March 17, 2020
Dear Alta Vista Family,
Thank you very much for your patience as Alta Vista School works through the COVID-19 issue. The District is working closely with the Tulare County Office of Education and the Tulare County Health Department to ensure that we are making the best decision possible that reflects our deepest regard for our students and families. At this time we feel that closing the school is a sound precautionary move thus reflecting the concerns of the community and at the same time protecting our students. This closure will take place on March 23, 2020 and will continue until further notice or until governmental proclamation.
At this point there is no connection to anyone being exposed to the virus at the school site. If our school is notified by the Health Department that someone possessing the virus has been in contact with our students, or if any of our students have been identified as being infected, we will contact you immediately. In the meantime, school staff will be on site to provide alternative educational services that students will be required to complete. These services include:
- Alta Vista School will be offering a school lunch that can be picked everyday from 11:00 until 12:30. This will be a drive-thru curbside service where meals can be picked up and taken home. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this service. This is not required, but encouraged.
- Every Friday, Alta Vista Teachers will have an instructional packet ready for students to take home and complete. This assignment is to be completed and returned to the school on Friday. Once the assignment is logged, it will be applied to the student’s grade. On the first Tuesday March 24th, students are to pick up their assignments and textbooks in the cafeteria. In all subsequent weeks, students can pick up their work on Friday, which is the same day they drop off the previous weeks work.
- The District will be offering the option for students to check out a chromebook to use at home if they have access to the internet. This too will take place on Monday morning and will require a parent to sign a contract for the chromebook. The forms will be available that morning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Parents will bear full responsibility of the chrome book. Student’s access portals will be available on the District website where we will offer things such as Lexia, Prodigy, Accelerated Reader and Math, along with a host of other programs.
- For those who do not have internet in the house, the District will open the Social Distance Learning Center in the cafeteria, where students can perform work on their chromebook. Students will be required to sit six feet apart and will have a two hour period to complete their online work and research. These assignments will be included in the packet weekly instructional packets. The maximum number in the cafeteria is 4o, which is well below the threshold set by the Health Department. Students will be rotated into the Learning Center as need demands.
School closure is a difficult process, and we are fortunate that we are on Spring Break. This gives us the opportunity to plan and prepare the program for the coming weeks and/or months. However, we are of the opinion that this action will help prevent this virus from spreading any further. Please be on the lookout for more information on the website at . If you have any questions please refer the website or call 559-782-5700. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Robert M. Hudson Ed.D.