School Safety Announcements

  • Important Safety Message Concerning Walking to and From School

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley on 10/11/2018 4:45:00 PM

    Dear Families,

    The Riverside Police Department and the Alvord Unified School District have a strong working relationship that is committed to student safety. Due to recent incidents in the vicinity of Indiana Avenue between La Sierra Avenue and Fillmore Street, we suggest speaking to your children about following these important safety tips:

    • Students walking to and from school should do so in groups, and when possible with an adult. 
    • Students should not wear headphones or items that would impair their ability to see, hear, or distract them from their immediate surroundings.
    • Students should remain aware of their environment.

    We thank you for sharing these tips with your children.  Please notify your child’s school immediately with any concerns. Or contact the Riverside Police Department at (951) 354-2007.

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  • Important Message Regarding Villegas Incident

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley on 10/5/2018

    The Riverside Sheriff Department and the Alvord Unified School District has a strong working relationship that is committed to student safety.

    On October 5, 2018, about 6:34 AM, it was reported a student was walking her bike to school in the area of Indiana Avenue and Fillmore Street, Home Gardens. The student observed a light complected Hispanic male adult standing on the sidewalk. As the student walked past the subject, the subject lunged towards the student and grabbed her sweatshirt. The student broke free from the subjects grasp and immediately ran away. The student lost sight of the subject moments thereafter.

    Deputies, with the assistance of the Riverside Police Department, conducted an extensive search of the area and were unable to locate the subject.

    The subject was described as a 20-30 year-old male adult. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled down around his face only revealing his eyes, with black sweatpants, and black shoes with white stripes. He did not have a weapon.

    The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to maintaining a high quality of life and encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they observe. Parents are also encouraged to remind their children to always be aware of their surroundings and to use the buddy system and walk in pairs when possible.

    The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Investigations Bureau at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600.

    Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

    Full Press Release provided by Riverside Sheriff Department can be viewed at
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  • IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Email Threats Hoax

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley on 4/13/2018 6:00:00 PM

    Good evening Alvord Families,

    Law enforcement officials in both Riverside and San Bernardino County have been recently notified of a series of email threats to multiple school districts. Law enforcement agencies and school districts take such threats very seriously. Working with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, it has been determined that there is currently no viable threat to any schools in Riverside or San Bernardino County. This most recent email threat was sent from outside the country in the Netherlands area and is a hoax.

    Please know that our number one priority is the safety and well-being of students and staff. Should you have any questions, please contact the district office at 951-509-5070.  Thank you.

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  • A Message from Dr. Lou Obermeyer, Interim Superintendent

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley on 3/1/2018

    These past weeks, since one of the deadliest shootings in the history of our nation, we all continue to grieve and struggle to comprehend the senseless and tragic acts of violence that happened in Parkland, Florida.  We know the trust you place in us to keep your children safe so they can learn, and I and your school administrators will continue to do everything in our power to keep our students safe. 

    Alvord USD works proactively and in collaboration with local law enforcement, the Riverside and Corona Police Departments and Sheriff's Department to have a presence on our campuses.  Throughout the school year, our schools have practice drills of all kinds such as fire and lockdown drills to make sure the information is out there and students know what to do in case of an emergency.

    The school resource officers have a strong presence in our schools.   School resource officers are sworn officers of the local police department and are trained in the event of emergencies and threats to our students and schools.  All visitors are required to sign in at the front office at all schools, produce a driver's license for a background check and given a badge to wear and this is the first point of contact where they will be asked about the purpose of their visit.  We ask all our employees to wear their ID badges while on campus to help identify themselves at all times.

    We have trained and continue to train staff with presentations regarding active-shooter and lockdowns.  Drills for students, age-appropriate are conducted.  We have an "every door is locked" procedure throughout our district.  We have an Emergency Operations Center at the District Office to immediately monitor any dangerous situation, after hours Security Patrol, a School Safety web page and Anonymous Tip Line, and common radio channels throughout the district.  We encourage all students to tell an adult when they have any information that may be dangerous or of concern and we have counselors at every school.  

    Several media outlets and many social media posts have announced the March 14th National Walk-Out Day, a day to protest and respect the 17 lives lost in the Florida shooting.  Riverside Police Department and I have met with our principals to create plans for this day, as we know many students and staff may choose to participate.  Our goal will be to provide a safe manner that is respectful along with an opportunity to engage, learn and express themselves in a safe manner in our school environment.  Each of our schools will work with their staff and students to create a plan that will be communicated to you, our parents and families.  

    Please know that as schools across the nation, including many schools in our district, receive any type of threat, we take each threat seriously and we immediately contact law enforcement and work diligently to ensure a safe campus for every student and staff member.  

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  • This is an important message regarding the safety of our Villegas Middle School campus. 

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley on 2/28/2018 2:15:00 PM

    Good evening, Alvord Families,


    We want to inform you that our district has many procedures and precautions in place to provide a safe, comfortable and caring environment.  While we strive to maintain security at all times, there are instances that sometimes, beyond our control, happen. 


