ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
April 2, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
The latest incident of gun violence targeting a school occurred this past Monday at a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee. On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire Alvord Family, our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of three innocent children and three adult members of the Covenant School.
Many, if not all members of the school will be left traumatized by this senseless act of violence, including the hundreds of students who experienced the attack. While it is not my intention or purpose to politicize the privilege I am afforded to deliver a weekly message to our school community, it is within my purview to advocate on behalf of our children and staff by encouraging all of us to demand our nation's and state's leaders act swiftly and decisively with legislation, resources, and support to prevent future acts of violence targeting schools. Enough is enough!
We will continue to prioritize school safety in Alvord. We will continue to routinely evaluate and update our safety plans. Thanks to our community that passed a school facilities bond this past November, we have additional resources to enhance the safety and security of our campuses. But school safety is much more than fortifying and hardening campuses. It's a comprehensive effort that focuses on prevention and response. The safekeeping of our students and staff is our number one priority.
CITIZENS' BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (CBOC)
Thank you to our community members who have volunteered to serve on the Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. Pursuant to Education Code 15278-15282, the committee must consist of at least seven (7) members who shall serve for a minimum term of two (2) years, without compensation, for no more than three (3) consecutive terms.
In accordance with Education Code Section 15278(b), the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee shall:
- Inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.
- Actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers' money for school construction.
- Advise the public as to whether the District is in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
- Ensure that bond revenues are expended only for the purpose described in the California Constitution and as described in the ballot language.
- Ensure that no bond funds are expended on any teacher or administrator's salary, or other school operating expenses.
- Review the annual financial audit of bond funds.
- Inspect school facilities to ensure the expenditures match the ballot language.
- Review and report on the district's efforts to reduce fees associated with hiring professional consultants; efficiency upgrades, site preparation, and reusable facility planning.
The following CBOC members were appointed by the Board of Education at it's last regular meeting on March 23, 2023:
Luis Miguel Ramos
Antonius B. Van Vegten
Thank you for your service and congratulations on your appointment. Director of Facilities, Mr. Ryan Carter, will facilitate the meetings and serve as Secretary to the CBOC.
REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL APRIL 7 FOR SUMMER EXPANDED LEARNING IN JUNE
Registration is now open for our summer learning program. Learn and have fun in a safe and positive environment during the summer break. Participate in educational, recreational, and enrichment activities. Breakfast and lunch provided too. Registration is open until Friday, April 7. Learn more by visiting the our summer program web site here.
SCHOOL SAFETY WEEKLY UPDATE
The process of setting up a construction schedule based on our Measure J project list is underway as we turn our attention to the process of transitioning from project planning to construction. We expect Measure J funds to be available later this spring or summer. Priority number one is safety, and safety extends well beyond external threats. It includes environmental threats and other components of our safe school plans, including architectural solutions to building positive school cultures and building the capacity for awareness and mental health support. Stay tuned to this space for updates on safety and security enhancements.
PLEASE TEST BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL TOMORROW
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID as we transition from Winter to Spring, we are encouraging all students to use an antigen rapid home-testing kit before returning to school tomorrow, regardless of the student's vaccination status or the presence of symptoms. The tests were distributed to all students by their schools the week of March 20.
On behalf of the Board of Education, as we again mourn the loss of innocent children and adults victimized by gun violence while attending school, please rest assured that your children's safety is our number one priority. We will continue to work tirelessly to do everything in our power to fortify our schools internally and externally and advance our safety measures by working closely with our safety partners to implement best practices for maintaining a safe and nurturing learning environment for all our children.
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 3/17/2023 (Schools closed 3/27-3/31)
Students Reporting a Positive Case: 30 (Last week 42)
Student Cases Requiring Contact Tracing: 29 (Last week 39)
Staff Reporting a Positive Case: 7 (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: 45.78 (Last Week 48.65)
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 4.6 (Last Week 6.0)
% Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 2.9 (Last Week 3.2%)
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.