ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord

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A Message from the Superintendent...

Dear Members of the Alvord Community,


The 2022 Science Fair Awards Ceremony event is tomorrow evening, at 6:30 pm on Zoom. We had 99 entries in the competition. See them all in the images below. That's up ten projects from last year! We have students competing in all three divisions: elementary, junior, and senior. Congratulations to all of our students for entering the competition. Thank you to our teachers, staff, and parents for supporting our young scientists. And thanks to the Alvord Education Foundation and Mr. Getty George for sponsoring the event and providing financial awards to the students moving forward so that they may prepare their projects for the next round of the competition at the county-level.

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Thanks for Supporting the Slow the Spread Testing Program...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Our Slow the Spread testing program over the 3-day holiday weekend helped identify almost a thousand students, and perhaps many hundreds more who stayed home but didn't report a positive case, knowing that cases are generally underreported. Overall, 3,454 students were absent, for one reason or another, when we returned on Tuesday, January 18. However, by the end of the week attendance improved as previously quarantined students returned to school. We understand it's a hardship on families when students have to stay home. But during the surge it's important to be overly cautious, particularly when students have symptoms. We are preparing to do another Slow the Spread testing program prior to returning to school after the President's Week break from February 14 to February 21.


The disruption caused by a revolving door of student, teacher, and support staff quarantines is significant. In addition to disrupting student learning, the impact of staff covering a variety of assignments due to staffing shortages, in and out of the classroom, is a cause of great concern as the surge continues to push school systems and its employees (and the health system and other industries too) to the limit.


Yet, despite these challenges, our team continues to keep our focus on closing learning gaps, meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of our students, and managing the pandemic to keep everyone safe and our schools open and operating as smoothly as possible.


On behalf of our entire organization, I am so appreciative of the support we have received from our parents. Thank you for giving us grace if something has not gone perfectly well or as planned. Know that we will not make excuses. We will not blame anything or anyone. We will simply acknowledge the situation and learn from it.

We Hope You Plan to Return in 2022-2023

Starting in February, principals will ask their current families if they intend to return to Alvord schools this coming school year. It's important for staffing and planning purposes to estimate our 2022-23 enrollment as accurately as possible. Look for a survey in the coming weeks. I'll update the process in my weekly message.

2022-23 Marks the First Year of Full Time Transitional Kindergarten & Full Time Kindergarten...

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten are not compulsory. But it is highly encouraged and recommended. We hope you plan to attend. Alvord also participates in the California State Preschool Program (CSPP). Find more information on preschool and TK/K here.
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Total Positive Cases this week:


  • 927 students (up from 546 last week)
  • 84 staff members (up from 36 last week)


Students Identified Through Contact Tracing:


  • 53 of the 927 cases required contact tracing.
  • 1,274 students were placed in quarantine (ranging from isolation to modified quarantine)


Overall, as of Friday, January 21, including the first semester, we have had 304 staff members and 2,656 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 9,992 new cases (2.0% increase), equating to 257.6 cases per 100K (7-day average), 19 new deaths (0.3% increase), and a 32.1% test positivity (7-day rate), a 1.7% decrease from the previous week. Since many people are now testing with antigen rapid tests, the positivity rate is estimated to be much higher since all cases are not recorded.


There are currently 1,055 COVID-19 hospitalized patients, 21 fewer patients hospitalized from prior day total (2.0% decrease). This data is as of January 22, 2022, as reported on the State's tracking web site.

Order Free at-home COVID-19 Rapid Tests Through the United States Postal Service...

Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service. Each order will contain 4 tests. There is a limit of 1 order per residential address. Additional tests cannot be ordered regardless of the size of the household. Orders will ship free starting in late January. Tests will usually ship within 7-12 days. Complete the order online here or order by phone here: 1-800-232-0233 from 8 am - Midnight Eastern, 7 days per week.

Update on COVID Guidance and Contact Tracing Protocol...

Find the most recent update on the current guidance and everything related to COVID here or by clicking on the image below.

In Closing....

According to public health officials, the current surge is leveling off. I am optimistic that brighter days lie just around the bend. Thank you for continuing to do your part. We will continue to do ours. Together we can slow the spread in our schools.


On behalf of your Board of Education, thank you for partnering with us to educate your children. We will make it through this latest challenge as we have the last few challenges.


Be well. Test weekly. Stay healthy.


Sincerely,


Allan Mucerino

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Care Space Provides Mental Health Services

Contact the Riverside County Department of Education Care Space team at 951-276-CARE (2273) or visit their web site here to learn more about the no-cost services they offer all students and their families.

Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration

We are expanding TK/K beginning in 2022-23. Learn more about the programs on our web site here or by contacting officials from our elementary school team via email here or by phone 951 509 5036.

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We're Hiring - Join our Family - Click & Apply

We need substitute teachers too.

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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...

Our two after-school programs are HALF-Time (K-5) and PRIME-Time (6-8). They are available M-F from school dismissal until 6:00 PM. The programs 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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Antigen Rapid Home-Test Instructions

Click on the button above or the video below.

How to use the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test
Cómo utilizar la prueba rápida de antígeno iHealth COVID-19
Riverside County Public Health COVID-19 News

Click here for COVID-19 Updates from Riverside County Public Health

COVID19 Update 1.11.22
RUHS Public Health Vaccine Update Eng 11-18-2021.mp4
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

GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

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

Navigating Google Classroom
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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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