Verification of Residency Update (12 August 2020)

Greetings Allen Families,

On behalf of the Allen Elementary School staff, welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  The school office will be pushing out several important announcements in the coming weeks pertaining to distance learning and the start of the school year. 

The purpose of this update is to provide additional clarity regarding the annual residency verification process.  Please read the information below carefully as the process is slightly different than in years past.

Which Families Need to Verify Residency?

  • Verification of residency is required for all returning Allen students.  A verification of residency form must be submitted for each child that attends Allen.
  • Re-verification is not necessary for incoming kindergarten students and new enrollments who pre-registered since February 19, 2020
  • Residency must be completed before your child is placed in a class.  Remember that school starts via enhanced distance learning online on August 31, 2020.

If you moved to a new address in 2020, please write “new address” clearly on the verification form, so we can update your child’s records.

What is Needed to Verify Residency?

Families can provide ONE of the documents listed below.  The document can be in either or both parents’/legal guardians’ names and must include the address where you and your child physically live.  Documents must be dated after July 1, 2020. It can be a letter that has been mailed to your address, or a document that you download or receive electronically.

  • Recent paystub if it includes your name and physical address
  • Current rental contract/lease & recent payment receipt with landlord contact info
  • Utility bill: SDG&E, solar, internet, water, trash, cable tv, landline phone, property tax payment receipt (cell phone bills & bank statements cannot be accepted)
  • Voter registration or car registration if dated from July 1; letter from a court, DMV, or a government department
  • Lincoln Military Housing residency verification letter
  • Mortgage statement or homeowner’s association (HOA) billing statement
  • Letter on apartment complex or mobile home park letterhead, signed by the landlord, stating that parent/guardian/caregiver lives there

The District cannot accept documentation with PO box addresses, or that has been provided by a family member, caregiver, friend unless you and your child physically stay at the address permanently.  Please refer to the section of the letter titled “Second Family Affidavit.”

How Do I Verify Residency?

You have two options to verify residency, in person or via email.

  • Via Email (preferred due to the current public health order)
    • Download the attached form titled “Verification of Residency”
    • Fill out “Verification of Residency” form (one per each child that attends Allen) and include your child’s name and the grade your child will be going into
    • Print and sign & date the form (we cannot accept electronic signatures)
    • Take a picture of document you are using to verify residency (see list above)
    • Email completed and signed “Verification of Residency” form along with “documentation of residency” (listed above) to AllenSchool@cvesd.org

If you are unable to print the “Verification of Residency” form, paper copies will be available outside of the Allen Office starting Monday, August 17th from 8 am to 4 pm.  You can pick up a form and follow the steps above.

  • In Person
    • Visit the school at one of the times listed below
    • Fill out, sign & date “Verification of Residency” form – one per child
    • Provide documentation of residency (listed above)
    • We will be accepting residency verification forms in person at these times:
      • Monday, August 17th through Thursday, August 20th from 8:00am-11:00am and again from 1:00pm-3:00pm
      • You may also call the office at (619) 479-3662 to schedule a specific time for assistance with this process.

The school buildings remain closed to the public, including the school office.  All documents will be accepted outside at a table.  When visiting the school, please wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and observe all posted signage.  We ask you to follow these safety precautions in order to receive assistance from our staff.  Anyone not following safety guidelines will be turned away.

What about Second Family Affidavits?

If a student and family reside with another family and they are unable to provide a document to verify their own residency, the attached “Second Family Affidavit” form needs to be submitted, along with the “Verification of Residency” form and supporting verification document.  The form must be signed by representatives of the homeowner and parent/legal guardian.  Photo ID of the homeowner must also be provided.  Submit all forms using one of the methods listed above.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.  You may need to leave a voice message with your name and phone number, and someone will call you back within 24 hours.

We will continue to send you more updates regarding the school year in the coming days. Please see a PDF copy of this letter and the necessary forms below.

Thank you,

Mr. John Greenwell, M.S.Ed.

Principal of Ella B. Allen Elementary School

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CVESD 2020-2021 School Reopening FAQ

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Allen Sunday Update (9 August 2020)

Greetings Allen families and friends! Here is the latest Sunday Update, full of information.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message

Please watch this short video clip for a message from our Principal, John Greenwell.

Sunday Message for August 9, 2020

Superintendent’s Update

The Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) has committed to providing staff and families a newsletter every two weeks. If you did not yet read the most recent newsletter from July 29th, you may find the newsletter here:

Messages from the Superintendent

Summer Learning Camp & Recovery Intercession

Our virtual, online Summer Learning Camp (SLC) and Recovery Intercession programs begin this Monday for invited students only. No classes will occur at Allen’s campus due to the public health order. The programs will be held online, via Microsoft TEAMS. These programs will occur during the hours of 8:00-11:30 am and held daily Monday through Friday from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. Both programs will incorporate daily one-on-one instruction and small group intervention with teachers online.

Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to a small number of students who may benefit from additional intervention. Each child’s individual literacy skills and numeracy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only a very small number of students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics were invited to attend and we currently have a waitlist for this program. We regret that we could not offer this program to more families at Allen.

The Recovery Intersession program also begins this Monday for all Special Education students. A highlight of this program will be additional small group and one-on-one instruction tailored for students’ needs, based on each child’s individualized learning goals. Since this special opportunity is not part of a child’s IEP, transportation will not be provided, and the school will not hold IEP meetings or conduct IEP assessments. Again, this program is intended for students with IEPs and only a small number of students were invited to participate in this program.

Please review these norms with your child for both programs.

Preparing for Distance Learning

As you already know, the school year will begin with online instruction on Aug. 31, as campuses in CVESD remain closed due to the spread of COVID-19 across the community. Meanwhile, we continue to plan for the physical reopening of schools once it is safe to do so, with guidance from experts in science and public health. In order to prepare your child for the enhanced distance learning he/she will need to do, we’d like to offer these helpful tips from the SDCOE:

9 Helpful Tips from SDCOE
9 consejos útiles de SDCOE

Parent Helpline and Tech Support

Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message.

Sleepy Students?

