Parent Communications

*Updated 10/23/20
 
On Tuesday, October 20, Riverside County moved back into the purple tier, the State of California’s most restrictive tier in its implementation response to COVID-19. The change in tiers means that schools that were planning to re-open to a hybrid model will be unable to do so unless they qualify for the elementary school waiver. Middle and high schools are unable to return to a hybrid model when a county is in the purple tier. While HUSD tentatively plans to return to a hybrid model in early 2021 the district will begin to offer small cohort in-person instruction to students in our regionalized programs which include autism, functional skills, adult transition, BESTT, and special education preschool classes in early November. The District will adhere to all directives provided by the State and County Public Health officials for small cohort construction. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and inform our families as updates become available.

*Updated 10/14/20

 

Hello HUSD Families,


On Tuesday evening, the HUSD Governing Board agreed to extend the current online learning model through January 21, 2021, for elementary students and February 1, 2021, for middle and high school students. This decision was made due to concerns related to safety and the desire to create the most stable and consistent learning environment for students. The potential disruption to in-person instruction in the hybrid-model is due to procedures and protocols that the District is directed to follow from the State and County Public Health officers.   


Riverside County has experienced an upward trend with its positivity and case rates over the past two weeks. The County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, is anticipating that if our numbers continue to increase over the course of this week the county will return to the purple tier.  If Riverside County returns to the purple tier public school districts will not be allowed to have in-person instruction


In addition to the implications of implementing the State and County Health directives, the District also took into consideration that we are at the start of the flu season, which has similar symptoms as COVID-19, and the District’s fall and winter breaks. The District understands and anticipates that people may travel during these breaks which may increase their risks of exposure. COVID-19 symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear and by returning to a hybrid model at least 14 days after the end of winter break those that may be exposed will be showing symptoms and will be able to stay home and reduce the risk of exposure in our schools. 


The current dates established to return to in-person hybrid instructions, January 21st and February 1st, are tentative and are subject to change if conditions and State and local health directives remain constant or worsen. The Board of Education will reevaluate these dates in December and provide direction as warranted.  



Survey Results

Parents

  • 55% prefer full online until full in-person can be met or full online for the remainder of the year
  • 45% prefer a hybrid model

Comfort in Transitioning Between Learning Models

  • 58% of parents were uncomfortable transitioning between various learning models
    • The themes from parents that were uncomfortable with the transitioning between models were the desire for consistency in learning models for their children and the desire for a vaccine or for COVID-19 to not be a threat before returning. 
  • 42% of parents were comfortable transitioning between various learning models
    • The themes from parents comfortable with the transition between learning models were the desire for students to socialize, return without masks, and for students to have access to adult support at school.

Students (grades 6-12)

  • 49% prefer full online until full in-person can be met or full online for the remainder of the year
  • 51% prefer a hybrid model

Comfort in Transitioning Between Learning Models

  • 42% of students were uncomfortable transitioning between various learning models
  • 57% of students were comfortable transitioning between various learning models

Although the date for in-person hybrid instruction has changed, the District is anticipating offering small cohort instruction to some of its students in the near future. Students that are enrolled in the following HUSD’s regionalized programs: Autism, Functional Skills, Behavioral Emotional Skills Teach Teams (BESTT), and Preschool Special Day Classes will receive modified, in-person instruction starting in late October and will receive personal communication about their option of returning for modified instruction. 


So what does this mean for students and families?

Students enrolled in our autism, functional skills, BESTT, and preschool special day classes will receive additional communication about in-person instruction and services. Elementary students (TK-8) not enrolled in these programs will continue to receive online learning through January 21st. Middle and high school students not enrolled in the programs above will continue online instruction through February 1st. 


We want to thank our families, students in grades 6-12, and our staff for providing us their learning model preferences in the survey administered two weeks ago. As January approaches, more information regarding the details of hybrid for our students and families will be shared. 

*Updated 10/12/20

 

Hello HUSD Families,


The following changes will take effective October 21st, next week. There are a few updates to our meal distribution times. HUSD will be distributing meals on Wednesdays only from 6:00-7:00 a.m. at Bautista Creek, Cottonwood, Diamond Valley, Hamilton Elementary, Hemet Elementary, Idyllwild, and Tahquitz or from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Bautista Creek, Cottonwood, Diamond Valley, Hamilton Elementary, Hemet Elementary, Hemet High, Idyllwild, Jacob Wiens, Tahquitz, West Valley, or Whittier.


We also want to remind our families of the statewide requirement for face coverings and therefore ask that families wear a face covering when picking up meals at our meal distribution locations. Thank you for your time. 

 

*Updated 9/25/20

Dear HUSD Families,


This week, Riverside County Public Health announced that Riverside County moved from the purple tier to the red tier, a metric the State of California has implemented in response to COVID-19. The red tier is a less-restrictive tier that allows for some businesses to re-open with restrictions. The red tier allows schools to potentially re-open with modifications if the county stays in the red tier for 14 consecutive days. 


