Irvine Unified School District

Irvine Unified School District ... providing the highest quality educational experience we can envision.
(21)

Beginning August 20, IUSD’s Nutrition Services will serve daily grab-and-go meals at all school sites.  Meals will be av...
08/14/2020

Beginning August 20, IUSD’s Nutrition Services will serve daily grab-and-go meals at all school sites. Meals will be available for purchase or as part of the free and reduced meal program for students who qualify.

Families are encouraged to pick up meals at their child’s home school. However, if siblings attend different schools, they may pick up meals at one of their home schools. Walk-ups are welcome.

Meals at the elementary, K-8 and middle schools will be available from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Meals at the high schools will be available from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Families will be asked for their student’s first and last name or student ID to enter in our point of sale system.

If families are in need of an early morning pick up, meals will be available from 7 – 8 a.m. at Culverdale Elementary School, Jeffrey Trail Middle School and Woodbridge High School.

For more information, including community resources for short and long term food assistance, please visit https://bit.ly/3gUE5GV.

#iusd #iusdCommunity

Schools will be reaching out to families in the coming days with information about Chromebook pickups.  Chromebook check...
08/14/2020

Schools will be reaching out to families in the coming days with information about Chromebook pickups. Chromebook check outs will take place at students’ neighborhood/assigned schools, including students who are enrolled in the IUSD Virtual Academy.

Chromebooks have already been set aside for families who indicated they will need a one for “at home and at school” on the Academic Model Selection Form. For families who selected the “at school only” option, a device will be provided upon their student’s return to campus.

Please know that we have enough Chromebooks to provide one for every student who needs one. If families did not request a Chromebook through the Academic Model Selection Form, they may contact their school to update their selection and reserve a device.

The District will also be offering an optional insurance program for the device in case you are worried about damage or theft while the device is in your student’s possession. The cost is $20 and if you are interested in signing up for this, you can find more details here: IUSD Chromebook Insurance Program.

Those who indicated they do not have internet access, will be contacted by the District on or before August 14 with additional information about options for internet access at home.

If you have questions about Chromebook checkouts, contact your school directly. For more information, including tech support for Chromebooks, visit https://bit.ly/2POrgSj or email [email protected].

#iusd #iusdCommunity

To view Superintendent Walker’s full message which includes several hyperlinks to important content, visit iusd.org/20-2...
08/12/2020

To view Superintendent Walker’s full message which includes several hyperlinks to important content, visit iusd.org/20-21message.

Dear IUSD Community and Staff,

On behalf of IUSD leadership and staff, we are excited to welcome our new and returning students to the 2020-21 school year, which starts on August 20 with online learning for all IUSD students. While the start of this year is unlike any other, IUSD’s dedicated and talented teachers and staff are committed to academic excellence and supporting our students and families as we continue to navigate this ever-changing landscape together.

Below is important information about our efforts to prepare for the new school year. I would also like to take this opportunity to share a brief video message with our students, staff and families, which can be viewed by clicking here.

State Criteria for In-Person Instruction

As a reminder, Orange County remains on the state COVID-19 monitoring list, which means OC school districts, including IUSD, are currently not permitted to allow students on campus for in-person instruction. In order for schools to return to in-person instruction, daily case counts in Orange County must meet the following state criteria for 14 consecutive days*

•Confirmed or probable cases below 100 per 100,000 residents
•COVID-19 testing positivity rate below 8 percent

IUSD will continue to closely monitor the conditions in our county and provide updates to our community, as they are available.

* The California Department of Public Health recently announced that the state’s data system has experienced technical issues and they are in the process of recalculating this information.

TK-6 Grade Waiver and Youth Sports

The California Department of Public Health recently released new guidelines for youth sports and the criteria for school districts to apply for an elementary waiver to reopen for in-person instruction for grades TK-6 only. However, due to technical issues with the state’s data system, the Orange County Health Care Agency has informed OC school districts that it will pause consultations between the County Health Officer and California Department of Public Health until the electronic lab reporting system is resolved. Read County Superintendent Al Mijares’ statement here.

