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and Board of Education President Dr. Marsha Locke.
 

 

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April 1, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this health crisis. 

 

Today, the Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser extended the order to close all schools in the county through June 19, 2020. This is important to reduce the growth of COVID-19 cases within the county. 

 

To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. As we have mentioned before, our distance learning program will fully launch April 20 for students. We will have more information coming out soon. As teachers are trained, they may be contacting you or your child.

 

We ask for your continued understanding as we work to address the many concerns and questions this directive raises. We don’t have all of the answers tonight, but we are working on addressing the many issues that are impacted. In the coming days and weeks, we will provide you with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships, and summer school will be addressed. 

 

We recognize the importance of graduations, especially for our seniors, and we will work closely with our students, staff, and families to make these experiences as meaningful as possible for our amazing students. Please know that district and school leaders will be planning how they might offer these experiences at a later date.

 

Reminders

 

  • SBK Youth and Family Services is a local Inland Empire community-based organization working with families to connect affordable home internet and other valuable services. Some families may qualify for a free Chromebook with a low-cost internet sign-up.

 

  • We are providing students a “Grab and Go” lunch and breakfast option between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You may visit any school with your child, no questions asked. We will continue this service through the school year. 

 

Finally, we remind you to follow the guidance from RUHS-Public Health, “Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, and Cover Your Face.” For more public health information, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus

 

Sincerely



Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

March 30, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

On behalf of the Board of Education, I hope you had a restful and healthy weekend. As we begin our second week of Spring Break, continue to take time to relax and prepare for the launch of our Distance Learning program.

 

During our first phase, between April 6 and April 17, teachers and principals will be involved in training for distance learning. This is new to many of us and we want to make sure our 1,500 teachers have all the support they need to successfully teach your children.

 

We will be posting additional online independent learning and enrichment resources so your child can continue to maintain their education during this time. These are optional but we encourage you to take advantage of these resources during the first phase.

 

Also during this time, teachers and principals will be reaching out to families to make sure they have the resources they need for distance learning. It’s important that we have your most current contact information. Please log onto the Parent Portal, which can be found by going to www.mvusd.net, and clicking the “Parents” tab and then “Q ParentConnection.”

 

On April 20, our Distance Learning will officially begin with teachers providing assignments and activities for students.

 

In the meantime, here are a few resources that may be useful to you or someone you know. 

 

RESOURCES

 

At-Home Learning

Now that schools are closed, many parents and students are trying to get used to being home every day. Here are some tips on how to create a new routine from the National PTA. They have also posted a lot of resource links for helping your child at home.   

 

Kindermusik

Kindermusik is offering free access to digital audio tracks, activities, and virtual field trips now through April 24th. You can use these materials (all offered in multiple languages) to stay engaged, stay connected, and stay positive.

 

Routine For Kids

Last week, we mentioned the Riverside University Health System - Public Health’s website, www.rivco.org/coronavisus as a source for good information. This we, want to to bring your attention to a video that may be useful. Check out “Behavioral Health: Routine for Kids” on the RUHS Public Health website or on Vimeo.

 

Have a good week. 



Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

March 27, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you are adjusting to this school closure. We miss seeing you and your children but are glad so many of you have still  been coming out for the Grab and Go lunches so we get a quick hello from a safe social distance. I would encourage even more families to come out and take advantage of the lunches.  

 

On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for your continued support during this unsettling time. Please take the next week of Spring Break to relax. When we begin our new Distance Learning program, we are going to need your energy and enthusiasm.  

 

In the meantime, here are a few resources that may be useful to you or someone you know. 

 

RESOURCES

 

Latest Regional COVID-19 Information

Visit https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Riverside County. The website lists Public Health news, orders, and tool kits. In addition, it has a map featuring city, age, gender breakdown of COVID-19 confirmed cases, which will be updated daily.

 

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

 

Accessing Online Digital Resources  

Did you know? If you have internet access, you can use your Xbox or Playstation to access the resources. It’s just one more way for your children to stay connected to their work while schools are closed. (You’ll need a keyboard to complete the assignments).

 

Social Emotional Learning 

Sanford Programs has created the Harmony at Home toolkit to support social and emotional wellbeing for students and families during this difficult time. This toolkit offers a variety of lessons and activities, as well as guidance for parents and guardians to set Harmony Goals and use Meet Up and Buddy Up materials.

