CAL Fire will be doing COVID-19 testing today at Joan MacQueen Middle School from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Good Afternoon Families, Our next COVID-19 test date is Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Testing will take place from 9:00 - 2:30 at JMMS. Students and all community members are welcome to get COVID-19 testing and flu shots free of charge.
Good Evening Families, I hope everyone enjoys this three-day weekend. We will see you on Tuesday. PTA and I would like to thank all the families that contributed to the food drive. All of the food donated will help many families in need. We are in need of donations of water bottles. If you are able to donate any, please drop them off at the school office anytime between 8 and 4. We would like to thank you in advance for your help. I want to remind you we have another holiday next Monday in honor of President’s day. Grab and Go Meal Distribution will take place on Tuesday of this week and next week due to our schools being closed on Monday for the holiday. We will hand out the meals on Tuesday, 2/9 and 2/16 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions. We are pleased to share that CALFIRE will be providing free COVID vaccines on February 11 and 12 from 9:00-5:00 at Joan MacQueen Middle School. CALFIRE will be vaccinating those who are 65 years of age and older. Registration will be available on the 211 website.
Good Evening Families, I hope all of you had a great weekend. We made it through the rain. PTA is hosting a food drive this week, February 1st to February 5th. We will have wagons at each drop of and pick-up gate to make it easy to donate items. We are pleased to announce that in addition to providing COVID testing at JMMS we will begin this month providing drive through COVID vaccines for our community on February 11 and 12 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. Stay tuned for more information in the near future. The next COVID testing at JMMS is on February 3rd from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Have a great week!
Alpine Union becomes first local district to vaccinate teachers, staff for COVID-19 https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/alpine-union-school-district-becomes-first-local-school-district-to-administer-covid-19-vaccines-to-teacher-staff
The District was notified today that an individual at Boulder Oaks Elementary School has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Per guidelines, we are notifying parents and staff of the potential exposure dates. This individual was last on campus on January 5, 2021. The potential exposure date is therefore January 5, 2021. All individuals who were in close contact have been notified. This individual is currently in isolation. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. Please respect this individual’s privacy during this difficult time. Upon learning the news, we contacted the local health department, which will determine who was a “close contact” with this individual. To ensure everyone’s safety we will continue to follow all of our cleaning and disinfecting protocols per health guidelines and as outlined in the AUSD Reopening Schools Plan and Guidebook and in Board Policy 0470: COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.
Good Morning MVLA Families, Just a reminder that we have COVID testing this week at Joan MacQueen from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Monday, January 18th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. there will not be school. Make-up Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th from 8:00am to 10:00am.~Have a great week. Yvette Maier
Dear AUSD Families, We are excited to welcome our students back to campus on January 4. As I shared in a previous letter, we are proud that our district has been operating in-person learning at all of our schools longer than virtually any other district in the county, and we have done it without a need for a school closure for 13 consecutive weeks. This pandemic has changed the entire way we operate. Many of our staff have a high-risk condition or are otherwise vulnerable, and others live with someone who is high-risk. While this is a facet of life all of us face in a world of COVID, we have been and remain committed to providing in-person learning. In fact, we believe that in-person learning should be the default for our students. Yet, our ability to stay open will depend on all of us working together to ensure that our health and safety protocols are followed. As a reminder, we ask that you monitor your student for any signs of illness each day such as a cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, and fever at home before coming to school. Any student with these symptoms or a fever of 100°F or more should not go to a school site, including ESS. Those experiencing symptoms including a persistent cough, shortness of breath, a runny nose should not attend school or ESS, even if no fever is present. All students and staff are required to wear a face covering, and student temperatures will continue to be taken upon entering classes and buildings. I ask that you continue to support our staff in our efforts to remain open and strictly adhere to all protocols. Most districts in the county have not been operating with in-person learning and we want to remain open. I realize that the postponement of our Pjase Three reopening is disappointing news. With the surge in cases in the county and across the country we need to work together more than ever to ensure our campuses remain safe. Again, we want to do everything in our power to remain open for our students and appreciate your support in making that a reality. Stay safe and well, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth Alpine Union School District
Please support Shadow Hills PTA with their Silent Auction. The Silent Auction will start on Sat. Dec. 12th and will run through Dec. 16th. Bidding starts on Dec. 12 at 11:00 am. Go to the Shadow Hills PTA Facebook site to bid on these fabulous items. https://www.facebook.com/ShadowHillsPTA. Here is a preview of just some of the items up for bid: 1.$50 gift card to Chic Boutique 2.$100 Visa Gift Card from Kathrin Turner, Realtor at San Diego Estates 3. 8 private tutoring sessions from Quest Academy 4.A private station tour and dinner for 10 at the Alpine Fire Station 5. 5 week dance session from Alpine Dance Academy 6. 1 photo session with Stephani Dennis Photography 7. Gift basket from Alpine Coffee Roasters/The Well Cafe 8. Gift card from Bella's Closet 9. Gift card from Cleveland Cafe 10.Mobile car detail from J&J Mobile Detail 11. Two propane tanks courtesy of Kamps propane. 12. Game/family night basket from the Turner/Rivera class (their basket earnings go directly back to their classroom) Anyone can participate. Payment will be collected when you receive your item if you are the highest bid by Wednesday the 16th.