IUSD will continue to monitor this situation and work with the Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Department of Education to clarify the requirements of the waiver application process.

Youth sports will resume once school starts on August 20 and will follow state guidelines, including physical distancing of six feet and skill, agility and conditioning activities only with no contact. Coaches and schools will provide more information after the start of school.

Click here to read more about the new California Department of Public Health guidelines and click here to read the CIF 2020-21 sports calendar media statement.

What Families Can Expect Next

•Principals and staff from your neighborhood/assigned schools will reach out to families directly with more information about the start of the year, including schedules, teacher assignments, plans for each school site and more.
•Please direct school related questions to your school.
•IUSD will continue to provide the latest news and information to our community, along with helpful resources.

Preparing for Teaching and Learning

Although our teachers and staff are not officially back from summer break, they are working diligently to prepare for the new school year. This includes virtual professional development trainings, live webinars on a variety of teaching and learning topics, and on demand resources and supports, all of which have been developed and taught by IUSD staff.

This incredible team of professionals are acutely focused on providing the highest quality educational experience we can envision, while working to address each student’s social, emotional and academic needs. Now more than ever, it is essential to foster an educational environment that supports students, helping them to develop the necessary skills to become independent and successful learners and engaged citizens, who are able to meet challenges with grit and resiliency.

I could not be more proud of our teachers and staff and would like to thank them for their hard work, enthusiasm and most importantly their care and commitment to our students.

Mental Health and Wellness

In addition to coping with this protracted pandemic and the impacts on our daily lives, students are starting the school year in a way they never have before, which can result in stress and anxiety. For these reasons, our teacher and staff trainings include strategies to help identify and support students who may be facing challenges or a myriad of emotions. To learn more about IUSD’s investments in mental health and wellness resources and supports for students, visit our Speak Up We Care website. If your child needs support, please do not hesitate to reach out to staff at your school.

Also, families have ongoing access to Optimistic Household, the six-part series with interactive modules designed only for IUSD to foster learning and social emotional wellbeing at the highest levels for our students. Visit iusd.org/OptimisticHousehold for more information.

How to Access Updates and Resources

IUSD has developed a number of resources to help keep our community informed.
•Our COVID-19 Web Resource – Includes:
o Latest news and updates
o IUSD’s 2020-21 Opening and Safety Planning FAQ
o Chromebook checkout details and tech supports
o Daily grab and go meals information and community resources
o Special Education resources
o Mental health and wellness supports and services
o Links to national, state and local health agencies, and more.
•IUSD’s Opening and Planning FAQ – Includes guidelines for schools, academic models, opening and safety information, IUSD resources and services, and more.
•Our Opening and Safety Planning Web Resource – Includes information about IUSD preparations, health and safety information, face coverings, and what students, staff and families can expect once Orange County schools are able to offer in-person learning.

Stay Connected to IUSD and Our Schools

•Make sure your contact information is up to date in Parent Portal.
•Visit iusd.org, the COVID-19 and Opening and Safety Planning web resources and IUSD’s FAQ regularly.
•Visit your school’s website and follow your school on social media.
•Check your email often for information from your school, teachers and IUSD.
•Please reach out to your school directly for information related to the school and the start of the year.
•If you or a family member have unsubscribed from school or District emails, you will not receive important updates. To re-subscribe, email [email protected].
•Follow IUSD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
•Visit iusd.org/connect for more information about how you can stay connected.

I hope you have enjoyed time with family and had a relaxing summer. We look forward to the new school year and greatly appreciate your partnership.