    Today, we are calling our families to inform you of an incident that occurred at Villegas.  It was reported around 12:45 pm by a student that there was a threat written on a student's restroom wall stating a shooting would occur at Villegas campus on March 3rd

    After an investigation, the Villegas School Resource Officer, and the Riverside County Sherriff’s Department have concluded that there is no imminent threat to Villegas, particularly because March 3rd is a Saturday and school will not be in session.  We want you to know that all students and staff remained safe and school will continue to operate normally for the rest of the week. 


    Villegas will continue to work diligently with the Sherriff’s department and district officials to ensure the safety of our campus and find the person who wrote this threat.  

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  • A message regarding Arizona Middle School

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley on 2/27/2018

    Dear Alvord Families,


    Yesterday after dismissal, an Arizona Middle School teacher was made aware of a hand-written note with a threat to shoot the school. The note was given to the teacher after a student found it on school grounds. The note was written on the back of a raffle-sized ticket that Arizona school uses to check-in and return student skateboards and scooters. The school has contacted and filed a report with the Riverside Police Department. This morning, Arizona has two uniformed officers present on campus. We are not aware of any direct or immediate threat outside of this note; however, given the seriousness of the note and present climate, we want to ensure that we have taken all precautionary measures to keep all students and staff safe.  The safety and security of all students and staff is our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at (951) 509-5070.  

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  • Important Message Regarding Student Safety

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley, Coordinator of District Communications on 2/22/2018

    Alvord Families,


    Riverside Unified School District released information last night to their community notifying parents that a social media post was circulating warning Poly students to be safe.  Riverside Police Department was notified immediately and is continuing their investigation. 


    We want to let our Alvord community know that we have not received any threats.  We are working closely with our School Resource Officers and Riverside Police Department to continue to provide safe schools.  Please be assured that the safety of students and staff is our top priority.       

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  • Important message regarding school safety after tragedy in Florida

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley, Coordinator of District Communications on 2/20/2018

    February 20, 2018


    Dear Alvord Staff and Families,


    Words cannot even begin to express the sadness felt for those impacted by the Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in Florida. We send our most heartfelt sympathies to all of you and extend our thoughts of comfort and courage to all families during this difficult time.


    Our Interim Superintendent Obermeyer and Board of Education remind you that the safety of all students, staff, and community remain our top priority. Please be aware that our district has safety procedures in place at all school sites in the event of an emergency. Our district has a strong relationship and constant communication with local law enforcement, allowing us to effectively collaborate when these events occur.


    Everyone in our community plays a vital role in the lives of our children. We ask that we work together to remain focused on the safety of our students. Please take this opportunity to engage in a conversation with your child to remain aware of surroundings at all times. We ask that you share with us any information your child may have regarding school safety and remind families to keep student's emergency contact information up to date in order to reach you in a timely manner.


    At Alvord, we aim to provide all students with a safe learning environment. For anyone seeking emotional support, we encourage all to speak with a school counselor or site administrator. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


    With best regards,



    Julie, Robert, Carolyn, Art, Joseph, and Lou

    Board of Education and Interim Superintendent



    To download and print a copy of this letter, tap or click the link below:

    Letter to our families regarding school safety

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  • PRESS RELEASE from Riverside Police Department

    Posted by Detective Paul Miranda on 10/13/2017 5:00:00 PM


    4102 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501 | Phone: (951) 826-5700 |

    Police Department


    Chief of Police



    October 13, 2017



    Detective Paul Miranda

    Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit

    (951) 353-7945




    RIVERSIDE, CA – On Friday, October 13, 2017, members of the Riverside Police

    Department conducted an investigation involving an at-will assistant football coach

    from the Alvord Unified School District in Riverside. The investigation stemmed from

    allegations made by students from La Sierra High School. After extensive interviews and

    follow up, it was determined the assistant coach had been having inappropriate

    contact with various female students at the high school through social media platforms.

    It was also discovered he had physical contact with at least one of the involved



    Around 11:30 a.m. today, Windell Thompson, 21-years-old of Riverside, was arrested for

    one count of unlawful intercourse with a minor, and five counts of annoying and

    molesting a child.


    Investigators believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward.

    They are asking for anyone with additional information to contact School Resource

    Officer Edward Vazquez at (951) 353-7958 or Detective Paul Miranda at (951) 353-7945.


    As soon as the Alvord Unified School District was informed of these allegations, the

    assistant coach was released from his duties. District and school officials, in partnership

    with the police department, will hold an informational meeting to address this incident on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., in the Performing Arts building at La Sierra High School, located at 4145 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505.

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  • Important message related to the recent tragedy at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California.

    Posted by Cynthia Shipley on 4/10/2017 2:30:00 PM

    To our Alvord USD families and community members,


    On Monday, April 10, 2017, a school shooting took place at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA.  Two adults were found deceased in a classroom, while two students were hospitalized in critical condition after a shooter walked onto the campus of North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. The San Bernardino Police Department Chief has characterized the shooting as a murder-suicide incident.


    Because of this tragic event, we would like to remind you that student safety is one of our main priorities at Alvord Unified School District.  Please be advised that our district has safety procedures in place at all school sites in case of any crisis, and has constant communication with local law enforcement when these events occur.   


    If you would like more information on school safety, please visit our website at  We will also like to remind you to keep your student’s emergency contact information current at the school so you can be reached in a timely manner during any given situation.  

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