ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord

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A Message from the Superintendent...

Dear Members of the Alvord Community,


Thank you students, parents, and employees for following our safety procedures and getting the 2021-22 school year off to a great start this past Friday. I appreciate everyone's patience and grace as we fully reopened our schools for the first time since March, 2020!!!


As I greeted students and families at Collett Elementary School, I couldn't help but think about the journey we've been on since schools were closed by Executive Order 16 months ago. With masking and distancing and campus visitor restrictions, school looks a little different and it seemed a little more overwhelming than it was before COVID, but it felt very much the same as traditional first days of school: mixed feelings of excitement, joy, and some anxiousness too.


Seeing practically all of our students back on our campuses brought tears to my eyes. As an educator, I don't need to be reminded just how precious our children are, but in light of what they have been through I was flushed with emotion as I guided them to the correct grade-level line. What I was reminded of is how important it is for all of the adults in our children's lives to focus on our similarities, not our differences. After all, we share a common interest: our children's health, safety, and well-being. To that end, let's continue to exercise our collective powers and protect our children, and their families, as well as our employees. No one likes wearing a mask. No one likes COVID-testing. No one likes to miss school or work due to a common cold or minor flu-like symptoms. But following those three basic practices will reduce the spread and go a long way towards keeping everyone safe and keeping our schools open and focused on learning.


I didn't think my weekly messages would need to address case rates anymore, considering Riverside County had a seven-day average of three cases and had no new cases reported just 30 days ago. But as of Friday, the county had a seven-day average of 789 new cases and a total of 1,229 news cases reported. If the color-coded tier system was still in place we would be in the restrictive tier. Additionally, hospitalizations rose 47.1% and ICU's rose 30.8% this past week. All parts of Southern California are rated as areas with high levels of community transmission.


Safety first. Thank you again in advance for supporting our policies.

Pick Up A Student Home-Testing Kit From Your School or Test Your Entire Family at a Free Testing Site in Riverside...

The City of Riverside provides free COVID-19 testing to ALL residents, whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptom. The Curative test is a simple-to-use, 100% contactless, shallow nasal swab COVID-19 PCR test that is self-administered and painless.


The test is of no-cost to you, whether or not you have insurance. If you have insurance, the provider may bill your insurance carrier for the cost of the test. By law, insurance companies may not charge for any co-pay, deductible, or any out-of-pocket expense for the test.

COVID-Testing Sites in the City of Riverside...

CVS Pharmacy


CVS @ 6215 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506

CVS @ 6840 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506

CVS @ 491 E Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA 92508


Mobile Van Schedule


Wednesdays @ Bordwell Park, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Thursdays @ Bryant Park, 7950 Philbin Ave.

Fridays, @ Casa Blanca Library, 2985 Madison Avenue

Saturdays @ Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd.

Sundays, Arlington Heights Sports Park, 9401 Cleveland Avenue


Drive-Thru Locations


La Sierra Park Drive-Thru Location
Make an appointment @ 5215 La Sierra Avenue

7 days a week (except holidays)

Open daily (except holidays)
11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (closed 3 – 4 p.m.)


UCR Lot 26 Drive-Thru
Make an appointment @ 3443 Canyon Crest Dr.

Riverside, CA 92507

Open daily (except holidays)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon – 1 p.m.)


Kiosk Location

Make an appointment @ 3900 Main Street
Open daily (except holidays)
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.)


For locations sponsored by RIverside County, visit their COVID-testing location finder here.

The Most Frequently Asked Questions This Week...

Q: When are parents expected to keep their child home?

A: Anytime your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, new or different from what they usually have:

  • Fever or chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain/Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Seems sick or like they are starting to get sick


The CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive clinical assessment tool that will assist parents and caregivers deciding when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. It's an on-line, mobile-friendly tool that asks a series of questions, and based on the user’s responses, provides recommended actions and resources.


Q: What do I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
A: Follow these steps before returning to school:

  • Isolate for 10 days from symptom onset or test date;
  • Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication;
  • Symptoms are improving;
  • Get cleared by the Alvord Health Services Clearance Clinic team. Call (951) 509-5033 for an appointment.

Q: What do I do if my child has symptoms but tests negative for COVID-19?
A: Follow these steps before returning to school:

  • Student must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication;
  • Symptoms are improving.

Q: What will happen if my child is identified in the contact tracing process (had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case), and is not vaccinated, and has no symptoms?

A: Case 1: If both parties were indoors and wearing a mask.

The following Modified Quarantine protocol will be followed:

  • May attend school with a negative test confirmation;
  • then, twice weekly testing during 10 day modified quarantine period;
  • Refrain from extracurricular activities, including sports.

