Re: COVID School Plans for 2020-21
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A Message from OVSD concerning In-Person Schooling 4/15/21:
GREAT NEWS FOR OVSD MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
As discussed on Tuesday night at our Board of Trustees meeting, OVSD is bringing back middle school students, grades 6-8, for 5 days a week beginning on May 3, 2021. This is wonderful news, and we thank our OVSD teachers for working collaboratively with us to make this a reality. We are the only district in HB to make this occur. Also, Elementary students only, from May 3, 2021 through the end of the school year, a lunch period and one hour of additional instructional time will be added to all student schedules two days per week. Your school principal will provide information specific to your child’s school. Great work, Team OVSD!
Schedules for OVSD Middle Schools, 5/3/21
Marine View Daily Schedule
7:45 AM – 12:05 PM
Mesa View Daily Schedule
8:15 AM – 12:35 PM
Spring View Daily Schedule
8:15 AM – 12:35 PM
Vista View Daily Schedule
7:45 AM – 12:09 PM
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, OVSD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS RESUME 5 DAYS PER WEEK IN-PERSON, BEGINNING 3/29/21
The Ocean View community has remained resilient in the midst of constant changes due to the pandemic. COVID-19 statistics in California and Orange County continue to improve, and OVSD will begin to transition elementary students to attend school 5 days a week for the mandated instructional minutes. This will be a phased transition by grade level:
March 29: TK, K, and 1st Grade
April 12: 2nd and 3rd Grades
April 19: 4th and 5th Grades
*All students TK to 5th Grades at Golden View and Westmont will return on March 29, 2021
Please note that beginning May 3rd, a lunch period and one hour of additional instructional time will be added to all student schedules two days per week. More information regarding this enhancement will be forthcoming. In order to make daily in-person instruction available to our elementary students, we are required to adhere to the social distancing requirements (currently 4 feet between students), which will require hiring new teachers and reconfiguring classrooms. As a result, some students will be assigned to a different class and have a different teacher. We know that change may be difficult for some students, but our staff will work hard to make these transitions as smooth as possible. Learning to tackle changes with an open attitude is an important life skill, and we urge you to work with your children on accepting and navigating change. Each school principal will contact the families of students who will change classrooms/teachers, and they will also provide school specific information to all families about the transition. Research on schools reopening across our nation reveals there are relatively low risks and high benefits for educating students in classrooms, especially in elementary grades. Health experts emphasize the importance of layering core mitigation strategies to decrease the risk of in-school transmission of COVID-19. As we prepare for this transition, we have updated our safety guidelines to adhere to the most recent guidance received from local, state, and federal agencies. The updated 2020-21 Instructional Delivery and Protection Plan will be posted on our website March 24th. As we have previously shared, our Middle Schools will remain in the existing Hybrid schedule and we will continue to explore ways to improve the existing Hybrid schedule. Current California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and federal health guidelines recommend hybrid instruction for middle school. We are encouraged by the positive direction the pandemic seems to be headed in and we are looking forward to welcoming our elementary, in-person students back to school five days a week. Kids Club fee schedule will be modified to reflect the new hours, and prices will be substantially lowered for our TK to 5th graders. Thank you for your patience and support as we work through this exciting transition.
Update from March 1, 2021:
Students have been attending school on in-personn on campus with our Hybrid Learning Model since September 28, 2020. As you may recall, as OVSD's president for the year 2020, I called several meetings of the Board of Trustees later in the year to review the current Hybrid Model and to consider possible modifications. Overall, things are going well, but we are looking for ways to improve. Teachers have increased their expertise in delivering instruction and we are ready to move into a new stage. We are currently in contract negotiations with our labor groups to increase in-person learning time for students in OVSD. We continue with small student cohorts while having limited co-mingling of students and staff, which has reduced exposure to COVID-19 on school campuses. We are happy to report that our safety protocols are working. We have had over 5,500 students and staff at our school sites for the past 6 months and we have lower than average positive COVID-19 cases with no known spread on our campuses. Although, COVID-19 rates have just recently decreased in OC and CA in general, we saw significant increases in December and January in our community, state, and nation. We must continue to work to keep numbers trending downward. Wear your mask, stay apart, do not gather in groups, and do not mix with others. The Board has directed staff to look at plans to develop options to increase the number of hours of direct instruction time between teachers and students, and more hours on campus in a modified schedule. Transitioning to any new schedule will take time to adequately prepare facilities and staff, and communicate with families. A Regular Board Meeting will occur on March 9th, and the superintendent will provide an update on progress made. Safeguarding the health of students and staff, while endeavoring to provide the best education possible is a delicate balancing act. Some great news that will help to expedite progress is the new initiative by Governor Gavin Newsom to set aside 10% of all vaccines in CA to school staff. I am happy to report that the OC Health Care Agency along with the OC Department of Education have now opened POD sites around OC to inoculate teachers and staff starting today. The closest site to OVSD is in Westminster at La Quinta High School in the Garden Grove Unified School District. Many OVSD staff are taking advantage of this offer and becoming vaccinated. Although we encourage all staff to get the shot, we do not require in. Lastly, the Board of Trustees is committed to offering Virtual Academy for the school year 2021-2022 for those families that want to choose this option. We will continue to strive to keep students and staff safe, while addressing our students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.