Although Riverside County is now in the red tier Hemet Unified will continue with its current online learning model. In August, Hemet Unified School District announced that the District will continue online learning through Friday, November 6. This date is subject to change for various reasons, including if Riverside County is in the purple tier again and if requirements imposed by the State or County are feasible.  



What modifications will be in place if students return to in-person instruction?

Hemet Unified will follow guidance and directives provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Riverside County Public Health. These modifications can include but not limited to face masks, desk partitions, social distancing, increased sanitization, and students placed in cohorts to reduce the risk of exposure.


What if there is a positive COVID-19 case at a school site? 

The district nurse or health technician will notify students and County Public Health of any potential COVID-19 exposures. Once exposure has been determined the District Health Services team will notify staff and families if they need to isolate or self-quarantine based on guidance from Riverside County Public Health. Based on exposure rates, a class, student cohorts, entire schools, and the district as a whole can be closed by Riverside County Public Health.


Is Hemet Unified applying for the elementary waiver?

The waiver only applies to schools that reside in counties that are in the purple tier. Since Riverside County is in the red tier we do not need to apply for the waiver to re-open elementary schools. 


Why was online learning through November 6 put in place?

There were several reasons why November 6th was selected. First, the constant changing of conditions related to COVID-19 creates an environment where students could be transitioned frequently between in-person, hybrid, and online learning models. The solution to overcome the risk of instability and lack of continuity is to remain in an online learning model. Second, November 6 is the ending of a grading period for our middle and high schools.   


What if I don’t want my child to go back to in-person learning?

We understand the concerns families have in returning their children to school. If a family wants their child(ren) to continue with online learning there will be options for families.


Is HUSD considering a hybrid model?

Hemet Unified is considering all learning models at this time.  There are several considerations in transitioning to hybrid learning. The feasibility of implementing this model relies on the restrictions put in place by the California and Riverside County departments of Public Health. 


Will HUSD be sending a survey to receive input from families? 

Yes, a survey will be sent next week to gather input from families that will help guide HUSD in its decision making.


What is HUSD considering when re-opening schools?

Safety for our students and staff is our top priority. Creating a learning environment that is conducive to this is of utmost importance. The District is investigating options to maximize social distancing and adhere to State and county directives for public schools while creating an environment that supports our students' learning needs. 


We appreciate your partnership during these times. We will continue to work to find solutions for you and your children. We want to be mindful of bringing students back to in-person learning too quickly, only to be required to close schools again for possible positive cases. Moving between learning models does not provide a stable learning environment for our students and can cause hardships for our families.


We encourage each family to take the survey which will be sent next week, to help guide us in our decision making. Thank you for your cooperation and we will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

 

SPANISH VERSION

Estimadas familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hemet,

 

Esta semana, la Salud Pública del Condado de Riverside anunció que el Condado de Riverside pasó del nivel morado al nivel rojo, una métrica que el Estado de California ha implementado en respuesta al COVID-19. El nivel rojo es un nivel menos restrictivo que permite que algunas empresas vuelvan abrir con restricciones. Nivel rojo permite que las escuelas vuelvan abrir potencialmente con modificaciones si el condado permanece en el nivel rojo por 14 días consecutivos.

 

Aunque el Condado de Riverside ahora está en nivel rojo, el Distrito de Hemet continuará con su modelo actual de aprendizaje en línea. En agosto, el Distrito de Hemet anunció que continuará el aprendizaje en línea hasta el viernes 6 de noviembre. Esta fecha está sujeta a cambios por varias razones, incluso si el Condado de Riverside está nuevamente en nivel morado y si los requisitos impuestos por el estado o condado son factibles.

 

¿Qué modificaciones se implementarán si los estudiantes regresan a instrucción en persona?

El Distrito de Hemet seguirá guías y directivas proporcionadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California y Salud Pública del Condado de Riverside. Estas modificaciones pueden incluir, entre otras, máscaras faciales, particiones de escritorio, distanciamiento social, más desinfección y estudiantes puestos en grupos para reducir el riesgo de exposición.

 

¿Qué pasa si hay un caso positivo de COVID-19 en una escuela?

La enfermera del distrito o técnico de salud notificarán a los estudiantes y al Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado sobre cualquier posible exposición al COVID-19. Una vez que se haya determinado la exposición, el equipo de Servicios de Salud del Distrito notificará al personal y a las familias si necesitan aislarse o ponerse en cuarentena según la orientación de Salud Pública del Condado de Riverside. Basado en los índices de exposición, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Riverside puede cerrar una clase, grupos de estudiantes, escuelas enteras y al distrito entero".

 

¿El Distrito Unificado de Hemet está pidiendo la exención para escuelas primarias?

La exención solo se aplica a las escuelas que residen en condados que se encuentran en el nivel morado. Dado que el Condado de Riverside está en nivel rojo, no necesitamos pedir la exención para reabrir las escuelas primarias.

 

¿Por qué se implementó el aprendizaje en línea hasta el 6 de noviembre?

