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Ojai Unified School District will be closed at least through May 1 due to COVID-19

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Ojai Unified School District will be closed through at least May 1 and hopes to reopen May 4, but will reassess in the coming weeks.
OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse sent out the following update to OUSD families Wednesday at 4:41 p.m.: 


Dear OUSD Families,
The impacts of the coronavirus are touching every aspect of our lives and forcing all of us to find creative ways to adapt to this unprecedented situation. We know the disruption in normal school operations has created many issues and uncertainties – from childcare and meals to graduation plans and college preparation. We want to answer some of your most pressing questions as best we can.


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When will school reopen?
In coordination with the Ventura County Office of Education and most of the other Ventura County school districts, OUSD will be keeping our schools closed at least through Friday, May 1. Our new target date to reopen is Monday, May 4. As you know, things are changing daily, so there is the potential that the closures could be extended beyond May 1. Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom advised parents to prepare for the possibility that schools may be closed through the summer break. While that could indeed happen, we remain hopeful that conditions will improve enough to allow us to reopen before the end of the school year.
Will graduation and promotion ceremonies be held?
Like all of you, we want nothing more than to honor our students for their accomplishments. The thought of graduation ceremonies being cancelled is heartbreaking, and we will do all we can to make them happen. In the event that in-person ceremonies are not possible due to public health concerns, we will explore alternative ways to recognize our students for their achievements.
Will remote learning be provided for students at home?
Yes.  As you can imagine, this is no small endeavor. It involves issues with technology, training and equitable access for all students, including those with special needs and those who do not have internet service or computers at home.
District Administrators have developed the following plan to ensure a smooth transition to Distance Learning for students, families and staff. The first two weeks of the school closure, Phase 1, will allow for educational opportunities for students without the stress required of assignments. This allows Ojai Unified to help families get devices and internet access. It also allows time for our staff to be trained on distance learning platforms and for us to develop a plan for non-online work.  
During Phase 2, students will begin to work on assignments that are directly related to grade level content but may be an extension of what they have already been taught. As we have more clarity from the State, we will have more guidance on Phase 3 in the coming weeks. 
During each phase, there will be both an online option and the ability to pick up the same work in a “packet” from school sites. 
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