Dear AUSD Families, We just completed a briefing with SDG&E that it is highly likely that power will be shut down in Alpine. SDG&E informed us that the winds are on track to increase this evening with the strongest winds occurring late tonight and early tomorrow with power shut offs potentially occurring through Wednesday. Out of an abundance of caution we will be closing schools for in person learning tomorrow. Teachers are preparing online materials in the event that electricity is available and students can access their Google Classroom. I realize that this situation is incredibly frustrating for all of us. We do not make the decision to shut schools down lightly. Given the briefing from SDG&E and the likelihood that power may be shut off late this evening or early tomorrow, we want to make sure we take all necessary precautions to allow our families to prepare. We appreciate your patience as we maneuver through yet another challenge. More than ever, we need to support one another through these trying times. Stay safe and healthy, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear AUSD Families, We wanted to make sure to keep you up to date with the latest information. We have been informed by SDGE to be prepared for Public Safety Power Shut Offs beginning as early as this evening into Wednesday, depending on the severity of winds and potential damage to the electric system. They have notified approximately 50,483 customers who may be impacted by the shutdown, and some of our surrounding neighborhoods have already had the electric turned off. At present, school will be open tomorrow but we wanted to reach out and share that schools may need to close. We are expecting an update directly from SDG&E early this evening and will communicate any updates. Stay safe, Dr. Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear AUSD Families, Yesterday, I shared some brief information regarding Gov. Newsom’s Regional Stay-At-Home order and I wanted to share some additional updates. The Regional Stay-At-Home order will impact many businesses and industries in San Diego County for at least three weeks starting this month. The order is applicable in areas where hospitals’ intensive care unit (ICU) capacity falls below 15%. The order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools. Our schools may continue to remain open for in-person instruction. The order, which divides California into five regions, prohibits private gatherings of any size; closes operations for sectors such as bars and wineries, and salons; and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in retail and other sectors. San Diego County is in the Southern California Tier, which also includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. We will continue to work with local public health as we move forward. I will also continue to share updates as they become available. We are expecting that electricity will be returned to our community and school will be able to resume on Monday. Please continue to check our website, social media and your child’s Google Classroom for updates. As always, stay safe, and let’s make sure to continue to take care of one another. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear AUSD Families, The safety of our students, staff, and school community is our top priority. With this in mind, we want to keep you updated on the latest information regarding school closures. We will be closing schools tomorrow, Friday, December 4 due to the power outages, which are expected to continue through tomorrow. Teachers are preparing asynchronous activities for students in the event that the power is restored. These will be posted in each teacher’s Google Classroom. In addition, Governor Newsom has just announced that regions, where ICU capacity falls below 15%, will be placed into a Regional Stay-At-Home order. Governor Newsom stated that when regions are placed into the Regional Stay-At-Home order critical infrastructure, schools, retail (at 20% capacity), and restaurants (take out and delivery) will remain open. Here is the link to the latest update regarding the Stay-At-Home order. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information. Stay well and healthy and take care of your loved ones. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
AUSD School Closed Thursday, December 3 Power is out in many areas across Alpine and the winds are expected to continue. At present SDGE is stating that the power outages could be sustained for long periods of time. In an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff, schools will be closed Thursday, December 3.