Hubo varias razones por las que se eligió el 6 de noviembre. Primero, el cambio constante de las condiciones relacionadas con COVID-19 crea un entorno en que los estudiantes podrían hacer una transición frecuente entre modelos de aprendizaje en persona, híbridos y en línea. La solución para superar el riesgo de inestabilidad y falta de continuidad es permanecer en un modelo de aprendizaje en línea. Segundo, el 6 de noviembre es el final del período de calificaciones para nuestras secundarias y preparatorias.  



¿Qué pasa si no quiero que mi hijo vuelva al aprendizaje en persona?

Entendemos las preocupaciones que tienen las familias al volver a sus hijos a la escuela. Si una familia quiere que sus hijos continúen con el aprendizaje en línea, habrá opciones para estas familias. 

 

¿El Distrito de Hemet está considerando un modelo híbrido?

El Distrito está considerando todos los modelos de aprendizaje en este momento. Hay varias consideraciones en la transición al aprendizaje híbrido. La viabilidad de implementar este modelo depende de las restricciones impuestas por los Departamentos de Salud Pública de California y el Condado de Riverside.

 

¿El Distrito de Hemet enviará una encuesta para recibir comentarios de las familias?

Sí, se enviará una encuesta la próxima semana para recopilar opiniones de las familias que ayudarán a guiar al Distrito a tomar decisiones.

 

¿Qué está considerando el Distrito de Hemet al reabrir escuelas? 

La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y del personal es nuestra principal prioridad. Crear un entorno de aprendizaje propicio para esto es de suma importancia. El Distrito está investigando opciones para maximizar el distanciamiento social y adherirse a las directivas estatales y del condado para las escuelas públicas mientras crea un entorno que respalda las necesidades de aprendizaje de nuestros estudiantes.

 

Agradecemos su colaboración durante estos momentos. Continuaremos trabajando para encontrar soluciones para usted y sus hijos. Queremos ser conscientes que regresar a los estudiantes al aprendizaje en persona demasiado rápido, no sea solo para tener que cerrar las escuelas nuevamente por posibles casos positivos. Moverse entre modelos de aprendizaje no proporciona un entorno de aprendizaje estable para nuestros estudiantes y puede causar dificultades a nuestras familias.

 

Alentamos a cada familia a tomar la encuesta que se enviará la próxima semana, para ayudarnos a guiarnos en nuestra toma de decisiones. Gracias por su cooperación y continuaremos actualizándolo a medida que haya más información disponible.

*Updated 8/25/20
 

As we enter our second week in an online learning model we have been impressed by the participation and engagement of our students. With anything new, we have found techniques to build upon and adjust to better the learning environment and experience for our students. We understand that the transition to an online learning environment can be challenging, and we appreciate your partnership to help make this as successful as possible. 

You can help set the tone for your child’s online learning experience. A few best practices that we have identified: 

 

  • Treat your student’s online classroom time as if they were in a traditional classroom setting. 
  • Give your child the opportunity to grow and learn to be a successful learner. 
  • To the extent possible, create a space for your child that is conducive to learning and free from loud background noises and distractions for all learners. Consider a location with a wall behind your child to prevent others in the household from being in view and limiting distraction for your child.
  • Remind your child to not share log-ins or class links with other children.
  • Encourage your child to respect others that have different opinions and perspectives. 
  • Only staff and students enrolled in the class should participate in classroom discussions, unless requested by staff. 
  • If you have questions for your student’s teacher, please set up an appointment with your student’s teacher before or after class. 

 

We thank you for your continued partnership with us as we work to provide an online learning environment that supports all students. 

*Updated 8/14/20
 

Good Afternoon Hemet Unified School District Families: This message is in regards to meal distribution. Beginning Monday, August 17 if you have not received your student’s meal card, please provide your student(s) name and student ID # on a piece of paper upon pick up to receive your meal kit.

 

Families with meal cards, please continue to utilize those and scan each card when picking up.

We will continue to issue cards to our families registered home address, please note this may take up to two weeks.

 

Meal distribution days will continue every Monday and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following sites:

  • Bautista Creek Elementary
  • Diamond Valley Middle School
  • Cottonwood School
  • Hamilton Elementary
  • Hemet Elementary
  • Hemet High School
  • Idyllwild School
  • Jacob Wiens Elementary
  • Tahquitz High School
  • West Valley High School
  • Whittier Elementary

 

If you have questions or need further assistance please contact Liz Ramos at 951-765-5100 x 5302.

*Updated 8/11/20
 

Hello Hemet Unified School District Parents,


Our teachers will be using live virtual meeting sessions to educate students through Online Learning. By allowing your students to log in, you are providing consent for this form of communication and recording for instructional purposes. Please note, teachers may record any live virtual meeting session. If a teacher feels that something being covered in the video conference is important for the whole class to hear, they may record the conference and post it for students to access later.

Live virtual meeting sessions are equivalent to in-person classroom sessions. Accordingly, students are expected to adhere to all classroom behavioral expectations and California Education Code 48900 and 48915. Students who use inappropriate language, share inappropriate images, or behave inappropriately in any way on a video conference will be subject to appropriate discipline. Students may not record or take pictures of live virtual meeting sessions without teacher and principal permission, just like in the classroom.

