ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord

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A Message from the Superintendent...

Dear Members of the Alvord Community,


Red Ribbon Week was a fun way to teach a serious subject. The week may be over, but the spirit of the red ribbon is present everyday in our schools in the variety of ways we remind students about the dangers of substance abuse and the importance of prevention, self-help, and reaching out to help friends. Thank you to all of our students, staff, and school leadership teams for making the week memorable.

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While COVID-19 has taken center stage, the opioid epidemic has become one of the largest drug problems recorded in U.S. history. Check out Riverside County Public Health's Overdose Data to Action Program GIS driven dashboard here for local opioid-related data to learn more about this public health crisis. Maps are based on census tracts and interactive to allow the user to view more detail when a census tract is selected. Demographic data such as gender, age and race/ethnicity are also displayed on the dashboard. It's an eye opener.


Below is additional information provided by Riverside University Health System:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The NIDA website, drugabuse.gov, has information on a variety of drugs and related topics. NIDA's teen site, teens.drugabuse.gov, has free downloads, entertaining and informative videos and games, and a blog for teens, where you can leave us a comment or two.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The NIAAA website, niaaa.nih.gov, contains the latest research, news, and other resources related to alcohol.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

To learn more about mental health conditions like depression or schizophrenia, visit the NIMH website, nimh.nih.gov, and read the Director's Blog on various topics, including suicide prevention, bipolar and borderline personality disorders, coping with traumatic events and more.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

You can find treatment programs through findtreatment.samhsa.gov.

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Plan Ahead: Family Engagement Office Presents The Dangers of Fentanyl This Wednesday, November 3...

Alvord joins forces with the Riverside County District Attorney's Crime Prevention Unit to present two webinars on critically important topics: The Dangers of Fentanyl, this coming Wednesday, and Drug Awareness, on November 15.


See details below.

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Fall Sports Student-Athletes Begin CIF Southern Section Championships...

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Norte Vista High School's Girls and Boys Cross County teams will compete in the CIF Southern Section Cross County Championship this coming week.The events are held at Mt. San Antonio College. The CIF State Championship will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, Saturday, November 27. Find all of the details on the CIF Cross County Championships here.


The NVHS Braves will also compete for the CIF Southern Section Football Championship. Their first round game is on the road this coming Friday against Monrovia High School.


La Sierra High School's Girls Volleyball Team won their first round game against Chino before losing to Saint Monica in the second round.


La Sierra's Cross Country Teams will compete for a CIF berth at this Wednesday's League Championship.


Hillcrest Boys Water Polo takes on Crean Lutheran in a first round match on Tuesday at Hillcrest at 5 pm.


The Hillcrest Girls Golf Team will compete in the Team Championships this coming Tuesday, November 2nd at El Prado/Chino Creek.


The Hillcrest Girls Volleyball Team is 3-0 in the playoffs and plays in the semi-final match vs. Capo Valley Christian on Monday at 6 pm.


Good luck to all of our student-athletes!

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COVID-19 Data Dashboard Update at a Glance....

Positive Cases this past week:


  • 18 students (Up from 17 last week and 12 the prior week)
  • 17 staff members (up from 13 last week and 2 the prior week)


Students Identified Through Contact Tracing:


  • 157 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)
  • 42 students assigned full quarantine (home for at least 10 days)


Overall, we have been serving students in-person for 60 school days. We are one-third of the way through the school year. As of Friday, October 29, we have had 100 staff members and 350 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 493 new cases (0.1% increase) equating to 13.9 cases per 100K (7-day average), 7 new deaths (0.1% increase), and a 5.3% positivity 7-day rate (0.9% increase from 7-days prior). There are currently 252 COVID-19 hospitalized patients, 11 more patients hospitalized from the prior day total (4.6% increase). This data is as October 23, 2021 as reported on the State's tracking web site.


In other COVID news, with the imminent approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children between 5-11 years of age coming soon, the questions I'm being asked revolve around the State's proposed plan to mandate vaccinations for students and staff.


These are the most frequently asked questions:


Q: What is required before California’s school vaccine regulation becomes a mandate?
A: The new state regulation requires that the vaccines for juveniles, ages 12 -17, and children, ages 5 to 11, are fully authorized by the FDA.


Q: Can students with a personal belief exemption attend school once the regulation becomes a mandate?
A: Yes. The State's proposed plan includes exemptions for personal beliefs and medical reasons. We intend to honor all permissible exemptions.


Q: Can state lawmakers eliminate some exemptions?
A: Yes. State lawmakers can eliminate some exemptions similar to the currently authorized mandated immunizations, which since 2016 only allows medical exemptions.

Thank You 7-11 & Welcome to the Community....

The new owners of the 7-11 on Wells Ave west of Van Buren gifted nearby Foothill Elementary School with a cash donation at their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Principal

Marisela Recendez had the honor of cutting the ribbon. Students were treated to slurpees and other treats and gifts. Councilman Jim Perry was on hand to commemorate the festivities.

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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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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

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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

Boosters available in RivCo
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.
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