 

Also included in the toolkit is a list of recommendations of short video modules (30-60 minutes) through our Sanford Inspire program as a helpful resource for parents, guardians, and educators. You may find Teaching Students Empathy beneficial to have strategies on how to model, establish, and nurture empathy in these days of dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

 

California Association of Student Leaders (CASL) Conference 

March 27-29, 2020 

CASL is a student-led, not-for-profit organization that aims to empower student leaders through student activities through local, regional, and statewide leadership development conferences. Every year, CASL hosts 2,500 delegates at the CASL State Conference where leaders have the opportunity to network, learn conference curriculum, and experience statewide leadership. 

 

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the in-person CASL State Conference was canceled. However, all students are invited to join their virtual conference experience, which will feature live-streaming workshops, keynote speakers, activities, and more! Visit www.cafecasl.com for more information and schedule. 

 

Please continue to send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Have a good weekend. 



Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

March 25, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

We know many of you are worried about your child’s education and what is going to happen during the rest of the school year. We are with you. I wish we had all of the answers, but this is truly an unprecedented event. What I can tell you is that we are dedicated to ensuring our MVUSD community is safe and supported. We are also communicating with the Department of Education and other partners to determine the next steps to get us through the school closure and school year.

 

In the short-term, we are preparing educational resources to ensure students and families will have the ability to access the tools by April 13. Principals and teachers will be reaching out to families beginning April 6 and we will be posting more family digital resources.  

 

In the meantime, during Spring Break, you can access optional grade-level independent learning and enrichment opportunities online at bit.ly/MVUSD-Learning.

 

This is a stressful time, and even our students can feel it. We wanted to make sure you saw the social and emotional learning at home resources included with the Family Digital Resources. They may be useful in easing any anxiety arising during this crisis.  

 

Again, please continue to utilize the learning and digital resources at your own pace during Spring Break. However, also give yourself a break. 

 

We’ve posted some Frequently Asked Questions on our website, which we will update on an as-needed basis. In addition, following are a few resources that may be useful to you or someone you know during this time. 

 

LOW-COST HIGH-SPEED INTERNET 

 

SBX Youth and Family Services

Some families may qualify for a free Chromebook with a low-cost internet sign-up.

 

SBK Youth and Family Services is a local Inland Empire community-based organization working with families to connect affordable home internet and other valuable services. 

 

Spectrum

(855) 243-8892

With school systems across the US closing down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Spectrum is offering free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't currently have internet or WiFi service.This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. They will waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started.

 

You can qualify for this offer if you:

  • Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs
  • Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days

 

For more information, click here.

 

FREE FOOD SOURCES

 

MoVal Meals

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, seniors age 60+ and disabled persons in Moreno Valley will have some help supplementing their food supplies with the launch of a new City service called "MoVal Meals." The free service, which provides both pick-up and delivery options, will offer a week's supply of mostly staples, such as beans, rice, or pasta and more. 

 

Supplies will be available for drive-thru pick-up at the City's Conference & Recreation Center (CRC) at Alessandro Blvd. and Frederick St. Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the day after participants register. Delivery will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Participants must register either by phone at 951-413-3749 or email at MoValMeals@MoVal.org. Find more information at www.movalmeals.org.

 

Feeding America Food Bank (FAFB)

2950 Jefferson Street, Riverside, CA 

(951) 359-4757

https://www.feedingamericaie.org/find-pantry

 

UPDATE: FAFB is not holding drive-thru distributions. Please check their website to find a food pantry near you. 

 

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

 

Art Connects - Virtual Student Arts Competition

In an effort to help students channel their creativity during mandatory school closures due to COVID-19, the Riverside County Office of Education has launched a virtual student arts competition open to all students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade in Riverside County.

 

The competition is open to all students in grades TK-12 attending public, charter, private, parochial, or home school programs in Riverside County. For each of the six weeks, students can submit their contributions at www.rcoe.us/art-connects

 

Winners will be announced in each grade level category approximately one week after the submission deadline for each week’s competition.  