Live virtual meeting sessions are also occurring in multiple student homes, so please understand that other individuals, including siblings and other family members, may be able to hear what is happening in the live virtual meeting session. There is no expectation of privacy. It is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their student’s use of the Internet and devices especially when students are involved in classroom discussions or video conferences.

The HUSD Online Learning Code of Conduct that follows outlines the specific expectations for virtual meetings and classroom sessions. This Code of Conduct will ensure a successful and productive learning experience for students, families, and teachers.



Hemet Unified School District Online Learning Code of Conduct

Live Virtual Meeting Session will be the tool to provide direct instruction and keep students connected. The following code of conduct will ensure that effective, efficient, and distraction free learning will continue for our students during live virtual meeting sessions. Students who fail to comply with any of these expectations may be subject to appropriate discipline.

We understand that students and families may have circumstances or internet connectivity issues that prevent them from joining a live session. If this is the case, please message your teacher so they can provide you with information to help you stay current with the most recent instruction.

Please see the following expectations for Live Virtual Meeting Sessions.

Webcam Etiquette

During Live Virtual Meeting Session the student’s webcam should be turned on and the student should remain visible to the teacher and classmates so that the student can participate in class time discussion. Because of this, students must be fully clothed, not in underclothing or pajamas, or wearing anything that is immodest or contains vulgar images or profane language. Virtual Meeting Sessions are intended to simulate a classroom environment, therefore, please do not lay in bed or walk around your house. Please do not set up live sessions in home spaces where privacy is expected, such as washroom areas. Also, try and avoid any part of the home where multiple people will be present as this may be a distraction for other participants. If your location is noisy please be sure to mute the student’s microphone in consideration of others. Students should position themselves so that they are sitting up at a table or similar environment where they would be able to take notes as necessary. 

Please note, any images in the background can be distracting. To the extent possible, please have the student setup in an area where there are no images of any kind in the background. Students will be warned to hide any images behind them and if they do not comply, the teacher will have the ability to turn off the student’s video feed and the student will only be able to participate via audio connection.

Accurate First and Last Name on Profile 

Only the student’s first and last name as listed in the Aeries portal may be used during Live Virtual Sessions. Profile images should only include appropriate photos of students. Do not use inappropriate, humorous, or otherwise distracting images.


Appropriate Virtual Backgrounds

“Virtual Backgrounds” can be distracting to other participants, and must be appropriate for a learning environment.


Sessions Recorded

Each session may be recorded, so treat your class time and others with respect while we are together.  Do not make comments or do anything that would distract from the learning or offend another person.


Chats

Your language in all discussion and in chats must be appropriate and free from lewdness or profanity.  Use your words to build others up and to enhance the learning environment. All prohibitions on bullying behavior will be enforced. 



Protection of Privacy

Protect your privacy and the privacy of others.  Do not share other student’s private information, post stories or pictures of other students or any other item that involves another person. Do not share any usernames or passwords with any individuals.

*Updated 8/11/20

 

 
*Updated 8/4/20
 
Template Daily Instruction Schedule
*Updated 8/4/20
 

Hello HUSD Families,

 

We wanted to provide families with additional information and resources to help as we prepare for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. We appreciate your concerns and suggestions shared through various platforms as we all work to provide a positive experience for students.

 

Online Learning

HUSD will begin the 2020-21 school year in an online learning model. All schools will continue 100% online learning until the end of the middle and high school grading period, November 6th. However, if Riverside County does not meet the State’s requirements to re-open school, we will need to continue 100% online learning. 

 

Child Care Resources 

Families seeking information on childcare options can visit the district website under the resources tab. The flyer provides information on licensed child care facilities available by zip code or program type, as well as the availability and qualifications for cost-assisted (subsidized) child care. 

 

Family Resources

HUSD’s Parent Resource Center will be providing training for parents to support their students in navigating online learning. For information regarding upcoming training, please visit their website at https://parentcenter.hemetusd.org/

 

Additionally, the SAFE and Think Together After School Program will be providing tutoring services to students interested. You can visit their website at https://safe.hemetusd.org/ for more information. 

 

Nutrition

Meals will be offered to enrolled students of Hemet USD, free of charge, using the drive-thru meal distribution system. Letters will be mailed out by Friday, August 7, to all households and will include a meal card for each student enrolled in the Hemet Unified School District. Students at Western Center Academy will need to complete a meal application. For more information on Western Center Academy’s Nutrition process, please visit the school’s website.   

 

Only 11 school sites will be open for drive-thru meal distribution and your meal card lists your pick-up site. Meal cards must be scanned to receive a meal kit and the student does not need to be present.

 

If you do not receive a letter or meal card(s) by Wednesday, August 12, please call the Nutrition Center at (951) 765-5100, extension 5302. If you need to request a meal accommodation, such as no peanuts, milk substitution, gluten-free, etc., please call the Nutrition Center (951) 765-5100, extension 5350.

