Vista Views

April 21, 2021


Dear Alta Vista Families,

We are thrilled to be welcoming your children back to their classrooms as we expand our in-person instruction on May 3rd. In addition to increasing the number of smiling faces that we will see on campus, we are also doubling their instructional minutes with our amazing staff.

Although the vast majority of our students will be able to remain with their current teacher, a small number of students will need to transfer into another classroom. I have already contacted families who may be impacted by this possibility and will confirm those students' placement by the end of the week.

We are continuing to work on our Extension Activities and hope to share those invitations with families at the beginning of next week. Thank you for your patience.

Last week, I shared some of the frequently asked questions from the most recent surveys and I have included some more below. If you have any additional questions, I encourage you to reach out to me (

I look forward to working together as we take this next step towards schools reopening.

All the best,

Cathy Bailey


  • How will teachers make students comfortable with returning to the classroom?
    Teachers are experienced with having new students join their classes throughout the year and they will do everything possible to make it a positive transition for everyone.
  • Will students have asynchronous assignments in addition to classroom instruction?
    Students at all of our grade levels will meet the 2020-2021 required instructional minutes with the new expanded schedules. Although asynchronous may not be required, teachers may decide to assign homework, similar to previous school years.
  • What if my child moves to in-person instruction, but we realize this is not the correct choice for our family?
    Distance learning will remain an option for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. If a family moves back to Distance Learning after May 3rd, it is possible that the student may need to be transferred to another teacher.
  • What is the maximum number of students that can be in a class?
    There is not a cap on the maximum number of students.
  • What if my child is ill and cannot come to school? Will there be remote access?
    If your child is ill, please report this to the absence line. It is especially important that we follow up on all student absences this year. We would encourage any students who are ill to rest and recover before resuming instructional demands.
  • Is it possible to have the same drop off and pick up times for all grade levels?
    In order to provide a safe environment at the beginning and end of the day, we will continue to have a staggered schedule with an 8:00 start for TK, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grades will start the day at 8:15.
  • What type of ventilation and air flow is provided in the classroom?
    All of our classrooms have MERV 13 air filters that are regularly changed. Classroom doors remain open to increase air flow. Teachers may additionally choose to open one or more window.
  • If my child participates in the Extension Activities, will he/she only be with students from his/her class?
    No, Extension Activities will be a separate group of students that include children from other classes and/or grade levels.
  • How will Extended Care and the Extension Activities coordinate schedules?
    Students who attend Extended Care will participate in the Extension Activities until 2:30.
  • How does notification occur if a student tests positive in the class?
    Under the current guidelines, if a student tests positive, the families are notified and the class moves into home quarantine. This means that the teacher will do distance learning while everyone is at home. Information about positive cases are also tracked on the USD website. While the classroom is closed the environment would be throughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Will there be any summer programs at Alta Vista?
    Union School District's Special Education program will be at Alta Vista over the summer, so we will not be offering any additional programs.

Alta Vista Cares: Center for African Peace & Research

Alta Vista's last community service project of the school year is a medical supplies drive for Somalia. Due to war, COVID-19, drought and famine, Somalia is experiencing a healthcare crisis that disproportionately impacts children and families. Our community partner, Center for African Peace and Research, is seeking urgently-needed medical kits for children and families in Somalia. They are specifically asking for certain medical items, so we've put together a signup. Our Alta Vista Cares drive will continue through May 15th.

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