  • 1st place award: $75 gift card from RCOE Foundation, plaque, and certificate of participation  
  • 2nd place award: $50 gift card from RCOE Foundation, and certificate of participation  
  • 3rd place award: $25 gift card from RCOE Foundation, and certificate of participation  
  • Honorable mention: Certificate of participation  



Please continue to send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Thank you for your continued support,



Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

March 23, 2020

Dear Parents:

 

We hope you had a good weekend and are safe. As we head into what would have been our Spring Break, this is a good time to recharge. Below are some reminders, updates, and new resources.

 

MEAL PROGRAM CHANGES

“Grab and Go” meals are still available during Spring Break at nearly all schools between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. As a reminder, students can go to any school. However, the following schools are no longer serving meals (nearby schools are listed as options). 

  • Moreno Valley High School (Alessandro School, 23311 Dracaea Avenue)
  • Bayside Community Day School (Badger Springs Middle School, 24750 Delphinium Avenue) 
  • March Mountain and March Valley High Schools (Sunnymead Elementary, 24050 Dracaea Avenue) 

 

TESTING UPDATES

 

Statewide Testing

The state will be waiving statewide testing this school year, as follows: 

  • Suspending all California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing.
  • Suspending Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
  • Placing the Physical Fitness Test on hold until students return to school.

 

AP Tests

  • AP Exams will be offered for students to take remotely. Each exam will be 45 minutes. 
  • Additional test information will be released on April 3. 
  • Digital portfolio submission deadlines have been extended to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Any students can cancel the exam at no charge. 
  • Only units covered until early March will be covered on the exam. 
  • Instructional resources will launch on 3/25/20--free remote learning resources.  
  • The online exam will be offered on two dates (TBD). 
  • Students can prepare now by going on their Chromebook and clicking on the SHMOOP app.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Free Food Sources

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC)

(909) 723-1581

https://www.capsbc.org/food-bank

 

CAPSBC’s Food Bank distributes over 15 million pounds of food each year throughout San Bernardino County, even to the most remote locations. Visit their website for locations and hours.   

 

COVID-19 Information

 

United Way of the Inland Valley

https://uwiv.org/covid19

 

Residents can dial 2-1-1 at any time to hear the latest information about COVID-19. Callers are also able to get referrals for local services including food, shelter, and other health-related issues.

 

CHILD CARE RESOURCES
Due to the extension of school closures, we have established a list of child care resources for parents who may need support during the school closure (see above). This has been updated recently.

 

As our extended school closure progresses, we will continue to provide you with important information. However, we will send emails Monday, Wednesday, and Friday except for emergencies.  

 

Please continue to send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Thank you for your continued support,



Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

March 20, 2020

Dear Parents:

 

What a week this has been! So many of you have been so gracious and thankful at our free meal service. On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for all of your patience and support. 

 

MEAL PROGRAM CHANGES

Next week, we will continue our “Grab and Go” meal program; however, we will be consolidating some of our meal pick-up locations. Please help us spread the word. 

 

The following is a list of schools that will no longer be serving meals. Students can go to any MVUSD school, but we have listed nearby schools for your convenience.

  • Moreno Valley High School: If you previously picked up meals at Moreno Valley High School, we invite you to pick up meals at Alessandro School, located at 23311 Dracaea Avenue.
  • Bayside Community Day School: Students can pick up meals at Badger Springs Middle School located at 24750 Delphinium Avenue. 
  • March Mountain and March Valley High Schools: Students can go to Sunnymead Elementary located at 24050 Dracaea Avenue. 

 

CHILD CARE RESOURCES
Due to the extension of school closures, we have established a list of child care resources for parents who may need support during the school closure. This will be updated continuously as information changes quickly.

 

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

This crisis has already taken a great toll on many people’s employment. The California’s Employment Development Department has created a useful web page with FAQs for people whose employment has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). If you or someone you may know may need help, visit the site to find out eligibility and filing requirement for:

 

SELF-CARE RESOURCES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and California Department of Public Health have released a handful of relevant and informative resources below:

 

Please continue to send your questions to “publicinformation@mvusd.net” and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Have a safe weekend! Remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and only be in groups of less than 10 people. We care about you!! 

 

Thank you, 



Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools

 

March 19, 2020

Dear Parents:

 

During this unprecedented time with schools closed, the Board of Education and I want to assure you that we are doing all we can to keep your child safe and keep their educational progress on track. 

 

Earlier this week, we posted a variety of grade-based independent learning and enrichment opportunities. As we head into what would have been our Spring Break, we wanted to remind you that you can access the website by visiting bit.ly/MVUSD-Learning (case-sensitive).

