Orange County has seen fewer cases in relation to L.A. County or San Diego County in the past, but I we know if that’s a function of fewer cases or if it’s a function of lack of testing. I believe our County needs to do a better job of testing and reporting cases accurately. For this weekend, I think we should look to the California Department of Health. State beaches are to remain open. The City of HB is responsible for enforcing social distancing and wearing of face coverings in their areas of jurisdictions. I have not see them willing to do this. No large groups are allowed to congregate. Independence Day is something to be celebrated in our nation, but we have to celebrate responsibly. Being an American means that you’re free, but freedom comes with great responsibility. I have always been fairly conservative in my opinions on how to deal with the outbreak, the COVID-19 spread statewide is alarming. Earlier in the pandemic, I can tell you from the Ocean View School District’s point of view, at that time we had actually shut all of our school grounds down. We are the biggest provider of open space in the city of Huntington Beach. We operate 312 acres of space and the majority of it is in Huntington Beach. We have reopened our fields, and we are saying that the public should come and recreate again. However, we ask that residents recreate responsibly, wear a mask, social distance, stay within your own household groups in close settings, and wash your hands often. Follow the Governor's Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID19.
Latest updates from the campaign:
OVSD is returning to Temporary Distance Learning
Huntington Beach, CA-Tuesday, 1/5/21, all OVSD students that have been attending in-person hybrid model, will be online until 1/19/21, due to a decision of the Board of Trustees in response to 0% ICU bed capacity in Orange County and neighboring Southern California counties. No school today, 1/4/21 for students, as teachers are preparing for the change. School resumes tomorrow morning, on Tuesday, so please see your school schedule for details and start times.
Friday, January 1, 2021 1:50 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-Democrats throughout the state of California will be running to add their voices to the state party's platform and agenda. We also decide and vote upon who the State Party will endorse for major offices, like Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Congress and more. I am pleased to once again be running as a candidate for the CA State Democratic Central Committee in District 72. I’ve been honored to serve you since 2017, and would like to serve for another term. I’m pleased to announce that I have earned the endorsement of the California Federation of Teachers, an organization that I myself am a member of as a rank and file 6th grade teacher in LA County. Thank you California teachers for believing in me. To my Democrat constituents, I hope to earn your support and vote for Assembly District delegate. There will be NO in-person voting this year and any registered Democrat that resides in AD72 is eligible to vote. Just follow the link below to do so. Any questions, please ask me via message here on my site, and note that this delegacy is not connected to my trusteeship in OVSD. Register to vote by Jan. 11 at: ademelections.com/
Monday, December 28, 2020 12:41 PM
Clerk Clayton-Tarvin's Official Statement on Oak View Incident with HB Mayor Pro Tem Ortiz
Thursday, December 24, 2020 7:42 PM
Merry Christmas from Huntington Beach 🎄🎁🎅🏼
Huntington Beach, CA-Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, and Sretan Božić to our family, friends, and community members from here in HB, across the nation, and around the world from our immediate family to yours.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:43 PM
CBS2 News-Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz Caught On Camera In Maskless Confrontation
HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) — Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz was caught on cell phone camera Wednesday getting in the face of a resident.The confrontation happened during a food distribution event after people were alerted to the fact that the former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter was handing out food without a face covering. The event was being held on Ocean View School District property, which has strict pandemic safety guidelines. “Having close contact with little children, like he did today, and leaning into strollers and into car windows with no mask on is unacceptable to us,” Gina Clayton-Tarvin, a school board member, said. “This is a public health emergency.” “A leader of our city, a representative of our city, to be in complete denial and not take safety measures, it’s not a joke,” Victor Valladares, a Huntington Beach resident, said. “People are dying, people are in hospitals, there are zero ICU beds available.”
Following the confrontation, Ortiz left and went into a city building.
Police were eventually called to the scene, though it was not immediately clear if any citations were issued.
Monday, December 21, 2020 5:19 PM
COVID Case Reporting, Winter Recess
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:00 PM
Election of New OVSD Board Officers, 2021
Monday, December 14, 2020 8:23 AM
Happy Holidays from the Ocean View School Disrict
Saturday, December 12, 2020 1:50 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-Please join the OVSD Board of Trustees for my 2020 swearing-in on December 15th at 6:00pm administered by U.S. Representative Harley Rouda, live from Washington DC. Also, we are pleased to welcome new Interim Huntington Beach Police Chief Julian Harvey to be introduced to the OVSD Board and community. He will make a brief report. Should you wish to make a public comment, you may do so in-person at 16700 Pinehurst Lane, Huntington Beach, Building A, while wearing a mask. Also, public comments can be submitted here: www.ovsd.org/comment and will be read into the record by the Clerk of the Board. To watch the swearing-in and meeting, please attend via zoom at https://www.ovsd.org/boardmeeting (link in event) or by watching via YouTube at https://youtu.be/Y4VxsXH4Z4I.
Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:00 PM
Video from Special Board Meeting, Hybrid Update
Huntington Beach, CA-Special Board Meeting/Update on the OVSD Hybrid Schedule
Governor’s Stay At Home Order
Yesterday, in response to an increase in coronavirus cases throughout the state, Governor Newsom announced a new stay at home order for regions of California where hospitals are in danger of exceeding capacity. Although this order imposes restrictions on businesses and various activities, it does not affect in-person instruction for school districts that have already opened. The Governor stated that schools should remain open with the necessary precautions in place. In alignment with the Governor’s order, OVSD schools will remain open for in-person hybrid instruction.
State and local health officials have cited a large body of evidence that schools’ health and safety measures, which include physical distancing, masks, smaller cohorts, timely contact tracing and notifications, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, have been effective in combating COVID-19. Dr. Ghaly, secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, has said schools are not the source of the recent COVID-19 surges and continue to have low case and transmission rates. OVSD’s COVID-19 Dashboarddata provides further evidence that schools are not creating or contributing to the recent increase in confirmed cases. Thus far, OVSD has not had any person-to-person transmission in schools or other facilities. This is largely due to your diligent efforts in helping to keep our schools safe. Together, our staff and students continue to follow guidelines and protocols on our campuses and parents continue to support these important efforts, which is making a difference.