How many hours of sleep does your child receive each night? While each individual child has different sleep needs, children in elementary and middle school (ages 6 to 12), should get between 9 and 12 hours of sleep each night. In fact some scientific studies have shown that students who go to by by 8 pm every night are more successful than those who go to bed at 9 pm! Ensuring that your child goes to bed at a reasonable hour will set them up for success for managing stress and being successful in school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports these sleep guidelines and encourages parents to make sure their children develop good sleep habits right from the start.

  • Make sufficient sleep a family priority. Understand the importance of getting enough sleep and how sleep affects the overall health of you and your children. Remember that you are a role model to your child; set a good example. Staying up all night with your teen to edit his or her paper or pulling an all-nighter for work yourself isn’t really sending the right message. Making sleep a priority for yourself shows your children that it’s part of living a healthy lifestyle—like eating right and exercising regularly.
  • Keep to a regular daily routine. The same waking time, meal times, nap time, and play times will help your child feel secure and comfortable, and help with a smooth bedtime. For young children, it helps to start early with a bedtime routine such as brush, book, bed. Make sure the sleep routines you use can be used anywhere, so you can help your child get to sleep wherever you may be.  
  • Be active during the day. Make sure your kids have interesting and varied activities during the day, including physical activity and fresh air. See Energy Out: Daily Physical Activity Recommendations for more information.
  • Monitor screen time. The AAP recommends keeping all screens—TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, and phones out of children’s bedrooms, especially at night. To prevent sleep disruption, turn off all screens at least 60 minutes/1 hour before bedtime.  Create a Family Media Use Plan and set boundaries about use before bedtime.​
  • Create a sleep-supportive and safe bedroom and home environment. Dim the lights prior to bedtime and control the temperature in the home. Don’t fill up your child’s bed with toys. Keep your child’s bed a place to sleep, rather than a place to play. One or two things—a favorite doll or bear, a security blanket—are okay and can help ease separation anxietySee Suitable Sleeping Sites for more information specifically for babies under 12 months of age.
  • Realize that teens require more sleep, not less. sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty. At the same time, most high schools require students to get to school earlier and earlier. The AAP has been advocating for middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. It is important that parents and local school boards work together to implement high school start times that allow teens to get the healthy sleep they need. See the AAP policy statement, School Start Times for Adolescents, for more information.
  • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice, milk, or formula. Water is okay. Anything other than water in the bottle can cause baby bottle tooth decay. Feed or nurse your baby, and then put him or her down to sleep.
  • Don’t start giving solids before about 6 months of ageStarting solid food sooner will not help your baby sleep through the night. In fact, if you give your baby solids before their system can digest them, he or she may sleep worse because of a tummy ache.
  • Avoid overscheduling. In addition to homework, many children today have scheduled evening activities (i.e., sports games, lessons, appointments, etc.) that pose challenges to getting a good night’s sleep. Take time to wind down and give your children the downtime that they need.
  • Learn to recognize sleep problems. The most common sleep problems in children include difficulty falling asleep, nighttime awakenings, snoring, stalling and resisting going to bed, sleep apnea, and loud or heavy breathing while sleeping. 
  • Talk to your child’s teacher or child care provider about your child’s alertness during the day. Sleep problems may manifest in the daytime, too. A child with not enough, or poor quality sleep may have difficulty paying attention or “zoning out” in school. Let your child’s teacher know that you want to be made aware of any reports of your child falling asleep in school, as well as any learning or behavior problems.
  • Talk to your child’s pediatrician about sleep. Discuss your child’s sleep habits and problems with your pediatrician, as most sleep problems are easily treated. He or she may ask you to keep a sleep log or have additional suggestions to improving your child’s sleep habits.

Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It Program

Reading independently is the number one thing students can do to keep their brains active! To help incentivize this, we wanted to share information about Pizza Hut’s Book It Program. Parents can now sign up for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your children all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for July and August in the program’s digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.

Check out https://www.bookitprogram.com/book-it-for-parents for more details and to sign up for this free program.

School Office Hour Update

Due to public health orders, the school office remains closed to the public, even though office staff will be back from summer break on August 12th. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office staff will be available by phone 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond in a timely manner. We will start the Residency Verification after August 13th. Please call the office for assistance with this process after the 13th.

Online Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is on the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public until August 12th, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification will occur online or in person after August 13th. Please contact the office with pressing questions regarding this year’s Residency Verification. More details will be shared in next week’s updates.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021 academic year, kindly send a courtesy email to both michelle.reza@cvesd.org and john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Meetings for Parents/Guardians

August PTC Meeting

Allen’s PTC Meetings will continue to be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. Parents will have the opportunity to connect with other parents at Allen.

The next PTC meeting is tomorrow, Monday, August 10 at 6:00 pm.

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is this Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The first DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on August 18th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

School Site Council and ELAC

Allen School needs parents and guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school. More details about how you can get involved will be shared in the coming weeks!

State Guidance on COVID-19 and Schools

We would like to provide the guidance from the state of California regarding K-12 education by sharing the information posted on this website: https://covid19.ca.gov/education/#top

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. Please continue to stay safe: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household.

Wearing a mask can save lives!

Be well Eagles! We miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Sunday Update (2 August 2020)

Happy August to all our Allen families and friends! This week’s update is full of information.

Superintendent’s Update

The Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) has committed to providing staff and families a newsletter every two weeks. If you did not read the newsletter that was sent out this week, you may find in the post from July 29th on this blog or click here:

Messages from the Superintendent

Summer Learning Camp

A small number of students per grade level were invited to attend a virtual, online Summer Learning Camp (SLC) this week. This camp will be during the hours of 8:00-11:30 and held daily Monday through Friday from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. This program will incorporate daily one-on-one instruction and small group intervention with teachers online. More invites than spaces available went out this week, so please follow the directions provided by our team to secure your child’s spot.

Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. Each child’s individual literacy skills and numeracy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

We are excited to offer this virtual Summer Learning Camp next week!

Recovery Intercession

The Special Education and Pupil Services Department is also offering a Recovery Intersession for all Special Education students. This is another individualized, online opportunity for invited students. A highlight of this program will be additional small group and one-on-one instruction tailored for students’ needs.

