ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

DECEMBER 6, 2020

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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Members of the AUSD Community,


On December 3, 2020, California health officials announced a regional Stay Home Order triggered by intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in response to the accelerated rate of new cases and its impact on the state’s hospital system. Three days later, the Southern California Region became one of two regions (along with San Joaquin Valley) with less than 15% ICU availability, and consequently the Stay Home Order was executed and is now in effect in Riverside County, among others. The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.


The Stay Home Order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted if the region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. It's assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3-week period (week of December 27). For additional details and to stay current on the Stay Home Order, visit the State of California's About COVID-19 Restrictions web site here. As of today, our region's ICU capacity is 10.3%.


In response to the Stay Home Order, we have taken the following actions:


  1. Reverted our current in-person instruction for small cohorts of students with exceptional needs to distance learning only, until at least January 19, 2021.
  2. Suspended after school conditioning until further notice, but no sooner than January 4 (join a live Q & A with the CIF commissioner on Wednesday at 2 pm. Details under the News section below).
  3. Closed all district facilities to the public (except to pick up daily meals or by appointment only to pick up necessary materials for the continuity of learning).


The current Stay Home Order will not impact our second semester plan to provide distance learning only beginning January 4, 2021, and then transition to in-person instruction for students and staff in the hybrid program on January 19, 2021, depending on the conditions at that point in time. To reopen for in-person instruction on January 19, 2021, Riverside County would have to be out of the Purple Tier and the Southern California Region Stay Home Order lifted.


We remain optimistic about reopening for in-person instruction at some point this school year and have planned accordingly. Our principals and their teams are in the midst of scheduling students for the second semester. As I've mentioned in my recent messages about it, we will honor all student/parent requests for either virtual or hybrid. Our primary objective remains minimizing the disruption to student schedules and teacher assignments. Since each school has unique scheduling challenges given the number of student/parent requests to change from hybrid to virtual or from virtual to hybrid, we are scheduling on a school-by-school basis, honoring each school's student/parent requests. You can expect to hear from your school's principal with details as the process unfolds over the next couple of weeks.


Please rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to meet the needs of our students and their families. We recognize that practically everyone's life has been turned upside-down, our families and employees alike. Given our responsibility to educate our students while ensuring their safety and the safety of our employees, we rely on expert advice from public health officials to inform our decisions and guide our work. And while the disproportionate impact of the pandemic and its politicalization has complicated our work, it hasn't stood in the way of it. As we drive through the last couple of weeks of the semester towards its conclusion, please encourage your children to finish the semester strong. If they need extra help, encourage them to attend office hours daily to get the academic assistance and support they need.


For assistance and support for students struggling with mental health problems, including substance use, suicidal ideation, anxiety and depression, please contact our mental health services coordinator Tanya Gillick via email or call her at 951-509-5139. You can also contact your principal or school counselor. The crisis among children struggling with mental health problems is a growing concern as the pandemic worsens. Adults with mental health problems or substance use is a growing concern too. For family resources and support services, please contact our family engagement coordinator Alejandro Cisneros via email or call him at 951-396-0126.


On behalf of the Board of Education, we are thankful and in awe of Alvord parents and caregivers for the incredible job they are doing working with us to support their children. As the adults in our children's lives, we must continue to be positive and remind our children that while learning is not happening in the traditional way, it's still happening. Instead of looking at this experience as the worst thing in the world, we must focus on the growth that is occurring because of it. Parents and caregivers and others who are modeling resiliency and overcoming adversity are teaching their children the greatest lesson of all.


Many students report improving their self-regulation and independence skills in the absence of the usual structures in their lives. Others report improved communication skills with family members given the increase of family time. Many students are better at taking care of themselves and others, now that many of them are taking on more chores or cooking. Not only has there been a heightened sense of family obligations, but a heightened sense of civic duty has also emerged as an outgrowth of pandemic schooling as the world as we knew it continues to change before our children's eyes.


Let's stay united. Let's support each other. Let's keep the lines of communication open.


Stay healthy. Stay positive. Be well.


In partnership,


Allan Mucerino

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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Find multiple resources from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

CIF STUDENT-ATHLETE FORUM

CIFSS Commissioner Rob Wigod will answer student-athlete questions LIVE this coming Wednesday, December 9 at 2PM on @CIFSS YouTube. Use the hashtag #CIFSSCommissionerQuestions

THIS WEEK'S COVID-19 RISK LEVEL

Click on the image below to visit the City of Riverside's COVID-19 Information Web Site

ALVORD COVID-19 DATA DASHBOARD

Click on the image below for more details on COVID-19 data in Alvord

VIEW ALL PUBLIC HEALTH VIDEOS HERE

Visit the County Public Health video library by clicking above. View the testing and contact tracing videos below.

Antigen tests
RUHS Public Health Disease Control discuss case and contact tracing
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 SERIES OF WORKSHOPS

View all workshops in English and Spanish here.

The Riverside County Department of Education (RCOE) also provides many services for school-age children and their families. Click on the image below or here to visit the RCOE Parent Portal. To browse by topic, click on the links below for detailed information.

  • Child Care for Essential Workers
  • Child Care Assistance and Resources
  • Child Care Finder
  • Head Start
  • Migrant Head Start
  • State Preschool
  • Teen Parent Program
  • Infant/Toddler Special Education Programs
  • GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

    For more details click above to visit the FAQ and choose Just Technology.

    SEE WHAT'S NEW ON PEACHJAR

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

    CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHOOL DIRECTORY

    Find contact information and connect to each school's web site

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