 

Many parents have asked about homework packets or assignments. Our teachers care about your children very much and some of them may have provided assignments during the school closure. As we have previously mentioned, while we encourage all students and families to work together on independent learning and enrichment opportunities, at this time, assignments and resources are optional.

 

Due to the school closure extension through April 30, we are working diligently to identify educational resources and ensure students and families will have the ability to access the tools by April 13. We will provide you more information as soon as the details are finalized. 

 

Tonight, you may have heard that Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a state-wide order for everyone to stay at home. Please know that this does not apply to our school meal program. Our district serves 33,000 students and today we served over 10,000 meals to our families. 

 

We will continue to offer free meals tomorrow and throughout the school closure crisis. Now, more than ever, this serves as a vital service to our community. Please let your friends, neighbors, or anybody know that children and teens can pick up a free “Grab and Go” meal at any MVUSD school, Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., no questions asked. 

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding. As you can imagine, this is not an easy undertaking for a district of nearly 40 schools and 33,000 students, and it is important that we get things done correctly, not just fast. Please continue to take care of yourselves. I appreciate all of your help in spreading the word about our meal program and online independent learning and enrichment opportunities. 

 

Thank you, 


Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools

 

March 18, 2020

 

Dear families: 

 

As you know, all schools in Riverside County have been ordered to close through April 30, 2020, which includes our previously scheduled spring break, March 23 - April 3, 2020. In an effort to support our students and community, the Board of Education and I have decided to extend our “Grab and Go” meal service throughout the duration of this unprecedented crisis. 

 

Lunch will be available to all children and teens Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all K-12 Moreno Valley Unified Schools. Under current state requirements, students must be present to receive a “Grab and Go” meal, which includes lunch and breakfast items for the following morning. Please keep an eye out for a business card in your “Grab and Go” lunch bag that contains information regarding independent learning and enrichment opportunities. 

 

Additionally, we are working with our community partners to establish a list of child care resources for parents who may need support during the school closure. 

 

We hope you share all of this information with your friends and family to ensure all families who may need this service are informed. We will continue to keep you updated as appropriate, and would love your support in spreading the word! 

 

If you have any questions in the meantime, please continue to send your questions to “publicinformation@mvusd.net” and we will respond as soon as we can. 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

March 17, 2020

Dear parents, staff and community members:


Today, the Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser announced an order to extend all school closures in the county through April 30, 2020. 


Later today, we expect additional information and guidance from the California State Department of Education and Governor Gavin Newsom regarding school closures. We understand that this is disconcerting and you want information as soon as possible. We are working with our local and state officials to get the most accurate information. 


Please continue to monitor your emails for updates. On behalf of the Board of Education and I, thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this rapidly changing situation.


Sincerely, 


Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 
March 16, 2020

Dear Parents:


During this challenging time with schools closed, the Board of Education and I feel it’s important to remember to take care of each other. We know that it can be difficult for many families and we want to remind you of a few resources available for your students. 


First, we are providing students a “Grab and Go” lunch and breakfast option this week between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at all schools with exception to Rainbow Springs. You may visit any school with your child, no questions asked. 


In addition, to continue supporting our MVUSD students' educational needs, we have compiled a list of various online educational resources in preparation for the possibility of school closures. You may access the website by visiting bit.ly/MVUSD-Learning (case-sensitive) or scanning the QR Code in the attached email. 


While the Moreno Valley Unified School District encourages all students and families to work together on independent learning and enrichment opportunities, these are optional and students are not required to submit work to teachers. 


The earliest students can return to classes is Monday, April 6. However, the federal and local recommendations are changing daily. If we need to extend our school closure period, the dates will be adjusted and we will let you know as soon as possible.


Thank you,


Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
 
March 15, 2020

Good evening, 


School lunch meals and a breakfast item will continue to be provided at no cost for all Moreno Valley Unified School District students during the school closure of March 16, 2020 through March 20, 2020 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 


Meals will be provided as a “Grab and Go” option at all MVUSD schools with exception to Rainbow Springs. If you have children attending different MVUSD school sites, you can visit the nearest school site to receive meals. 


Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. If you have any questions, please email “publicinformation@mvusd.net.” 


