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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #29 
March 27, 2020 
Letter from Superintendent, Elliott Duchon 

UPDATED Student Online Learning Resources​ 

Dear Jurupa Unified Community, 

Thank you for your understanding and efforts during this unique and challenging time. This has been a time of hardship for many of you. All of us at Jurupa Unified are answering the call to do our part to help our community. During the last few weeks, JUSD has provided thousands of meals for the children in our community in an effort to assist families. Additionally, we have been hard at work preparing for increased distance learning opportunities and a suggested learning schedule for our students during school closure, both centrally through our district website, and directly from your student's teacher. Those resources can be found here

While school is closed, students are not required to complete assigned tasks. However, all instructional learning tasks have been and will be designed to both improve student's grades, and assist them in continuing to master the challenging standards for their grade level, preparing them for the next school year's content. 

Many teachers have reached out to students digitally in the past days, and professional development sessions are being offered to assist teachers with this challenging task. Beginning the week of March 30th, teachers will be providing learning opportunities for their students. These learning opportunities are optional, but we recommend strongly that students participate. 

Assistance with district-issued Chromebook devices will be provided.

Resources for home internet access will be provided.

If you have additional questions, please click here

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. JUSD will continue to put every effort into ensuring that students are supported while at home during school closure. 

Sincerely,

Elliott Duchon, Superintendent


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #28
March 27, 2020
FREE Grab-N-Go Meals Update​​​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #27
March 26, 2020
Dual Enrollment Students:
We wanted to check-in and see how you are doing now that your college classes have gone online.  Please complete the brief Dual Enrollment Survey below:​

Students and their families who currently do not have internet access at home can find temporary, free wi-fi services being offered by Charter/Spectrum and Comcast.  For more details on these programs please visit:
Charter/Spectrum
https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
Comcast 
https://www.internetessentials.com/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #26
Art Connects - RCOE Virtual Students Arts Competition​​​
March 25, 2020

Art Connects - RCOE Virtual Students 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   
Each week will feature a different medium: poetry, visual arts, dance, theater, media arts, and music. Visit www.rcoe.us/art-connects to learn more and participate! ​

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #25 
March 23, 2020​ 
🥪 NEW LOCATION: PATRIOT HIGH SCHOOL 🥪 Join us this week at Patriot HS for our Drive-Up Free Grab-N-Go Meals! From 11 am - 1 pm! 🙌🏻 No need to exit your car. Just drive-up for your free meals!​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #24 
March 23, 2020​   
Norco/RCC College Update for Dual Enrollment
Recognizing that some students may be forced to withdraw due to the emergency, Chancellor Oakley signed an executive order that suspends state and local regulations to ensure students are not penalized academically and will more easily be able to receive refunds for enrollment fees.

Students who withdraw because of the current crisis will receive an excused withdrawal on their transcripts, which will not count against academic progress requirements. The order temporarily waives requirements for districts to obtain approval from the state Chancellor’s Office to refund enrollment fees to these students.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #23 
March 23, 2020​ 

Connecting with our families 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #22
March 20, 2020

Update from Riverside Community College District​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #21
March 20, 2020

Free Grab-N-Go Meals During Spring Break


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #20
March 20, 2020
Norco College Update for Dual Enrollment
All courses will be going online Monday if they haven't already started.  We hav​e noticed that several of the dual enrollment students have not responded to the online platform.  Student were given instructions on how to access Canvas.  If they are having trouble logging in or do not understand please refer them to your Outreach/Ed. Advisor. They are all working remotely.  Also, remember to check your Norco College student email frequently.

I also want to assure you that deadlines will be extended and students will not be penalized.  More to come on procedures and timelines. At this time we are unsure if summer will be face-to-face or online. I will keep you posted when decisions have been made.

Dr. Maureen Sinclair
Dual Enrollment​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #19​​
March
​ 20, 2020​​​
AP Program Update: Testing and Student Support
An Update from the College Board
​​Your health and safety are our top priorities. We know the coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here's how the AP Program is supporting you and your school:

  • We're providing live and on-demand AP courses for free.
  • We're developing a new at-home testing option.

Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won't be possible.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

Taking the Exam

We surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted the opportunity to test this year. Their answer: a resounding yes.

Free resources will be available through exam day to help you get ready. While we encourage you to wait until closer to the test to decide, any student registered for an exam can cancel at no charge.

For the 2019-20 exam administration only:

  • We're developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.
  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
  • You'll be able to take your exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You'll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. We're working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach us directly to let us know.

The exams will be secure. We're using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.

Free AP Review Classes

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.

