Vista Views

April 14, 2021


Thank you to those of you who have already completed the survey that was sent to families on Tuesday. If you haven't had a chance, please be sure to complete the SURVEY by 5:00 PM on Thursday.

We are excited to be expanding our in-person instructional hours for students on May 3. Below you will find some frequently asked questions and the related answers around this next stage in our reopening.

  • Can students who are currently in distance learning move to in-person instruction?
  • Will my child be able to remain with his/her teacher?
    Alta Vista's plan is to keep students with their current teacher as much as possible. If circumstances require a move to another classroom, families will be contacted.
  • Will vaccinations be required for students?
    We will not be requiring vaccinations for students.
  • Will students have a recess/snack break?
    Yes, all students will have a recess time with their class. This will also be an opportunity to eat a snack from home.
  • When will we know more about the schedule of students remaining in distance learning?
    Many of our teachers will be providing simultaneous instruction, meaning that they will be working with both their in-person and distance learners at the same time. The teachers will be providing Zoom links and sign in schedules prior to May 3.
  • Will students be able to meet with teachers in the afternoon?
    Teachers will have a number of responsibilities in the afternoons. This will include parent communication, student feedback, team collaboration, and planning. Students with questions or needing support should reach out to the teacher.
  • Will Transitional Kindergarten also be expanding their in-person instruction?
    Yes. Look for more information in the next few days.
  • Will SDC in-person learning also be expanded?
    Yes, you will be receiving specific information from your child's teachers about the new schedule.
  • How will my child's special education services be impacted?
    Students will continue to receive their services, but the schedule may change. Some services may be provided while students are on campus (8-12), similar to a traditional school year. Other services may take place outside of these hours. Your child's case manager will contact families with any changes.
  • With the schedule change, will Extended Care still be available?
    Yes, Extended Care will adjust their sessions to accommodate the schedule change.
  • Will there be Covid testing for school staff?
    Yes, all school staff members will continue to be tested twice per month.
  • What are Extension Activities?
    Extension activities offer students access to STEAM, PE and art. This program is run by USD activity leaders and will take place from 12:00 to 2:30. There is limited space available, so priority will be given to students with IEPs, English language learners, low socio-economic status, homeless, foster youth, and students with parents or guardians who are essential workers. Families will be notified about their child's enrollment in the program prior to May 3rd.
  • Will teachers be leading the Extension Activities?
    Extension activities will provided by activity leaders, not by classroom teachers.
  • Are students still limited to two cohorts?
    There is no longer a limit on the number of cohorts.
  • Will parents be able to volunteer in classrooms?
    The guidelines still do not allow for volunteers on campus.

You can look for more FAQs in next week's Vista Views.

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Alta Vista Cares: Center for African Peace & Research

Alta Vista's last community service project of the school year is a medical supplies drive for Somalia. Due to war, COVID-19, drought and famine, Somalia is experiencing a healthcare crisis that disproportionately impacts children and families. Our community partner, Center for African Peace and Research, is seeking urgently-needed medical kits for children and families in Somalia. They are specifically asking for certain medical items, so we've put together a signup. Our Alta Vista Cares drive will continue through May 15th.


Tryouts for the UMS Cheer Team will be held April 26-29th @UMS quad. There is a mandatory parent meeting April 20th for all interested in trying out. Here is the link for all info and forms that are due first day of tryouts. Any questions e-mail - Can't wait to see everyone's tiger spirit!


Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the district plan which shows how Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Supplemental funds will be spent to principally support students identified as English Language Learners, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged or Foster Youth. Part of preparing the annual LCAP update for this year is to gather stakeholder feedback on goals and services which will then inform the planning for 2021-24.

As a district we are committed to ensuring that all of our students are prepared with a foundation of excellence to pursue lifelong learning and become productive citizens. We value your input and ask that you please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday, April 16: Union School District LCAP Survey


* April 20: Alta Vista Home & School Club Meeting @ 6:30