Parent Communications

*updated 4/2/20

Hello HUSD Families,


This message is to inform our families that HUSD will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Riverside County Public Health Department released an order today that all schools within the county will remain closed. This order does not include nutrition programs; the District will continue to provide meals at the designated school sites with the exception of spring break (April 6 - April 10).


With this new order, HUSD will continue to work towards solutions to engage students in learning while away from the classroom and will update families as things progress. We encourage families to visit https://hemetlearnstogether.org/ to access educational resources for your child. This website provides voluntary packets of work for students, a template of a daily schedule, and various learning opportunities for different subject areas.  


We understand this news can be unsettling, especially for our students. We will continue to provide updates and various resources to our families, please visit the district's website, hemetusd.org for more information. 

 

We want to remind families that these closures are for social distancing purposes and to help reduce the spread of the virus. We hope you will join us as we work to stop the spread. For information regarding coronavirus, please visit Riverside County Public Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s websites. 

*updated 3/26/2020

Hello HUSD Families,

This communication is to provide you an update for our meal distributions. Starting next week (the week of March 30th) we will only serve meals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Children will receive two days worth of meals on Wednesdays and Fridays. The breakdown will be as followed:

Tuesday: receive two meals (Tuesday lunch, Wednesday breakfast) 

Wednesday: receive four meals (Wednesday lunch, Thursday breakfast, Thursday lunch, and Friday breakfast)

Friday: receive four meals (Friday lunch, Monday breakfast, Monday lunch, Tuesday breakfast)

In addition, the serving location for Rancho Viejo Middle School has been changed to Tahquitz High School, which is located next door. These changes go into effect next week. Families will receive their meals for Monday, March 30th on Friday, March 27th. We also want to remind families that HUSD will not be serving meals during the regularly scheduled Spring Break (April 6-10).

Thank you.

*updated 3/20/20

 

Hello HUSD Families,


As you may be aware, Governor Newsom signed an order last night, asking all Californians to stay home. There were exceptions to this order and we are happy to say that providing nutrition to our students was an exception so we will continue to provide this service. However, we are decreasing the number of sites that are providing meals. This allows us to rotate our staff while still providing meals to our students. 


In addition, if you have a child who is medically fragile or unable to reasonably transport due to disabilities, you will still be able to pick up a meal for this child as long as you mention this to the HUSD employees assisting at the school sites. We are also serving individuals actively enrolled in our Special Education Adult Transition program. 


Below is a list of the schools that, starting Monday, March 23rd, will no longer provide meals and a site families can visit instead. 


  • Cawston- families can visit Rancho Viejo Middle School
  • Acacia- families can visit Hemet Elementary School
  • Tahquitz-families can visit Rancho Viejo Middle School
  • McSweeny- families can visit Diamond Valley Middle School
  • Little Lake- families can visit Dartmouth Middle School
  • Valle Vista- families can visit Hemet High School
  • Harmony- families can visit West Valley High School

We will continue to update you on the new information we receive. Please check the district website at hemetusd.org for all updated information.

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*updated 3/19/20
 

Dear HUSD families,


As we communicated previously, our schools will be closed until April 30th, per an order from Riverside County Public Health. HUSD staff has been working around the clock to prepare instruction and educational opportunities for TK-12 grade students. Online resources are available at hemetusd.org, and we will continue to push out web based resources that can support the learning of all student groups and grade spans. For families that do not have access to a computer or the internet, we are creating grade level appropriate packets that will be available in the near future. We will communicate the exact date once materials are prepared for pickup. These packets will be available in the near future and will be distributed during the established food delivery time, 11:00AM-12:00PM, at designated sites.  


While we will be providing educational resources we want to also encourage this as an opportunity to spend time together as a family. These last few weeks have been stressful on all of us, children included. If you are able, use this time to do a puzzle with each other, read with your children, build a fort, paint, cook, look at photos from when you were a child and explain your family history. In other words, don’t put added stress on you and your family. Though this is a time full of uncertainty it could also be a time in which our children look back fondly thinking of the memories they made together as a family. 