Sincerely,

Terry L. Walker
Superintendent of Schools
Irvine Unified School District

#iusd #iusdCommunity

The final module, in the six-part Optimistic Household series, is now available. This latest module, Restart Forward Pro...
08/08/2020

The final module, in the six-part Optimistic Household series, is now available. This latest module, Restart Forward Progress, is focused on how gratitude, in the midst of uncertain times or crisis, can help families and students develop coping strategies. The Module 6 video, from positive psychology expert Shawn Achor, emphasizes that being grateful is a choice, a prevailing attitude that provides a perspective from which we can prevent being overwhelmed by circumstances around us or beyond our control.

To access Module 6, visit iusd.org/OptimisticHousehold and to view the video from Achor, use the password provided in the August 7 email sent to IUSD families. Families can view previous videos for modules 1-5 on demand using this password as well.

#iusd #iusdCommunity

The fifth module, in the six-part Optimistic Household series, is now available. In this latest module, Uncovering Possi...
07/24/2020

The fifth module, in the six-part Optimistic Household series, is now available. In this latest module, Uncovering Possibilities with a Growth Mindset, positive psychology expert Shawn Achor provides tools and activities to help families utilize a growth mindset to cope with life’s challenges, to excel in school or at work, to solve problems and more. The IUSD community can access the module by visiting iusd.org/OptimisticHousehold and entering the password provided in the July 24 email sent by IUSD. #iusd #iusdCommunity

The 2020-21 Academic Model Selection Form closed yesterday, July 22 at 5 p.m.  Thank you for making your selection, whic...
07/23/2020

The 2020-21 Academic Model Selection Form closed yesterday, July 22 at 5 p.m. Thank you for making your selection, which will enable schools to begin scheduling for the fall, including allocation of staff and resources to meet the needs of our students and families.

Selection Review and Next Steps

If you would like to view your family's academic model selection for your student(s), login to the Parent Portal and follow the directions provided in this guide. Schools will reach out to families, who did not complete the selection form, in the next few days to confirm your preference. As a reminder, if an academic model was not selected, students in elementary will be enrolled in the traditional model and students in middle and high school will be enrolled in the hybrid model.

Those who wish to change their original selection should contact their school directly.

Additional Resources

To access a flowchart, which visually highlights the difference between starting school in the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) versus in-person options, teacher assignments and information about keeping students together from the same schools and grade levels, visit iusd.org/2020-21Update8. Students will retain priority at their neighborhood/assigned school, regardless of the model selected. Also, see IUSD’s FAQ on our iusd.org/COVID19 resource webpage and our 2020-21 Opening and Safety Planning webpage at iusd.org/2020-21. These resources are updated regularly.

IUSD will continue to monitor conditions in our county and work with expert agencies and officials. As we have new or updated information, we will keep our community informed.

#iusd #iusdCommunity

This is a friendly reminder to select the preferred academic model of your choice by Wednesday, July 22 at 5 p.m. Your s...
07/21/2020

This is a friendly reminder to select the preferred academic model of your choice by Wednesday, July 22 at 5 p.m. Your selection will enable IUSD to allocate resources and staffing for each academic model. Additionally, when health conditions change and Orange County is removed from California’s COVID-19 watch list, IUSD will be able to pivot quickly and re-open our classrooms and campuses to students, whose families selected in-person options. Absent this process, IUSD would have to disband existing classes and establish new classes with different teachers and students upon return to in-person learning.

To make your selection, login into the Parent Portal and follow the instructions. Please note, if a model is not selected, students in elementary will be enrolled in the traditional model and students in middle and high school will be enrolled in the hybrid model.

Per the Governor’s order, issued last Friday, OC schools cannot physically re-open for in-person instruction until our county is off the state’s list for 14 consecutive days. Unless conditions change, IUSD will begin the 2020-21 school year with online instruction on August 20.

Academic Model and Teacher Assignment Process

As the academic model selection deadline approaches, we know that some of our families have questions about the difference between starting school in the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) versus the in-person option. We have also received questions about teacher assignments and keeping students together from the same schools and grade levels. An attached image is a flowchart, which includes the following:

•The selection process and next steps for beginning the school year.