The school day will mirror that of the Summer Learning Camp and be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily, Monday through Friday, from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. Since this special opportunity is not part of a child’s IEP, transportation will not be provided, and the school will not hold IEP meetings or conduct IEP assessments. Again, this program is intended for students with IEPs and is available by invite only.

Sleepy Students?

How many hours of sleep does your child receive each night? While each individual child has different sleep needs, children in elementary and middle school (ages 6 to 12), should get between 9 and 12 hours of sleep each night. In fact some scientific studies have shown that students who go to by by 8 pm every night are more successful than those who go to bed at 9 pm! Ensuring that your child goes to bed at a reasonable hour will set them up for success for managing stress and being successful in school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports these sleep guidelines and encourages parents to make sure their children develop good sleep habits right from the start.

  • Make sufficient sleep a family priority. Understand the importance of getting enough sleep and how sleep affects the overall health of you and your children. Remember that you are a role model to your child; set a good example. Staying up all night with your teen to edit his or her paper or pulling an all-nighter for work yourself isn’t really sending the right message. Making sleep a priority for yourself shows your children that it’s part of living a healthy lifestyle—like eating right and exercising regularly.
  • Keep to a regular daily routine. The same waking time, meal times, nap time, and play times will help your child feel secure and comfortable, and help with a smooth bedtime. For young children, it helps to start early with a bedtime routine such as brush, book, bed. Make sure the sleep routines you use can be used anywhere, so you can help your child get to sleep wherever you may be.  
  • Be active during the day. Make sure your kids have interesting and varied activities during the day, including physical activity and fresh air. See Energy Out: Daily Physical Activity Recommendations for more information.
  • Monitor screen time. The AAP recommends keeping all screens—TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, and phones out of children’s bedrooms, especially at night. To prevent sleep disruption, turn off all screens at least 60 minutes/1 hour before bedtime.  Create a Family Media Use Plan and set boundaries about use before bedtime.​
  • Create a sleep-supportive and safe bedroom and home environment. Dim the lights prior to bedtime and control the temperature in the home. Don’t fill up your child’s bed with toys. Keep your child’s bed a place to sleep, rather than a place to play. One or two things—a favorite doll or bear, a security blanket—are okay and can help ease separation anxietySee Suitable Sleeping Sites for more information specifically for babies under 12 months of age.
  • Realize that teens require more sleep, not less. sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty. At the same time, most high schools require students to get to school earlier and earlier. The AAP has been advocating for middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. It is important that parents and local school boards work together to implement high school start times that allow teens to get the healthy sleep they need. See the AAP policy statement, School Start Times for Adolescents, for more information.
  • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice, milk, or formula. Water is okay. Anything other than water in the bottle can cause baby bottle tooth decay. Feed or nurse your baby, and then put him or her down to sleep.
  • Don’t start giving solids before about 6 months of ageStarting solid food sooner will not help your baby sleep through the night. In fact, if you give your baby solids before their system can digest them, he or she may sleep worse because of a tummy ache.
  • Avoid overscheduling. In addition to homework, many children today have scheduled evening activities (i.e., sports games, lessons, appointments, etc.) that pose challenges to getting a good night’s sleep. Take time to wind down and give your children the downtime that they need.
  • Learn to recognize sleep problems. The most common sleep problems in children include difficulty falling asleep, nighttime awakenings, snoring, stalling and resisting going to bed, sleep apnea, and loud or heavy breathing while sleeping. 
  • Talk to your child’s teacher or child care provider about your child’s alertness during the day. Sleep problems may manifest in the daytime, too. A child with not enough, or poor quality sleep may have difficulty paying attention or “zoning out” in school. Let your child’s teacher know that you want to be made aware of any reports of your child falling asleep in school, as well as any learning or behavior problems.
  • Talk to your child’s pediatrician about sleep. Discuss your child’s sleep habits and problems with your pediatrician, as most sleep problems are easily treated. He or she may ask you to keep a sleep log or have additional suggestions to improving your child’s sleep habits.

Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It Program

Reading independently is the number one thing students can do to keep their brains active! To help incentivize this, we wanted to share information about Pizza Hut’s Book It Program. Parents can now sign up for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your children all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for July and August in the program’s digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.

Check out https://www.bookitprogram.com/book-it-for-parents for more details and to sign up for this free program.

School Office Hours and Residency Verification

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens. We will start the Residency Verification process shortly after the office reopens: Check back here for updates.

Online Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is on the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public until August 12th, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification will occur in the coming weeks.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021 academic year, kindly send a courtesy email to both michelle.reza@cvesd.org and john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Meetings for Parents/Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will continue to be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. The next PTC meeting is Monday, August 10 at 6:00 pm.

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

State Guidance on COVID-19 and Schools

We would like to provide the guidance from the state of California regarding K-12 education by sharing the information posted on this website: https://covid19.ca.gov/education/#top

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. Please continue to stay safe: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household.

Wearing a mask can save lives!

Be well Eagles! We miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Superintendent’s Update (29 July 2020)

Hi Allen Families and Friends! Happy Wednesday. I wanted to share with you the latest newsletter from Dr. Francisco Escobedo, the Superintendent of Chula Vista Elementary School District. Also, a friendly reminder that we would like every family at Allen Elementary to complete the latest district survey for EACH child in their family… So far, we have only heard from 56% of our school, so please spread the word! The survey closes on July 31st and can be found here:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM8KGo8t-ZBdAuBAGOXX6uaZURUdXOVpUT0w5MzlYODFLRUFPUVQ1OE1aTi4u

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

How Distance Learning Will Be Different This Time

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

The unprecedented disruption to public education that occurred when schools closed in mid-March is still being felt today. As you may be aware, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the school year on August 31 in a distance learning instructional model. This decision was made with the safety of our entire school community in mind. While I know some of you had disappointing first impressions of distance learning based on your spring experience, I also know of parents who reported that their children had great experiences in distance learning. Still others are concerned about uneven, perhaps inequitable roll out of distance learning in the new school year.

I am dedicating this week’s message to address how off-campus instruction in a distance learning instructional model will be different this school year.

