Degrees and Certifications:
Superintendent Norm Enfield, Ed.D.
August 2, 2023
Dear CVUSD Families and Staff,
It is hard to believe how quickly the summer has passed, but I’m excited to welcome everyone to the Chino Valley Unified School District’s 2023/2024 school year! After the success Chino Valley USD enjoyed last year with student achievement, engaging instruction, and phenomenal awards, it’s hard to imagine us making this year even more fantastic. But in Chino Valley, that’s what we do!
While administration and staff are geared and ready to Engage with Clarity in support of this year’s district theme, I’m proud to share that the District will kick off its reimagined attendance initiative: Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! Research shows that student success is strongly correlated to consistent attendance, and we want to make sure that our bright scholars are present in the classroom and poised to gain invaluable hands-on instruction.
Beginning in preschool and transitional kindergarten, healthy attendance routines can set a strong foundation for how students will perform during their K-12 years. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, CVUSD had accomplished an impressive 96% attendance rate in both the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 school years. It is my vision to increase CVUSD’s current 93% average attendance rate to an achievable 96.5%. When students are not present in class to receive fundamental instruction and direction, they increase the possibility of declining academic achievement, fall victim to poor health and overall well-being outcomes, multiply the probability of misbehavior, and risk dropping out of school before reaching their high school graduation.
As we prepare for this school year, I’d like to recruit your support in encouraging and practicing positive attendance routines by:
- Scheduling medical and dental appointments after school.
- Completing essential tasks the night before school (i.e. making lunch, packing bookbags, selecting outfits).
- Planning family vacations and group gatherings when school is not in session.
- Keeping students home only when they have a contagious illness or a fever of 101° or higher.
- Connecting with your student to understand why they are not looking forward to attending school regularly and reaching out to school staff for support.
- Inform your student why regular attendance is important.
With your support, we will be able to accomplish the District’s attendance goal of 96.5% while strengthening student confidence, fostering positive peer relationships, increasing academic success, positively impacting post-secondary achievement, and enhancing vital life skills.
As we all embark on new adventures this school year, I would like to remind our students and community of the District’s online One-Stop-Shop. This vital resource is easily accessible from the CVUSD and all school website homepages, QR codes found on posters displayed throughout school campuses, student Classlink platform, and quarterly reminders emailed directly to CVUSD students. Information and support resources regarding harassment and bullying assistance, social, emotional, and mental health aids, suicide prevention resources, and anonymous crime reporting services can be located in this comprehensive location.
Last, but definitely not least, I’d like to remind and encourage families to stay up to date with district updates, announcements, and success stories by regularly visiting the CVUSD website at https://www.chino.k12.ca.us, or following us on social media:
Cheers to a prosperous school year as we continue to collaboratively foster a tradition of excellence!
Norm Enfield, Ed.D.