Dear AUSD Families, The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect for inland Orange County and San Diego County valleys and mountains from 6 p.m. today through 10 p.m. on Saturday. They also issued a high wind watch from 1 a.m. Thursday morning until Friday at noon. Should power shutoffs occur while students are on campus, the school day will continue as normal until students are picked up or the day ends. We remain in close contact with the San Diego County Office of Education, SDGE, and other officials and will keep you updated on any impact. You can get more information about public safety power outages through SDG&E’s public safety power shutoff mobile app. For location details and updated information on outages and when power may be turned back on, visit SDGE.com/Outages. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear Mountain View Learning Academy Families, As some of you might be aware, the AUSD Board of Trustees voted at Tuesday night’s board meeting to implement our Phase 3 learning model on January 19, 2021. In phase three, our face-to-face students will attend school three days a week - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week. We will keep the same drop-off and pick-up schedule. We will also continue to offer a pure homeschool model. We realize that this decision might cause some of you to change which type of learning your student currently participates in. If you desire to change your student’s learning model to 100% homeschool learning or to face-to-face three days a week you must notify your child’s teacher by Thursday, November 19th at 2:00 pm Otherwise, current hybrid face-to-face students will automatically switch to face-to-face three days a week and current 100% homeschool students will remain in 100% homeschool. Once again, please either call or email the school office ONLY if you want to change your current learning model - 619-445-2977, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding and patience through these unprecedented times. We appreciate it immensely. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions. Sincerely, Yvette Maier
MVLA's first graders were so excited to work on a STEM project that they wanted to give up their lunch playtime to work on building their Mayflowers. The challenge was to use the provided materials to build for maximum capacity and/or maximum speed to deliver as many Pilgrims as quickly as possible. The class discussed displacement in regards to ships floating.
Dear SHES and MVLA Families, Shadow Hills Elementary School will be utilized as a polling place. Election officers and poll workers will be on-site beginning today through Wednesday of next week. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, and to keep our health and safety protocols in place, election officers and poll workers will not be on campus other than in the multipurpose room. Portable restrooms have been ordered for the election workers so that we can continue to keep our campus secure and our protocols in place. All individuals voting will enter through the multi-purpose room and exit the same way thus avoiding having anyone other than staff and students on campus. As always, thank you for continued support and focus on our students.
October 26, 2020 Dear AUSD Families: As we enter week six of our hybrid learning model I wanted to provide some important updates. First, I want to sincerely thank all of our staff, parents, and families for their support and effort these past weeks. As one of the first public school districts in the county to reopen schools, we were chartering a new and uncertain path. We built our reopening plan on strong health and safety protocols, and the belief that our students would be best served by learning in person at school with their teachers. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of all the hard work and collaboration that has made our reopening of schools both safe and a model for other districts. Additionally, I am pleased to share that on Tuesday, October 20th, the Board of Trustees approved the installation of indoor air filtration systems in all of our classrooms and buildings. These new systems will be similar to what you find in hospitals and medical settings. I am proud to share that we are among the first school districts in the state to install these units. A HUGE thanks to our Board of Trustees for ensuring that Alpine Union continues to place the health and safety of our students and staff front and center, while also setting an example for how to effectively and safely reopen schools and plan for the future. A Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force has also been working to develop plans for our Phase Three reopening. At our Board of Trustees meeting on November 10th, the Board will discuss the Task Force recommendations and a target date for a full return to in-person learning. A month ago we implemented COVID-19 testing for all AUSD staff. Every two weeks free drive through COVID-19 testing and flu shots are available at JMMS. The testing plan has been expanded, and all community members, students, and families are welcome to receive a free flu shot or a COVID-19 test during our test days. I hope you and your family members will take advantage of this free service. Dates are posted on our website and social media. Last, we have expanded our Grab and Go meals, and are offering meal pick up on Mondays during the day from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and in the evening from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Meals are available free of charge for any school-age child under the age of 18. Please help spread the word so that we can continue to support our Alpine families and community members. As always, thank you for your continued support. We are all in this together, and we can only get through it together. Stay safe and healthy, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear AUSD Families: We were notified today that an individual at Boulder Oaks