing virtual math tutoring.
Edison Teacher’s Black-Matician YouTube Channel

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