AUGUST 9, 2020

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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

On behalf of the Board of Education, welcome back to school. Full distance learning begins tomorrow, Monday, August 10. Students are expected to log-on to school starting tomorrow. Daily schedules vary by school. Check your email inbox or your mobile app for notifications from your principal for instructions and specific times. Or call your school or visit your its web site. Meal distribution times also vary by school. For details on child nutrition or to apply, please visit:

All students and parents should log-on to their Aeries account, student portal or parent portal for more detailed information about their class schedules. Your username is your email address. If you have forgotten your password, click "Forgot Password" and the system will send you a temporary password. If you need additional assistance with your account or password, please contact your school. For support with technology and the Google Classroom, please contact the Technology Help Desk: (951) 509-5180 or email: Chromebook Support. Unlike Aeries, only school sites can reset your Google Classroom password.

Here's a list of our schools and their contact information and web sites for your convenience:

Alvord Alternative Continuation map: (951) 509-6120

Alvord Continuation map: (951) 358-1715

Arizona map: (951) 358-1675

Arlanza map: (951) 358-1600

Collett map: (951) 358-1605

Foothill map: (951) 358-1610

Hillcrest map: (951) 358-1755

La Granada map: (951) 358-1615

La Sierra map: (951) 358-1725

Lake Hills map:(951) 358-1620

Loma Vista map: (951) 358-1685

McAuliffe map: (951) 358-1625

Myra Linn map: (951) 358-1630

Norte Vista map: (951) 358-1740

Orrenmaa map: (951) 358-1635

Promenade map: (951) 358-1650

RMK map: (951) 358-1655

Stokoe map: (951) 358-1640

Terrace map: (951) 358-1660

Twinhill map: (951) 358-1665

Valley View map: (951) 358-1670

Villegas Middle School map: (951) 358-1695

Wells map: (951) 358-1705

Our principals and their teams have been hard at work to put the final pieces in place this past week and this weekend. As I noted in my message last week, when everyone left for the summer we expected to return to in-person instruction and scheduled our students and teachers as we always have in the past. But COVID-19 changed our plans and we have been focused ever since on providing parallel pathways for our students and staff (Hybrid and Virtual). And while the first week of school under normal conditions is a time when schools iron out the wrinkles and make adjustments based on student enrollment and other factors, this year may bring even more adjustments than usual. I appreciate everyone's patience as we problem-solve and get everything up and running efficiently.

Students received their laptops, books, and other materials this past week. Families who were not able to pick up materials should visit their school web site or call their school first thing Monday morning and find out when they can pick-up materials. All school visits are by appointment only. Check with your school for instructions.

For instructional videos on how to access everything from the Google Classroom to Aeries, please visit our Family Engagement YouTube site. For more details, our Family Engagement Coordinator Alejandro Cisneros may be reached via email here or by calling 951-396-0126. Visit the Family Engagement Office web site here. Access last week's Google 101 webinar below.


Find Google Classroom 101and other instructional videos to support parents and students.

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In closing, I believe we all can agree that remote instruction does not adequately replace in-person instruction. Effective remote learning does not attempt to duplicate in-person schooling. Instead, it is focused on striking the perfect balance between synchronous and asynchronous learning, screen time, and independent study to ensure our students are still learning and moving forward academically, with a minimum amount of anxiety that is common for many students learning under these difficult conditions. Distance learning is a hardship for many families too. It is also a professional challenge for teachers and other education professionals. The key is communication. Please do your best to keep the lines of communication open.

Where we do duplicate in-person schooling is by bringing a team of professionals to the remote classroom. Teachers work closely with instructional aides, coaches, counselors, and other specialists to address individual student needs and whole group instructional needs. In addition, our multi-tiered system of interventions provide a pathway for students who need additional support. Please reach out to your child's teacher if he or she is struggling to engage or learn. Our team of professionals are ready to intervene at the first sign of a problem.

Please stay tuned to the Alvord USD Round-Up all year long and read my weekly message for updates on school reopening plans and to stay current with what's happening around the district. As of today, Riverside County remains on the State's "Watch List" and all school districts in the county are starting the school year with distance learning only.

Thank you.

Stay healthy. Be well.

Allan Mucerino

Superintendent of Schools


Yussha Haque from La Sierra High School was among the 2020 Riverside County All-County Academic Scholars Top 20. Look for these students pictured in banners mounted on light posts around their schools.

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