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Updated 3/17/20
 

Hello HUSD Families,


This message is to provide an update to our families. Riverside County Public Health Department released an order that all gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited from now through April 30th. This order does not include nutrition programs that we are providing at our school. However, this does include normal school operations. Due to the new order, HUSD will be extending its closure through April 30, 2020. We will continue to provide updates and resources to our families through the district’s website at hemetusd.org and through social media. 


In addition, due to lack of participation, we will stop serving at Alessandro, ASPIRE, Helen Hunt Jackson and Hamilton High School. However, families are able to visit other school sites, many of which are next door to get breakfast and lunch for their child.   

We want to remind families that these closures are for social distancing purposes and to help reduce the spread of the virus. We hope you will join us as we work to stop the spread. For information regarding coronavirus, please visit Riverside County Public Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s websites.

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*updated 3/16/20
 

Hemet Unified School District will provide weekly communications to families and important updates, as they are available. These communications will provide families with available resources as well as updates to school closures. All communications can be accessed by visiting the district website at hemetusd.org and clicking on “read full story” on the pop-up alert.

This week’s update is to inform families of various resources. If you do not have internet access, families can contact Charter Communication at (844) 488-8395 to receive free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days.

Instructional resources can be found on the district’s website through the pop-up alert. These resources are broken down by elementary, middle, and high school.

This is a reminder to families that these closures are for social distancing purposes and to help reduce the spread of the virus. We hope you will join us as we work to stop the spread. For information regarding coronavirus, please visit Riverside County Public Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s websites.  

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updated 3/15/20

 

Nutrition

 

During District closure, Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch meals free of charge to children 18 years of age and under. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the same time Monday through Friday at every school location from 11:00AM-12:00PM, except at the Western Center location. It is a drive-thru/walk-up type of meal service. For those driving, HUSD asks that you stay in your car and bagged meals will be provided for each child present. If you have students at multiple schools, you only need to visit one location.  

Children need to be present to get their meals.

 

Instruction

 

Instructional resources by elementary, middle, and high school. (Please use this embedded link to access.)

 

Students with Special Education Services and 504 Plans 

During the school closures from Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3, no instructional services will be provided to any students. 

 

Below you will find a copy of procedural safeguards which details your rights under the special education laws and contains information regarding whom you may contact with any questions.

 

Once the campus is reopened for students, an individualized determination will be made for each student with an Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan as to whether the student requires compensatory education services. 

 

General Family Information

 

As mentioned above, HUSD understands the closure of our schools may cause implications with family’s work, please use the link below to access California Labor and Workforce information. 

For other general questions, please visit: 

 

Current Coronavirus Information

 

Riverside County University Health System- Public Health’s Coronavirus webpage.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for schools and school districts can be found at the California Department of Public Health webpage.

 
The following links provide updated information regarding the Novel Coronavirus.
 
 
 
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updated 3/13/20

 

After long and careful deliberation, Hemet Unified School District has made the decision to close schools to students Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020.  Spring Break will continue as scheduled April 6-10, 2020. Regular school hours will resume on April 13, 2020.

This closure is for precautionary measures, and currently there are no known cases of novel coronavirus in our district. These measures are to help slow the progression of the virus and protect our students, staff, and community. 

This closure includes all extra-curricular activities, after school programs, and district-sponsored events during this time. This closure may result in adding instructional days to the end of the school year if required by the California Department of Education. 

HUSD understands that school closure affects all families and is committed to addressing the needs of all our students.

Instruction

HUSD will provide guidance early next week about supplementary resources, digital and non-digital, that can be used at home to review and reinforce knowledge and skills learned this school year. Students and families will not be required to use these resources but are welcome to do so. 

Students should take any books, supplies, and personal belongings (including medications) home with them after school on Friday, March 13. School sites will be open during regular hours on Monday, March 16, 2020, to allow families to pick up medication and other student belongings as appropriate.

Nutrition

During District closure, Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch meals free of charge to children 18 years of age and under. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the same time Monday through Friday at every school location from 11:00AM-12:00PM, except at the Western Center location. It is a drive/walk-thru type of meal service. For those driving, HUSD asks that you stay in your car and bagged meals will be provided for each child present. If you have students at multiple schools, you only need to visit one location.  