Microsoft Office 365 will continue to be the primary platform in which instruction and connection with students will be made; therefore, all teachers will continue to be offered multiple, ongoing trainings on the Microsoft Teams component of the Office 365 platform. Additional professional development will continue to be provided throughout the year. And in response to student and families’ technological needs, the District will continue to take a research-based, phased approach to loaning of devices and WiFi hotspots to those who need them. In fact, we are planning to deploy more devices within the next month.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that schools are to be closed to in-person instruction until public health data indicates it is safe to return. His announcement aligned with our approach and centered on five key areas:

  1. Safe in-person school instruction based on local health data
  2. Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school
  3. Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations
  4. Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools
  5. Rigorous distance learning

In regard to rigorous distance learning, under newly enacted state law, school districts are required to provide:

  • Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning
  • Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students
  • Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction
  • Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.

With those considerations in mind, CVESD will host a Summer Learning Camp from August 10 – 21 in a distance learning model. The Summer Learning Camp will serve students who were selected and invited to attend based on assessment data from earlier this spring, which indicated a need for intervention and to address possible learning loss.

The Summer Learning Camp will include a rigorous instructional day for students through a structured daily schedule. The instructional day will include direct instruction in language arts and/or mathematics, with support provided in small group and one-on-one interaction. Research-based practices, and intervention materials aligned to the adopted curriculum will be used. Click here to learn more about what the instructional day will look like for our Summer Learning Camp. This program includes some parameters defined within Assembly Bill 77 (AB 77) that significantly increases academic rigor and requirements for student-teacher engagement.

Take comfort in knowing that the criteria within AB 77 will be fully implemented in this year’s distance learning, which ensures content will be aligned to grade level standards and is provided at a level of quality and intellectual challenge substantially equivalent to in-person instruction. Click here to view a visual representation of what this entails.

A Task Force on Reopening Schools is meeting continually to improve on our practices for safe reopening of campuses, and ensure that CVESD starts the upcoming school year with challenging and engaging class assignments for all students.

We all share the governor’s belief that “Learning is non-negotiable,” and that school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of the pandemic. The governor also made clear that schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the list for 14 consecutive days. As of this writing, San Diego County remains on the Monitoring List.

Like our students and dedicated staff, I look forward to that date when we are able to return to campuses for in-person instruction. I also know that safety is paramount. As we prepare to start the year in distance learning, take a moment to view these tips for “Virtual Learning at Home” in English and Spanish. Thank you to those who have already provided input via our recently emailed survey. If you have not yet responded, there is still time.  Click here to participate. I will share the survey results in my next newsletter, as well as greater detail on what a school day might look like when the academic year begins on August 31.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Cómo el Aprendizaje a Distancia Será Diferente Esta Vez

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.

Apreciables padres y tutores:

La disrupción sin precedencia a la educación pública que ocurrió cuando las escuelas cerraron a mediados de marzo aún se siente el día de hoy. Como ya se habrán enterado, el Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista comenzará el año escolar el 31 de agosto con un modelo de instrucción de educación a distancia. Se tomó esta decisión teniendo en mente la seguridad integral de nuestra comunidad escolar. Si bien sé que algunos de ustedes tuvieron primeras impresiones decepcionantes de la educación a distancia basada en su experiencia durante la primavera, también sé de padres que informaron que sus hijos tuvieron una gran experiencia con la educación a distancia. Incluso otros están preocupados por el despliegue desigual, quizá no equitativo, de la educación a distancia en el nuevo año escolar.

Dedico el mensaje de esta semana para abordar el tema sobre cómo la instrucción fuera del plantel escolar impartida en un modelo de instrucción de educación a distancia será diferente este año escolar.

Microsoft Office 365 continuará siendo la plataforma principal por la cual se impartirá la instrucción y se hará la conexión con los estudiantes; por lo tanto, continuaremos a ofrecer a todos los maestros capacitaciones múltiples y continuas sobre el componente Microsoft Teams de la plataforma Office 365. Continuaremos a proporcionar desarrollo profesional adicional en el transcurso del año. En respuesta a las necesidades tecnológicas de los estudiantes y familias, el Distrito continuará a abordar la prestación de dispositivos y hotspots Wifi a quienes lo necesiten, en base a investigación y en fases. De hecho, estamos planeando destinar a más dispositivos dentro del próximo mes.

El Gobernador Gavin Newsom recientemente declaró que las escuelas estarán cerradas para la instrucción en persona hasta que los datos de salud pública indiquen que es seguro regresar. Su declaración se alinea con nuestro enfoque y se centra en cinco áreas claves:  

1) La instrucción escolar segura en persona basada en datos de salud locales. 

2) Fuerte requerimiento de máscara para cualquier persona en la escuela.

3) Requisitos de distanciamiento físico y otras adaptaciones. 

4) Pruebas regulares y rastreo dedicado para brotes en las escuelas.

5) Educación a distancia rigurosa.

Referente a la educación a distancia rigurosa, conforme a la nueva ley estatal promulgada, se requiere que los distritos escolares proporcionen: 

  • Dispositivos y conectividad para que todo niño pueda participar en la educación a distancia.
  • Interacción diaria y en vivo de cada niño con los maestros y otros estudiantes.
  • Trabajos en clase que son desafiantes y equivalentes a la instrucción en persona.   
  • Apoyo enfocado e intervenciones para aprendices de inglés y estudiantes de educación especial.

Tomando en cuenta estas consideraciones, CVESD organizó un Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano del 10 al 21 de agosto bajo un modelo de educación a distancia. El Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano dará servicio a estudiantes que fueron seleccionados e invitados para asistir en base a datos de evaluaciones que se llevaron a cabo durante la primavera, las cuales indicaron una necesidad de intervención y para abordar la posible pérdida de aprendizaje.

El Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano incluirá un día de instrucción rigurosa para estudiantes a través de un horario estructurado diario. La enseñanza del día incluirá la instrucción directa en ambas materias de artes lingüísticas y matemáticas, proporcionando apoyo en grupos pequeños e interacción uno-a-uno. Existe una cantidad de minutos de instrucción requeridos para el programa. Se implementarán prácticas basadas en investigaciones además de materiales de intervención alineados con el currículo adoptado. [emailattachment.php?id=41070&caid=12411&name=Summer Distance Learning Overview REV.pdf]Haga clic aquí  para aprender más sobre cómo será el día de enseñanza en nuestro Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano. Este programa incluye algunos parámetros definidos en el proyecto de ley 77 (AB 77) qué significativamente incrementa el rigor académico y los requerimientos de participación entre estudiantes y maestros.