 

Special Education

HUSD’s Special Education Department and Case managers will work with families with students that have an IEP during their transition to online learning. Special Education services and IEP meetings will be offered virtually or telephonically during this time. IEP and 504 Plan accommodations will also be implemented accordingly during online learning 

 

Materials, Chromebooks, and Access

School staff will communicate times in which families can pick up materials their student(s) will need to engage in online learning. 

 

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities Update 

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) released the 2020-2021 Athletics Calendar. Currently, athletic activity is not permitted. Fall Sports for high school will begin in mid-December if State/County guidelines permit. 

 

The Academy of Innovation 

The Academy of Innovation will continue providing an online learning option for the entire school year, regardless of future public health orders that may allow for a return to full-time, in-person, seat-based learning. Families interested in keeping their child in the online learning model for the entire 2020-21 school year can enroll in The Academy of Innovation.

 

The start of the new school year is August 17th. Please make sure you have completed data validation prior to this date. We will continue to update families as information becomes available. We thank you for your patience and resilience as we work together as a community to support our youth and their continued education during this pandemic. 



*Updated 7/21/20
 

On Friday, July 17, Governor Newsom released guidance for schools to reopen for the 2020-21 school year. Due to the guidance criteria, all schools (public, private, and charter) within Riverside County schools will not be permitted to return to school in a traditional manner. As such, HUSD will open the school year in a fully online learning model beginning August 17, 2020.


The District recognizes that there are varying opinions on the issue of returning to school in an online learning model but be assured that HUSD is working diligently to provide a quality instructional program for its students. HUSD’s online learning model will differ significantly from what was offered when schools closed in March. Students will receive a combination of live instruction provided by their teacher and independent projects, assignments, and activities.  Additional support will be provided for English learners, students with disabilities, foster students, and homeless youth. Our program will be designed to be substantially equivalent to in-person learning. 


In the coming weeks, you will receive communication from your child’s school regarding important information that you will need to ensure a successful start to the 2020-21 school year. This communication will include information regarding topics such as the distribution of devices, expectations regarding attendance, and grading. For those families who completed the Academy of Innovation Online program interest form, additional communication will be sent. 

Please login to your Aeries account to ensure your contact information is correct so you can access these important messages. 


HUSD recognizes that it is through partnerships and collaboration that it will be able to best serve its students and overcome the significant challenges we are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. A special thank you to our employee associations for their dedication, input, and collaboration, to those who responded to our surveys, and for the many emails and communications, we received from families. We will continue to update families as information becomes available. We thank you for your patience and resilience as we work together as a community to support our youth and their continued education during this 

pandemic. 

*updated 6/26/20
 

Dear HUSD families,

 

HUSD wants our families to be confident that we will continue to communicate with you as conditions change. This message is to address some of the concerns we have seen on social media regarding the reopening for the next school year.

 

Concerns and Responses

 

Students will be unable to leave the classroom during the school day.

-Students will have recess and lunch and will not be inside a classroom all day. However, recess and lunch may look differently as not as many students will be out at one time.

 

My child will have to wear a face-covering while in school.

-HUSD is requiring face covering at this time due to the statewide mandate. If your child has a medical condition or meets one of the State’s guidelines that would exempt them from wearing a face-covering they will not be required to wear one at school. If the orders requiring face-covering change, HUSD’s guidelines will change as well.

 

Elective courses will be canceled. 

The District plans to continue with elective courses such as band, choir, etc. However, it may look different than it has in previous years. 

 

More information is needed for the traditional option the District is offering. 

The District will provide more information regarding learning options in the coming weeks. Please know, there are a lot of answers that the District does not have at this time due to the frequent changes. Circumstances continue to change quickly and the District is working to provide solutions that ensure we are meeting State and County guidelines.

 

More information is needed for the online option the District is offering.

HUSD is developing training plans to support teachers in transitioning to provide instruction online. In early July we will be providing a more detailed plan as to what this will look like at each grade level so families can make an informed decision for their child. 

 

The District and its educators have worked diligently since the onset of school closures planning for a successful 20-21 school year. You have our word that we will continue to work hard through the summer to create solutions that will position our students, families, and staff to have a successful return to school. Thank you for your understanding and we will continue to communicate with you over the summer.  

 

*Updated 6/24/20

 

Hello HUSD families,

 

This message is to inform you that HUSD has released its re-opening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The document can be found on the district’s website at www.hemetusd.org. The document includes family survey results from the end of May and two options for students to receive instruction. Families can choose to enroll their children in traditional, on-campus, seat-based instruction, or a fully online instruction option. The document explains what families and students can expect with both options. In early July, all families will need to complete the revalidation process, and if you choose to enroll your child in the online instruction process you can fill out the application at that time.

 

As you may be aware, things change rapidly and we will, therefore, be sending two additional surveys before school starts in August. We understand that as orders are made or rescinded your decision to enroll your child in one of the options above may change and we want to make sure we are providing learning options that meet the needs of our families.

