ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord

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A Message from the Superintendent...

Dear Members of the Alvord Community,


I hope this week's message finds you and your family well and enjoying the summer.


Since the Governor's announcement on June 15, lifting some COVID-19 restrictions, I've received the following frequently asked questions:


Q: Has new guidance taken effect related to face coverings in schools since the Governor's June 15 announcement?

A: Yes. CDPH provided guidance for the Use of Face Coverings this past Wednesday, June 24.


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: 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 face coverings still be required when the 2021-22 school year begins?

A: To be determined. Updated K-12 schools guidance from CDPH is expected soon, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC. As of this date, face coverings are required indoors in schools for everyone.


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.

2021 Aeries Data Confirmation

If you haven't yet, 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.

Middle School Sports Begin in 2021-22...

When the LCAP and annual budget was approved by the Board of Education on June 17, after school sports were among the programs we are funding. The program will begin this coming school year and will gradually be built up over the next three years. I will provide additional details as the program unfolds.

Transitioning to TK/K & Middle School Workshop, Part III, June 28...

The series concludes tomorrow with a focus on students' social and emotional development.


  • June 28 - TK/Kinder parents: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • June 28 - Middle School parents: 5:30pm - 6:30pm


The workshops is accessible via Zoom, through Meeting ID 970 5041 4053, which can be accessed at zoom.us/join.

Alvord Cares & Child Nutrition Services Provide Meals and Support for Families over the Summer too.....

Call Child Nutrition Services at (951) 509-6200 for details on the summer feeding program.
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Why Everyone Should Read at Least 30 Minutes a Day....

For people who are readers, 30-minutes a day is short amount of time. But for people who do not love reading, 30-minutes may seem like a long time. Experts suggest setting reading goals such as reading a little more each day and building up to 30 minutes. Or, reading for 5 or 10 minutes at a time, taking a break, and then resuming. It's also important that children have the freedom and ownership to choose books that appeal to them.


For children who are non-readers, who do not like to read, or who say, "I hate reading," there are a number of strategies that can help. Melissa Taylor, the author of Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader, suggests learning what's behind the reluctance to read. Undiagnosed learning differences can manifest as reluctance. One solution is to read to your child until they become more interested in reading on their own.


There are many resources on-line that provide tips and strategies to help your child become a lifelong reader. Reading Rockets is among the many useful resources. Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on reading.

In Closing....

On behalf of the Board of Education and our entire team, enjoy your summer and get ready for a great school year when we return on August 6.


Stay positive. Stay safe. Be well.


Sincerely,


Allan Mucerino

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TRANSITION TO K AND TO MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOP

Click here for the Zoom link and use the meeting ID: 970 5041 4053

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JUNE IS LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH

AUSD adopted a resolution on May 20, 2020 designating June 2021 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, celebrating the history and contributions of LGTBQ+ Americans in United States History.

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COVID UPDATES

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

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DONATE TO ALVORD CARES

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.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOPS

View the Family Engagement Home Page Here for the Latest Workshops

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
  • GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

    For more details click above to visit the FAQ and choose Just Technology.

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