You can find the course schedule at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes

Information for AP Students Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) – AP Students | College Board

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We know the coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here's how the AP Program is supporting you and your school: We're providing live and on-demand AP courses for free. We're developing a new at-home testing option. Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools ...

apst​udents.collegeboard.org​​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #18  

March 19, 2020 
Executive Order to Suspend Standardized Testing​ 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #17 
​100 Mile Club, 26 Day Challenge 
March 19, 2020 
100 Mile Club 26 Day Challenge​​ 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #16​ 
Letter from Superintendent, Elliott Duchon​ 
March 18, 2020 
Dear Jurupa Parents, Students, Employees, and Jurupa Community: 

We are in the midst of a trying time that will change how we live in the days, weeks, and months to come. As Americans, members of the Jurupa Community, young and old, we have the strength to weather this storm. We are currently under the order of Dr. Cameron Kaiser, County of Riverside Public Health Officer, to close schools until April 30. Today the Governor stated that school might remain closed even longer.  As your school superintendent, I pledge that we will do our part in supporting and caring for your children. I know I speak on behalf of our board: President, Silvia Ortega; Clerk, Karen Bradford; and Trustees, Linda Chard, Robert Garcia, and Melissa Ragole. Likewise, I know our employees are totally committed to our students. 

As a school district, we must not only comply with these orders but serve in any way we can. As such, we will continue to provide meals to any child under 18 in our school district, including during spring break. We will provide more detailed information for food distribution during spring break later this week. We are awaiting direction from the California Department of Education as to what educational resources we can provide to our students as they spend their days at home. Currently, there are a number of online resources provided by our teachers and links to other educational resources can be found at cde.ca.gov. In addition, we are working out ways to provide mental health support that can be accessed online. 

The Coronavirus is different from anything I have experienced in my lifetime. For many there may not be any symptoms, for others, it can be a serious health threat. The best way to contain it is through social distancing which is why schools are closed at this time. 

I want to speak to our students. While the Coronavirus is serious, we can fight it. You can help by washing your hands and staying the length of both arms away from others. Doing these two things is like having two stop signs between you and the germs. Because you are young and strong you might not even feel sick. Your families need you right now. We have provided many engaging learning activities for you while you are home from school.  You should also read daily and become even smarter.  I want you to learn every day so that when school opens again you will be ready.  The grown-ups are here to help you.

To all, I thank you. Our employees, you are the best. I know we can count on you when called upon. To the Jurupa Community, let us do what communities do best and help one another through these trying times. Your school district is here and we will help in every way possible. 

Let's stand together (maintaining the six feet of social distance), let's fight hard to preserve our health, and together we will overcome the Coronavirus.  This is a time for families to come together and for our faith to keep us strong. 

In unity, 
Elliott Duchon, Superintendent 


​Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #15
March 17, 2020​​
Due to the Coronavirus risk, Jurupa Unified's Parent Center will be closed effective, March 18, 2020, and remain closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. ​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #14

March 17, 2020​​
Riverside County health officials have extended the closure of schools by executive order through April 30th. Jurupa Unified schools will remain closed through April 30th, 2020. Information changes rapidly, and we will keep sending updates on any new information as we receive it. Food distribution will continue as planned.​​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #13
March 17, 2020
FREE Grab-N-Go Meals Update​​​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #12
March 17, 2020
​​The Press Enterprise is reporting that Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Health Official, is directing all schools in Riverside County to close until April 30th.  While we have not received official notification from county health at this time, we fully expect to receive the official order later this afternoon.  JUSD will post the order on its website once it is received and will push the information out to the community.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we await official notification.​


C​oronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #11
March 16, 2020
- JUSD served 1460 meals today districtwide
- JUSD sites remain closed through April 3rd or until directed otherwise
- JUSD officials continue to communicate regularly with Riverside University Health Systems-Public Health and receive updates daily
- With the exception of school lunch distribution, all district meetings and groups remain canceled
- All school site offices remain closed districtwide​
- Due to school closures, all events and meetings districtwide have been postponed. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #10
March 16, 2020
Families Without Internet Access
Students and their families who currently do not have internet access at home can find temporary, free wi-fi services being offered by Charter/Spectrum and Comcast.  For more details on these programs please visit:
Charter/Spectrum
https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
Comcast 
https://www.internetessentials.com/


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #9
March 16, 2020
Student Online Learning Resources


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #8
March 16, 2020
FREE Grab-N-Go Meals​​​
During the COVID-19 school closures, JUSD is offering a Free Grab-N-Go meal to all children 18-years old or under.  Children must be present to receive a meal. Meal service will be available Monday—Friday, March 16—March 20, 2020 and March 30—April 3, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #7
March 13, 2020

​For all students dual-enrolled in RCC or Norco College classes this semester:
No RCC or Norco College classes will be held on Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17.   Starting March 18, these classes will resume as online-only courses.  Please be sure to check your RCC or Norco College email frequently for any updates.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #6
​School Closure - Homework Update​
​March 13, 2020
Dear Students and Families:

First and foremost, thank you for your understanding and efforts during this unique and challenging time. While schools are closed, students are not required to do classwork or homework. However, teachers and leaders strongly recommend that students stay engaged in learning activities. 

Activities can be found here.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #5
March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Update - #5​ School Closures


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #4
Letter from Superintendent, Elliott Duchon
​March 13, 2020
Good Morning JUSD Staff, Families and Community:

Jurupa Unified is closely monitoring and evaluating current information available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As school district employees and members of the community, we understand the importance of taking appropriate measures to do our part in controlling and containing this virus.  We are working hard to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families.   