has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual's identity cannot be released. This individual is currently not on campus per public health guidelines. The school will remain open for in-person learning. We have cleaned and disinfected appropriately following all health protocols. We understand that this information is concerning. Staff members and students who may have come into close contact with the individual will be contacted directly by San Diego County Public Health and the school office with further instructions. We are working with public health to continue to monitor the situation, and we are strictly following all public health guidelines. As a reminder, we ask that you monitor your student for any signs of illness each day such as cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, and fever at home before coming to school. Anyone with a fever of 100°F or more should not go to a school site. Those experiencing symptoms including a persistent cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose should not attend school or ESS, even if no fever is present. All students are required to wear a face covering, and student temperatures will continue to be taken upon entering classes and buildings. Thank you for your cooperation and support. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Superintendent Alpine Union School District
Please use the following link to access this month"s newsletter. https://www.smore.com/m75fe Thank you, Yvette Maier
Every Monday we will be distributing Grab and Go Meal Bags from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at JMMS! All children 18 and under are FREE!!! We are so proud to be able to serve our community . If you have any questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Evening MVLA Families, I would like to welcome cohort B back to the school site. Please use the main gate at Shadow Hills for drop off and pick up purposes for first, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Kindergarteners and second/third graders are to use the Creekside gate. We can avoid traffic congestions if you plan on picking up your child from SHS campus at 1:25 pm. The teachers will meet you at the front entrance of Shadow Hills. Thank you for following the no visitor rules and remaining off campus. We hope that we can return to some normalcy as soon as possible, but until then I appreciate your help with keeping our site safe. We are expecting some hot days by the end of the week, so please send water to school with your child. If your child has been using their own device from home, please let your child’s teacher know and they can check a computer out for school use. I hope you have a great week. Yvette Maier
The Alpine Union School District has become one of the first local school districts to begin mandatory testing for all staff members. https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/alpine-schools-begin-drive-thru-covid-19-testing-for-staff-members?fbclid=IwAR1yv6V5qCicQXB2xigFLyG4U1eNO-4QOYEgV4qRmTQQEmZ_wwm-8CKTWXQ
Good Evening Families, I am looking forward to having the children return to site this week. We have many new protocols in place. I know the routines that many of you have become familiar with over the past years will now be different, however, I hope that you will follow all the guidelines to ensure that we can return to school safely. The staggered drop off and pick up times will be the biggest change, but will help alleviate traffic if all parents adhere to the schedule. The teachers will take the children on a tour of the school to ensure they are familiar with the campus. I hope they are as thrilled as I am to return to some normalcy. See you next week! Yvette Maier
Dear AUSD Families, You may have heard the news that the County of San Diego may be moved on Tuesday to the lowest tier of the state reopening system and wonder what it means for Alpine Union. Because our waiver to reopen campuses was approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), we will be allowed to stay open if the county moves to the lowest tier on Tuesday. As we open on Monday it is imperative that everyone follow the protocols that we have designed. Over the last several months we have developed and adjusted our safe schools reopening plan to ensure that we adapt to the changing conditions. Additionally, I am pleased to share that we are one of the first school districts in the county to have implemented COVID-19 surveillance testing for all of our employees. We ask that you monitor your student for any signs of illness each day such as cough, shortness of breath, runny nose and fever at home before coming to school. Anyone with a fever of 100°F or more should not go to a school site. Those experiencing symptoms including persistent cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose should not attend school, even if no fever is present. All students will be required to wear a face covering, and student temperatures will be taken upon entering classes and buildings. Lastly, I ask for your patience and grace as we begin this new chapter of learning. Our staff have worked incredibly hard to make this opening as seamless as possible. Everything we do on Monday will be different from years past. We will all be learning together while we balance the need to reduce the spread of the coronavirus with the desire to get students into more productive learning environments. We look forward to seeing our students once again back on campus. Stay well and healthy, Dr. Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear AUSD Families, We are excited to share that next Monday we will begin phase two of our reopening schools plan with students returning to our campuses for face-to-face learning. At each school site, one cohort of students have been assigned to attend school for face-to-face learning on Mondays and Tuesdays, and another cohort of students will attend school on Thursdays and Fridays. Distance learning will continue to occur online the days in which students are not on campus. Those students in a complete distance learning environment will also continue their learning online. CONNECTION Since schools closed on Friday, March 13, 2020 we have continued to be concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students. We also realize that with the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, parents may opt to move back and forth between face-to-face and distance learning during the year. In fact, one of the biggest concerns we have heard from families is the fear of losing their connection to their school and teacher this year if they choose to have their child participate in face-to-face or distance learning. We have intentionally designed our hybrid learning model around building and maintaining relationships and connections by having students remain in a class that is stable and consistent throughout the year and not have students switch back and forth between a different distance learning and face-to-face teacher. Each class will comprise both face-to-face and distance learning students. Since approximately 84% of our parents have chosen to have their child return to face-to face learning there is not a large number of students who prefer only distance learning. GRAB AND GO MEALS We will continue to provide free Grab and Go meals for all children 18 and under at JMMS each Monday. LUNCH Each school will continue to provide bagged or boxed lunches for students. We ask that you use our online portal to prepay for lunches, which is located on our website. BUSSING We will continue to provide bussing for students to school albeit will be slightly reduced this year. Similar to most districts, the Board has approved a transportation zone that would provide home to school transportation for students who live 1 ½ miles or more from school. All students will be required to wear face coverings on the bus and will be socially distanced as much as possible. Registration for bussing can be accessed via our district website. FACE COVERINGS When we return to school for face-to-face learning, all students will be required to wear a face covering (face mask or shield). Students may remove their face coverings during lunch, PE, and recess but will be required to have them on while in the classroom, even when sitting behind the plastic desk dividers. Only students that meet one of the exemptions outlined in the California Department of Public Health Guidelines and have the required medical documentation will be exempt. Previously, we shared that face coverings would only be required for students in grades three and above. We made the change requiring all students to wear face coverings for the following safety concerns. First, we set a goal of opening our schools for face-to-face learning and want to ensure we do everything in our power to keep our schools open and operating. Many of our staff have also shared concerns about contracting COVID-19 and want to be able to feel safe and comfortable so that they can focus on teaching and learning. Classroom schedules have also been designed to ensure students are not wearing a face covering for longer than two hours at a time without a break. WELLNESS We ask that you monitor your student for any signs of illness each day such as cough, shortness of breath, runny nose and fever at home before coming to school. Anyone with a fever of 100°F or more should not go to a school site. Those experiencing symptoms including persistent cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose should not attend school, even if no fever is present. We know next week will be filled with excitement and nervousness. We look forward to this next phase in reopening our schools, and as always, appreciate your continued support. Lastly, if you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s principal. Stay well, Dr. Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear AUSD Families, We are continuing to monitor the Valley Fire situation very closely. Given the active nature of the fire, San Diego County Sheriff Gore and the Office of Emergency Services, are encouraging all of us to be prepared to evacuate with very little notice. The fire has tripled in the last four days, and Santa Ana winds are expected to impact our community beginning this evening. We realize that many of our students, families, and staff have been impacted by the Valley Fire. We are here to help and assist in any way possible. Please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance. Joan MacQueen remains an active temporary relocation center for community members and their pets. All District personnel, other than essential staff, will be working from home for the remainder of the week. Distance Learning will continue but our staff are mindful of what our students need at this time, and will be available to provide the support necessary. Lastly, I want to take a moment to remind each of you to review your evacuation plan, be prepared, stay informed and sign up for updates at www.readysandiego.org. We will get through this together united as one community. Stay safe, Dr. Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
We have opened up Joan MacQueen Middle School gym. The gym is air conditioned and we have wifi, food, restrooms and water. We also welcome your pets. Red Cross is on site setting up. #AlpineStrong