Thank you, 


Moreno Valley Unified School District

 

March 13, 2020

Dear parents:

On behalf of the Board of Education and I, thank you for your patience as we and all schools throughout California work to respond as quickly as possible to a rapidly evolving issue with the best information we have from expert agencies. 

As you know, we have been in regular communication with the Riverside University Health Systems-Public Health (RUHS-PH) to learn about the latest news regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are no known confirmed cases by public health officials of COVID-19 among our students or staff in the Moreno Valley Unified School District. However, we have been taking precautionary measures and have been preparing for the possibility of school closures if necessary. 

Today, the Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered the closure of all schools in the county. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 we will close all Moreno Valley Unified School District schools through Spring Break. School will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. Please keep in mind that school closures could be extended based on the rapidly changing situation.

We understand this is a very difficult situation for many of our families and staff because schools serve as a lifeline for many. The District Office will remain open to ensure the continuation of critical functions. Lunch meals will continue to be provided for families as a “Grab and Go” option during March 16, 2020 through March 20, 2020 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at all schools.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, families and community members. Please know that during this closure, public health officials continue to recommend for everyone to practice social distancing and take everyday preventive actions to avoid spreading germs and illnesses. As we have mentioned in previous communications, please follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Children who have fevers and coughs or any other flu-like symptoms should stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without medication.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

To stay informed of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please continue to check the following credible sources:

    1. Riverside University Health System-Public Health
      rivcoph.org/coronavirus.aspx or call 2-1-1
    2. California Department of Public Health
      https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx 
    3. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/


We will remain in close contact with local public health officials throughout the duration of this closure and will provide updates as appropriate. Please check our website “
www.mvusd.net” for additional information and resources. 

Thank you for your patience and support,

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools

  

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members:

This is an understandably challenging time and we appreciate your ongoing support and collaboration to keep our community safe. The Board of Education and I continue to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely alongside local and state officials. There are no known confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students or staff in the Moreno Valley Unified School District.

Thank you for your patience as we and all schools throughout California work to respond as quickly as possible to a rapidly evolving issue with the best information we have from expert agencies. 

Late last night, the Office of the Governor directed public agencies to follow updated public health guidance, including restrictions on public events and large gatherings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect community health. Today, the Riverside County Public Health Department issued a press release with additional information on the cancellation of large events.

As you know, we were already taking preventative measures to consider postponing, cancelling, or modifying events and activities on our campuses prior to these announcements, including making the decision to postpone open houses. 

The Board of Education and I are announcing the additional steps we are taking based on the directive from Governor Gavin Newsom and the Riverside County Public Health Department. By order of the Health Officer of the County of Riverside, all events with expected attendance above 250 individuals are cancelled starting March 12, 2020 until April 30, 2020, regardless of venue. The following additional decisions and guidelines were made in consultation and in consideration of their recommendations and orders. 

Student Health Care 

  • Students with symptoms of illness will be assessed by a health care staff member and may be sent home.
  • Students sent home must be picked up by a parent or person on their emergency contact list.
  • A student with a fever and respiratory illness symptoms will be isolated until they are able to leave.
  • Students will continue to receive reminders about best practices for preventing the spread of the germs and viruses.

Employee Health Care 

  • Employees with symptoms of illness consult with a healthcare professional.
  • Following the recommendation of public health officials, please call your doctor instead of walking in. 
  • Employees with a fever and respiratory illness symptoms are asked to stay home until fully recovered and symptom-free for 24 hours including being free of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

As a reminder, it is essential that anyone who is sick stays home until fully recovered and symptom-free for 24 hours including being free of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 

Athletics
All games will be cancelled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020. On campus practice is allowable.

Field Trips

Any field trips scheduled between Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020 will be cancelled or postponed if the event, activity or location is unable to allow students and staff to comply with social distance standards.

Travel (Non-Athletic)
All overnight and air travel scheduled for the purpose of instruction or business continuity, will be cancelled if they are scheduled between Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020. This includes the following:

  • Overnight field trips (including science camps and college road trips).
  • Professional development related travel.

We will continue to evaluate risks associated with any and all travel.

School/district-sponsored events 

At this time, school and District-sponsored events scheduled between Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 6, 2020 will be postponed or cancelled. 

