Dear Members of the Alvord School Community,
On October 13, 2020, during a Special Meeting of the Board of Education, the AUSD Trustees approved a reopening schools timeline that includes continuing the current distance learning model for the remainder of the first semester. The district will continue to pursue plans to deliver in-person instruction for small cohorts of children with exception needs as well as create “learning hubs” in city-owned spaces for children without a suitable work space.
The decision was made out of an abundance of caution, given the County’s current “adjudicated” risk status, worsening metrics relative to its current color-coded tier assignment,and input we’ve received from students, parents, and staff. While at the same time, acknowledging the hardship and impact of distance learning on many students, families, and staff. Minimizing further disruptions this first semester also contributed to the decision. Since October 13, 2020, Riverside County has been reassigned to the most restrictive Purple Tier. Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the reaminder of the first semester, which ends on December 16, 2020.
Additionally, the districts plans to continue remote instruction when the second semester begins after the winter recess, on January 4, but assess conditions at that point in time. A tentative date of January 19, 2021 has been set to begin in-person instruction for students and staff in the hybrid model, depending on the conditions at that point in time.
The window for families to choose either Hybrid or Virtual for the second semester opens on October 19 and remain open until October 30. Principals will distribute a "Program Choice" survey to their families and work closely with them to answer questions and ensure students and their families have all of the information they need to make their decision.
Please continue to read my weekly messages in the Round-Up sent every Sunday evening.
Superintendent of Schools