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Ojai Unified School District superintendent gives update on services provided during school closure March 16 to 20

OUSD logoOjai Unified School District Superintendent Tiffany Morse sent an update on the district response to what the school district is doing in light of the COVID-19 concerns, on Sunday, March 15, at 5:06 p.m.: The message reads:


"Dear OUSD families,

"I know it seems like every hour there is new information coming out about how each of us should adapt to this unprecedented event in our lives. I appreciate your patience, as we are also
constantly adapting to updates from public health agencies, the Governor's office, and other state agencies. I want to share a few key pieces of information about where we are as a district today, with the understanding that every day will likely bring new information.
"1. School closure decisions are made based on recommendations from Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) in consultation with the Ventura County Office of Education, our School Board, and other districts. At this time, most districts in Ventura County are closed for one week unless they already had spring break the week after next.  We will be meeting as a group early next week to reassess the situation, including evolving CDC guidelines. We will provide an update to you as soon as possible.
"2. Last week our guidance from state education agencies was that there are significant barriers to providing distance learning in the event of closure. However, over the weekend Governor Newsom signed a resolution specifically asking school districts to develop distance learning programs. It is our understanding that there will be additional guidance coming out on Tuesday, March 17, that we will use to guide educational activities for our students. 
"3. We are deeply concerned about the well-being of your children during this time. More important than distance learning this week is making sure that each and every student's basic needs are met. Beginning Tuesday, March 18th, our Student Care Teams will be on every school campus from 11-1. You or your children can stop by to pick up brown bag lunch and breakfast for the following day, or check out freshly-sanitized computers or library books. All meals are free for all children, even if they do not yet attend OUSD.
"We will also have crisis counseling available for our students who may be having a hard time processing this event.
"If you have children in multiple schools, please know you can visit the closest campus for these services. You can simply come to campus from 11-1, or you can fill out the form — —  if you can't make it to a campus and we will contact you. 
"All Student Care Team services will be closely monitored to ensure compliance with social distancing and sanitation protocols.
"Take Care and Stay Tuned, 
Dr. Tiffany Morse
Ojai Unified School District"
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