Update from July 29, 2020
As we shared in our last communication, our schools in the Ocean View School District will begin with Mandatory Distance Learning until Orange County is removed from the state COVID-19 Monitoring List per GovernorNewsom’s order. As we prepare for the 2020/21 school year, we ask that Ocean View School District families make a choice between two options for instruction for the 2020/21 school year: 1) Daily In-Person Model (*with mandated Distance Learning if needed per Governor Newsom’s Orders) or 2) Ocean View Virtual Academy - 100% virtual learning with support from an OVSD credentialed teacher. Parents/guardians will need to choose the option most appropriate for their child and family. Please find a summary of the two learning models here.
On August 7, parents/guardians will be emailed an Educational Program Selection link and ALL parents MUST make a selection between the Daily In-Person Model (with mandated Distance Learning if needed perGovernor’sOrders)ortheOceanViewVirtualAcademyfortheirchild. Itisimperativethatparentsrespondto the link so that classes may be established and teachers assigned. Then, on August 18, the Aeries Portal will open and parents, based on their selection, will be automatically directed to the correct portal to complete the MANDATORY ANNUAL DOCUMENTATION. You must complete and submit this information to ensure your child’s enrollment in the desired program. Please note, if an education program is not selected, students will be enrolled in the In-Person model.
*Per Governor Newsom’s Order, school will start with mandated Distance Learning until Orange County is removed from the state’s COVID-19 Monitoring List for 14 days. When students are able to return to school, it will look different than it did before the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to comply with the Governor’s Orders and health expert recommendations.
Regarding In-Person schooling:
All staff and students will be required to wear face coverings to school. In some instances, due to age, special needs, or when social distancing is possible, there will be exceptions to wearing face coverings. Specific protocols for wearing face coverings are still being developed and additional information will be shared with parents before school begins.
There will be daily health monitoring and temperature checks.
Students will be kept in class cohorts for the entire day, to the extent possible.
School hours will be modified to facilitate thorough cleaning and sanitization, as well as to provide
teachers ongoing professional development. If necessary, a hybrid schedule (1⁄2 time at school and 1⁄2
time distance learning) may be utilized in certain instances.
Support will be provided for students’ social emotional development and opportunities will be provided
for interaction between students, as well as between students and staff.
An additional benefit to In-Person schooling is that the teacher has access to students throughout the
day for ongoing support of student learning, assessments, and interventions.
The Ocean View Virtual Academy is a year-long online schooling option. Students will have the opportunity to return to their neighborhood school for the 2021/22 school year. Similar to In-Person schooling, students will be placed in classes that will be taught by certificated teachers.
In the Ocean View Virtual Academy:
High quality standards-based instructional programs will be provided that prepare students to return to school in person for the 2021/22 school year.
Assignments will be posted weekly with consistent due dates.
Students will be required to attend live teaching sessions.
Instruction will be a combination of asynchronous (videos, on-line tutorials) and synchronous (Zoom/in
person), along with independent enrichment opportunities (ex: ST Math, typing programs).
Parents/guardians will need to establish the learning environment, assist with monitoring work
completion, and be prepared to answer in the moment questions and provide support when the teacher
is not immediately available.
An additional layer of safety and lower risk is provided because it minimizes in-person interaction.
