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Alta Vista Elementary School District (AVESD) is preparing for opening Fall 2020 on Thursday, August 13, 2020. More details will be coming throughout the summer as there is a great deal of uncertainty about how COVID-19 will impact school campuses by the start of the new school year. We are designing multiple scenarios in order to be prepared to deliver high-quality educational opportunities to our students.  We are also mindful to plan schedules that can swiftly adapt in response to current conditions without causing major disruptions to our students, families, and staff. We are committed to keeping our community safe and following the guidelines of the CDC, State of California, County Public Health, and CDE once they are released. We are anticipating recommendations that could include face coverings, modifying recess/break procedures, re-thinking physical education, limiting the number of students in a class at one time, social distancing in all areas (classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, offices, etc.) additional cleaning measures, and health screening requirements.  


We value your input and want to know how we can support our students, families, and staff in being successful in any of the possible scenarios. Please help us by taking a few minutes to respond to the survey questions regarding reopening this fall. 

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Alta Vista Pre-School, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

Alta Vista is currently enrolling students for Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the 2020/2021 School Year.

Preschool - Students born after December 3, 2015

Transitional Kindergarten - Students born between September 3, 2015 - December 2, 2015

Kindergarten - Students born between December 3, 2014 - September 2, 2015

Office hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 am  - 10:30 am and 1:30 - 3:30 pm and Friday 9:00 - 10:30 am. If you have any questions please call the school office at 782-5700.

Pandemic EBT

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Lunch Program Resumes June 8, 2020

June 7, 2020

Dear Alta Vista Family,

I hope that each of you is well and safe. Last Monday, we closed the school due to one of our staff members contracting Covid-19. As soon as there was a diagnosis, we made the decision to close the school entirely pending an investigation by the Tulare County Health Department. The tracers were sent to the Health Department last Wednesday and they were able to analyze the data for each potential exposure case. The results were that there was no significant exposure to other staff and student populations, and that all forms of contact carried a low risk of exposure.

Therefore, we will be resuming our lunch program effective June 8, 2020 and we will have an essential staff on site to clean and prep the cafeteria and the facilities at large. We would like to assure you that our kitchen and cafeteria was not exposed at any time and we look forward to serving our safe and hearty meals once again. As we look back on this experience, our protocols and practices are what prevented the unwanted spread of this virus, and we will continue our practice of checking temperatures, performing health questionnaires, limiting staff access, and wearing the proper protective equipment. All of these practices will continue to serve us well as we continue to make our school the safest it can possibly be. 


Update on School Closure

Dear Alta Vista Community,

We wanted to bring you up to date with the most recent information we have today regarding the recent Covid-19 case we had here on campus, which resulted in us suspending all services while we investigate with the help of the Tulare County Health Department. Here are the points of interest:

1. Once we contacted the health department, staff reviewed all of the video footage to see if we could find other possible contacts outside of the ones reported. The good news is that contact with others was very limited due to the plan we have in place, and we were able to keep the virus isolated for the most part. Once those potential contacts are identified, they will be referred to their primary care providers for possible testing as recommended by their physician.

2. All possible contacts are being referred to the Health Department to assist their investigation, and they will make the determination once they have all of the information. This is a long process and is not limited to just the school, all possible contacts outside of the school will need follow up as well.

3. Since we do not know the extent of the contacts on site, we took the precaution of closing the entire school to ensure the safety of the learning community. Though this is difficult in many ways, we are thankful students are not on campus at this time, and that the situation is isolated to a much smaller population than we would normally find.


Campus Closure


June 1, 2020


Dear Alta Vista Family,


This letter is to inform you that we received notification that one of our staff members was identified as a primary carrier of the Covid-19 virus at 12:00 this afternoon. This information was immediately reported to the Tulare County Health Department, and they are taking steps to investigate the illness. In the meantime, Alta Vista will be closing its doors to all services until further notice. This will allow the Health Department ample time to investigate the illness, and provide specific guidelines that we will follow.


Please understand, this means that our promotion activity on June 3 is cancelled. The drive through lunch program is suspended until further notice; the campus is completely closed until we are directed otherwise. The good news is that it appears that exposure to other staff and students was kept to a minimum due to our protocols. If you have any questions, please call the school at 559-782-5700. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Robert M. Hudson Ed.D.




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Nutrition on the Go - Food Link Tulare County

Nutrition on the Go will be at Alta Vista School every 1st Wednesday of the month from 3:00 - 5:00pm in the school parking lot.


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