Good Evening Families, Congratulations on making it through the first week of distance learning. The families, students and staff showed incredible unity during this first week. I would like to thank all of you for working together in such a collaborative manner. I hope we are able to continue the momentum throughout the next several weeks. I personally can’t wait to have all the students and staff back on campus. Our hopes are the majority of the students will return to school and participate in the hybrid plan. Regardless of how you answered on the last survey, we would appreciate if you let office know if you have changed your mind with the learning options that were outlined. For example, if you chose the hybrid plan and would like to continue distance learning then please call the office. If you are staying with the learning option you selected on the survey, you do not need to let us know. We are making every effort to put all siblings on the same A/B schedule. In addition, we are working with the principals at the other sites to ensure the siblings at SHS, MVLA, CELC, BOES, and JMMS are on the same schedule. We are attempting to put all pods together as well. We will inform you of your schedule by next week. MVLA will have a slightly different A/B schedule due to their unique alternative program. The students will attend 3 days a week with the A/B schedule alternating weeks. The teachers are identifying families that will stay with the pure homeschooling option. Please let them know if you are one of them. We distributed close to 200 devices to Shadow Hills and Mountain View Learning Academy students. If you have trouble with your child’s device, you may reach out to our help desk via email- email@example.com. Anthony, our technician, is a computer genius and very helpful servicing your needs. Remember our office is open and fully staffed from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm if you have any questions. I hope you and your family have a great week! Yvette Maier
As we continue to plan for the reopening of our schools we want to ensure we have an accurate accounting of each student’s preferred learning model. We will be offering students the option of participating in Distance Learning, returning to school for face-to-face learning in the A/B Day hybrid model, independent study, or our home school program. We realize that you may have rethought which learning model you want your child to participate in. If you would like to make a change to the model your child will be participating in when we reopen our campuses on September 21, please contact the school office by Wednesday, September 3. -- Rich Newman, Ed.D. Proudest Superintendent on Earth Alpine Union School District The Destination District of East County (619) 445-3236
Dear AUSD Families, I am thrilled that the 2020-2021 school year is finally underway. Our goal of reopening our schools for face-to-face learning is now close to reality. For the last several months, we have been preparing for the return of our staff and students to campus. We have developed and updated our reopening schools plan with every new public health order. We have purchased pallets of hand sanitizer, face coverings, personal protective equipment, electrostatic cleaners, Chromebooks, new digital books and tools, and much more, all with the goal of reopening our schools with a sound plan in place. We are also finalizing an agreement with the San Diego County Office of Education to provide free hotspots to our families who do not have reliable internet access. To ensure that we had the option to open our schools, even if San Diego remained on the county watchlist, we submitted an Elementary School waiver. Yesterday, we were notified that the county and state approved our waiver. In fact, we were one of only four public school districts in San Diego county to receive a waiver approval. We have reassigned many of our staff, including bus drivers, instructional aides, and food and nutrition staff, to support our families in our Extended Student Services child care program. We were also the first school district in the state of CA to design and develop a Learning Pod option for our parents. In short, we have been focused on adapting our district to meet the challenges our families face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While our goal is to open our schools, we want to do it in a way that ensures the health and safety of our staff, students and families. We have designed a gradual re-entry plan that will allow us to begin to open our schools on September 2 with our Preschool Special Day Class being the first to return for face-to-face learning. Our goal is to ensure that all of our planning and procedures have a chance to be put into practice and tested before we bring all students back on campus. On September 21, we will begin our hybrid learning model with all students returning to campus in the A/B Day learning model. More information will be forthcoming regarding days in which students will be attending. Having our staff and teachers feel safe is critical to our goal of ensuring the opening of our schools is done with care for our entire community. When we return to campus, all students in grades TK-8 will be required to wear a face-covering unless they qualify for one of the exemptions specified in the CDPH face-covering guidelines. With a gradual re-entry plan, we feel confident that we can monitor the success of our social distancing and sanitation measures, make adjustments as needed and ensure that everyone is as safe as possible. While there is much work that has gone into our reopening plan, there is much work ahead. I have asked our staff to assume positive intentions in all our actions and to create a working and learning environment that supports everyone. Lastly, as we move forward and open our schools, I also ask that each of you join me in supporting our students and staff as we all work together to make our community proud of the way we respond in reopening our schools. With great respect and hope for the future, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Good Morning MVLA Families, If your child is in need of a Chromebook, we will distribute them starting tomorrow, August 18th. To help with traffic flow, we have assigned the following time slots to each grade level: 1st - 9:00 am - 10:00am 2nd - 10:00 am - 11:00 am 3rd - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 5th - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm 6th - 8th - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm If you have multiple children, please use the oldest child's assigned time slot. Please park and walk down the ramp to the office window. We will distribute the devices from there. You will need to complete the check out form, so please bring a pen. In addition, we are offering insurance on the devices for $25 dollars. We are only accepting checks or Venmo. If you are not able to attend the assigned pick up time, Chromebooks will be available for pick up on August 19th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Students may use his/her own device if preferred. Chromebooks will not need to be reissued from the spring, however, the teachers will send home usage agreements to be completed. Please practice social distancing when in line. Thank you, Yvette Maier
