ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
AUGUST 30, 2020
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A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Students, Staff, and Families,
As we approach the fourth week of school, it’s evident that our students, staff, and parents are making the most of a difficult situation. Whether it’s the everyday challenges of coping with distance learning or adversity or trauma as a result of the individual impact of COVID-19, we are making the choice to adapt to these changing conditions and as a result are moving forward. The ability to adapt and become resilient is empowering, especially to our students, who we help prepare for life.
Whether you are a student, a staff member, or a parent, you’re probably out of your comfort zone in one way or another, and forced to adapt. Adaptation builds resiliency. And resiliency leads to personal growth. Resiliency will help our students succeed today, in the distance-learning environment and tomorrow, in life. Our teachers, counselors, support providers, and principals and their staffs are doing an incredible job supporting our students and their families as well as each other. During times of uncertainty and adversity, it’s important to focus on the aspects of our lives that we can control. Our goal is to emerge from the COVID-19 era even stronger than before.
Resiliency is the topic of this week’s virtual parent workshop. It’s titled, Building Resilience Within Yourself and Your Child. The workshop is this coming Wednesday, September 2, from 4pm - 5pm. Details on how to join or watch are below. Parents can submit questions to be answered during the webinar here. Our team, led by Family Engagement Coordinator, Alejandro Cisneros, will present the workshop. You can reach Alejandro by phone 951-396-0126 or email. If you're not able to participate on Wednesday, you can view it at your convenience on our YouTube channel here.
Regarding the Chromebook autofill feature for usernames and passwords, since Chromebooks do not autofill, we are discussing enabling this feature so students do not have to log-on each time they access a different program. The no-autofill feature is an industry standard to prevent others from accessing user account information. Principals will provide students and their parents with more details on autofilling. Stay tuned.
I've also been asked about child safety and restrictions on Chromebooks, particularly for students without parental oversight or supervision. The web filters we use while students are using their Chromebooks on campus are robust and allow us to block and filter content. Off campus, however, the ability to block, filter, and minimize access to non-educational materials with the standard filter is not equally robust. As a result, we are refining our filtering and remote classroom management systems. The challenge is to maximize the learning potential in the remote learning environment while still ensuring safe Internet use.
While our Acceptable Use of Internet and Technology Resources Contract, agreed to during data confirmation, recognizes that there are security, privacy, and confidentiality risks inherent in Internet use and wireless communications, we still value safety above everything else. We are currently exploring an additional level of filtering to increase security, and at the same time provide teachers and students with the tools they need to improve the learning experience. We are also exploring YouTube access and restrictions, again to maximize the learning potential YouTube offers, while ensuring a safe learning environment. Parents can always use the parental controls on the Chromebook to allow only verified content, including YouTube. I will update progress on this issue in next week's message.
In closing, I have also been asked about the process for state-issued waivers to open elementary schools for in-person instruction in counties that are on California's COVID-19 Watch List. As of Friday, sixteen private schools have applied for a waiver in Riverside County. No public schools in Riverside County have applied. We are monitoring our local conditions and working closely with the County Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, while continuing to prepare our schools to reopen when the time comes that it is safe to bring back our hybrid students and staff for in-person instruction, which remains the objective of the Board of Education. We recognize that closing schools to in-person learning serves a purpose in minimizing the transmission of COVID-19. But we also recognize that the fully remote learning environment carries its own risks. As a social outlet, as a safe place for abused or neglected children, as a response to food or home insecurity, and as a place to provide intensive individual education plans, there's no place like school.
On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for your continued partnership as we move into our fourth week of the school year. This is annually the week we adjust our teacher-to-student class ratios based on our actual student enrollment, compared to our projections. Principals and/or counselors will communicate individually with students and their parents this week if there are any changes to a student's schedule as a result of balancing class sizes.
Stay healthy. Be well.
Mrs. Carolyn Wilson, Board President
TRUSTEE AREA 5
Lake Hills K-5
Ms. Lizeth Vega, Vice President
TRUSTEE AREA 2
Norte Vista 9-12
Child Nutrition Services
Next three Regular Meetings of the Board of Education
- September 10, 2020.
- September 24, 2020
- October 8, 2020
Find all agendas past and present here on Agenda On-Line
DAILY PICK-UP TIMES:
- 7:15 am to 8:15 am at Hillcrest, La Sierra & Norte Vista
- 7:30 am to 8:00 am at Arizona, Villegas & Wells
Parent also have the option of picking-up five meals once per week on Fridays at the sites and times below:
FRIDAY 5-MEAL PICK-UP TIMES:
- 7:15 to 8:15 am or 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Hillcrest, La Sierra, and Norte Vista
- 7:30 to 8:00 am or 12:30 to 1:15 pm at Arizona, Villegas, and Wells
- 12:30 - 1:15 at Loma Vista
- Only Alvord students can receive meals during the school year.
- Parents may pickup with student ID. Students do not need to be present.
- School site safety protocols include face covering & temperature taking for all who enter our campuses.