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OUSD provides coronavirus preparation update March 4

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Ojai Unified School District Superintendent Tiffany Morse sent out the following message at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4,  via email and its Parent Square online communication site:
We want to assure you that we are working closely with the Ventura County Office of Education and Ventura County Public Health and are continuing to actively monitor important information and procedures in regards to coronavirus/COVID-19. We are taking direction from Ventura County Public Health in regards to protocols put into place, which may include voluntary quarantine for families who travel to affected places. We are working on ensuring that any students who miss school in these instances still have the ability to complete school work.
We are also actively working on the following:
  • In the cleaning of our classrooms, we will be using cleaners that have shown effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus.  The focus on cleaning will be the high touch areas in our classrooms. These include areas such as the hard surfaces such as desks, handles, and drinking fountains utilizing cleaners that have shown effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus.
  • We are dedicated to ensuring each school has enough soap for all students to wash their hands and installing hand-sanitizing stations.  If you would like to send alcohol-based hand sanitizer with your student to school or donate to teachers, that is welcome.
  • Please remind your students not to share water bottles.  
  • We strongly remind that you keep students home when they are sick. 
  • We are developing plans in the event of "social-distancing" or school closure protocols put in place by the Ventura County Public Health Department. These include a plan for computer access for 6-12 grade students and an online learning platform, with elementary students accessing curriculum through learning packets and online learning. 
I know that the unpredictable nature of this virus can be unnerving.  Our continued goal is to put in place the measures we know are most effective, as outlined by professional experts.  The safety and wellness of our students and staff are our highest priority, and we will continue to address issues and inform you as they arise.
Stay safe and healthy,
Dr. Morse, Superintendent
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