  • Children need to be present to get their meals.

 

Students with Special Education Services and 504 Plans 

During the school closures from Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3, no instructional services will be provided to any students. 

 

Attached to this letter please find a copy of procedural safeguards which details your rights under the special education laws and contains information regarding whom you may contact with any questions.

 

Once the campus is reopened for students, an individualized determination will be made for each student with an Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan as to whether the student requires compensatory education services. 

General Family Information

As mentioned above, HUSD understands the closure of our schools may cause implications with family’s work, please use the link below to access California Labor and Workforce information. 

For other general questions, please visit: 

During this closure, all sites will be cleaned and disinfected as a precautionary measure. 

HUSD appreciates your patience and understanding during this difficult time.  Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep our community healthy. In particular, HUSD asks parents and students to be mindful of the guidance to avoid activities involving large gatherings.  

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration as decisions for the health and safety of our community are being made. The District realizes this is a time of uneasiness for many students and families, and HUSD will be in touch with additional updates via Parentlink and the District website before the end of the spring break recess. HUSD continues to keep safety as our number one priority and remain committed to the well-being of our students and staff. 

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updated 3/12/20

 

Hello,

 

This information is to provide our families with an update on new information regarding the coronavirus. Late last night, Governor Newsom recommended that all gatherings of 250 or more be canceled through the end of March. Throughout the day HUSD has been following updates provided by the government and as such has decided to cancel the following:

  • All athletic competitions and banquets
  • Saturday School
  • All student and staff trips/conferences, including trips to other schools within HUSD 
  • All parent volunteer opportunities

No final decision on graduations, grad nights, and other such events have been made. District personnel are meeting and making decisions based on information we have been provided by Riverside County Public Health and other government agencies. 

Governor Newsom identified that school is an essential gathering and as such things that are still in place are SAFE After School Program, tutoring after school, and athletic practices. The District’s reasoning behind these decisions is we have the capability of screening the health of students that are in our campus and are able to control the environment. 

In addition, we as a District, are asking to restrict parents and community members on our campuses. This includes Friday Flag, parent volunteers, etc. This is to help slow down the spread of the virus. 

This continues to be a fluid situation and decisions are being made as new information becomes available. Here are a few things we can do to help reduce the risk of exposure in our schools:

  • Please wash your hands frequently with soap and water for more than 20 seconds. 
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you are sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, chills, etc.) please stay home. 

We will work on providing regular communications as new decisions are made. We hope you can support us as we work to minimize the spread of the virus to our students, staff, and communities. Thank you for your time. 

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updated 3/11/20

 

Good afternoon HUSD families,

 

As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns continue to spread throughout California. We wanted to provide updated information to our families about preventative measures HUSD is taking to limit the risk of exposure to our students and staff. 

  • Schools have been provided hand sanitizers for classrooms that do not have a hand-washing station.  
  • Custodial staff are deep cleaning and disinfecting each school on a continual basis.
  • Overnight and out-of-county field trips have been postponed or canceled to limit the risk of exposure. The District is working with vendors on refunds. 

Hemet Unified School District continues to work closely with the Riverside County Public Health Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and receives constant updates about the current status in our local area. 

We continue to encourage the use of the following precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Keep students home if they are ill.
  • Do not send your child to school if he or she has a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)

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

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2/28/20

Recent national news coverage concerning the Novel Coronavirus has sparked conversations and questions from our community in regard to the health and safety of our students and staff. We are continuing to work closely with and obtain guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies to monitor the latest updates regarding the Novel Coronavirus and ensure the wellbeing of students and staff.

At this time, the health risk of the Novel Coronavirus to the general public in California remains low, but we continue to encourage the use of the following precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.

  • Keep students home if they are ill.

  • Do not send your child to school if he or she has a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)

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

For more information, visit the Riverside County University Health System- Public Health’s Coronavirus webpage.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for schools and school districts can be found at the California Department of Public Health webpage.

 
The following links provide updated information regarding the Novel Coronavirus.