Update on COVID-19 Watchlist Dear AUSD Families, You may have heard the news that the County of San Diego was removed from the state’s COVID-19 watchlist and wonder what it means for Alpine Union. This is encouraging news that could help pave the way for us to reopening schools this fall. However, there are some important things to keep in mind. First, these numbers will need to stay within the acceptable range for at least 14 days before schools in San Diego County will be allowed to reopen without a waiver. Second, when we are allowed to return to face-to-face instruction, we hope to make the transition as seamless as possible for our students, staff, and families by beginning with our hybrid model as outlined in our AUSD Reopening Schools Plan and the AUSD Safe Schools Parent and Student Reopening Guidebook. While we keep a close eye on the watchlist, we are also planning on submitting a County of San Diego Elementary School Waiver next week so that we may begin to reopen our campuses. The process for reopening our schools remains the same as our plans have outlined. For the last several months, we have been developing and updating our reopening plans to do everything possible to ensure healthy environments for our students and staff. As you can imagine, the process for reopening is very complex. District leadership has also been working with our employee associations to develop memorandums of understanding that address working conditions in our schools before employees return to school sites. As a reminder, we have created two options to support our parents as Distance Learning begins: Extended Student Services and Alpine COVID-19 Learning Pods. Information on both options are available on our website on our COVID-19 webpage. I appreciate your flexibility, support, and understanding as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions. I will continue to share updates as they become available. You can also find the most current information on our reopening plans on our COVID-19 webpage. I very much look forward to seeing our students back on campus in the very near future. Stay well and healthy! Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Good Evening, I'm very happy my teachers returned from break today. They just received their class list and will be sending out welcome emails to their families by August 18th. ~Mrs. Maier
Good Afternoon Families, It is extremely important that you choose the learning model that works best for your student and family in anticipation of our return to campus. If you have not already, please fill out the survey by this Friday, July 31st: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS We will not be able to place your child in a class until this survey has been submitted. As we plan for the upcoming year, the district continues to update the website with information regarding COVID 19 and our plan for the 2020-21 school year. They have recently added a Frequently Asked Questions page which you might find helpful. https://www.alpineschools.net/o/ausd/page/coronavirus-updates--15 Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to seeing all of you as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy. Yvette Maier
Dear AUSD Families, We realize that everyone is eager for answers as to what school routines will look like when the new school year begins. With this in mind, we have designed the AUSD Safe Schools Parent And Student Reopening Guidebook. It provides a road map for how our schools will operate in the 2020-21 school year. The guidebook along with all communications and updates are posted on our COVID-19 page on our website. The Guidebook, our Reopening Plan, and the list of Frequently Asked Questions and other resources are located on the page. Here is the link to the Guidebook. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/819514/2020-21_AUSD_SCHOOL_REOPENING_GUIDEBOOK.pdf
AUSD 2020-21 Registration Extended Until Friday, July 31 We are extending the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration until Friday, July 31 at 4:00 PM. While we will be beginning the year with distance learning, we plan to transition to face-to-face learning when health conditions allow. It is imperative that each child is registered for the learning model of your choice by Friday, July 31 so that we are able to staff appropriately. If a registration form is not completed for each child we may not be able to place your child in the learning mode of your choice when we reopen our campuses. Please check our COVID-19 webpage for a list of frequently asked questions. This page is updated daily with all communications and key information. The 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration registration form can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS
As a follow up to our Town Hall Meeting we have posted a Frequency Asked Questions page on our Covid-19 webpage. The link to the page is located at the top of each our webpages located at www.alpineschools.net
Please read our new parent update on Reopening Schools. All updates are posted on our Covid-19 D webpage. https://www.alpineschools.net/o/ausd/page/coronavirus-updates--15
As a reminder, the AUSD Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Reopening Schools will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 PM. The link to the Town Hall meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81537574279