Events include, but are not limited to: 

  • Visual and performing arts events 
  • Assemblies and/or extracurricular related events 
  • Open Houses
  • Banquets
  • PTA/PTO/Booster events 
  • Student-organized events including those organized by school clubs 
  • Tryouts
  • Fairs/festivals
  • Award Ceremonies

The following events will proceed normally, as long as social distancing measures are followed and a sign-in sheet is filled:

  • PTA Meetings
  • DELAC/ELAC Meetings
  • School Site Council Meetings
  • Book Club Meetings
  • Parent Workshops
  • Student Club Meetings

Each school will decide how best to move forward for their community based on the information, guidelines and resources available.

Events and Activities - Non-MVUSD

All non-MVUSD events and activities scheduled to occur on MVUSD property are allowed to continue as long as the events have less than 250 attendees and comply with social distancing measures. 

All of these measures will be in effect through April 6, 2020 (through Spring Break) and will be modified or extended based on guidance from public health officials. 

We are continuously communicating with the Riverside County Department of Public Health and are staying updated on any new developments regarding this rapidly changing situation. All of these decisions are not taken lightly. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, families and community members. We expect new precautions daily and will continue to update you as soon as we are informed.  


Thank you for understanding,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools

 

March 11, 2020

Good evening,  

The Board of Education and I understand the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a concern for many of our families during this time. We continue to monitor the Novel Coronavirus  closely alongside health professionals, Riverside University Health System-Public Health (RUHS-PH), the Riverside County Office of Education and the California Department of Education. This is an understandably anxious time, and we appreciate how families and staff are working together to keep our community safe. 

The Coronavirus continues to be a very fluid situation. We understand many of you have questions, and we will continue to address as many as possible in our updates to families. You can view our previous messages with resources on our district website (mvusd.net).

Most recently, there has been an increase in questions regarding school closures. I would like to clarify if an outbreak occurs and school closures are recommended or ordered, decisions will be made following discussion between the school district, Riverside University Health System-Public Health, California Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, Moreno Valley Unified School District has not been recommended to close any schools.

We have also been receiving an increase in questions from parents regarding cancellations of field trips, events and activities. The Moreno Valley Unified School District seeks to continue family and parent engagement to the greatest extent possible, while also keeping our community safe and protecting the health of our students and staff. We are following the recommendations of Riverside County public health officials and the California State Department of Education. Under their guidance, we are taking the following into consideration for events and activities as a precautionary measure: 

  • Moving assemblies or group activities to a large room or outdoors to allow attendees more personal space 

  • If a larger space is not available, staggering group activities or assemblies to minimize the number of people gathered in one area

  • Postponing large events and assemblies, when appropriate

Based on the social distancing recommendation from the county and knowing that open house events attract a very large audience, including the elderly who have been reported to be more susceptible to infection, we have decided to postpone all open house events until further notice. All other events are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will keep you informed of any updates regarding the steps we are taking during this time. 

Thank you for understanding, 

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools

 

March 8, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last night, the Riverside University Health System - Public Health published a press release that states a person has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Riverside County. The individual is currently undergoing care at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage and is in isolation as the team continues with testing and treatment for the patient.


While this may be alarming to some parents, there is no need to panic. We continue to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely alongside health professionals and Riverside University Health System-Public Health (RUHS-PH) officials.It is understandable for parents to feel anxiety regarding this recent news and we will continue to provide you with updates as necessary. We can assure you that we are doing everything in our power to keep school sites disinfected and clean for all students.

We are encouraging all students and staff to continue to practice taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu.

As we have mentioned in previous communications, please follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Children who have fevers and coughs or any other flu-like symptoms should stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without medication.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

We ask that you keep in mind that this is a virus and it is not specific to any single race or ethnicity. Please speak with your children about cultural sensitivity during this challenging time.

Below are some additional resources:

Sincerely, 


Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools

 

March 7, 2020

Good afternoon, 

The Moreno Valley Unified School District continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely alongside health professionals and Riverside University Health System-Public Health (RUHS-PH) officials. 

You may be aware of Murrieta Valley High School’s closure on Monday, March 9, due to an employee who may have been exposed to the Novel-Coronavirus during a recent travel abroad. The school will remain closed until testing of the employee is complete. During the closure, the campus will be disinfected and 71 students who were in contact with the employee have been instructed to self-quarantine. For more information about this, please read the recent press release. 