 

Planning Document (English)

Planning Document (Spanish)

*Updated 6/5/2020Letter to families

*Updated 5/21/20

Regarding Special Education Extended School Year - IMPORTANT UPDATE

Dear Parents and Staff: 

On behalf of the Hemet District Family, we thank you for your continued patience as we work to find solutions to support our students. We are working with local, county, and state agencies on the re-entry of our students and staff into a school setting.  At the forefront of our discussions are the safety of our students and staff. 

HUSD has determined that the Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) Program will be offered in a 100% virtual setting in order to help ensure the safety and well being of all. 

ESY Dates: June 8 - 26, 2020

Extended School Year Applications:

We want to encourage every parent/guardian whose child is ESY eligible per their IEP to participate. If your child is eligible for ESY based on the current IEP, an electronic survey requesting intent for your child’s participation will be sent out the week of May 18 - please check your email if any of your child(ren) qualifies for ESY.


FAQs:

Question: Do I need to complete a new application?

Answer: No.


Question: When will I be notified of my child’s ESY teacher?

Answer: You and your child will be notified by June 3.


Question: When will I be notified of my child's class schedule? 

Answer: Your child’s teacher will notify you of the class schedule no later than June 5.


Question: What if I do not have a device?

Answer: Your student will be given a Chromebook. 


Question: What if I do not have access to the internet?

Answer: If you need access to the internet you have a number of options:

  1. Use the school's internet by getting close to a school building, such as in a parking lot.
  2. Most of our schools qualify for low-cost internet. Families can contact these vendors to see if they are eligible:

-Spectrum Communication at 1-844-525-1574

-Frontier Communications at http://bit.ly/frontierhemet

We appreciate your partnership and patience during this time. Thank you for your continued flexibility, support, and collaboration as we work through these critical issues.

*updated 5/15/20

Dear Secondary School Parents and Staff: 

On behalf of the Hemet District Family, we thank you for your continued patience as we work to find solutions to support our students. We are working with local, county, and state agencies on the re-entry of our students and staff into a school setting.  At the forefront of our discussions are the safety of our students and staff. 

HUSD has determined that summer school will be offered in a 100% virtual setting in order to help ensure the safety and well being of all. 

Summer School Hosts: 

Middle School: Acacia, Dartmouth, Diamond Valley, Rancho Viejo, Hamilton High 

High School: Alessandro, Hamilton High, Hemet High, Tahquitz, West Valley

 

Summer School Dates: 

 

High School Session 1: June 5 through June 18

High School Session 2:  June 19 through July 2

Middle School Session: June 5 through July 2 

Summer School Applications:

HUSD Summer School applications can be dropped off at any of the District’s Meal Distribution locations. Click on the application, to access a PDF version or an electronic version of the summer school application.

FAQs:

Question: Do I need to complete a new application?

Answer: No.

 

Question: When will I be notified that my child is taking a Summer School course?

Answer: You and your child will be notified by May 29.

 

Question: What if I do not have a device?

Answer: Your student will be given a Chromebook. 

 

Question: What if I do not have access to the internet?

Answer: If you need access to the internet you have a number of options:

  1. Use the school's internet by getting close to a school building, such as in a parking lot.
  2. Most of our schools qualify for low-cost internet. Families can contact these vendors to see if they are eligible:

-Spectrum Communication at 1-844-525-1574

-Frontier Communications at http://bit.ly/frontierhemet

We appreciate your partnership and patience during this time. Thank you for your continued flexibility, support, and collaboration as we work through these critical issues. 

More information on ESY Summer School to follow. Please visit our website at www.hemetusd.org for the latest information.

*Updated 5/13/20
 
Pandemic food assistance is on its way to eligible Riverside County children. Families with kids eligible for free or reduced-price school meals can get up to $365 for each child. Families with kids who normally have access to free or reduced-priced school meals will receive extra food benefits from the state this month while schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pandemic electronic benefits transfer (P-EBT) card should begin arriving in mailboxes between May 12 and May 22. Most families with children who already receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply for the P-EBT. Families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits must apply between May 22 and June 30. Please visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt for more information.
*Updated 5/8/20

Dear High School Students and Families, 

We know this has been a difficult time for many of our students and families. We recognize how important your student’s education is to you and we are aware that school closures due to COVID-19 have had a huge impact on academic schedules. We continue to work with county health public health authorities and the California Department of Education as we navigate through the rapidly changing details of this pandemic.  The purpose of this communication is to provide you with an important update regarding grading for the end of the school year. 

Second Semester Grading:  

The California Department of Education has provided guidance to school districts to hold students harmless regarding grades during this time. In response, the Hemet Unified School District Governing Board of Education approved a resolution on grading during COVID-19. 

HUSD will transition all high school courses for the second semester to an “A, B, C, P” grading scale. The decision included input from various stakeholder groups, intending to support our most vulnerable students, including students that do not have access to the internet or may have had other barriers to education during this time. 