We realize that there are many questions about the reopening of our schools. We will be hosting an AUSD Town Hall meeting to share specifics of the plan. Please submit any questions you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are continuing our plans to reopen schools on August 19. To ensure that your child is placed in the learning model of your choice and we are able to staff appropriately, the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration form is required to be filled out for each student. The registration period will be open until July 27, 2020. If a registration form is not completed for each child we will not be able to place your child in a learning model. Parents registering for a learning model will have the flexibility of changing models. We will provide a window at the end of September for families to reassess their learning model choice for their children. To complete the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration form please access the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS
Dear AUSD families, I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well. We know the last several months have been challenging for everyone as we have adjusted to the changes that have occurred as a result of COVID-19. We wanted to provide you with an update on the preparations our schools have been making to reopen our facilities and resume in-classroom instruction. First, as we have stated before, our goal remains that if the rules and regulations permit schools to operate in person, we believe it is our moral imperative, when safe and possible, to provide the option for students to return to school and learn in classrooms with teachers. Our focus remains on reopening schools in August with students attending classes in person. In short, we plan to offer in-person learning Tuesday - Friday. In addition, we will also offer a full-time distance learning model, independent study, and a homeschool option. In the coming days, you will be asked to complete the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration form. It is essential that you complete it as soon as possible so we can effectively plan staffing models and ensure that your child is placed in the learning model of your choice. Parents registering for a learning model will have the flexibility of changing models. We will provide a window at the end of September for families to reassess their learning model choice for their children. As we continue to move forward together, I want to thank you for your continued patience, support, commitment, and trust in our District. While school procedures and protocols may look different in our new reality, I want to reassure you that the heart of our work remains focused on providing the best educational programs to our students. Our commitment to our mission is unwavering and we are proud to be able to serve our Alpine community. Sincerely, Rich Newman Proud Superintendent
The deadline to apply for #PEBT benefits is July 15 (next week)! Students who receive free or reduced price meals are eligible for up to $365 for groceries while schools are closed due to #COVID19. If you haven't received a PEBT card, apply today at https://ca.p-ebt.org/en/.
Dear AUSD Families, We are continuing to prepare for the opening of schools on August 19th and wanted to share an important update. First, we know that the process of reopening and adapting to a new reality, and a host of new procedures, will be challenging. As we have done throughout this ordeal, we will work together, persevere, and make sure our students, staff, and families are supported in every way possible. On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Board of Trustees approved the AUSD Reopening Schools Plan, which includes a return to face-to-face learning in the classroom four days a week, Tuesday through Friday. Monday will be a day in which students will be participating in distance learning. This will also provide custodial staff with the ability to deep clean our campuses on a weekly basis. In addition to our on-site option, we will offer home school, independent study, and distance learning options for those parents who would prefer that their child not return to learning at the school site. As I have shared in a previous communication, I believe that if the rules and regulations permit schools to operate in person, it is our moral imperative, when safe and possible, to provide the option for students to return to school and learn in classrooms with teachers. In the very near future, you will be receiving a communication in which you will be able to register and choose the learning option for your child for the coming school year. For now, we want you to know that our focus is on creating a safe and healthy learning environment and ensuring that you are kept up to date on our plan to open schools. I also want to take this time to thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. As you know, the public health situation can change at any time. Our commitment to you is that we will do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe, and to share updates with our community as we move forward. We are looking forward to reopening and seeing your child again in the very near future. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proud Superintendent
Tomorrow is the last day to complete the parent survey regarding school options in the fall. Please take a moment and share your thoughts on the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MR2RX9J
Our goal is to fully reopen schools in the fall. To that end, we have shared our DRAFT Reopening Schools Plan along with a parent survey. Please take a moment and share your thoughts on the survey. The survey closes on July 3. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MR2RX9J
We are releasing our draft Reopening Schools Plan. Our goal is to return to face-to-face instruction in our classrooms to the greatest extent possible. Follow the link to the plan: https://rb.gy/rk47oe