Tenga la tranquilidad de saber que los criterios dentro de AB 77 se implementarán plenamente en la educación a distancia de este año, lo que garantiza que el contenido se alineará con los estándares de nivel de grado y se proporcionará a un nivel de calidad y desafío intelectual sustancialmente equivalente a la instrucción en persona. [emailattachment.php?id=41071&caid=12412&name=CVESD Distance Learning Comparison Visual -3.pdf]Haga clic aquí  para ver una representación visual de lo que esto implica.

Un Comité Asesor sobre la Reapertura de Escuelas se reúne continuamente para mejorar nuestras prácticas de la reapertura segura de nuestras escuelas y garantizar que CVESD empiece el próximo año escolar con trabajos desafiantes y motivadores para todos los estudiantes.

Coincidimos con la creencia del gobernador de que “La enseñanza no es negociable”, y que los distritos escolares deben proporcionar instrucción significativa en medio de esta pandemia. Asimismo, el gobernador claramente indicó que las escuelas ubicadas en los condados que están en la Lista de Monitoreo no deben abrir físicamente para la instrucción en persona hasta que su condado haya sido eliminado de esta lista por 14 días consecutivos. Al escribir estas letras, El Condado de San Diego aun está en la Lista de Monitoreo. 

Al igual que nuestros estudiantes y personal, espero la fecha cuando sea posible regresar a las escuelas para la instrucción en persona. También reconozco que la seguridad es de suma importancia. Al prepararnos para empezar el año con la educación a distancia, favor de tomarse un momento para ver estas sugerencias de la “Enseñanza Virtual en el Hogar” en inglés y español. Doy las gracias a quienes ya han aportado su opinión a través de nuestra encuesta que fue recientemente enviada por correo electrónico. Si no ha respondido a la encuesta, aún está a tiempo.

Haga clic aquí para participar. Compartiré los resultados de la encuesta en mi próximo boletín, además de dar más detalle sobre cómo se verá un día escolar cuando el año académico empieza el 31 de agosto.

Atentamente,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

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Allen Sunday Update (26 July 2020)

I hope your week is going well Allen families and friends! Here is another quick update for you.

Informational Survey from CVESD

This is the last week to take the district’s latest survey and we would like to hear from every family at Allen! As you know already, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 31st with an enhanced distance learning instructional model with no classes occurring at any school site.  Your input is REQUIRED via our informational survey in order to ensure we are responsive to the needs of our community.  We understand that circumstances may change and your responses today may be different in the future. Kindly complete this survey for each and every child in your household that will attend Allen Elementary in the 2020-2021 school year.  Click here to access the survey or cut and paste the following into your web browser:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM8KGo8t-ZBdAuBAGOXX6uaZURUdXOVpUT0w5MzlYODFLRUFPUVQ1OE1aTi4u

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Summer Learning Camp

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a virtual, online Summer Learning Camp (SLC) at Allen Elementary this week by the SLC teachers. SLC will be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily Monday through from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020 online. This program will incorporate daily one-on-one instruction and small group intervention with teachers online.

Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. Each child’s individual literacy skills and numeracy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the online Summer Learning Camp at Allen this week and next week.

Recovery Intercession

The Special Education and Pupil Services Department is also offering a Recovery Intersession for all Special Education students in Grades 1st through 6th (for the next school year 2020-2021) before the beginning of the start of the regular school year at Allen. This is another individualized, online opportunity for students to recoup lost learning during the unexpected emergency school closures due to COVID-19. A highlight of this program will be additional small group and one-on-one instruction tailored for students’ needs.

The school day will mirror that of the Summer Learning Camp and be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily, Monday through Friday, from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. Since this special opportunity is not part of a child’s IEP, transportation will not be provided, and the school will not hold IEP meetings or conduct IEP assessments. Again, this program is intended for students with IEPs and is available by invite only.

Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It Program

Parents can now sign up for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your children all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for July and August in the program’s digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.

Check out https://www.bookitprogram.com/book-it-for-parents for more details and to sign up for this free program.

School Office Hours and Residency Verification Update

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens. We will start the Residency Verification process shortly after the office reopens: Check back here for updates.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like by next week’s update. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Be well Eagles! We miss you. Please continue to stay safe this summer: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household. Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Sunday Update (19 July 2020)

Happy Sunday Allen Families and Friends!

Please see the latest update from the Superintendent of our schools that was shared on July 14th, 2020. Please note the staff and I will be working diligently to provide the best experience for your child(ren) in this enhanced distance learning experience.  While we would all prefer to start the school year back on campus together, the safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount. I want to reassure you that the Allen staff and I would like nothing more than to be at school safely with our Eagles when school resumes on August 31st, 2020, but that is not possible right now.

Our very own school community and the surrounding neighborhoods in Chula Vista and Bonita have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus.  This virus has affected staff, students, and their families in a variety of ways. Please be sensitive to the fact that we each experience this pandemic differently. Please continue to exercise caution when interacting with anyone outside of your immediate household.  This includes wearing a facial covering or mask, washing your hands frequently with water and soap for at least twenty seconds, and maintaining physical distancing.

We continue to follow the guidelines from the San Diego County Office of Education, as well as local and state public health officials: Safety must be our top priority. I pledge to keep you updated and informed.