OVSD will maintain the current Hybrid schedule until further notice. However, when COVID-19 cases become more manageable, the District will augment the current split week schedule with more time in school and more direct instruction via Zoom when students are at home. A longer school day will allow for more socialization and instruction. The plan also allows children to keep attending school on the same days to minimize disruption to family schedules.
We will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates in our community, and any changes in the hybrid schedule are dependent upon a decrease in the current COVID-19 surge. A tentative timeline for implementation of the enhanced Hybrid schedule is:
Elementary Schools - January 25th
Middle Schools - February 8
We appreciate your continued partnership, flexibility, and patience as we navigate this challenging and unprecedented chapter in OVSD’s history together.
Thursday, December 3, 2020 5:01 PM
LA Times-Orange County school districts pivot as Bond fire rages in Silverado Canyon with 0% containment
Silverado Canyon, CA-Bond Fire Continues, OVSD Remains Open. Yesterday I spoke to reporter Lilly Nugyen of the LA Times about OVSD response to the Bond Fire and poor air quality. We will not shut schools as neighboring districts have, we use AQMD data on a daily basis to determine local conditions. Although air quality was at the hazardous conditions in OVSD, we made the decision to remain open as Cohort B was already at school when conditions worsened. Each school made decisions to keep students inside. Each day the District will reevaluate conditions and make appropriate decisions based on expert data.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:20 PM
College View Ribbon Cutting and School Tour
Huntington Beach, CA-President Clayton-Tarvin, Superintendent Hansen, Deputy Superintendent Conroy, and Principal Burney narrate this video about the College View Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Brand new interior designs, HVAC systems and playgrounds are highlighted. Measure R funds were used to complete this $18M project.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you to LA Times' columnist Gustavo Arellano for always taking a closer look at HB, and writing about the sometimes spirited take on matters Californian. Surf City is my town since 1993. Thanks for highlighting my voice, and for always telling the stories of HB for better or for worse. We love our neighbors all the same. Please visit the link above for the column.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:18 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-We celebrated the reopening of College View Elementary, following an $18 million modernization. While we couldn’t have a traditional Grand Reopening, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we commemorated the special occasion with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with our Board Members Vice President Patricia Singer and Clerk Jack Souders, Superintendent Dr. Hansen, HB City Council Mayor Pro Tem Kim Carr and staff. We’ll be sharing more of this beautifully transformed school in a video coming soon. Thank you LA Times reporter Matt Szabo for reporting.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:01 PM
Fountain Valley, CA-Please click hyperlink above to view presentation for Vista View's modernization plans. Designs are being formalized now for the eventual start of projects to begin sometime in summer 2021. We are excited to utilized Measure R funds in such an innovative way.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:55 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Wins CSBA Golden Bell Award . The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees are members of the California School Board’s Association (CSBA). Each year CSBA provides recognition to a select school districts for outstanding school programs. For the 2020-21 school year, OVSD earned the Golden Bell in the School Culture and Safety Category for Hope View Elementary School’s "A Community of Caring." Hope View coordinates a strong and purposeful Social Emotional Learning Program, which integrates the guide dog of America Program. Our teacher of the year, Holly Sjogren leads the program, regularly raising guide pups in her classroom. Now, other schools are beginning to adopt the program, for example we now have a guided puppy in training at Mesa View. Great work Team OVSD!
Monday, November 16, 2020 1:40 PM
Huntington Beach, CA- OVSD Schools to remain open in Purple Tier. Also, see the updated COVID Dashboard. Please review OVSD’s COVID Dashboard, with current cases and those recovered as well. Orange County has moved back into the Purple Tier, however, school districts, including OVSD, that have reopened for in-person instruction, are not required to close. Keep up the work of social distancing, not gathering in large groups, and wearing face coverings to keep infections down.
Thursday, November 5, 2020 5:00 PM
Special Board of Trustees Meeting-In Person School Review
Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting, Live Now. We anticipate the Board giving direction to our staff. You can watch it here now.
Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 AM
Vote 🗳 Center at OVSD, starting Friday, 10/30!
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 5:00 AM
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:25 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:33 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:17 PM
Board Meeting, Trustee Westwell Censured
Huntington Beach, CA-The Board of Trustees approved a resolution censuring Trustee Norm Westwell. Resolution No. 10:2021, initiated by Board Clerk Jack Souders, cites OVSD Board Bylaws, Board Policy, Robert’s Rules of Order, and lists detailed findings regarding Trustee Westwell’s conduct. The Resolution proclaims that the Board “disapproves of the aforementioned conduct and finds it to be a violation of the Board Bylaws, and that unacceptable behavior shall not be tolerated.” It states that Trustee Westwell is ordered to “treat fellow Board Members and the Public with dignity and respect at all times.”
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:12 PM
Friday, October 9, 2020 5:00 PM
OVSD Trustee and surfer 🏄 Jack Souders endorses Oscar Rodriguez for HB City Council!
Huntington Beach, CA-Political Party is irrelevant when the preservation and defense of our environment is at stake. Lifelong surfer, HB resident, teacher, and school board trustee Jack Souders has made the call, he’s on Team Oscar. When we needed a champion for the people of HB to fight for our students and staff to breath clean air, Oscar was there. As an avid lover of our beaches and ocean, Trustee Souders knows the only candidate to support is Oscar, as he’s been a leading voice in fighting the Poseidon project in SEHB. Oscar will work to provide protections for our coastline and surrounding communities. What do you want this election, to stick to the same old partisan ways, or to think outside the box and get behind a grassroots native of HB? Trustee Souders and I may not be in the same political party, but we agree, Oscar Rodriguez is the right person to represent all of us in Huntington Beach. Let’s do this HB, vote now!
Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:21 PM
General Election 🗳 2020!
Santa Ana, CA-There’s nothing like sharing the experience of voting with our own children. My son Max and I visited the OC Registrar of Voters just now, got to see our old friends who keep this excellent agency running like a fine oiled machine, and to vote for our preferred candidates. No matter who you vote for, please get to the polls and make your voice heard.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00 PM
Regular Board of Trustees Meeting Video
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:40 PM
Voting Has Begun, HB USA 🇺🇸
Huntington Beach, CA-Let’s make the move to a more balanced Huntington Beach City Council with a vote for an actual community servant that cares about ALL of HB’s residents. Whether it be fighting the corporate polluter across the street from our Oak View Schools in Ocean View School District, to feeding kids in need and working to save Perry School in Huntington Beach City School District, to providing the largest weekly food distributions in HB for those in need during the COVID19 Pandemic, Oscar does it all. He’s a local hero.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:07 PM
Honorable Trustee Keri Kropke for North Orange County Community College District, Area 7
Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:42 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Spring View First Day of School, Cohort B. Wow, you’re amazing Spring View All is going well at our Spring View Middle School and we were so happy to see all of our students and teachers there, all ready to learn, with masks on and engaged. Our OVSD students are the best behaved kids I know. Visited all the classrooms with Mr. Lempert, principal and Mr. Avila, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. Thanks to Ms. Trace and Mr. DeLaChica for letting us peek in to listen and learn. Onward and upward, Spartans!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:34 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-When someone this extraordinary makes a commitment to serve the public, we should all stand up and take notice. No matter who you are, what party you belong to, which neighborhood you live in, Oscar Rodriguez will represent you. He is not just a local champion for environmental justice, he is a hero to the children he fought to protect in Ocean View, HB. He advocated for students and teachers that were being polluted by the Rainbow Trash Dump in the heart of Surf City in Oak View beginning in 2015. He’s been a driving force to save Perry School in HBCSD this year. Oscar Rodriguez has been a leading voice on stopping HDD and gentrification in HB since 2014. He’s been providing food to the community during the COVID Pandemic and does it all on his own time and dime. Oscar is the only candidate to take on Poseidon for SEHB, fighting this project since 2016. He works on a daily basis providing housing for our U.S. Military Veterans, and runs to honor the victims of 9/11. He serves without being asked, gives to all, and turns no one away. I wholeheartedly endorse patriot Oscar Rodriguez for HB City Council. Join our bipartisan group, and consider him for your vote starting this October 5th, with Election Day on November 3rd.
Monday, September 28, 2020 11:46 AM
KNBC4 News Report, All Schools Open 🍎 in OVSD!
Huntington Beach, CA-Schools Open in OVSD. Such exciting news. We at OVSD were just featured on KNBC4 and for our in-person school reopening for all General Education students, as well as our September 9, 2020 opening for Special Education students. OVSD always first in everything, vanguards in education because we have excellent relationships with our labor groups including our hardworking teachers and staff. Doesn’t cost us a thing but mutual respect and care for employees. This is what having a positive working relationship with unions equals. Click link to view KNBC4 news report.
Friday, September 25, 2020 11:50 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Amazing work, Natalie Moser has been endorsed by the Huntington Beach Firefighters' Association. She was also named the OVSD Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding volunteer work at Circle View School. I believe that we as HB residents have another reason to support and vote for Natalie for HB City Council. I’m proud to stand with our firefighters and endorse Natalie Moser. Voting begins 10/5 and Election Day is 11/3. Please consider Natalie for your vote this General Election 2020. Let’s do this HB, Vote !
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:30 PM
Special Board of Trustees' Meeting
Huntington Beach, CA-Special Board of Trustees' Meeting to consider for approval several items including the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) and the collective bargaining agreement between CSEA, Chapter 375 and OVSD for 2019-2022. See YouTube for video.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:38 AM
Vote For Oscar Rodriguez for HB City Council
Huntington Beach, CA-What can I say? Oscar Rodriguez is a local hero. He is the example for so many in our community, to our students, to our youth. You are one of the finest “products” the Ocean View School District has helped to create. To know that one of our alumni is doing so much to give back to the community is phenomenal. Here’s the thing, it is easy for people to say they care, but it’s hard to actually do the work to show it. I support and endorse Oscar because he not only says it, he does it. He puts your money where your mouth is, a true leader that is not afraid of hard work. He does the hard work and never complains while doing it. I thank him for having our students’ backs during the struggle for environmental justice in HB, getting this Rainbow Trash Dump under control. Without him, it would have never happened. We at OVSD are forever indebted. Starting this October 5th when absentee ballots begin to arrive and until Election Day, November 3, 2020, get out to vote. We can't afford any more inaction on our City Council. Anyone reading this, please do me a personal favor and donate to Oscar's campaign. Any dollar amount will help. I know how hard it is to win an election and it takes funds to get the message out. Even $5 will help, or if possible the maximum contribution of $600. Thank you for your consideration. Link to donate here, https://secure.actblue.com/donate/oscarforhb2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:30 AM
Las Fiestas Patrias, Mexican Independence Day Observed 🇲🇽
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:00 PM
OVSD Regular Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, September 14, 2020 8:35 AM
New and Improved OVSD Lunch Schedule
Friday, September 11, 2020 10:26 AM
Patriot Day Observed, 9/11 Memorial
Huntington Beach, CA-On September 11, 2001, our country changed forever. Thousands of Americans lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. For many service members September 11 defined their military service or was the reason they chose to enlist. That’s why Team RWB OC hosted a moving tribute to preserve the memory and support the veterans who served as a result of 9/11. In communities across the nation, veterans and supporters have moved their American flags a cumulative 8,426 miles, a tribute to the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001 and the 5,449 service members killed in action in the wars following, and share stories along the way. Thank you to local RWB OC leads Jodie and Chris Merkle for making this a reality, and for inviting me to the HB memorial for the ceremony today. It was great to see community leader and activist Oscar Rodriguez there, and proudly carrying our nation’s flag for the run today. Great work Team OC! Note: Masks down on some as they literally just ran into Civic Center Plaza to begin. Social distancing as mandated by CA Executive Order.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:23 AM
Welcome Back to School 2020-2021 🏫 🍎 👩🏫
Monday, September 7, 2020 11:20 AM
Labor Day, Education is Union Work 🍎!