According to the RUHS-PH officials, the risk to Riverside County residents remains low and no additional measures in schools are needed at this time. However, we are taking extra precautions at our schools to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases and are reminding families to also take everyday preventive actions at home. Many of you have expressed concerns and have asked questions regarding the risk of exposure or community spread. Please scroll down for answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received this week.

It is also important to be mindful not to single out or stigmatize anyone in our community based on national origin or for having the flu. It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine and taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs.

The Moreno Valley Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. For more information from local health officials, please visit: rivcoph.org/coronavirus.aspx or call 2-1-1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How are student absences being handled?

  • All absences due to illnesses are excused per policies in our Parent Handbook.
  • If your child is not sick, please speak with the school administrator regarding your child’s absence. 
  • Remember: If you or your child have a fever, please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without temperature reducing medication. 

Q: Are there any plans to alter or cancel field trips, school dances, etc. due to concerns?

There are no recommendations from public health officials at this time for cancellation of school events or field trips. According to the Riverside County health officials, students and staff should continue with normal daily activities and practice the same precautions you use during cold and flu seasons. 

Q: Are additional sanitization procedures taking place at sites and in classrooms?

Our district is already implementing additional sanitation procedures.

  • Maintenance and Operations is providing additional hand sanitizing stations for all schools.
  • Custodial staff is implementing increased cleaning procedures, including disinfecting high-traffic locations using state-recommended cleaning materials. 
  • All soap dispensers are being filled regularly.
  • Transportation is taking extra cleaning precautions, increasing daily cleaning and sanitizing of buses.
  • We are also reminding students on how to properly wash hands, which is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of germs and respiratory illnesses according to health officials. 

Q: My school bathroom is out of soap. What should I do?

Please let the school administration or front office staff know. They will work with their custodial staff to refill or replace fixtures.

Q: Are alcohol-based hand sanitizers allowed in MVUSD schools?

Yes.

Q: What if a student catches the virus?

Any time a student is confirmed to have a communicable disease, the District and the Riverside County Public Health Department are in communication for directives and guidance to prevent the spread of the specific communicable disease. This applies to all health conditions (H1N1, tuberculosis, meningitis, etc.). 

Q: Who will make a decision to close schools?

If an outbreak occurs, and school closures are recommended or ordered, decisions will be made following discussion between the school district, Riverside County Public Health Department, California Department of Education and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Q: What if a member of a student’s or staff’s immediate family is diagnosed? Are all quarantined in that household?

If students or staff come in contact with someone confirmed to be an infected person, they should: stay home and contact their medical provider. If someone must quarantine or isolate, they will be notified by the Riverside University Health System-Public Health.

Q: What if I think my child has the coronavirus?

Please call the Riverside University Health System-Public Health Disease Control Office line at 951-358-5107.


Q: What happens if a child is symptomatic with flu/cold symptoms?

If a child is symptomatic (for example: fever, shortness of breath, cough, congestion), they should stay home and contact their personal physician for further guidance. A child may return to school once fever free for 24 hours without temperature reducing medication. If they are at school, and begin to feel sick, they should check in with the health office.

Q: There’s so much information out there and I don’t know what’s true or not. Where can I go to find the most updated information about the coronavirus?
Be sure to always get your information from credible sources such as: 

    1. Local - Riverside University Health System-Public Health
      For more information about the Novel Coronavirus, please visit: rivcoph.org/coronavirus.aspx or call 2-1-1.
    2. State - California Department of Public Health
      https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx 
    3. Federal - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ 


As you know, the health, safety and well-being of all students and staff is important to us. Please feel free to use the attached resources when speaking to your child about preventive measures regarding respiratory illnesses and how to wash hands properly.

Thank you for helping to keep our children and schools safe.

Sincerely, 


Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent of Schools

 

Flyers:


 

February 28, 2020

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation.

As of February 26, the Riverside University Health System-Public Health officials report there are zero cases of coronavirus in Riverside County. 

You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered their level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional details about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and people should begin preparations now. We are working with the Riverside University Health System-Public Health to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in Riverside County. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and the Riverside University Health System-Public Health websites.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Children who have fevers and coughs or any other flu-like symptoms should stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without medication.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that hand washing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

The Moreno Valley Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

If you have questions about these topics, please contact the Riverside University Health System-Public Health Disease Control Office line at 951-358-5107.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.