ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
February 26, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
We part with February, 2023 this week and welcome March and the official first day of spring in a few weeks on Monday, March 20. The recent wintery weather will continue this week with high temperatures expected to only reach 53 degrees until Thursday and Friday, when sunny conditions and highs in the mid-60's are expected. Rain is in the forecast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during parts of the day. Look for messages from your principal with inclement weather modifications to the normal school day.
CELEBRATING BLACK EXCELLENCE
Alvord partnered with the organization, Empower You Edutainment to create a memorable event held this past Wednesday. The event, Celebrating Black Excellence, honored the history of African American voices, trailblazers, innovators, and achievers and recognized our own African American district leaders, including administrators Confidence Johnson (Arlanza Elementary); LaShonda Owens (Human Resources); Carmen Phillips (Extended Learning); Dr. Chad Freeman (Student Services); and Strawn Holmes (La Sierra High School).
LA SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW CULINARY ARTS BUILDING
This past Thursday, we held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the "Eagles Nest Cafe" and the new Culinary Arts building at La Sierra High School. The Culinary Arts Academy is one of many college and career pathway programs in Alvord. Culinary Arts is part of the Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation Sector Pathway. Interesting in learning more about the pathway program and the courses offered? Get on the mailing list here and explore the possibilities, take a tour, and see first hand why the program is so popular.
The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway provides students with the academic and technical preparation necessary to pursue high-skill, high-demand careers in these related and growing industries. The sector encompasses three distinct, yet interrelated, career pathways: Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition; Food Service and Hospitality; and Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation. The standards are designed to integrate academic and career technical concepts. The knowledge and skills students will acquire are sequential and integrate hands-on projects, work-based instruction, and leadership development such as that offered through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Standards in this sector pathway are designed to prepare students for advanced technical training, college, and/or entry to a career.
SCHOOL SAFETY WEEKLY UPDATE
While our Measure J priority is squarely focused on safety-related facility upgrades to safeguard against human threats, including perimeter fencing, video surveillance, and emergency response systems, campus safety extends beyond human threats and includes environmental threats. Our Measure J priority related to environmental threats focuses on our outdoor spaces, including playgrounds and play spaces, fields, and shade structures. We aspire to create sustainable, healthy, resilient, and equitable outdoor learning environments. Stay tuned to this space for regular updates related to Measure J safety projects.
On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for choosing Alvord schools. We strive to be our very best, so that our students can be their very best.
Upcoming Regular Meetings of the Board
3/9; 3/23; 4/20; 5/4; 5/18
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.
INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER WINDOW IS OPEN AND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Intra-District Transfers only apply to students who live within the Alvord Unified School District attendance boundaries. If you live outside of the Alvord Unified School District, you will need to apply for an Inter-District Transfer from your resident district and then apply here.
The Intra-District Transfer Window for Grades 6 - 12 is open from 1/16/2023 to 2/17/2023.
The Intra-District Transfer Window for Grades TK - 5 is open from 2/13/2023 to 3/24/2023.
Intra-District Transfers are granted using a random selection process and only if space is available at the school requested.
WE ARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON MEASURE J CITIZEN'S BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (CBOC)
Measure J is our $248M school facilities improvement bond that voters passed in November, 2022. The committee meets quarterly to ensure bond projects are in alignment with project plans. Annually, the CBOC provides a written report summarizing the committee’s proceedings and activities.
If you are interested in learning more about the CBOC or obtaining an application, please email CBOC@alvordschools.org with your inquiries.
School data below from 2/24/2023
Students Reporting a Positive Case: 33 (Last week 38)
Student Cases Requiring Contact Tracing: 16 (Last week 34)
Staff Reporting a Positive Case: 4 (Last week 5)
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: 49.50 (Last Week 50.60)
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 6.9 (Last Week 5.1)
% Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 3.6% (Last Week 3.5%)
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.