Huntington Beach, Ca-Happy Labor Day from this longtime rank and file public schoolteacher. I’m a proud union member of AFT Local 2317, AFL-CIO, the ABC Federation of Teachers. As well as being an educator myself, as president of OVSD, I’m the employer of over 1,000 school employees including CTA teachers and CSEA classified staff. Times are tough right now, during this pandemic, but I promise things will get better. At this time, I’m grateful to be employed and commit to work protecting jobs here in OVSD. Providing safe working conditions is my number one priority. We look forward to better times to come. This Labor Day, we thank those who have come before us to blaze the trail for workers’ rights.
Sunday, September 6, 2020 3:57 PM
Republicans and Democrats Agree in OC
Huntington Harbour, CA-My mom, Dolores Clayton, a lifelong GOP member and voter is putting her money where it matters. She’s pretty proud to show off her thank you cards from candidates Sergio Contreras and Oscar Rodriguez for elections in OC this year. She said, “it’s time to bring balance to the Board of Supervisors and to the HB City Council.” She donated. Join my mom and me in supporting and donating to Oscar and Sergio in their races. This is truly what country over party looks like. We need your support to make this happen OC!
Saturday, September 5, 2020 4:17 PM
Call to Action, Be Vigilant-Labor Day Weekend
Friday, September 4, 2020 4:00 PM
Marine View Bussing Decision Made By Board
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:05 AM
Critical Recap from Last Night's Board Meeting, Watch Now
Monday, August 31, 2020 8:26 AM
News from OC Health Care Agency
Santa Ana, CA-County Health Care Officer Dr. Chau has issued this statement via Twitter. Schools in OC will not be able to reopen for in-person schooling until September 22, 2020. This will only occur if the county residents can keep numbers low and we can be moved from purple to red. This news is a correction from Dr. Chau’s previous statement on Sunday claiming September 8, 2020 would be the reopen date. At OVSD we will continue to follow CA Department of Public Health orders and work toward a move to reopen schools as soon as safe and allowed. My personal opinion is that the OCHCA’s mishandling of this issue is very unfortunate. Let’s hope moving forward, the OCHCA will be more careful in their information dissemination. In regards to Special Education programs in OVSD, this will not affect our desires to move forward to bring back special needs students in-person earlier. We will continue to work toward this goal. Please tune into our Zoom meeting tomorrow night at 6pm for a Special Report to the Board of Trustees on this process.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:24 PM
Special School Board Meeting RecapHuntington Beach, CA-Special board meeting recap discussion including school reopening and transportation update. Please watch YouTube video recap with the entire meeting.
Monday, August 24, 2020 5:20 PM
Back to School 📚 for this teacher!
Cerritos, CA-Today was my first day back for the 2020-2021 school year. My Cerritos 6th grade students were piped into my home office here in Huntington Beach via Google Meetings for their first day of school. Distance learning is not ideal, but it’s the mandate in LA County for now and we will make the best of it. I taught live from 8:30am to 1:40pm online. We can do this Cerritos!
Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:10 PM
Back to school for teachers in Cerritos!
Cerritos, CA- Back to school for teachers in ABC Unified School District where I have been a teacher for 24 years. We are making piles of books and supplies for each student as they will come back to school next week virtually, but will pick up their books physically. We are starting out our school year virtually here in LA County and may not return until January. It is going to be long haul, but we have to what we have to do. We hope LA County can get its COVID numbers down soon. In the meantime, in all counties statewide that are on the COVID Watch List, let's all do our best to get this under control so that all can back to school, in-person when safe.
Monday, August 17, 2020 12:10 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-Schools & Communities First will reclaim over $12 billion every year for schools and local communities. Most of us want similar things like good schools for our kids, a healthy family, and safe neighborhoods. But for four decades, big corporations have not been paying their fair share, leaving California with the most overcrowded classrooms in the U.S. and with some of the worst ratios of counselors, librarians, and nurses per student. Schools & Communities First ensures that our schools and communities come first with the resources to educate all of our kids and the services to support all of our families. It closes commercial property tax loopholes benefiting a fraction of corporations and wealthy investors, without affecting homeowners or renters, and reclaims $12 billion every year to fund world-class schools and strengthen local economies to lift up all Californians. It’s time to invest in California’s future. Please consider voting YES on Prop 15. Click the hyperlink above to learn more.
Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Coverage on OVSD’s Response to COVID-19. Thanks to the Bored Panda news agency for highlighting our District’s response to eventual school reopening. I appreciate the extensive coverage on the matter, and the opportunity to be interviewed, see my responses at number 4 in the article. Article Excerpt: “Clayton-Tarvin's main source of inspiration that helps her to get through this difficult period is the children. “I want other parents to see that there are elected school board members out there that care and frankly, have the ability to get off their rear ends and buy safety equipment." She urged everyone to stop saying the money doesn't exist and go find it. "Demand accountability from your state and national leaders. No safety equals no school. Redress is critical, demand your child's safety." Click hyperlink for more of my thoughts on the matter, my tweet is number 4.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8:36 PM
Irvine, CA-As one of Orange County’s school board members, I’m pleased to be able to share information with other decisions makers on OVSD’s plans for a safe school reopening when permitted. I invite our Ocean View community to join CA Assembly District 68 and Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox, and Trustees Keri Kropke (Brea Olinda USD), Kris Erickson (Orange USD), and Jamison Power (Westminster SD) and me for a spirited discussion on the realities of bringing our children back to schools this fall. Click hyperlink to watch forum via YouTube.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8:00 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Buzz Feed News Coverage of OVSD. Apparently we’ve made it, BuzzFeed has featured our OVSD school reopening plans. In my opinion the County of Orange has been upside down with its COVID-19 response, so local school board members and their district staff are now taking the lead on school reopening when safe to do so. OVSD is the leader in OC. My tweet is featured at #4. Click hyperlink to go to BuzzFeed article to read more.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:39 PM
CBS2-Some Orange County Schools Prepare To Reopen For In-Person Instruction
Huntington Beach, CA-OC School Reopening, Ocean View Highlighted. Please review this news segment by CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Michele Gile on OVSD reopening plans. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Conroy and I are interviewed about our district reopening plans. We will only reopen in-person when legally allowed per the Governor’s orders, after numbers in OC decline. Until then virtual learning will commence in OVSD on September 9, 2020.
Friday, August 7, 2020 7:57 PM
Important Election 2020 Announcement
Huntington Beach, CA-Today was the last day to file to run for elected office in Orange County. I had anticipated facing multiple challengers as I have in past elections (2012 and 2016). However, no one filed to challenge me for the board of trustees seat this election season, therefore, I will retain my seat for 4 more years. We have prevailed. I look forward to continuing to serve the children and you, the residents of OVSD. Thank you all for your support. We will get through these tough times together, get our kids and teachers back to school safely, and our lives back on track. You can count on me to be stable and thoughtful in all I do to navigate our school district back to calm waters. Recall, that as a parent, teacher, and leader in our community, you can count on me. I’m here for our school community for another term.
Monday, August 3, 2020 7:42 PM
Voting is Foundational to Democracy
Huntington Beach, CA-I’ve been voting 🗳 by absentee ballot in California since the 90’s. I started in San Diego County where I turned 18 years old, then in LA County while attending college, and finally Orange County where I reside. I have been appreciative to have this ability and now pleased to know all Californians will receive a ballot in the mail this year. No matter which method you use to vote, whether it will be by mail or at the polls, just get our there and make your voice heard.
Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:10 PM
(Gina Clayton-Tarvin with activist Mirvette Judah and Oak View Baile Folklorico students)
Huntington Beach, CA-Culturas.us spotlights OVSD’s environmental justice work in Oak View, HB. It’s an honor to be the subject of your first Culturas Corner. Click hyperlink above for the complete article.
Monday, July 27, 2020 6:08 PM
Coming this fall, Virtual Academy (Parent Choice)
Huntington Beach, CA-This fall for those families who choose online learning for the entire 2020-2021 school year, they are invited to join one of the Parent Meetings via Zoom on August 5 or 11 to learn how your child may benefit from this model of instruction. Zoom links will be posted 24 hrs before the meeting at www.ovsd.org
Sunday, July 26, 2020 6:02 PM
Bolsa Chica Fire, Previous OVSD Property
Bolsa Chica Wetlands, HB-Very sad to see the fire in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. This part of the wetlands was previously owned by OVSD and then sold by the Board of Trustees to the State of California in a deal in 2004. The District sold this crucial piece of property to the state for inclusion in the environmentally sensitive Bolsa Chica Mesa. The District declared 15 acres of the mesa it owned as surplus property. The school district, which had owned the land since the 1966, was supposed to build a school there to accommodate a large development. Plans changed and the land was sold. The seemingly under-serviced the area and allowed brush to overgrow. We are sad to see our former property fall into the condition it has and this fire occur endangering our district families in the Brightwater area. We are pleased to know that no one was hurt or property damaged thanks to the tremendous work of the Huntington Beach Fire Department and supporting agencies such as the OC Fire Authority.
Friday, July 24, 2020 2:57 PM
Serving the Community, the Greatest Honor
Huntington Beach, CA-Serving our OVSD community here in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Midway City, and Westminster has been not only deeply rewarding but an honor for the past 8 years. If given the opportunity by voters of our district this November 3rd, I would be pleased to fight for our students and schools once more. Voters of OVSD, I humbly ask for your support and votes on 11/3/20!
Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:45 PM
OVSD Public Service Announcement
Huntington Beach, CA-Please HB, Fountain Valley, Westminster and Midway City, we need your help to bring kids back to school this fall in a safe manner. Our Governor, Gavin Newsom has given us a roadmap to reopening schools. The 5 metrics have to be met to get OC under control. Please do what we’re asking: social distance, wear face coverings, stop mixing and wash your hands. Let’s do this OVSD!
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:40 AM
We love our local Scouts!
Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you for inviting Vice President Patricia Singer and me to speak with the Scouts this morning after interviewing us. They were able to earn their badges for Citizenship and the Community. The Scouts asked such thoughtful and intellectually advanced questions, and I was very impressed with them. What polite young ladies and gentlemen. All with masks on and socially distanced. Good work Scouts.
Monday, July 20, 2020 7:42 PM
HB City Council Meeting Public Comments
Huntington Beach, CA-This past Monday night I spoke on two very important issues facing HB: school reopening and homelessness. OC residents, do you want your children to return to school this fall? We can do this together by wearing faces coverings, social distancing, avoiding mixing, and working hard to stop the spread. If we meet the CA metrics, we can reopen, but only in a safe manner with aggressive infection mitigation measures in place. Lastly, let’s finally get a REAL Navigation Center (homeless shelter) with wrap around services up and running for folks who need help especially during the pandemic. I will advocate aggressively for a site that is supported by the surrounding community and will satisfy Judge Carter’s ruling. We don’t need further division amongst community members. Come on, let’s do this!
