AV District News

May 19, 2022

Senate Bill 328 “Late Start” Schedule

In 2018, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 328 requiring middle schools and high schools to begin no earlier than 8:00 am and 8:30 am respectively. This law goes into effect on July 1, 2022. As such, the District has worked to create a universal bell schedule that takes into account student transportation, coordination with our elementary district partners, as well as after-school activities and athletics. Additionally, the District’s traditional Wednesday “Flex Day” has been moved to Tuesdays.

Below you will find the bell schedule for each of our eight comprehensive high school. Please note some schools may elect to have two lunch periods and/or snack periods to accommodate school size. SOAR High School, Academies of the Antelope Valley, and Alternative Education sites will send their bell schedule information directly to students in the coming days.

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Summer District Office Hours

The District Office, located at 176 Holston Drive in Lancaster, will be open for Summer Hours beginning June 6th from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

We will return to normal hours, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, on Monday, August 1st.

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Summer School

AVUHSD will offer General Education Summer School from July 5th to July 26th. Extended School Year for students receiving special education services will be held from June 29th through July 26th. Summer school will begin at 8:30 am and dismiss at 2:00 pm.

Summer school applications are available online and can be found on each comprehensive school’s website under Academics - Summer School.

For students attending Desert Winds High School and R. Rex Parris High School, applications can be found under the "STUDENTS" tab.

Please complete your application by the end of May 2022.

AVUHSD Students Triumph at Aerospace Robotics Competition

Students from six district comprehensive high schools competed at the Aerospace Robotics Competition. This year Palmdale High School scored first and second place and the team from Knight High School finished in third place.

During the competition, students had to present their designs and plans to Lockheed Martin engineers as well as write code to have the drone fly autonomously through a path of waypoints, where it would have various tasks to complete once arriving at each station. The semi-autonomous portion of the contest consisted of students having to have their drone pick up tennis balls and drop them in hoops of various sizes while going head to head against another team. All together the students from the Antelope Valley won $1750 of prize money, and learned many valuable skills related to programming, robotics, and safe unmanned aerial system operations.

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