For high school courses, grades for achievement shall be reported for each grading period as follows:


A (90-100%) Outstanding Achievement 4.0 grade points

B (80-89%) Above Average Achievement 3.0 grade points

C (70-79%) Average Achievement 2.0 grade points

P (0-69%) Little/Below Average Achievement-Pass grade shall acquire the appropriate semester units of credit for the course. The grade shall not be counted towards the GPA. 


Students should continue to work with their teachers for additional learning opportunities, including options for improving their grades. We want families and students to know that a student’s grade can only improve from distance learning. The grading period will end on May 29, report cards will be mailed to families the second week in June. 


Please know we are here to support you and your family during this time.  We will continue to update you as new guidance becomes available.  







Please check out our website www.hemetusd.org for the latest information. 



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 


  1. Why was a modified grading scale selected? 

As indicated on the California Department of Education (CDE) website, grading policies are a local decision. CDE guidance also states that grading policies are to hold students harmless for their spring marks while the transition to distance learning occurs. Given the unique circumstances, this policy is an equitable approach to support students. Students not demonstrating proficiency in a course may be enrolled in Summer Term and/or additional extended learning opportunities. 


  1. If my child receives a “P” do they need to retake this class to graduate?  

Any student who receives a “P” grade, earns the credit for the course which will count toward graduation. Students not demonstrating proficiency in a course may be enrolled in Summer Term and/or additional extended learning opportunities. 


  1. How will a “P” grade affect college acceptance? 

Students must continue to complete all A-G courses with a C- grade or higher for college acceptance.  For the Spring term of 2020, the HUSD grading scale is A, B, C, P.  The “P” in our system is considered lower than a C-. In HUSD grading scale a “P” grade may not be used to validate a course because it is equalivent to a “D”. The UC and CSU systems expect and assume that “P” grades are equivalent to a C- (2.0 GPA) or higher. However, in our current context, any student who receives a “P” grade in an A-G course must repeat the course to fulfill A-G requirements. Students should continue to work with their teachers to bring their grades up to a C- or higher.


  1. How does this affect GPA for grades 9-11?

A = 4.0 grade points 

B = 3.0 grade points  

C = 2.0 grade points

P = This is not counted in the GPA. 


Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses will continue to receive a weighted GPA for grades of A, B, or C.  

*Updated 5/6/20
 

Dear seniors and families,


HUSD is excited to announce an update to our graduation plans. While we are still planning a virtual ceremony, we have found a few ways in which we can further celebrate our seniors while maintaining social distancing orders. We would like to thank the families that were willing to collaborate with HUSD personnel to find solutions to a graduation ceremony. Families will receive communication from their child’s school of its schedule for students to pick up a personalized graduation box that includes their cap and gown, two graduation programs, stole, and other Class of 2020 memorabilia. We have also found a way to film each student as they walk across the graduation stage. Graduation is a significant right of passage that we want to ensure our seniors get to experience despite social distancing orders. These clips will be added to the student’s particular school’s graduation ceremony video. The video will be posted on the district’s Facebook and YouTube accounts for students and families to watch.


We have considered many options such as postponing graduation events but there are many things that remain uncertain. Medical professionals are preparing for a resurgence of the virus in the winter. We would hate to miss an opportunity to celebrate our seniors when we do not know what orders will be in place at that time. A virtual graduation ensures we can celebrate all of our seniors here and now and takes into consideration commitments students have made after high school such as enlisting in the Armed Forces or attending college. 


There is a lot of planning that needs to be done to make this all happen and your child’s school will be communicating dates and times your child can pick up their graduation box and walk across the stage. Schools will also communicate when families can view the livestream graduation. We would like to thank our staff for working hard to make this happen, we know this unique graduation ceremony will be one none of us will ever forget! 

*Update 4/20/20
 

Parent Notification Regarding the Use of Video Conferencing

 


Hello Hemet Unified School District Parents,


Many of our teachers will be utilizing video conferencing software to communicate with students for Distance Learning. Parents may opt out of having your students participate in video conferencing if you do not want them to participate. By allowing your students to log in, you are providing consent for this form of communication and recording for instructional purposes.  Please note, teachers may record any video conference. If a teacher feels that something being covered in the video conference is important for the whole class to hear, they may record the conference and post it for students to access later. If your student does not want to participate in a live video conference or if your student does not want to be part of a recorded video conference, all teachers have email addresses and can answer questions through email if your student has questions about assignments.

Video conferences are just like the classroom.  Accordingly, students are expected to adhere to all classroom behavioral expectations and California Education Code 48900 and 48915. Students who use inappropriate language, share inappropriate images, or behave inappropriately in any way on a video conference will be subject to appropriate discipline. Students may not record or take pictures of video conferences without teacher and principal permission just like in the classroom.

Video conferences are also occurring in multiple student homes, so please understand that other individuals, including siblings and other family members, may be able to hear what is happening on the video conference.  There is no expectation of privacy. It is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their student’s use of the Internet and devices especially when students are involved in classroom discussions or video conferences.



