Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord

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A Message from the Superintendent...

Dear Members of the Alvord Community,

State of California officials announced that it will align its school guidance related to safely reopening schools with school guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which CDC released on July 9. Find the CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools here. State guidance is expected this coming week.

CDC guidance is meant to supplement, not replace, state or local laws, rules, and regulations. The authority for safely reopening schools in California lies with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). See a Q & A in the News section below with the CDC guidance and other reopening questions and answers I've been frequently asked as we approach the 2021-22 school year.

Expanded Learning Registration for the 2021-22 After School Program is open...

When we return for the 2021-22 school year on August 6, 2021, our two after-school programs, HALF-Time (K-5) and PRIME-Time (6-8), will be available M-F from school dismissal until 6:00 PM. The program provide FREE academic support, homework assistance and enrichment activities like art, crafts, music, sports and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) along with a nutritious meal. Please register your Kindergarten through 8th grade students soon as space is limited.

Register online here.

Have your e-mail address available

Have your child's 7-digit Student ID Number ready

Make sure all your contacts are up-to-date in AERIES© Parent Portal

Enrollment Confirmations will be sent to your e-mail and phone number listed in AERIES.

The HALF-Time program is available at the following schools:

  • Arlanza
  • Collett
  • Foothill
  • La Granada
  • McAuliffe
  • Myra Linn
  • Orrenmaa
  • RMK
  • Stokoe
  • Terrace
  • Twinhill

The PRIME-Time program is available at all four middle schools. For additional information please visit the Expanding Learning web site here.

Parents Must Confirm 2021-22 Data in Aeries...

Some families have not confirmed their data, which includes updating contact information. To confirm that your student data is correct, please enter the Aeries Parent Portal to confirm that all of the data associated with your children is accurate and complete. This must be done every school year. Watch a brief YouTube video in English or in Spanish for step-by-step instructions.

Reading to Children 30 Minutes a Day Helps Our Teachers Too...

Even if students read the minimum of 30 minutes a day, between today and when school starts on August 6, they can consume 780 minutes of brain nourishment. Those minutes of mental nourishment help our teachers to build on the growth our students make on their own. Read, read, read!

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In Closing....

On behalf of the Board of Education and our entire team, I hope your family is enjoying the summer and preparing for a great school year when we return on August 6.

Stay positive. Stay safe. Be well.


Allan Mucerino

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In addition to the State of California fully reopening the economy on June 15, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools on July 9, 2021. CDC recommends the full reopening of schools. Furthermore, based on the CDC announcement, the State of California announced that they will be updating guidance for California schools during the week of July 12.

Q: What are the key points of the new CDC guidance?
A: A summary of the main elements of the guidance are as follows:

  • Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority.
  • Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
  • Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.
  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.
  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • Many schools serve children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for vaccination at this time. Therefore, this guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies (e.g., using multiple prevention strategies together consistently) to protect people who are not fully vaccinated, including students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households.
  • COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protect people, including students, teachers, and staff, who are not fully vaccinated, especially in areas of moderate-to-high community transmission levels.
  • Localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, screening testing).

Q: What is different between the new guidance and the past guidance from CDC?
A: See a summary of the recent changes below:

  • Added information on offering and promoting COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Updated to emphasize the need for localities to monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies
  • Revised to emphasize the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for in-person learning for K-12 schools.
  • Added language on the importance of offering in-person learning, regardless of whether all of the prevention strategies can be implemented at the school.
  • Schools where not everyone is fully vaccinated should implement physical distancing to the extent possible within their structures (in addition to masking and other prevention strategies), but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.
  • Updated to align with guidance for fully vaccinated people.
  • Updated to align with current mask guidance.
  • In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.
  • Added language on safety and health protections for workers in K-12 schools.

Q: Are school districts in the State of California required to follow the CDC guidance?
A: No. CDC guidance is meant to supplement—not replace—any federal, state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which schools must comply.

Q: What agency are school districts in the State of California required to follow?
A: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Q: Has the CDPH released its guidance for the 2021-22 school year?
A: No. But on July 9, 2021, CDPH announced that it will align its guidance with CDC guidance.

Q: When will the new school guidance be released?
A: The week of July 12, 2021.

