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    April 14, 2020

    Dear AUSD Families,
    I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, we will launch distance learning for all AUSD students. I am very proud of our staff who have done an incredible job moving to a fully online learning program in a very short period of time.  I hope you will take a moment and watch the following video as it outlines our distance learning plan. 

    Click here to access the AUSD Distance Learning Plan.

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    April 1, 2020

    Dear AUSD Families,

    There are many questions circulating after remarks by Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond about if and when California campuses will reopen this school year.  

    I want to be very clear that the 2019-20 school year is not over. It has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. As Superintendent Thurmond said today, “schools are closed but classes are in.” As I shared in my message yesterday, our mission remains the same as it did before this crisis.  We will work to ensure that each student receives the education that he or she deserves and needs to build a bright future. The purpose of our distance learning plan and related educational activities is to teach students essential standards and content and to keep students working toward end-of-year expectations. 

    Alpine Union and the San Diego County Office of Education continue to carefully monitor guidance from federal, state, and local public health and education agencies. All decisions about when and if we will reopen will be made in conjunction with local public health officials. 

    We remain extremely concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and are working on ways to stay connected even at a distance. We also know that many students are very concerned about missing out on end-of-year activities and celebrations. Please know that we are planning how we might offer these experiences in different formats and/or at a later date.

    While we continue to hold out hope that campuses will be safe to reopen later this spring, or at a minimum to celebrate our students’ promotions, we are focused on transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19. We will launch distance learning for our students on April 15. 

    While we recognize this situation poses challenges and hardship to many families, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic – and therefore get back to normal -- is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. I continue to be grateful to Alpine and all of the members of our school community for everything you are doing during this unique and difficult time. 

    I appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. In the meantime, please trust that we are doing everything in our power to prioritize student safety, keep our community updated, and work toward the goal of getting our teachers and learners back together as soon as we can.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Rich Newman
    Proud Superintendent 


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    March 31, 2020

    Dear AUSD Families,

    I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and adjusting to these difficult times. It is an understatement to say that our world is a dramatically different place than it was just a few weeks ago. I want to thank all of you for your patience and support as we navigate the new uncharted territory of this COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Our District and school staff continue to meet each day to monitor the situation, review updates from public health officials and plan our distance learning program. 

    In a meeting today, all San Diego County superintendents agreed that schools and school districts need to remain closed until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This joint decision is supported by the San Diego County Public Health Department and the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools. At the same time, Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Instruction, communicated today that “due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year.” 

    We will bring you any future updates as soon as they are available. However, I wanted to share some important updates:

    DISTANCE LEARNING
    Our District will begin remote learning for all students on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. We are committed to creating a distance learning plan that serves all students and provides a reasonable balance for you and your student(s).

    We will utilize Google Classroom as the primary source for our distance learning program. We will also be utilizing Zoom, and other web-based programs. These programs include opportunities for interactive video, audio, screen sharing, chat, and local recording features.

    Our goal is to ensure that lessons are reasonable and meaningful so that students can remain engaged and learning can continue during this time. You will hear from your child’s teachers by Tuesday, April 14, with information about their learning plan and Google Classroom site. 

    We will continue to provide Chromebooks for students who need a device from 11:00-12:00 each Monday at Boulder Oaks Elementary. We have made wifi accessible in the parking lot at BOES, CELC, JMMS, and SHES and are looking at other ways to support students and families who need internet access. 

    COMMUNICATION
    Communication with families is critical. We ask you to confirm that your contact information is accurate in Synergy so communication can be received.

    GRADING
    Our mission remains the same as it did before this crisis: We will work to ensure that each student receives the education that he or she deserves and needs to build a bright future. The purpose of our distance learning plan and related educational activities is to teach students essential standards and content and to keep students working toward end-of-year expectations. Teachers will provide their students with feedback on work and assignments that are turned in for review. 

    MEALS
    We will continue to provide Grab and Go meals for students each Monday from 11:00-12:00 at Boulder Oaks Elementary. 

    SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS SERVICES
    We will provide access to our counselor and social worker Monday through Friday each week during the closure. Principals will be sharing more information in the coming week

    PROMOTION
    It is highly likely that we will face similar social distance restrictions in June that would impact promotions. I believe promotions are one of the most important events of a young person’s life. I am committed to finding a way to enable families to celebrate the achievement of their child promoting from school. 

    I ask for your patience, grace, and support as we enter this new phase of excellence in Alpine Union. I have so much confidence in and admiration for ALL of our employees. I am also in awe of the resilience of our students and the strength and resolve of the people and families in our community. I am inspired by the actions of our staff and community and the stories I have heard of  our community coming together to help one another during this time of crisis.

    With much appreciation.

    Dr. Newman