To learn more about the Ocean View Virtual Academy, you may attend a voluntary Parent Information Meeting held via Zoom on:
August 5 at 6:00 pm and August 11 at 10:00 am.
Zoom links for the Parent Information Meetings will be posted on our website at www.ovsd.org 48 hours before each meeting date.
During these uncertain times, OVSD remains committed to providing our students with the highest quality educational experience possible. Our goal is to return to school as soon as we can do so in a healthy, protective, and safe manner, as determined by state and county health officials. Thank you for your continued partnership and support.
Update from July 8, 2020
We hope your summer is off to a good start and that this communication finds you safe and well. The COVID- 19 pandemic has created an environment of uncertainty, which has had a profound effect on all of us. I’d like to eliminate a little bit of that uncertainty by sharing our initial plans for the 2020-21 school reopening. During the past few weeks, our Board of Trustees have devoted time at each of their meetings to discuss considerations and develop plans for the reopening of school in the fall. The following guiding factors were considered in our planning: community support, student impact (academically and socially), safety and feasibility.
As you know, a School Reopening Parent Survey was sent out in June, and the results indicated that 60% of parents wanted an In-Person School Model for their child, 23% of parents preferred a Hybrid Model, 12% selected the Virtual Learning Model, and 5% chose not to answer. Most families prefer the In-Person or Hybrid Model due to concerns about the social-emotional well-being of children, as a result of social isolation. In addition, many parents shared their concerns regarding child care if students were not in school each day. Some parents reported that they will not be comfortable sending their children back to school until a vaccine is developed or herd immunity is achieved.
Our Board carefully reviewed the balance between the number of parents that have a strong desire to see their children back in the classroom with the parents that would like to have their child at home participating in virtual learning. The Board of Trustees has set the direction to implement two instructional models for the 2020-2021 school year; In-Person with safety enhancements and Virtual Learning. Parents will have the opportunity to select the learning model most appropriate to meet the needs of each of their children. Below is a description of each model, guidelines for mandatory face coverings, and development of OVSD’s Protection Plan.
In-Person Model: Students will attend school each day and receive in-person daily instruction. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocates for students to be physically present when returning to school this fall. Safety protocols will be in place including the wearing of face coverings, social distancing, regular hand washing, temperature and health monitoring, and increased disinfecting and sanitizing. Further details on these protocols are being developed and will be outlined in the OVSD Protection Plan.
Face Coverings: We will adhere to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines and mandates regarding face coverings. All staff and students will be required to wear face coverings to school. In some instances, due to age, special needs, or when social distancing is possible, there will be exceptions to wearing face coverings. Protocols for wearing face coverings are still being developed and additional information will be shared with parents before school begins.
Virtual Learning Model: This model allows families the choice to continue distance learning in a new, augmented format. The Ocean View Virtual Academy (OVVA) provides a home schooling option for our families with alignment to Ocean View curriculum and state standards with instruction directed by an OVSD teacher with parent support. OVVA Parent Information Meetings will be held in August to allow families to learn more about this option and decide if this model is a match for their child.
OVSD Protection Plan: We are currently developing a plan that will provide evidence that OVSD has taken the steps necessary to reopen school in a safe and responsible manner in accordance with the industry-specific guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the requirements of the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). To fulfill the requirements of the OCHCA’s School Reopening Checklist & Attestation, we will:
Provide Relevant Training for Employees & Students
Plan Individual Control Measures & Screening
Implement Thorough Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols Promote Physical Distancing Guidelines
The rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic has resulted in a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and changes in statewide orders. OVSD is closely monitoring the guidance and mandates from state agencies and officials to understand the implications for our schools and adapt as needed to safely serve our students and families. Our team is developing an alternative hybrid plan IF we need to pivot to such an alternative. Please know that the safety of students, staff and our community is our priority; therefore, we will continue to be vigilant and adjust as needed to ensure our practices align with the current conditions, while maintaining academic excellence and equity for all students.
Finally, we would like to thank you for your engagement and partnership. Our parents play an important role in helping us make sound decisions and deliver on our promise to provide the highest quality educational experience we can envision. Our current circumstances have challenged us all, but together we will ensure that our children continue to learn at the highest levels and to thrive in school and beyond.