ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
April 16, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. Tomorrow, April 17 kicks off this year's effort to increase the number of high school students registered to vote. Students can pre-register online if they are 16 or 17 year olds by visiting registertovote.ca.gov. Students who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.
The goal of High School Voter Registration Week is to promote civic education and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens. Results of a poll led by UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and Stanford University’s Center on Democracy released this past week showed that Californians are in broad agreement that the state should strengthen civics education in our public schools. Key strategies include providing students with experiences with participation, negotiation and compromise in a democracy. Currently, to earn a high school diploma, students are required to complete three courses in History/Social Sciences: a two-semester course in United States History and Geography; a two-semester course in World History, Culture, and Geography; and two one-semester courses: American Government/Civics and Economics. Students study history and social sciences in elementary school and middle school too. Encourage your 16-year or 17-year old student to pre-register today.
APRIL IS WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
April is also the month we join the worldwide effort to raise awareness of autism. There are many ways to participate in this effort. Visit autismspeaks.org/WAM to:
- Pledge: Make a world of difference by pledging your support and uploading your photo to become part of our worldwide mosaic of unity and collaboration.
- Give: Make a meaningful, lasting impact for people with autism with your gift. It’s one of the easiest and best ways to show your support.
- Share: Join our 2.8 million social community and help foster understanding and acceptance by sharing the stories of people on the spectrum or telling your own.
- Connect: Engage in random acts of kindness at school, work and in your community.
EARN COLLEGE CREDIT IN HIGH SCHOOL
In my message last week, in recognition of California Community Colleges Month, I shared many of the reasons why community colleges are a great option for many graduating seniors. It's where I started my college journey. But students don't have to wait until they graduate. High school students can start their college journey while still in high school by earning high school and college credit at the same time through dual enrollment programs, concurrent enrollment programs, and Career Technical Education (CTE) Articulation programs. Learn more about it from your high school counselor.
PLAN AHEAD FOR TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIR WEDNESDAY
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 APRIL 26 PARENT PRESCHOOL LEARNING SERIES
Please join us on April 26th at 5:30pm for a workshop on helping your child be ready for a positive experience on the first days of school. Please see the flyer below for more information.
Here is the Zoom link to this event: HTTPS://US06WEB.ZOOM.US/J/83210480815
SCHOOL SAFETY WEEKLY UPDATE
Our commitment to our voters regarding Measure J is to prioritize safety and security. Many of the enhancements we are in the process of making are related to infrastructure and are not necessarily visible. Our comprehensive School Vulnerability Assessments are guiding the work in this area. We're working closely with our teams of architects to ensure we can create campuses that avert and restrict violence while at the same time preserving learning environments that can positively influence student behavior and create more connected, open school communities.
Stay tuned to this space for regular updates on safety and security enhancements related to Measure J. Join the ParentSquare Measure J Community Group for updates too.
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 4/14/23
Students Reporting a Positive Case: 24 (Previous week 23)
Student Cases Requiring Contact Tracing: 20 (Previous week 5)
Staff Reporting a Positive Case: 3 (Previous week 4)
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: 19.91 (Previous week 29.67)
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 2.3 (Previous week 3.1)
% Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID: 19: 2% (Previous week 1.8%)
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.