Sunday, July 19, 2020 11:40 AM
Team Ocean View School District
Huntington Beach, CA-Team OVSD, (from left to right) Trustee John Briscoe, Vice President Patricia Singer, Clerk Jack Souders and me President Gina Clayton-Tarvin met last year at the grand opening of the amazing Oak View Gym in HB. Celebrating a hard fought victory to secure environmental justice for 1,000 students and 100 staff members who had been polluted by the formerly out of control open air trash Rainbow Transfer Station and Trash Dump, we cherished this day. The gym financed by a legal settlement of over $26M from our dispute with owners Republic Services. No longer does anyone have suffer the stench of inequality in Surf City. We were proud to show corporate America that they would not abuse our predominantly Latino Oak View community anymore. We all need to step out of our comfort zone, have the courage, and fight for those who have been marginalized in our society. Stand up for your neighbors!
Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:45 PM
School Reopening, we can do this Orange County 🇺🇸
Huntington Beach, CA-We can do this Orange County 🇺🇸. As a 24-year classroom teacher, and as your school board president here in Huntington Beach, I’m asking for your help. Do you want kids back in school this fall? To make this a reality, we need your help. Let’s pull up our bootstraps, and work to get these coronavirus numbers down by social distancing, avoiding crowds, wearing masks, and being responsible. Help us get students back to school safely. Representing you for the past 8 years in OVSD has been an honor, and I want to continue to serve you, so I humbly ask for your vote this November 3rd to advocate for our children. Let’s do this!
*Photo of me taken while presiding over an OVSD board meeting on 7/7, double masked
Thursday, July 16, 2020 3:27 PM
KCBS2/KCAL9 News Interview on CA School Reopenings
Huntington Beach, CA-KCBS2/KCAL9 News Interview on CA School Reopenings. Residents of OC and LA Counties, do we want to reopen schools this fall? Then let’s get to work bringing these numbers down please. We can get this done together. See my latest interview with details about our plan in OVSD.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:04 PM
KCBS2 KCAL9-‘It Really Doesn’t Affect Us’: OC School Districts Discuss Reopening Plans Following Board Of Education’s Decision
Costa Mesa, CA-Thanks to KCBS2/KCAL9 news for asking me to speak out about the truth on the OC Board of Education’s outrageously dangerous “recommendations” on reopening schools in the fall with no safety precautions or infection mitigation protocols in place. At OVSD, we won’t allow students and teachers to be unduly exposed. We have a two option plan for return, in person with aggressive mitigation protocols in place like mandatory masks for all, plexiglass study corrals, daily temp checks, and health screening along with high tech electrostatic sanitation, and more. Plus we are offering a brand new Board approved school, the OSVD Online Academic for all remote learning with synchronous instruction from our expert teaching staff. Parents will have a choice. If Governor Newsom mandates hybrid or online only, we have the ability to pivot to that, and will adhere to all State mandates.
(click hyperlink to see full news report)
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:00 AM
LA Times-Back to school in Orange County without masks and social distancing? Many call that reckless
Huntington Beach, CA-Back to School Safety Plans, Local Control. The OC Board of Education wants our kids to be sitting ducks in the fall, but don’t despair OVSD families, they have zero say in how our district as well as any school district will reopen. Local elected officials like me won’t allow students and faculty to be in unsafe classrooms. OVSD in HB is requiring face coverings, social distancing, enhanced sanitizing, plexiglass barriers, daily temp checks, and health screenings. For parents who choose to keep their students at home, the District has an established a brand new Board approved online school, the OVSD Virtual Academy. Parents will have choices. Should our Governor move toward all hybrid or online only, we will be able to pivot with ease to provide excellent educational programming. School reopens in OVSD on September 9, 2020.
Monday, July 13, 2020 11:59 PM
LA Times-Could Orange County schools reopen in fall with no masks? Board of Education says they should
Huntington Beach, CA-Disregard OC Board of Education, Safety First for OC Students and Schools. OC Schools Reopening Plans are overseen ONLY by local school boards like our duly elected OVSD Board of Trustees. Per the CA Education Code, the OCBE has no legal authority or jurisdiction over our local schools, none. OVSD has a plan to offer two options, 5-days per week traditional schedule with infection mitigation strategies in place or online virtual academy, and we will continue to move down our path until any new mandates from our Governor are released.
From the LA Times: Huntington Beach’s Ocean View School District plans to reopen an online academy as a separate school under the district for families who wish to commit to a year of distance learning.
Others will be brought into smaller classes, with guidelines in place, where they will learn in distanced plexiglass safety corrals, according to Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin. She said the district was not interested in adopting the recommendations of the County Board of Education, which she said has “zero authority” over local districts.
“It is, frankly, politically driven,” Clayton-Tarvin said of the board’s recent action. “It’s reckless and it’s causing undue fear among teachers, students and parents alike, for no other reason than to wind people up.”
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:00 PM
Regular Board of Trustees Meeting
Huntington Beach, CA-The link will go live at 6:00 p.m. If you choose to join the meeting before 6:00 p.m., you will be directed to the virtual waiting room until the meeting begins. Topics for discussion: school reopening plans, old and new business, trustee comments and more. Please note, if you have any public comments, send them by 5:30 PM to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be read into the record by Trustee Jack Souders, Board Clerk.
Saturday, July 4, 2020 8:42 AM
Happy Birthday America 🇺🇸!
Friday, July 3, 2020 9:37 AM
OVSD fields open all holiday weekend, with exception of Golden View
Huntington Beach, CA-Please be advised that the grounds at Golden View Elementary will be closed from 7:00 pm on July 4th to 7:00 am on July 5th, for the safety and security of the animals on the school farm. They could frightened by fireworks 💥. Thank you for your cooperation and helping us protect the animals. Remember to social distance while on campuses and wear face coverings if 6ft distance can’t be maintained. Have a Happy Independence Day, 4th of July!
Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:40 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Fields and Parks, HB Beaches. Pleased to speak with LA Times reporter from the Daily Pilot Matt Szabo about potential beach closures, we need to look to the State of CA for opportunities of alignment on policy and enforcement. OVSD open spaces will remain available for the public to use, they are not being closed, but physical distancing is mandatory from those who are not in your immediate household, and so are face coverings while on site when socially distancing can’t be maintained. Beaches of HB are closed on the 4th and 5th. See article for full quotes.
"Independence Day is something to be celebrated in our nation, but we have to celebrate responsibly. Being an American means that you’re free, but freedom comes with great responsibility.”
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:35 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-(direct from LA Times article) "Huntington Beach resident Gina Clayton-Tarvin, who is president of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, said it is important for the city to follow the state’s directives on the beaches. That can include free access."
Monday, June 29, 2020 5:58 PM
Teachers Support Teachers, 2020
Huntington Beach, CA-I’m a proud 24-year classroom teacher in nearby LA County. I know how important our teachers and classified staff are to the success of our students and schools. I’m proud to say that my two sons attend public schools here in HB, and credit OVSD teachers with their successes. We love our teachers 👩🏫 👨🏫 !
Sunday, June 28, 2020 8:55 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Meal Assistance via two programs here: COVID19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are available for California families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Deadline to apply has been extended by the State of CA. Learn more or apply at ca.p-ebt.org.(Note: OVSD still offers 2 free meals a day per child, ages 1-18, at Oak View and Westmont, 9-11am M-F)
Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:03 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-We Need Your Input Today! My primary goal is to provide the best and safest education for all students in our schools, but if I am to continue to do so, I need your help this November. Will you support our kids and join Team OVSD? Join us at this link: https://forms.gle/FfpJFQBWquAjFj8H9
Monday, June 22, 2020 8:48 AM
OVSD Summer Meal Program Begins Today
Huntington Beach, CA-Our wonderful Ocean View Food Services Staff is ready to start our summer food program. We are so excited to see the kids. Recall, any child, 1-18 years old can come to get a meal at one of our two OVSD sites, Oak View in HB and Westmont in Westminster. Available all summer long. Please note this is a U.S.D.A. Food and Nutrition Services program, and all children are welcome.
Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:13 AM
Huntington Beach, CA-Sad news to report from Oak View in HB, where a wonderful community event turned dark. Click link to New York Post article for news.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 4:37 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-Incident at Oak View Preschool, Teacher Shot. As the president of the school district board of trustees, as a parent in this school district, as a human being, it's disturbing to me. We have people coming together in celebration for the end of the year. It's been a really hard year because of the pandemic and the kids not being in school with us and all of that trauma for the children. And this on top of it? I mean, why? This is disturbing. It's completely disturbing. From ABC7 News, official comments on this deeply upsetting incident.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:40 PM
Congratulations 8th Grade Students!
Huntington Beach, CA-On behalf of the OVSD Board of Trustees, I’d like to congratulate all of our 8th grade students from Marine View, Mesa View, Spring View and Vista View on their achievements. You have successfully promoted to 9th grade. You are on your way to high school and beyond. We wish you all the best in your future, and thank you for being such amazing students while with us in Ocean View for all these years.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:17 PM
Congratulations OVSD Retirees and Employees!
Huntington Beach, CA-Last night at our OVSD Board Meeting, our HR Department honored our amazing employees that are on their way to retirement. The District also honored other employees for their years of service milestones. On behalf of the OVSD Board of Trustees, I send thanks and gratitude to our teachers and staff for dedicated service to our students and families. We love you!
Monday, June 8, 2020 4:08 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-I spoke at the HB Civic Center rally this past Sunday along with activists and elected officials including Congressman Harley Rouda, as well as others like UFC Legend Chuck Liddell, on ending racism in our nation. We are not always going to agree on politics, they may not always intersect, but fighting bigotry in this nation is a non partisan issue, and on that we can agree. Extend your hand to others with opposing views, have the tough conversations, bridge the divides to bring change. We showed this weekend at a peaceful gathering that we must once again demand civil rights for all. It’s going to take all of us to get this done. I spoke to the LA Times about it. “The lives of my African-American students matter to me,” said Clayton-Tarvin, who teaches in Cerritos. “I know that there are people in the community that might offend, and I’m not sure why …..Everybody deserves a right to breathe; I can’t believe this conversation is having to happen again. But it does have to happen because people are not being treated fairly.”
Monday, June 1, 2020 9:31 PM
Support OVHS 2020 Senior Class
Huntington Beach, CA-This year has been so tough for all, but especially for students. Although my child is not yet a senior this year at Ocean View High School, I wanted to support and adopt graduating seniors. I did so, and you can too by donating to the Ocean View High School PTSO. Brighten the end of the year and graduation 🎓for kids in HB. When you do, you’ll get a sign like this to display on your lawn. Love my sign, and remember, you can’t spell LOVE ❤️ without, “OV”. Your donation may be made at: www.OVHSPTSO.com; Venmo address: @OceanViewHighSchool-PTSO; PayPal address: info@OVHSPTSO.com
Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:07 PM
My Statement on the Killing of George Floyd
Huntington Beach, CA-As an 24-year educator, a teacher of African American children, and a human being who is disturbed by the unjust killing of a man, George Floyd, begging to breathe, I won’t stay silent. The safety of my students, your children, will always be my number one priority. I believe we must engage teachers, students, and community members to foster dialogue around issues of racial justice in education.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:42 PM
Thank you OVSD Teachers and Staff!
