Huntington Beach, CA-Board Extends Distance Learning.Here is recap of some of my comments from Tuesday night. The Board of Trustees voted to extend to Temporary Distance Learning for all general education TK through 8th grade classes through 1/29/21 to allow additional time for the COVID-19 surge to subside. ICU bed capacity remains at 0% in our area, and we are in a Regional Stay at Home Order. Our employees report that over 60% are uncomfortable coming back to work on 1/19/21 and we are seeing increased infections, and absenteeism of those currently on campuses. In some circumstances, special education Special Day Classes (SDC) may need to transition to Temporary Distance Learning. These decisions will be made on a class by class basis due to staffing limitations or COVID-19 infections per class. If a class must transition, families will be notified by the Special Education Department. To the extent possible, Kids’ Club and Preschool programs will remain open in order to support frontline and essential workers. If programs must be closed or consolidated, families will be notified. OVSD is looking forward to the next phase in the COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution for employees in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we all must wear masks, avoid gathering with others, and stay home as much as possible. Avoid becoming infected, protect yourself and your children. We are counting on you.