ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
February 12, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
Congratulations to all of our elementary school and middle school Spelling Bee champions and our district champion, Alan Castañeda from Lake Hills, and runner-up, Carmen Gama from Villegas. Alan and Carmen will move on and represent Alvord at the next level of competition at the Riverside County Spelling Bee on March 23, 2023, at the Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick St. in Moreno Valley.
The Riverside County Spelling Bee Competition champion will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to represent Riverside County. That event is during Scripps National Spelling Bee Week, from May 28 to June 2 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Good luck Alan and Carmen! We're all rooting for you.
National School Counseling Week was celebrated this past week at all of our schools to recognize and honor our school counselors for their work promoting student success, fostering emotional health and shaping our students' life ambitions. The impact the COVID era has had on many students, particularly the most vulnerable students, has added to the challenge of school counseling. Ensuring students are not slipping through the cracks, intervening to help students overcome obstacles, and identifying and supporting students who may be carrying emotional weight is a huge responsibility, and our school counselors are equal to it. It takes time to learn about a student’s unique story, but it is time that our counselors make to build the level of trust that encourages communication and transparency. On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you school counselors for all you do for our students, our schools, and our district.
SCHOOL SAFETY WEEKLY UPDATE
Among the Measure J priorities related to safety is implementing a Rapid Emergency Response System (RERS) that instantly notifies emergency responders and building occupants of an emergency situation, which ultimately expedites a rapid response, and empowers response teams to make more informed decisions faster. Much of the work is related to infrastructure and has already begun. The results of our security/threat assessments, completed in the Fall, have informed our school safety plans, our emergency management plans, and our Measure J project planning efforts, including video camera integration, controlled access integration, and building-security enhancements. I will regularly provide additional details on this and all Measure J safety projects in this space.
On behalf of the Board of Education, enjoy a restful and peaceful Presidents' Week recess. School resumes on Tuesday, February 21. The actual Presidents' Day federal holiday is on Monday, February 20. Schools and all district offices will be closed in observance of it.
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 2/10/2023
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.