ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord

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A Message from the Superintendent...

Dear Members of the Alvord Community,


Schools have been a beacon of light on the front lines of the pandemic, brightening up even the darkest days. And at the front of the line leading the way, it's been principals. It's not been easy. In fact, it's been difficult operating in conditions unlike any other time in the recent history of schooling. Yet, our principals have stood tall and led their schools with strength and courage. On behalf of the Board of Education, we salute our principals during the month of October in recognition of National Principal's Month #ThankAPrincipal.


Despite staffing shortages, contact tracing and quarantines, and other challenges unique to pandemic schooling, our schools are functioning at a high level, thanks in no small part to our principals and their tireless dedication to our students and community.


See a brief slide show below in recognition of our fearless school leaders.

Thank You All October 2021

Attendance Fairy Celebrates Student Attendance...

Arlanza Principal Confidence Johnson, teacher James Navarro, and staff member Diana Padilla spread fairy dust and sunshine to celebrate school attendance.
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College and Career Pathways Aplenty in Alvord...

Alvord's vision for Career Technology Education (CTE) is reflected in our focus on academics and job market relevance. We leverage CTE as a catalyst to motivate our students by providing hands-on learning and real world experiences. Students can earn certifications, internships, apprenticeships, and a pathway to advanced learning after high school in the career of their choice.


CTE bridges the gap between our students' high school and postsecondary plans. CTE is sometimes misunderstood as the vocational education of the past. But our programs are not just limited to workforce development. CTE students complete A-G requirements and are competitive in the college admission process.


Below are just a few examples.

Norte Vista's Green Construction Academy...

Under the direction of Norte Vista Green Construction Academy (GCA) program coordinator Mark Ferguson, GCA students participated in the inaugural GCA Construction Olympics last weekend. The pathway program includes industry certification and post-secondary education options. Students in grades 10-12 are eligible.

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Some of the Green Construction Academy Partners...

Multiple partners, including the North America Building Trades Union, which provides the GCA with MC-3 national pre-apprenticeship training program and MC-3 certification, offer a variety of resources and support.
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La Sierra High School Health Academy Program...

La Sierra's Health Academy is a partnership with Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center and is recognized by the State of California as a Distinguished California Partnership Academy. The program provides students a rigorous, equitable and interdisciplinary academic program that prepares them for the competitive college admissions process in medicine, nursing, and other healthcare fields of study or for a career in the healthcare/medical science trades upon graduation.
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Hillcrest Engineering Pathway...

Students at Hillcrest enhance their capabilities in STEM fields by engaging in a pathway designed to dig deep into scientific and technological innovations. Students compete for admission to STEM programs in the nation's finest colleges and universities.


Click on the image below to learn more about the engineering design pathway at Hillcrest High School.

Got Milk?

You'll need some milk to go with the chocolate cake roll and other savory dishes served up by students in the culinary pathway at La Sierra High School.
Culinary Arts Overview

Alvord, Jurupa USD, & Riverside USD Partner with RCOE...

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the Riverside County Office of Education’s first inclusive playground on the campus of La Granada South, which shares a campus with La Granada Elementary School.
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COVID-19 Data Dashboard Update at a Glance....

Positive Cases this past week:


  • 12 students (down from 27 last week and 20 the prior week)
  • 2 staff members (down from 7 last week and 2 the prior week)


Students Identified Through Contact Tracing:


  • 67 students assigned modified quarantine (which means they can continue to attend school in-person as long as they don't develop symptoms and test twice weekly for two weeks)
  • 3 students assigned full quarantine (home for at least 10 days)


Overall, we have been serving students in-person for 50 school days. As of Friday, October 15, we have had 69 staff members and 315 students report a positive test for COVID-19. Stay current with our case rate by regularly tracking our COVID-19 Data Dashboard and FAQ here. Cases recorded on the Dashboard are confirmed by Riverside County Public Health officials and remain on the Dashboard for 14 days.


This past week in Riverside County, there were 391 new cases (0.1% increase) equating to 12.4 cases per 100K (7-day average), 12 new deaths (0.2% increase), and a 4.7% positivity 7-day rate (0.3% decrease from 7-days prior). There are currently 285 COVID-19 hospitalized patients, 14 fewer patients hospitalized from prior day total (4.7% decrease). This data is as October 16, 2021 as reported on the State's tracking web site.