Q: Will face coverings be required when the 2021-22 school year begins in Alvord on August 6?

A: To be determined based on CDPH requirements.

Q: Are face coverings required during summer school?
A: Yes. Face coverings are required when indoors, even for fully vaccinated individuals. This applies to students and staff in schools, childcare, and other youth settings.

Q: Are face coverings required in outdoor settings for students and staff during summer school?

A: No. Face coverings are not required in outdoor settings throughout the Alvord Unified School District, including summer school staff and students.

Q: If students take a school trip off school campus to an indoors location, do vaccinated students need to wear a mask indoors if the location they are visiting does not require vaccinated people to wear masks?

A: If students are participating in a school event or being supervised by school staff, face mask guidance for K-12 settings must be followed regardless of location.

Q: Do fully vaccinated teachers and staff need to wear masks in school buildings if school is out for the summer and students are not in the building?

A: For district staff in administrative buildings or for teachers on campus when student programs are not in session and students are not in the building, masking guidance is governed by current Cal/OSHA requirements. A district may use any of the options for masking that are provided to businesses to guide masking policies for anyone from the general public who may be entering the District Offices or coming on-campus when student programs are not in session.

Q: Is the State's requirement and Riverside County's requirement the same?
A: Yes. Riverside public health officials confirmed that children and staff do not need to wear a mask outside because we are not an area of high transmission, but must follow all State guidelines indoors.

Q: Will school be fully in-person, five days a week, when the 2021-22 school year begins on August 6?
A: Yes.

Q: Will families have a home-based option if they choose not to attend school in-person?
A: Yes. Principals will survey their families during the week of July 12. Based on our interest-survey in April, we have a small percentage of families interested in a home-based learning model.

Q: What will the home-based learning option be in 2021-22?
A: Unlike last year, when thousands of students learned from home, the home-based option in 2021-22 will rely primarily on an independent study model, utilizing Edgenuity™ for 6-12 students and Accelerate™ for K-5 students.

Q: What is Edgenuity™ and Accelerate™?
A: Both are computer-based, user-friendly learning management systems that structure and monitor learning. Students are assigned to an Alvord Unified School District teacher who monitors attendance and progress, but does not directly teach on a daily basis.

Q: Regarding home-based learning, what if my child has an IEP or is an English language learner?
A: Learning from home is not ideal for many students. Principals, counselors, and IEP teams will discuss each case on an individual basis to determine the best course of action for any family requesting the home-based learning model.

Q: What if I plan for my child to attend in-person but change my mind if face covering restrictions, or other requirements that I disagree with, are mandated when school starts?
A: The option of a virtual program will always be available. After all, conditions and circumstances for families change. But for staffing and learning continuity purposes, we will ask families to make a commitment of no less than a semester in the virtual program, although special circumstances will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Attending to the physically and emotionally safe return of all students to classrooms is our priority. We are designing for that safe return by bolstering support services and strictly adhering to safety guidelines to ensure that our students have a sense of belonging and feel safe. Given the mental health and trauma that many students, families, and educators have faced these past 15 months, we believe in-person school provides us with the best opportunity to provide the guidance, support, and resources necessary to accelerate learning, recover learning loss, provide social and emotional support, and intervene when students are struggling academically or emotionally.

With that being said, we also have prioritized choice by providing alternatives to in-person instruction in the event conditions change related to COVID or related to family circumstances. We are confident that regardless of the model chosen, we will be prepared to meet the needs of each and every student.

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Effective June 15, many restrictions related to physical distancing and capacity limits were lifted and the county color-coded tier system ended.


ALVORD CARES is committed to support Alvord families suffering from food-insecurity, home-insecurity, or who may be struggling as a result of unemployment or other adverse circumstances.


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The Riverside County Department of Education (RCOE) also provides many services for school-age children and their families. Click on the image below or here to visit the RCOE Parent Portal. To browse by topic, click on the links below for detailed information.

  • Child Care for Essential Workers
  • Child Care Assistance and Resources
  • Child Care Finder
  • Head Start
  • Migrant Head Start
  • State Preschool
  • Teen Parent Program
  • Infant/Toddler Special Education Programs

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