There is a new survey (disponible en español también) from the district that is extremely important. Please take the time to complete this survey for each child in your family that currently attends Ella B. Allen Elementary School. I am proud to be a part of the Allen School community and the Chula Vista Elementary School District as we work hard behind the scenes over summer to ensure a safe return to school when it is prudent to do so. We love you and miss you Eagles! Together, we soar! 🦅

Warmly,

Mr. John Greenwell, M.S.Ed

Principal

Message from CVESD: The Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 31st in a distance learning instructional model with no classes occurring at school sites.  Your input is REQUIRED via our informational survey in order to ensure we are responsive to the needs of our community.  We understand that circumstances may change and your responses today may be different in the future.  Click here to access the survey or cut and paste the following into your web browser:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM8KGo8t-ZBdAuBAGOXX6uaZURUdXOVpUT0w5MzlYODFLRUFPUVQ1OE1aTi4u

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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Superintendent’s Update (14 July 2020)

School Year to Start in Distance Learning Model

Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Superintendent of CVESD

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members,

I hope your summer is off to a great start and that your families remain healthy and safe. Since March, our community has stood together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home. This time with family reminds me that “Education Starts in the Home.” And given today’s reality, so does safety. Last year, our theme was “Nurturing Relationships Through Grit” and our staff, students and community persevered throughout a difficult period completing the school year in previously unimagined ways. For the coming school year, our theme calls on our community again by “Nurturing Relationships Through Greatness.”

Since our schools closed on March 13, 2020, the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) staff supported our students and community through many initiatives. Child Nutrition Services team members provided food service to our families in need. District teachers adapted education to provide distance learning to finish the 2019-20 school year while providing meaningful social emotional support for our students. I am so thankful for the professionalism and effort provided by our employees!

We are anxious to bring students and staff back to school for in-person instruction, but we must do so in a safe manner. Reopening campuses requires a great deal of planning and preparation, and many expenses that would not have been necessary under normal circumstances.

When the 2020-21 school year begins on August 31, it will be in a distance learning format. We will continue to work towards transitioning to in-person instruction but will only do so when guidance from local health officials supports a safe transition back to learning on site in classrooms. We know that many parents, students, staff, and community members are disappointed by this decision and we understand that this will complicate many individual family situations.

When students return to campus for in-person instruction, learning will look much different than previous years because of new health and safety measures. With safety goals always in mind, our leadership team, teachers, bargaining group representatives, parents, and community members are actively collaborating on a school reopening plan that will guide us on how to safely reopen our 46 campuses. At the suggestion of Board Members and a request from Board President Armando Farías, a Task Force on Reopening Schools was established to help us gather input and suggestions on guidelines and protocols in order to provide a strong continuity of learning for our students.

Even though the 2020-21 school year will begin with distance learning, it is important to know that our District will continue developing plans to transition into either a hybrid learning model; which is a combination of in-person instruction and distance learning, or into a full in-person instructional model. In fact, there are three learning models CVESD could possibly offer during the 2020-21 school year, which are:

  • Distance Learning: During High Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs while the teacher and the student are in different locations.
    • Includes many new components such as daily live interaction with the teacher, and instruction that is aligned to grade level standards, provided at a level of quality and intellectual challenge substantially equivalent to in-person instruction.
    • Other criteria for delivering instruction in a distance learning model has been outlined in Assembly Bill 77, which also includes a requirement for a minimum number of daily instructional minutes, depending on the student’s grade level.
  • Hybrid Learning: During Medium Risk Level
    • A combination of in-person and distance learning. There are many variations of what a hybrid model could look like. Hybrid instructional scenarios would be designed to reduce the number of students on campus up to 50%.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.
  • In-person Instruction: During Low Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs at school, in the classroom with the teacher. Distancing norms and safety protocols would be in place.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.

If at any point in the school year, conditions worsen and Public Health orders the closure of schools, CVESD will be prepared to move back into a distance learning or hybrid model at any time.

Again, all students will start the coming school year in the 100% Distance Learning model. To address circumstances in which families cannot sustain 100% distance learning at home, and have no other option other than to send students to school for the entire school day, CVESD will need to be advised in advance by the parents/guardians. We are actively exploring childcare options for families who must have students in school full time.

Once it is safe to transition into a hybrid model or an in-person instructional model, CVESD will need to determine how many students would prefer to remain in a 100% distance learning model. Therefore, on Friday, July 17, 2020, the District will send registration information to families so that they may choose the educational option that best fits their needs and comfort level.

In addition to the above options, the District is working to develop enrichment materials for all of our students to reduce any lost education opportunities during this health emergency. For parents who are concerned about the impacts of the virus on their student(s), we hope the distance learning model provides a level of comfort. We know that the process of returning to school while adapting to either in-person or online instruction, along with a host of new procedures, will be challenging for everyone in our school communities. But, as we have done throughout this ordeal, we will work together, persevere, and ensure our students are supported in every way possible.

When schools do reopen their doors, up-to-date safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols adapt frequently based on the status of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students are fully expected to wear face coverings; employees are required to wear face coverings. We plan to provide supervised breaks and outdoor time where students can temporarily remove their masks.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom to the extent possible and following state/local guidelines.

Between now and the beginning of the school year, the District will be communicating frequently. Additional information on changes to our school environment will be shared with you prior to the start of school.

I want to reiterate the pride I have for our community and its response to the ongoing epidemic. The events that began to unfold in March and have continued have created enormous challenges and we as a school district are here to help support our families, staff, and community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

El ciclo escolar comenzará con el modelo de educación a distancia

Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Superintendente del distrito

Estimados padres/tutores y personal,

Espero que hayan tenido un gran comienzo de verano y que sus familias estén sanas y seguras. Desde marzo, nuestra comunidad se ha unido para combatir la pandemia de COVID-19 al quedarse en casa. Este tiempo con la familia me recuerda que “La educación comienza en el hogar”. Y dada la realidad de hoy, así es también con la seguridad. El año pasado, nuestro lema fue “Cultivar relaciones a través de la perseverancia y determinación” y nuestro personal, estudiantes y la comunidad perseveraron durante un período difícil para completar el ciclo escolar de maneras previamente inimaginables. Para el próximo ciclo escolar, nuestro lema llama nuevamente a nuestra comunidad a “Cultivar las relaciones a través de la excelencia”.

Desde que nuestras escuelas cerraron el 13 de marzo de 2020, el personal del Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista (CVESD) apoyó a nuestros estudiantes y a la comunidad a través de muchas iniciativas. Los miembros del equipo de Servicios de Nutrición Infantil brindaron servicio de alimentos a nuestras familias necesitadas. Los maestros del distrito adaptaron la enseñanza para proporcionar educación a distancia para terminar el ciclo escolar 2019-20 mientras brindaban un significativo apoyo social y emocional para nuestros estudiantes. ¡Estoy muy agradecido por el profesionalismo y el esfuerzo brindado por nuestros empleados!