Huntington Beach, CA- Today I had the honor of addressing over 400 OVSD teachers and staff 👩🏫 to thank them for their dedicated work through these challenging times. The Board of Trustees is grateful to all of you for preparing our children for the future.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:00 AM
Classroom Flag Salute
Huntington Beach, CA-Back in “school” this morning for distance learning with my students after Memorial Day weekend. Now for the daily flag 🇺🇸 salute, ready.....begin!
Monday, May 25, 2020 10:14 AM
Memorial Day 2020, Remember and Honor
Huntington Beach, CA-This Memorial Day is especially profound at this time of loss in our great nation. Take a moment to stop and think about those that have lost their lives while serving in our Armed Forces. Think about their families, their sacrifice, and your freedom. Remember that freedom isn’t free, it costs. In remembrance of those lost while battling for our freedoms, all OVSD schools and offices are closed and online classes are not in session. Distance learning resumes tomorrow.
Sunday, May 24, 2020 4:03 PM
Huntington Beach, CA-
If your child is currently receiving free or reduced meals, they are eligible for a P-EBT card worth $365. If your child’s card has not already been received you can apply at ca.p-ebt.org. You must do this by June 30, 2020. If your family has been financially affected, you can apply for free or reduced-priced meal status as well. Children may continue to receive "grab n go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations, even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits. Apply here: ca.p-ebt.org
Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:05 PM
Update on OVSD Offices and Grounds
Huntington Beach, CA-Please see this video update with news about our schools and District offices opening several days a week. We will be seeing the public for new enrollments or transfer. Great news on school fields reopening for recreational use during weekdays and all weekend.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:00 AM
Thank you Assistance League of HB!
Huntington Beach, CA-Along with the ALHB, we at OVSF want to make tomorrow special for our students. Assistance League of Huntington Beach is partnering with OVSD to provide children with a FREE book when they pick-up their FREE Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch meals on Thursday, May 21st from 9:00-11:00 am at the schools listed. Thanks to the Assistance League’s generous donation, we will be giving away 2,200 books. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:00 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting Video
Huntington Beach, CA-This week's OVSD Board of Trustees meeting highlights routine business plus a Pandemic Budget Update after the Governor's May Revise, Construction Update on upcoming projects Marine View and Vista View.
Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:59 PM
ANNOUNCEMENT ON FIELDS FROM OVSD
Huntington Beach, CA-In alignment with statewide reopening of open spaces, OVSD has now reopened school fields for active recreation. No gathering or meeting in groups please. We encourage active recreation only. Wear face coverings when on school grounds if you can’t otherwise maintain 6 feet distance from others. We appreciate the hard work all have done to contain the spread of COVID19. Thanks for your patience and understanding during these trying times, and welcome back.
Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:56 PM
Message for OVSD Week of the Employee
Huntington Beach, CA-On behalf of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, I wish all of our valued OVSD employees the best. During these uncertain times, the community can count on OVSD teachers and staff to provide stability for our school community and for that, the Board is forever thankful. We are honored to work with such wonderful employees. You are the best!
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:57 AM
Dual Immersion Program coming to Harbour View
Huntington Beach, CA-Exciting News From OVSD Ed Services. We are pleased to announce that the District will be offering a Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program this fall at Harbour View. Please join us for a Zoom meeting to learn how your child can become bilingual and bi-literate. Please join one of the Parent Meetings via Zoom on May 14th or 27th. For Zoom links and more information on this exciting program, please visit www.ovsd.org
Sunday, May 10, 2020 4:30 PM
Video Message for Mother's Day
Huntington Beach Happy Mother’s Day to our school community, we appreciate all of you OVSD moms. We know that you are not just extraordinary caregivers, but have also become teachers at home during the COVID19 Pandemic, assisting with distance learning for your students. We know it’s challenging, and we appreciate your patience as we all navigate these uncharted waters on our voyage to reopening schools in the fall in a reimagined way. Good news, be on the lookout for an announcement this week from the District about Early Stage 2 in regards to reopening hours for OVSD fields and grounds for active recreation.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:43 PM
Santa Ana, CA-Orange County, the COVID Wild West? Another Op Ed, co-written this time by fellow school trustees, OVSD’s Vice President Patricia Singer, Brea Olinda USD’s Clerk Keri Kropkeand myself. We wonder why the Orange County Supervisors have not included anyone from the educational community as part of the County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy planning team. Parents can’t work if kids aren’t in quality childcare. Supervisor Don Wagner and Supervisor Michelle Steel have not only told county business owners they can ignore health and safety code and violate State and health directives, but that Sherif Don Barnes to not turn a blind eye to enforcement. Why the lawlessness? Is this how a civilized society operates? Read our bipartisan article about a path to reopening OC safely in Phase 2, to be guided by science and not political folly.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:57 AM
Distance Learning Continues
Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you students, I love being your teacher, even from home.
Monday, May 4, 2020 9:14 AM
Santa Ana, CA-Briceño took aim at county supervisors, highlighting that “Orange County has consistently lagged behind Los Angeles County and San Diego County in COVID-19 testing, homelessness services, and protections for essential workers. Until April 21, Orange County was the sole county jurisdiction in Southern California not to issue a mandatory countywide face mask order, until pressure by the Democratic Party of Orange County and a bipartisan petition and public pressure campaign led by Ocean View School District President Gina Clayton-Tarvin spurred the Board to approve face masks in a more limited use than surrounding counties,” Briceño wrote.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 6:45 PM
Video-Recap of Week's events with Irvine Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris
Irvine, CA-Watch Instagram "live" interview with Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris. Thank you to attorney and Irvine Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris for inviting me into her interview "studio" aka your backyard to recap this week's events and advocacy outcomes. OVSD Trustee John Briscoe and I were honored to lead a bipartisan movement including a petition and Op Ed in the Voice of OC to inspire change in Orange County to require essential workers to wear face coverings. These coverings will help to protect the workers themselves and residents. These heroic essential workers interface on a daily basis while working in restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and other essential retain stores. Get involved, take action, and compel change in the community.