ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
April 9, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
April is Community College Month in California. I started my education journey at a California Community College. Many successful, influential, and pioneering people in all walks of life started at a California Community College, including Hall of Fame baseball player and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, bestselling novelist Amy Tan, Star Wars creator George Lucas, civil rights icon and labor leader Dolores Huerta, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the 38th governor of California and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, popular Food Network host Guy Fieri, and many, many more.
Community colleges provide a high level of Support for Students, including financial support and academic support. Every student can attend a California community college. Students can create a clear and direct pathway to a California State University or University of California campus through the Associate Degree for Transfer program. California Community Colleges are also the largest provider of workforce training in the nation. Learn about world-class Career Education programs. Visit California's Community College "Change Your Life" web site to learn how you can match your interests with a local community college program.
Since 2021, when California Governor Newsom signed AB 927 (Medina), authorizing community colleges to begin offering bachelor degree programs, students can even earn a bachelor's degree at a California Community College. As of this date, twenty-one California community colleges offer at least one bachelor's degree. The goal is to add up to 30 baccalaureate degree programs every year. Riverside Community College, Norco Community College, and Moreno Valley Community College do not yet offer bachelor programs, but some of the colleges within driving distance that already have a bachelor's degree program include Mt. San Antonio College in Histotechnology, Rio Hondo College in Automotive Technology, and Santa Ana College in Occupational Studies.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS (VAPA) SATURDAY SERIES
Members of our VAPA team hosted a musical experience for the many students who attended the Alvord-sponsored event yesterday on the campus of La Sierra High School. The program was titled, Better When We're Dancin'. Look for future events as part of our VAPA Saturday Series. The events are free and all students are welcome.
PLAN AHEAD TO ATTEND THE TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIR ON APRIL 19
Terrace Elementary School's PTA is sponsoring a health and safety fair at the school from 3:00 pm to 6 pm on April 19. Multiple public agencies, health care providers, and community partners are all working together to support an emerging community school model that emphasizes the relationship between educational attainment and health, by putting the child at the center of a system designed to support both. The model is a "Takes a Village" approach and focuses on all members of a school community working together to keep students healthy, safe, engaged, and supported. Thank you to the Terrace PTA and Principal González.
PLAN AHEAD FOR HIGH SCHOOL VOTER EDUCATION WEEK STARTING APRIL 17
The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens. Talk to your high school student about pre-registering to vote at 16 and voting at 18.
SCHOOL SAFETY WEEKLY UPDATE
School safety used to be focused primarily on a combination of emergency preparedness and security measures to mitigate external threats. In today's world, the approach to school safety is much more comprehensive. It’s now a science to balance target-hardening strategies with preserving the kind of learning environment that is free from fear, intimidation, violence and isolation. A positive school climate and a nurturing and supportive campus culture fosters inclusion and acceptance for every child, thus helping all students feel safe.
As we plan our Measure J facility projects that prioritize safety and security enhancements, our focus is on striking that perfect balance to ensure our schools are physically safe and our students feel safe by connecting each and every one of them to their schools. Our School Vulnerability Assessments, conducted by highly trained and experienced emergency services professionals in the security industry, guide our safety and security enhancements. Our Office of School Safety is responsible for ensuring that our school site safety plans plans are of the highest quality and implemented with fidelity.
Stay tuned to this space for regular updates on safety and security enhancements related to Measure J.
Upcoming Regular Meetings of the Board
4/20; 5/4; 5/18; 6/8; 6/22
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.
PLAN AHEAD FOR THESE IMPORTANT 2023 DATES
GRADUATIONS (6 PM) AT NORTE VISTA ZACK EARP STADIUM
Alvord High & Alternative Ed. - May 22, 2023
Hillcrest High School - May 23, 2023
Norte Vista High School - May 24, 2023
La Sierra High School - May 25, 2023
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTIONS (10 AM) AT NORTE VISTA ZACK EARP STADIUM
Wells MS &n Loma Vista MS - May 23, 2023
Villegas MS & Arizona MS - May 24, 2023
SUMMER EXTENDED LEARNING
June 1 - June 29
NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
First day of school - August 9
Thanksgiving Break - November 20-24
Winter Break - December 15 to January 2
School data below from 4/7/23
Students Reporting a Positive Case: 23 (Previous week 30)
Student Cases Requiring Contact Tracing: 5 (Previous week 29)
Staff Reporting a Positive Case: 4 (Previous week 7)
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: 29.67 (Previous week 45.78)
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 3.1 (Previous week 4.6)
% Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 1.8% (Previous week 2.9%)
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.