Estamos ansiosos por traer a los estudiantes y al personal de regreso a la escuela para recibir instrucción en persona, pero debemos hacerlo de manera segura. La reapertura de los planteles requiere una gran cantidad de planificación y preparación, además de muchos gastos que no habrían sido necesarios en circunstancias normales.

Cuando comience el ciclo escolar 2020-21 el 31 de agosto, será en el formato de la educación a distancia. Continuaremos trabajando para hacer la transición a la instrucción en persona, pero lo haremos sólo si la asesoría de los funcionarios de salud pública respalda una transición segura de regreso a la enseñanza en los salones de clase. Sabemos que muchos padres, estudiantes, personal y miembros de la comunidad están decepcionados por esta decisión y comprendemos que esto complicará la situación individual de muchas familias.

Cuando los estudiantes regresen al plantel para la instrucción en persona, la enseñanza será muy diferente que en los años anteriores debido a las nuevas medidas de salud y seguridad. Teniendo siempre en mente los objetivos de seguridad, nuestro equipo de líderes, maestros, representantes de los grupos de negociación, padres y miembros de la comunidad están colaborando activamente para un plan de reapertura de las escuelas que nos proporcione orientación sobre cómo reabrir seguramente nuestros 46 planteles. Bajo la sugerencia de los miembros de la Mesa Directiva y una petición del Presidente de la Mesa Directiva, Armando Farías, se estableció un Comité de Reapertura de las Escuelas (Task Force) para ayudarnos a recopilar opiniones y sugerencias sobre los lineamientos y protocolos con el fin de proporcionar una fuerte continuidad de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes.

Aunque el ciclo escolar 2020-21 comenzará con la educación a distancia, es importante saber que nuestro Distrito continuará desarrollando planes para hacer la transición ya sea a un modelo híbrido de enseñanza, el cual es una combinación de instrucción en persona y educación a distancia, o a un modelo de instrucción totalmente en persona. De hecho, existen tres modelos de enseñanza que CVESD posiblemente pueda ofrecer durante el ciclo escolar 202-2021, que son:

  • Educación a DistanciaDurante nivel de alto riesgo
    • 100% de la enseñanza ocurre mientras el maestro y el estudiante están en diferentes ubicaciones.
    • Incluye muchos componentes nuevos, como la interacción diaria y en vivo con el maestro e instrucción alineada a los estándares de nivel de grado, proporcionada a un nivel de calidad y desafío intelectual substancialmente equivalente a la instrucción en persona.
    • Otros criterios para proporcionar la instrucción bajo el modelo de la educación a distancia se indican en el proyecto de ley 77 de la asamblea legislativa, la cual también incluye el requerimiento de la cantidad mínima de minutos de instrucción, dependiendo del nivel de grado del estudiante.
  • Enseñanza Híbrida:  Durante nivel de riesgo medio
    • Una combinación de instrucción en persona y educación a distancia. Existen muchas variaciones de modelos híbridos. Los escenarios de instrucción híbrida son diseñados para reducir el número de alumnos en el plantel hasta un 50%.
    • También se ofrecerá la educación a distancia 100% para los estudiantes que se sienten más seguros aprendiendo desde sus hogares.
  • Instrucción en persona:  Durante nivel de bajo riesgo
    • 100% de la enseñanza ocurre en la escuela, dentro del salón de clases con el maestro. Estarán establecidas las normas de distanciamiento y los protocolos de seguridad.
    • También se ofrecerá la educación a distancia 100% para los estudiantes que se sienten más seguros aprendiendo desde sus hogares.

Si en algún momento del ciclo escolar las condiciones empeoran y el Departamento de Salud Pública ordena el cierre de las escuelas, CVESD estará preparado para volver al modelo de la educación a distancia o híbrida en cualquier momento.

Repetimos, todos los estudiantes comenzarán el siguiente ciclo escolar 100% con el modelo de la educación a distancia. Para abordar las circunstancias de familias que no pueden sostener en casa el modelo de 100% educación a distancia y no tienen otra opción más que enviar a sus alumnos a la escuela durante todo el día escolar, los padres/tutores deben notificar a CVESD con anticipación. Estamos explorando activamente las opciones de cuidado de niños para las familias que necesitan tener a sus estudiantes en la escuela por tiempo completo.

En cuanto sea seguro hacer la transición a un modelo híbrido o a un modelo de instrucción en persona, CVESD tendrá que determinar cuántos estudiantes prefieren permanecer en el modelo de 100% educación a distancia. Por lo tanto, el viernes, 17 de julio de 2020, el Distrito enviará información de inscripción a las familias para que puedan escoger la opción de educación que mejor satisface sus necesidades y nivel de confort.

Además de las opciones anteriores, el Distrito está trabajando para desarrollar material de enriquecimiento para todos nuestros estudiantes y reducir la pérdida de oportunidades de educación durante esta emergencia de salud. Para los padres que se preocupan por el impacto del virus en su(s) estudiante(s), esperamos que el modelo de la educación a distancia les proporcione un nivel de confort. Sabemos que el proceso de regreso a la escuela y tener que adaptarse, ya sea a la instrucción en persona o en línea, así como a una variedad de nuevos procedimientos, será desafiante para todos en nuestras comunidades escolares. Pero, como lo hemos hecho en el transcurso de esta adversidad, vamos a trabajar juntos, perseverar y asegurar que los estudiantes sean apoyados de cualquier manera posible.

Cuando las escuelas reabran sus puertas, los protocolos actualizados de seguridad establecidos por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California (CDPH) se pondrán en práctica. Los lineamientos y protocolos se adaptan frecuentemente según el estatus de la comunidad local. En base a lo que se sabe en este momento:

•           La expectativa plena es que los estudiantes usen cubre bocas o careta; se requiere que los empleados usen cubre bocas o careta. Planeamos proporcionar descansos supervisados y tiempo afuera donde los estudiantes puedan quitarse temporalmente el cubre bocas o careta. 

