Superintendent Message regarding Start of School

Good Evening, Alhambra Families - this is a message from Superintendent Yslas:

This is an important message regarding the start of school for the upcoming year.  Since the beginning of all school closures, mid-March, Alhambra has worked to design plans that ensure the safety of our students, staff, and all families upon return.  During this planning time we consistently receive updates and guidance from health and government officials that impact our work.

Our volunteer ACT Task Force team has worked tirelessly for the past few months to finalize our return to school plans.  Part of our ACT Task Force is the Healthy Traffic Light Committee.  

The Healthy Traffic Light Committee is using a stoplight visual to categorize our expectations for safe and healthy behaviors depending on the level of threat being posed by COVID-19 infections at any time.  The Healthy Traffic Light system uses GREEN, YELLOW and RED designations—with a second, RED Level-2 designation addressing severe risk. 

With the recent spike in Arizona’s infection rate, and after a great deal of consideration, district officials have determined that school will begin on Red Level-2.  This means that all students will participate in district-wide Distance Learning starting August 17 for the duration of the first quarter.

The district has not eliminated the original options communicated to families, including 2-1-2 In-Person Learning and Distance Learning; however, operating in Red Level-2 Distance Learning is the only safe option at this time.   During the first quarter of Distance Learning, district officials will closely monitor and determine when it becomes safe for students to return to our school buildings. 

When the district has determined it is safe to return, parents may choose to have their children continue with Distance Learning or participate in the 2-1-2 In-Person Learning option.  Devices will be distributed to all families before August 17th, and limited Learning Spaces are available at school sites for families in need of this support.  

Please carefully review the attachment for more detailed information related to this announcement (https://bit.ly/AESDistanceLearning).  We thank you for your patience and extend our commitment to ensuring that the Alhambra community remains safe and that learning continues.

Thank you.

Mark Yslas