Effective immediately, and until further notice, the following guidelines will be implemented to protect our children, our employees and the community at large:

Canceled Events (New additions to the list are in bold and listed first)

  • All large-scale events in excess of 250 people (number reduced from 300)
  • All field trips
  • All athletic events vs. other schools
  • All performances
  • JUSD Employee of the Year Celebration
  • All rallies
  • All movie nights
Elementary awards ceremonies

In addition, JUSD is also restricting visitors to our schools, including parent and community volunteers.

We will continue to evaluate upcoming events daily to determine if the event will proceed as planned or if it will be canceled. Regular updates will be provided on our website at Coronavirus: LatesNews.

Jurupa Unified has been in close communications with the Riverside University Health-System-Public Health (County), which is the lead agency in disseminating information to the public county-wide. As a district, we are considering ALL options in protecting those we serve.   In the future, it may be necessary to close some or all of our schools, and we want our families to know that we will do WHATEVER is necessary to protect those entrusted to our care.  Please continue to monitor our communications as we provide updates when new information becomes available. 

Last week, we communicated that every classroom districtwide is being equipped with hand sanitizer to protect our students and staff.  The order was placed weeks ago as we prepared to install in every classroom, multi-purpose room, cafeteria, library, and office.  Unfortunately, as many have experienced, our supplier was unable to meet the demand of all currently in need.  It is later than anticipated, but rest assured that be the end of the day, all classrooms districtwide will have sanitizer.      

JUSD recognizes the difficult circumstances the decisions to cancel events place on our students, staff and families. It is necessary for us to be responsible global citizens and do our part to prevent the spread of this contagious disease and to protect all members of the Jurupa community.  Thank you for your continued understanding and support of our schools.  

Sincerely,
Elliott Duchon 
Superintendent ​


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - #3
​Letter from Superintendent, Elliott Duchon
March 11, 2020
Good Afternoon JUSD Staff, Families and Community:

We are all concerned with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19).  As school district employees and members of the community, we recognize that we must take appropriate measures to do our part in controlling and containing this virus.  I know this means most people will experience some inconvenience and a change in routine in the coming weeks.  This is true for all of us who are part of Jurupa Unified School District.  We are taking prudent and appropriate measures immediately to do our part.  I want to thank you in advance, knowing that all of our lives will be disrupted to some extent.  Working together, we will do everything we can to protect our children, our employees and our community at large. 

To this end, Jurupa Unified School District will immediately implement the following guidelines for events and/or activities through the month of March.

Canceled Events

  • JUSD Employee of the Year Celebration
  • All rallies
  • All movie nights
  • All large-scale events in excess of 300 people
  • All field trips involving international travel
  • All field trips to an educational institution with an established risk
  • Elementary award ceremonies

Approved Events

  • Performances (all attendees will be required to legibly sign in)
  • Athletic events

Other activities are being closely monitored and may be canceled due to the severity of risk in the area at the time of the event.  These include:

  • Prom
  • Grad Night
  • Promotions
  • Senior Award Night
  • Graduation
  • End-of-Year Recognitions

Information regarding these activities will be forthcoming and a final decision will be made two weeks prior to the event. 

We will continue to evaluate upcoming events daily to determine if the event will proceed as planned or if it will be canceled.  Regular updates will be provided on our website at Coronavirus: Latest News.​

We recognize the difficult circumstances these decisions place on our students, staff and families. It is necessary for JUSD to be responsible global citizens and do our part to prevent the spread of this contagious disease and to protect all members of the Jurupa community.   

Sincerely,
Elliott Duchon
Superintendent


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March 6, 2020
The following are our actions taken to safeguard our students, families, and staff. 

  1. Hand sanitizer is being provided to all schools and classrooms.
  2. The district has given direction to all schools regarding upcoming field trips.  Field trips will be canceled if they are to a destination with an established risk.         
  3. The district continues to collaborate with the Riverside University Health System to ensure we are up-to-date on the most current information.

Please be assured that the safety of students, families, and staff is our top priority.  To date, there are no reported cases in Riverside County Schools and we will continue to inform you as new information becomes available.​


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Coronavirus (COVID​-19) Update - #1
February 28, 2020
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become an international health concern.  We are following updates from state, local and federal agencies.  It is our objective to provide for the health and safety of our students and staff. 

The Riverside University Health System-Public Health (County) is the lead agency regarding communicable diseases in Riverside County. JUSD is monitoring the latest information and works in conjunction with RUHS to ensure the safety of all students and staff.  To remain informed and updated on the topic, please visit the Riverside County Health System-Public Health's website at https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus

​We encourage you to prevent the spread of germs by following the health guidelines from the Center for Disease Control.  The guidelines are:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading the virus.
  • If you or your child is sick with flu/cold or respiratory virus symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs, like the flu.
  • Do not send your child to school if he/she has a temperature over 100 degrees.  Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e.​: Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)

As an extra precaution, hand sanitizer is being provided to every school and classroom in the district, and door handles will be sanitized daily by JUSD custodial staff. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to ensure that our students and staff remain healthy and safe, and our students continue to learn in a welcoming environment.​​