In other COVID news, I've received multiple inquiries about the State's planned vaccination mandate, announced on October 1. As of this date, except for students who meet exemption requirements for medical reasons or reasons related to personal and religious beliefs, the state mandate is set to begin either Jan. 1 or July 1 in all public and private schools serving students in-person, depending on when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves the shot for children in each grade span. Find all of the answers to vaccination and other COVID-related questions on our FAQ here.

Update Contact and Medical Information in Aeries Parent Portal....

Please update your contact information and any documented medical condition in the Aeries Parent Portal here. Immunization records must be current too. Given the urgency associated with needing to contact a parent or guardian during the contact tracing process, it's critical that we have current information. Parents and students can easily access Aeries with the Aeries Mobile Portal app for parents and students. Click on the images below to download the mobile app.

Join Mental Health Researcher Dr. Amanda Bentley: Monday, October 18 at 5 - 6 pm

Dr. Amanda Bentley presents Excessive Use of Social Media. Join her for a discussion on the risks and impact of social media on the lives of our students.


See detail in the image below.

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Plan Ahead: Family Engagement Workshop: SPED, Part 2, October 26 - 5:00 to 6:00 PM...

The second in a series of workshops on special education services is titled, Ensuring Success for All Students. Sign up here.. The first workshop was titled, How does my student's progress report inform me of progress towards IEP goals? It was presented on October 4. Find the slides from the presentation here. Find the video presentation in English here and in Spanish here.
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In Closing....

On behalf of your Board of Education and our entire team, thank you for your partnership and for your trust in us.


Stay positive. Test weekly. Be well.


Sincerely,


Allan Mucerino

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Red Ribbon Week Coming October 25....

The 2021 theme is Drug Free Looks Like Me. It's a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

Learn About Safe & Supportive Schools for All Students

All students have the right to learn and grow in a safe and affirming environment that is free from bullying and harassment.

We're Hiring - Join our Family - Click & Apply

We need substitute teachers too.

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Donate to the Alvord Education Foundation Here

AEF relies on the the support of its donors to provide classroom enrichment grants to teachers and college scholarships to students.

Learn More About ParentSquare

ParentSquare is an on-line social media platform to enhance school-home communications

ParentSquare 3 Minute Overview
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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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Key Elements of 2021-22 Home-Based Learning Program...

Click here to learn more about home-based learning.

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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.

Find the COVID-19 Data Dashboard & FAQ Here

Stay Current by Tracking the Alvord Data Dashboard

Q: Is Alvord currently requiring students and staff to comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination mandate?

A: No. The vaccine mandate will not take effect until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves the vaccine for the different age groups.


Q: When will the vaccine be required and for what age groups?
A: State officials expect the mandate to take effect on July 1, 2022 for students in grades' 7-12, but it could take effect as soon as January 1, 2022.


Q: Will there be exemptions if I do not want my child COVID-19 vaccinated?

A: At this point in time, we anticipate that the vaccine will be required by regulation, not legislation. Therefore, we anticipate that parents may choose to exempt their student due to medical and personal beliefs. (HSC section 120338).


Q: What is the law on medical exemptions for immunizations currently required?
A: Starting January 1, 2021, medical exemptions can only be issued through the California Immunization Registry – Medical Exemption website (CAIR-ME) by physicians licensed in California. Learn more about the medical exemption process here.


Q: What is the law on personal or religious exemptions for immunizations currently required?

A: California no longer offers personal or religious exemptions to immunization requirements for students. However, some students may have their previous exemptions "grandfathered in." If a student received a personal beliefs exemption prior to January 1, 2016, that exemption is valid until the student enters the next grade span. For example, an exemption obtained prior to 7th grade is no longer valid when the student enters 7th grade. An exemption obtained in 7th grade or thereafter is valid through 12th grade.


Q: When will we know what is required, when it will be required, and whether or not there will be exemptions?
A: To be determined. I will update this information as soon as it is released.


Q: Where can I learn more about immunization law?
A: Learn all about California's statutory requirements, Code of Regulations, and public health orders here.

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Covid Close Contact Procedures
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Procedimientos de Contacto Cerrado de COVID19
Covid19 Antigen Test Instructional Video
Video instructivo de la prueba de antígeno Covid-19
VACCINATION Q & A

For more questions and answers about COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 Data DashBoard and FAQ

New Changes in 2019 20 School Immunization Requirements
Riverside County Public Health COVID-19 News

Click here for COVID-19 Updates from Riverside County Public Health

Public Health Vaccine Update 92321

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.

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 Week is November 15-19, 2021

Check on the images below for the Fall workshop schedule.
GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

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We use Peachjar's digital flyer management solution to deliver important school and community resources to our students and their families.

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