•           Se reforzará regularmente el lavado de manos e higiene.

•           Los salones de clase se desinfectarán diariamente.

•           Habrá revisiones diarias de salud y temperatura.

•           Estará establecido el distanciamiento físico dentro del salón de clases en la medida de lo posible en cumplimiento de los lineamientos estatales/locales.

De ahora hasta el principio del ciclo escolar, el Distrito estará en comunicación frecuente. Cualquier información adicional sobre cambios a nuestro entorno escolar será compartida con ustedes antes del comienzo de la escuela.

Quiero reiterar el orgullo que siento por nuestra comunidad y su respuesta a la epidemia en curso. Los eventos que comenzaron en marzo y han continuado, han creado enormes desafíos y nosotros, como distrito escolar estamos aquí para ayudar a apoyar a nuestras familias, personal y comunidad durante este tiempo difícil. 

Cordialmente,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo

Superintendente

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Allen Sunday Update (12 July 2020)

Happy Sunday Allen Families! We hope you are staying safe this summer. We miss you!

We have a few new updates this week and hope to have more information at the end of the week for next week’s update!

Recovery Intercession

The Special Education and Pupil Services Department is offering a Recovery Intersession for all Special Education students in Grades 1st through 6th (for the next school year 2020-2021) before the beginning of the start of the regular school year at Allen. This is not a distance learning opportunity, but an at-school opportunity for students to recoup lost learning during the unexpected emergency school closures due to COVID-19. The school day will be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. Since this special opportunity is not part of a child’s IEP, transportation will not be provided, and the school will not hold IEP meetings or conduct IEP assessments. If your child has an IEP and you did not receive an email about this program, please email Ms. Sisi Garcia at maria.garcia@cvesd.org for more info.

Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It Program

Parents can now sign up for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your children all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for July and August in the program’s digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.

Check out https://www.bookitprogram.com/book-it-for-parents for more details and to sign up for this free program.

Summer Learning Camp at Allen

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a Summer Learning Camp (SLC) at Allen Elementary this August 2020. SLC will be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020 at Allen Elementary.

Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. During each day of the Summer Learning Camp, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and social emotional learning from excellent teachers within our District. Each child’s individual literacy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Current safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols are likely to change frequently based on the needs of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks of staff and students will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom, to the extent possible, following CDPH guidelines.
  • Minimal interaction between groups of students will occur.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the Summer Learning Camp at Allen prior to the start of the camp.

Virtual Calming Room

Feeling anxious or stressed? As we continue to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we know that managing our stress is critical to our getting through this season of uncertainty. However, I believe we don’t just go through difficult times but we can grow through difficult times if we choose to do so. Change is inevitable, but progress is a choice. One area that we can choose for our social and emotional growth and well-being is self-care. I encourage your family (adults and children) to take a moment and try this Virtual Calming Room, created for the staff, parents, and students at our sister school, Camarena Elementary School.

Preventing the Summer Slide

Worried about summer learning loss? Here are ten tips for you that you can do during the summer break to keep up your skills.

  1. Read and discuss some of the recommended Common Core Standards Text Exemplars.
  2. Keep a journal on the things you do each day, games you play, programs you watch, etc.
  3. Do some fun math activities or play board games like Monopoly, Sudoku, Yahtzee, Boggle, or Qwirkle.
  4. Choose a few of the K-2 Reading/Writing activities (English) (Spanish).
  5. Keep a science journal noticing the changes in the plants or the types of creatures in your neighborhood. What insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals live in your area? Why?
  6. Listen to Podcasts and reduce your screen time. You can listen in the car, too!
  7. Visit a Virtual Museum!
  8. Try out some of the CVESD VAPA Activities.
  9. CVESD has prepared materials for Summer Learning at Home.
  10. In addition, students, including students moving on to middle school, can continue to use all district online programs through July 31, 2020.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. A friendly reminder to please wear a mask or face covering when you are outside your own home, maintain physical distancing, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap.

School Office Hours and Residency Verification Update

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens. We will start the Residency Verification process shortly after the office reopens: Check back here for updates.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like by next week’s update. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Download the revised Calendar!

Next year’s calendar is out! Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. We highly recommend that all families download a copy of this calendar and make note of all vacations and holidays so that students are present for all scheduled days of school.

We also encourage families to schedule doctor and dentist appointments over the breaks or on minimum days so that students do not miss any learning. You may download a copy of the calendar here:

Meetings for Parents & Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm:

  • Monday, July 13 at 6 pm
  • Monday, August 10 at 6 pm

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month:

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 6 pm * Time changed
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 6 pm * Time changed

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD Summer Learning Resources

Our district continues to provide resources for all students and their families over the summer: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/my_childs_learning/independent_learning_at_home

We love and miss you Eagles! Continue to enjoy your summer vacation, wash your hands, and keep reading!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (4 July 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! We hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Be safe this holiday!

Summer Learning Camp at Allen

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a Summer Learning Camp at Allen Elementary in August 2020. Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. During each day of the Summer Learning Camp, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and social emotional learning from excellent teachers within our District. Each child’s individual literacy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Current safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols are likely to change frequently based on the needs of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks of staff and students will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom, to the extent possible, following CDPH guidelines.
  • Minimal interaction between groups of students will occur.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the Summer Learning Camp at Allen prior to the start of the camp.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. A friendly reminder to please wear a mask or face covering, maintain physical distancing, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap.

School Office Hours

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like in mid-July. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Download the revised Calendar!

There is a revised school calendar that we wanted to ensure everyone has. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. We highly recommend that all families download a copy of this calendar and make note of all vacations and holidays so that students are present for all scheduled days of school. We also encourage families to schedule doctor and dentist appointments over the breaks or on minimum days so that students do not miss any learning. You may download a copy of the calendar here:

Meetings for Parents & Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm:

  • Monday, July 13 at 6 pm
  • Monday, August 10 at 6 pm

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month:

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 5 pm

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD Summer Learning Resources

Our district continues to provide resources for all students and their families over the summer: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/my_childs_learning/independent_learning_at_home

We love and miss you Eagles! Continue to enjoy your summer vacation, wash your hands, and keep reading!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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