COVINA – Covina-Valley Unified School District and 16 of its schools were honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond with the 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award, recognizing their successful implementation of innovative practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winners of the newly created CAPP Award Program were announced on April 26, celebrating a total of 727 schools and 121 school districts for their efforts to support students during the 2020-21 school year, when California schools were required to shift to distance learning.

During the pandemic, Covina-Valley Unified focused its efforts on supporting students in four target areas: ensuring their engagement and social emotional well-being, distributing essential technology and providing nutrition services.

Covina-Valley Unified was particularly recognized for the excellence of their nutrition services in 2020-21, when they served 1.8 million meals to families in their community. The District offered curbside pick-up of a weekly meal box that included seven days of free breakfast, lunch and dinner for children 18 years old and younger.

Individual schools recognized with the CAPP Award include Barranca Elementary School, Ben Lomond Elementary School, Cypress Grove Elementary School, Grovecenter Elementary School, Manzanita Elementary School, Merwin Elementary School, Mesa Elementary School, Rowland Elementary School, Workman Avenue Elementary School, Las Palmas Middle School, Sierra Vista Middle School, Traweek Middle School, Covina High School, Fairvalley High School, Northview High School and South Hills High School.

“At Covina-Valley Unified, we are proud to offer many services that ensure the well-being of our students,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer said. “This was especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when students needed support the most. We thank State Superintendent Thurmond for celebrating the efforts of our teachers, administrators and staff, who combined their talents to provide students with the resources to succeed during the 2020-21 school year.”


CAPPAWARD_C-VUSD1: In addition to awarding 16 Covina-Valley Unified school sites, the 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program recognized Covina-Valley Unified School District for serving 1.8 million meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.