•To the greatest extent possible, elementary and middle school students will be in cohorts by grade level and by their neighborhood or assigned school (including IVA students). While IUSD will try our best to keep high school students together, it may be more challenging due to course sequencing and schedules.

•In addition, teachers will be assigned to students from their schools (including IVA students) to the extent feasible. This may change in some instances based on enrollment and need.

•It is possible to change academic models at the end of the semester/trimester. Our schools will work with families as needs arise.
Just as our Virtual Academy will provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction, distance learning will also provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction and teachers in our traditional and hybrid programs will be able to access the curriculum and resources offered through our Virtual Academy. With the time to plan and learn from our Emergency Distance Learning experience, we can ensure that Distance Learning will provide tightly structured and standards aligned lessons, with frequent synchronous (live) learning, individualized support, peer-to-peer collaboration, and an infusion of new learning resources. Regardless of the format, IUSD students will receive the rich instruction, support, and connection they need from highly trained and skilled IUSD teachers and staff.

To read the full update and to access our updated FAQ, visit https://iusd.org/2020-21Update7

#iusd #iusdCommunity

As we learned earlier today, Governor Newsom announced that all public and private schools located in California countie...
07/17/2020

As we learned earlier today, Governor Newsom announced that all public and private schools located in California counties on the state’s monitoring list for rising coronavirus infections will be required to close for in-person instruction until the counties are off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Because Orange County is currently on this list, all school districts in the county, including IUSD, will be required to start the 2020-21 school year in a distance learning format until conditions improve.

Implications for In-Person Academic Models

For IUSD, this decision does not affect the Virtual Academy but will temporarily affect the following approved 2020-21 in-person academic models:

Elementary - Traditional, Hybrid and TK/K
Middle and High Schools - Hybrid and Blended
Special Education - Hybrid and Traditional

While the current number of COVID-19 infections preclude in-person instruction at this time, we remain hopeful that the day will come when conditions in Orange County improve enough to be removed from the monitoring list. In anticipation of this day, IUSD will proceed with planning for all approved academic models with the caveat that all in-person models (hybrid, traditional, and blended) may be modified to start the school year in a temporary distance learning mode. Once we are permitted to open for in-person instruction, these affected models will revert to the originally planned design.

Academic Model Selection Process

Please keep this temporary distance learning requirement in mind as you select your preferred academic model. A parent must select one of the in-person options if they want their child to participate in on-campus instruction once conditions permit. Students will begin the year in distance learning with the same assigned teachers they will have once in-person instruction is allowed to start.

We understand that the Governor’s announcement may generate additional questions and concerns; therefore, we are extending the deadline for families to select their academic model to Wednesday, July 22 at 5 p.m. Families must select their models by this date to allow our schools sufficient time to align necessary staffing and to build schedules so that we can honor our families’ preferences and implement the Board approved academic models for the 2020-21 school year.

Rigorous Distance Learning

As you consider your choices for this fall, please understand that, even if we begin the school year in a distance learning format or spend some portion of the year in distance learning, students' experiences will be very different than in the spring of last year. Just as our Virtual Academy will provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction, distance learning will also provide tightly structured and standards aligned lessons, with frequent synchronous learning, individualized support, peer to peer collaboration, and an infusion of new learning resources. Our students, regardless of the format, will receive the rich instruction, support, and connection they need.

While we realize that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated uncertainty and fear, and our families and staff have had to adjust and make so many sacrifices, know that we remain committed to providing educational equity and excellence. Our schools will work closely with our families to ensure that our students receive the support that they need, and we will do everything in our power to deliver on our promise to create the highest quality educational experience we can envision.

IUSD will send a follow up communication early next week, including additional resources to support our staff and families. Thank you for your understanding and partnership.

#iusd

Address

5050 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA
92604

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(949) 936-5000

Website

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Irvine Unified School District posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Nearby government services