Governor Newsom's Announcement
On July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new requirements for reopening school campuses based on criteria set by the California Department of Public Health. Students in public and private schools located in counties on the state’s monitoring list because they have had an increase in coronavirus infections will begin the school year with distance learning. Schools in those counties will be required to meet strict criteria in order to reopen. Riverside County is on that list.
Once reopened, a single school site will be closed for at least 2-weeks when at least 5% of the student body and staff are diagnosed with Covid-19 within a 14-day period. School districts will close all of its schools if a quarter of its district's schools have been closed due to Covid-19 cases within two weeks.
Other criteria for reopening schools include the following requirements:
- Face covering for all staff and children in 3rd grade and above when indoors, on school buses and in areas where physical distancing isn’t sufficient to prevent disease transmission.
- Children between age 2 and second grade are “strongly encouraged” to wear masks.
- Students who refuse to wear a mask will be sent home and taught via distance learning.
- Staff members can wear a face shield in the classroom in limited circumstances, including when they are teaching children with special needs.
- Teachers should be tested at least every two months on a rotating basis and should stay six feet away from each other and students.
- Schools ensure adequate amounts of soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, face coverings and hand sanitizer.
Find on the left toolbar, details about reopening divided by topic:
- Video Reopening Presentation July 9
- Video Reopening Presentation June 25
- COVID19 Safety Video
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Instruction Programs and Support Services
- Superintendent's Weekly Message & Newsletter
- Task Force Focus Groups & Assumptions
- Recursos en Español
- Podcasts (Current & Archived)
There was much to learn from the abrupt closure of schools on March 13. Among the lessons learned was the realization that institutionally, school districts were not designed to pivot at a moment's notice. Our reopening plan allows us to open, close, and reopen again, should we toggle back and forth based on the criteria set forth in the new requirements. Read the FAQ for specific details on our pivot model. In a nutshell, students remain in their chosen program: Hybrid (a blend of In-Person instruction and distance learning) or Full Distance (no In-person instruction), until such time we are able to safely bring all students and staff back to school sites.
As we face this uncertain future together it’s more important than ever to remain focused on the mission all educator’s share: Provide a just, equitable, and inclusive educational opportunity for all students. The challenges of realizing this mission have never been greater, given the great equity challenge brought on by this public health emergency. A strong and steady hand must be at the wheel at all times in the interest of effectively delivering high-quality academic as well as social and emotional support in the face of a multitude of obstacles and distractions.
As students and parents you can rest assured that Alvord's highly-qualified team of education professionals are here for you.
If you have any questions or comments, please Email Dr. Mucerino here and let me know what’s on your mind.
In partnership. Thank you.