A: Case 2: If one or more parties were indoors and not wearing a mask.

  • Your child will have to quarantine at home for 10 days from date of exposure;
  • Quarantine may end after day 7 if a diagnostic test was completed after day 5 from last exposure and is negative.


Q: What will happen if my child is identified in the contact tracing process (had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case), and is vaccinated, and has no symptoms?
A: Your child may attend school and does not need to participate in “modified quarantine.”

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions related to COVID, or other health concerns and health services?
A: Pease contact Alvord Health Services at (951) 509-5033. We have nurses available to answer your questions and advise.


Q: How long will we need to wear masks indoors?
A: The CDPH has announced that it will revisit the mandate on masking on or before November 1, 2021.

Sign Up for Our Expanded Learning 2021-22 After School Program...

When we return for the 2021-22 school year on August 6, 2021, our two after-school programs, HALF-Time (K-5) and PRIME-Time (6-8), will be available M-F from school dismissal until 6:00 PM. The program provide FREE academic support, homework assistance and enrichment activities like art, crafts, music, sports and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) along with a nutritious meal. Please register your Kindergarten through 8th grade students soon as space is limited. Sign up here in English and here in Spanish.

August 10 Workshop In-Person or on Zoom...

Join our family engagement coordinator Dr. Cisneros and educational psychologist Jessika Shields to learn how to support your child's transition back to school. Learn how to recognize signs of stress and anxiety in your child and how to emotionally support your child through transitions. Choose to attend in-person (seating limited) or via Zoom.
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In Closing....

On behalf of the Board of Education and our entire team, thank you for partnering with Alvord Unified School District. Your children are our children.


Stay positive. Stay safe. Test weekly.


Sincerely,


Allan Mucerino

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See Frequently Asked Questions About Safely Reopening

Visit the FAQ home page for the most current information.

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Our home-based program utilizes Edgenuity™ and Accelerate™ to deliver curriculum and instruction. Both programs are computer-based, user-friendly learning management systems that structure and monitor learning. While students are assigned to a certificated Alvord Unified School District teacher, the teacher simply monitors attendance and progress. The teacher does not directly teach the curriculum. The Edgenuity courses provide direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers. The Accelerate courses provide direct-instruction audio featuring expert, on-screen teachers. Both computer-based programs also provides rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery.


Visit the Edgenuity Video Library here for a series of videos on the advantages of Edgenuity. For the K-5 Accelerate program, visit their website here for additional information. Following are key elements of the program. Contact your principal for additional details:


  • Students learn from home and do not attend school in-person;
  • Students continue to be active members of the student body at their home school.
  • Students utilize an age-appropriate computer-based leaning program that uses a combination of animations, video-led direct instruction, relevant websites, and activities to support the curriculum;
  • Modification and accommodations will be made for English learners, students in foster care or other high-needs groups;
  • Students are provided with a Chromebook and an Internet connection, if needed;
  • Students in grades' 6-12 use Edgenuity;
  • Students in grades' K-5 use Accelerate;
  • Students in grades' 3-12 with specialized academic needs use Odysseyware;
  • Students in the district's moderate to severe program utilize our alternative curriculum, News‑2‑You (N2Y);
  • A parent or guardian is responsible for student progress;
  • Parent is responsible for ensuring student engages in learning platform for designated time per day;
  • Students are assigned to an Alvord teacher, however;
  • The Alvord teacher does not teach the curriculum;
  • The Alvord teacher utilizes the Google classroom to meet with students at the conclusion of each school day for an "office hour" to record daily attendance and to ensure progress is being made;
  • The Alvord teacher supports the student and parent;
  • Instructional minutes are the same as they are for in-person instruction:
    • Kindergarten: 200 minutes;
    • Grades 1-3: 280 minutes;
    • Grades 4-8: 300 minutes;
    • Grades 9-12: 360 minutes;
  • Meals are made available for pick-up for students in the home-based program;
  • Students may transition back into in-person instruction within five days of declaring they no longer choose to participate in the home-based program;
  • For high school students, access to all courses offered for graduation and approved by the University of California or the California State University are made available.


Our home-based program meets the requirements of Senate Bill 130, which was recently enacted to ensure students have an alternative to in-person instruction.


Watch the video below for an overview.

ENGLISH Home-Based Program
ESPANOL-Programa con base en el hogar
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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

Family Engagement Office Fall 2021 Workshop Schedule...

Take the Family Engagement Survey

We want to know what workshops you want us to conduct and how to best deliver the workshops. Click on the image below and let us know by completing the survey.

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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