Update from AVUHSD

February 4, 2021

Open Enrollment

It’s Open Enrollment time! Open Enrollment (OE) is the procedure to apply for a high school other than the student’s school of residence. Applications for the new 2021-22 school year will be mailed to each student in February, and the application is also available on the District website (https://www.avdistrict.org/parents/open-enrollment). The deadline to receive 2021-22 OE applications in the Student Services office is Friday, March 12, 2021. Applications may be emailed to studentservices@avhsd.org or faxed to 661-949-6292 or mailed to AVUHSD Student Services, 548 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534.

There will be a limited number of OE spaces available at all schools as well as some OE spaces specific to particular academies. Students interested in academies/programs must also submit a separate academy/program application through the Academy/Program Coordinator at the requested school. If more applications are received than available spaces, there will be a random selection lottery. Response letters for approvals and waiting list results will be mailed around the end of April. When it comes time to register in March, please complete the PowerSchool Enrollment for your student through the school of residence. If approved to the Open Enrollment school, staff will then transfer your student’s data to the approved school later as part of the registration process.

Update- Small, Stable Groups of Students in “At-School” Learning

Prior to Thanksgiving Break each of our comprehensive high schools served a small number of students receiving specialized services “at-school”. The return of these students was a highlight of our first semester! We are currently planning to welcome these groups back, as well as exploring additional opportunities for more students to access on-campus supports. As always, all opportunities will be in accordance with local and state health guidelines. We will continue to update you as plans are finalized.

A Step Forward for our Student-Athletes

We are excited to announce that this week Phase One Athletics/Activities can resume on our campuses. All district Phase One safety protocols relating to after school Athletics/Activities pods remain in place and will be administered in the same manner as before Winter Break.

Even more exciting is the news that, in alignment with the Education-Based Athletics COVID-19 Tier Map, we are able to move forward with athletic competitions for sports that land within the “Purple Tier”. Under this Tier Map, Cross-country athletes are authorized to compete in a modified season. Detailed information about the return to competition for our cross-country athletes will be forthcoming. We look forward to this first step in welcoming back our student-athletes to outdoor conditioning and competition!

School athletic departments and coaches will begin reaching out to our student-athletes this week with information related to specific sport activities.

Congratulations to ACSA Region 15 Administrator of the Year- Quartz Hill High School Principal, Mr. Zach Mercier!

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Lancaster & Littlerock High Schools: AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Lancaster and Littlerock High Schools were just awarded @CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP). Female students who take #APCSP are more than 5x as likely to major in computer science in college. Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs. Congratulations Lancaster and Littlerock High Schools!

District Talent Show

The Antelope Valley Union High School District proudly presents its first ever Virtual Talent Show. All district employees and students are the judges - so cast your votes now!

Voting is open Feb. 1st through Sunday (Feb. 7th) - every district gmail account gets to vote once a day on as many videos as you want. The top 10 contestants will make it to the Live FINALS Night! Start voting Now and help your favorite contestants win!


Meal Service Update

Beginning February 1st, our Food Service Team is transitioning to a 4-day distribution schedule. In addition to providing meals at all eight of our comprehensive schools from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, meals will also be provided at the locations and times below Monday through Thursday. Thursday’s distribution will include meal kits for Friday and Saturday.

City of Palmdale:

Domenic Massari Park- 37716 55th Street East 12:00pm-1:00pm

40th Street East & Avenue S- Dry Town 12:00pm-12:20pm

5th Street East & Avenue R 12:30pm-1:00pm

R.Rex Parris High School 12:30pm-1:00pm

City of Lancaster:

Rawley Duntley Park- 3334 W. Avenue K 12:00pm-12:15pm

44125 Sierra Hwy. (Townhouse Motel) 12:00pm-12:30pm

Jane Reynolds Park- 716 W. Oldfield Street 12:30pm-1:00pm

SGT. Steve Owens Park- 43063 10th Street West 12:30pm-12:45pm

American Heroes Park- 701 W. Kettering Street 12:45pm- 1:00pm

For more information, please visit www.avfood.org

Pandemic EBT Card Program

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the extension of the Pandemic EBT Card (P-EBT) through the 2020-2021 school year. Eligibility for the P-EBT program is determined by the student's eligibility in the school meal program.

For the remaining months of the school year, CDE will be using the District's enrollment and eligibility information to approve the P-EBT for qualifying students and families. Please confirm your student's contact information with the District through the parent link in the PowerSchool portal to ensure you receive your payment(s) if eligible. For more information about P-EBT, you may visit the CDSS P-EBT web page at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt.

Please reach out with any questions to food@avhsd.org.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe? What do I need to know and how do I know I am reading accurate vaccine information? Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, it is critical that you are accessing accurate information. Don't know where to start? Here are some quick facts to get you started: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

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