Hemet Unified School District Remote Learning Code of Conduct

Live Virtual Meeting Sessions will be a tool to keep students connected and interacting as we venture into Hemet Unified’s distance learning program. Live Virtual Meeting Sessions are optional.  Students are not required to participate. The following code of conduct will ensure that effective, efficient, and distraction free learning will continue for our students during video conferencing sessions.  Students who fail to comply with any of these expectations may be prohibited from participating in future Live Virtual Meeting sessions via video, audio, or both.   

We understand that students and families may have circumstances that prevent them from joining live sessions. If this is the case, please message your teacher so they can provide you with information to help you stay current with the most recent information.

Please see the following expectations for Live Virtual Meeting Sessions.

Webcam Etiquette

During Live Virtual Meeting Session the student’s webcam should be turned on and the student should remain visible to the teacher and classmates so that the student can participate in class time discussion.  Because of this, students must be fully clothed, not in underclothing or pajamas, or wearing anything that is immodest or contains vulgar images or profane language. Virtual Meeting Sessions are intended to simulate a classroom environment, therefore, please do not lay in bed or walk around your house.  Please do not set up live sessions in the bathroom. Also, try and avoid any part of the home where multiple people will be present as this may be a distraction for other participants. If your location is noisy please be sure to mute the student’s microphone in consideration of others. Students should position themselves so that they are sitting up at a table or similar environment where they would be able to take notes as necessary.  If a student is ill and needs to stay in bed, they may contact their teacher and watch the recorded session at a later time.

Please note, any images in the background can be distracting.  To the extent possible, please have the student setup in an area where there are no images of any kind in the background.  Students will be warned to hide any images behind them and if they do not comply, the teacher will turn off the student’s video feed and the student will only be able to participate via audio connection.

Accurate First and Last Name on Profile 

Only the student’s correct first and last name may be listed during Live Virtual Sessions.  Profile images should only include proper photos of students. Do not use inappropriate, humorous, or otherwise distracting images.


Appropriate Virtual Backgrounds

“Virtual Backgrounds” can be distracting to other participants, and must be appropriate for a learning environment.


Sessions Recorded

Each session may be recorded so treat your class time and others with respect while we are together.  Do not make comments or do anything that would distract from the learning or offend another person.



Chats

Your language in all discussion and in chats must be clean and free from lewdness or profanity.  Use your words to build others up and to enhance the learning environment. All prohibitions on bullying behavior will be enforced. 


Protection of Privacy

Protect your privacy and the privacy of others.  Do not share other student’s private information, post stories or pictures of other students or any other thing that involves another person.  Do not share any usernames or passwords with any individuals.

*Updated 4/17/20

Hemet Unified Families,

 

As a district and a community, we understand that the current circumstances created by the COVID-19 school closures until the end of the school year are challenging, to say the least. We would like to thank you for your support in our efforts to stay connected to our students and their families. Below are some opportunities for you and your child to continue to be connected with your school community and to build academic skills.

 

  • Virtual Office Hours to connect with your child’s teachers:  Check your school’s website for teacher’s Virtual Office Hours under “Teacher Availability” to connect with your child’s teacher and have questions answered individually during the times they have listed. Teacher emails and phone extensions are also listed along with their office hours. Connecting with your child’s teacher can occur through a phone call, email or virtual meeting.  You can access your school’s website by visiting www.hemetusd.org , clicking on “Schools” and selecting your child’s school.

 

  • District Enrichment Website:  Visit www.hemetlearnstogether.org for additional learning voluntary opportunities and family resources to meet you and your child’s learning needs. Special education and English Language Development resources are also available on this website.

 

  • Distance Learning Opportunities: Students can access voluntary learning opportunities through their teacher’s distance learning plan or through grade level printed packets available for pick-up during nutrition distribution. Please ensure that you and your child’s contact information is updated so you have access to communications from your child’s teacher (or call the school to leave a message for your child’s teacher). You can update your contact information in Aeries Portal (https://portals.hemetusd.org) at any time.

 

  • Grading: No grades will be negatively affected as a result of distance learning -your child’s grade can only improve. (Please click on the linked parent and student communication for Elementary SchoolMiddle School and High School and refer to the section on grading.) We encourage parents and students to continue communicating with their teachers regarding the child’s current grade.  
     

 

We want to remind parents and students that school site staff and teachers are available to connect with families and provide more detailed information on the distance learning opportunities offered by specific teachers. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to working with you and your child as we finish up the 2019-20 school year. 

 

 
*updated 4/9/20
 

HUSD Nutrition Update

Hello HUSD Families,

This communication is to provide you an update for our meal distributions. Starting next week (the week of April 13th) we will only serve meals on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Children will receive five days worth of meals on Wednesdays. This new change reduces the number of times our students, families, and staff risk exposure. Families can also pick up weekly educational packets during meal distribution. 

We want to remind our families that Riverside County Public Health has released an order for residents to wear face coverings when leaving the house. The face coverings do not need to be hospital grade, but need to cover the face and mouth. Examples can include bandanas, fabric masks, and neck gaiters. We ask our families to wear face coverings when visiting our meal distribution centers for your families’ safety and ours. 

Thank you.

*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.