ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
JANUARY 10, 2021
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A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Members of the AUSD Community,
On Friday, January 8, we learned more about the Governor's proposal to safely reopen schools. It was embedded in his presentation on his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2021-22, which includes $89.2 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges. $4.6 billion is being proposed for summer school and extra learning time to support students who have fallen behind during the pandemic. That's good news for the future.
As far as the present, the Governor called on the Legislature to act in the next few weeks on $2 billion for school districts to safely provide in-person instruction, beginning with the youngest of students (TK-2), as well as students with special needs, English learners, homeless and foster youth, and low-income students, as soon as a county meets the COVID new case rate requirement of no more than 28 per 100,000. As of Friday, Jan. 8, our case rate in Riverside County was 107.2. Watch a 3-minute excerpt on Governor Newsom's comments about reopening schools below.
The other factor that will help schools safely reopen are vaccinations. School employees, teachers and childcare providers are in Phase 1B. Stay tuned for more details on the vaccination rollout plan, but it's expected to take months, not weeks. Watch the 4-minute video below from Riverside County Public Health Director, Kim Saruwatari, for details on the vaccine and its rollout plan.
In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the current conditions as we learn about the details and expectations of the Governor's reopening proposal and plan its implementation in the local context of Alvord schools. We will also continue to focus our energy on remote learning and supporting our students and their families, our staff, and our community until we return for in-person instruction. The Alvord Board of Education meets on January 21. We will discuss the Governor's new proposal and update our reopening timeline. I believe it's safe to say that there are many variables involved and your patience will need to be exercised even though I know everyone is ready to get pandemic schooling behind us.
As I mentioned in my message last week and referenced above in discussing the Governor's budget proposal, planning summer school and the 2021-22 school year is already underway. I expect a summer program considerably more comprehensive than in past years. I expect it will be driven by diagnostic assessments and be highly specialized to address specific learning needs, especially reading, mathematics, and English language acquisition. I also expect more robust credit recovery offerings. Look for a summer school survey soon.
On behalf of the Board of Education, our team will continue to be the very best we can be while we anxiously await more information on the Governor's reopening plan and eagerly await conditions to improve so we can safely bring our students and staff back on campus. But given the current COVID conditions we are experiencing, our schools and offices will continue to operate with a minimum of staff and be closed to the public except by appointment and for daily food/meal pick-up.
Stay healthy. Stay positive. Brighter days are around the corner!
Ms. Lizeth Vega, President
TRUSTEE AREA 2
Norte Vista 9-12
Child Nutrition Services
Dr. Joanna Dorado, Vice President
TRUSTEE AREA 1
La Granada K-5
Valley View K-5
Loma Vista 6-8
Alternative Ed Center
January 21, 2021 Regular Meeting of the Board
February 4, 2021 Regular Meeting of the Board
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Child Care for Essential Workers