ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
February 19, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
Results from an influential study on youth risk behavior by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were released this past week. The study found three in five teenage girls felt persistent sadness, double the rate of boys. Furthermore, one in three girls seriously considered attempting suicide. The study is conducted every two years. The results influence policy decisions at the federal, state, and local levels.
A combination of complex factors can place young people at high risk for suicide, depression, substance use disorder, poor academic performance, and other severe consequences. The increase in sadness and hopelessness was reported across all racial groups and it has steadily increased in the last decade.
Experts studying adolescent mental health agree that many young people are in crisis. As I have routinely reported in my weekly messages, we have observed an increase in mental health challenges and risky behaviors. In response, we have annually bolstered our student support services team since 2020 and continue to prioritize mental health.
The emotional well-being of our students extends beyond the classroom and into the entire school. Our site counseling and student support teams are committed to promote and explicitly teach healthy social and emotional development, identify and monitor students at risk for or are experiencing mental health problems, and intervene early and appropriately when there are warning signs.
Together, we can support our students at home and in school and prevent a tragedy. Learn the signs. Pain isn’t always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. The signs may appear in conversations, through their actions, or in social media posts:
- Talking about death or suicide
- Seeking methods for self harm, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
If you observe one or more of these warning signs, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change, step in or speak up. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
If you are unable to access resources on your own, please contact our Pupil Services Division or contact your school's principal or counselor.
SCHOOL SAFETY WEEKLY UPDATE
Infrastructure upgrades related to safety on all twenty-three of our campuses is a Measure J priority. Infrastructure safety upgrades focus on safeguarding against human threats, our top priority. To that end, we have already completed risk assessments for external threats, communications systems, mechanical and electronic systems, communications systems, and safety and security technology. The results of our assessments will inform our building and campus design and modification Measure J projects.
Campus safety extends beyond human threats and includes environmental threats. Our Measure J priority related to environmental threats focuses on our outdoor spaces, including playgrounds and play spaces, fields, and shade structures. We aspire to create sustainable, healthy, resilient, and equitable outdoor learning environments. Stay tuned to this space for regular updates related to Measure J safety projects.
On behalf of the Board of Education, I hope the Presidents' Week break from school was fun and productive. The actual Presidents' Day federal holiday is on tomorrow February 20. Schools and all district offices will be closed in observance of it. School resumes on Tuesday, February 21.
As always, thank you for choosing Alvord schools. We strive to be our very best, so that our students can be their very best.
Upcoming Regular Meetings of the Board
3/9; 3/23; 4/20; 5/4; 5/18
Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance for Regular Meetings of the Board of Education. Find them here. Agendas are posted 24 hours in advance for Special Meetings of the Board of Education.
Public Comments Welcome
Meetings are conducted at KPC Parkway, Corona, CA 92879. The Open Session begins at 6 pm. Members of the public may address the Board for up to three minutes on any topic on the agenda or not on the agenda.
INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER WINDOW IS OPEN AND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Intra-District Transfers only apply to students who live within the Alvord Unified School District attendance boundaries. If you live outside of the Alvord Unified School District, you will need to apply for an Inter-District Transfer from your resident district and then apply here.
The Intra-District Transfer Window for Grades 6 - 12 is open from 1/16/2023 to 2/17/2023.
The Intra-District Transfer Window for Grades TK - 5 is open from 2/13/2023 to 3/24/2023.
Intra-District Transfers are granted using a random selection process and only if space is available at the school requested.
WE ARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON MEASURE J CITIZEN'S BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (CBOC)
Measure J is our $248M school facilities improvement bond that voters passed in November, 2022. The committee meets quarterly to ensure bond projects are in alignment with project plans. Annually, the CBOC provides a written report summarizing the committee’s proceedings and activities.
If you are interested in learning more about the CBOC or obtaining an application, please email CBOC@alvordschools.org with your inquiries.
School data below from 2/17/2023
Students Reporting a Positive Case: 38 (Last week 26)
Student Cases Requiring Contact Tracing: 34 (Last week 22)
Staff Reporting a Positive Case: 5 (Last week 5)
Riverside County Data COVID-19 Community Level: Low (last week Low)
Weekly Metrics Used to Determine the COVID-19 Community Level
Case Rate per 100,000 population: 50.60 (Last Week 50.47)
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 5.1 (Last Week 4.9)
% Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 3.5% (Last Week 3.7%)
Recommended actions based on current level
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask on public transportation. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions.