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OUSD to provide on-campus childcare options

 
Ojai Unified School District students will have several options for learning when the new school year starts with a “soft opening” Aug. 19, likely including on-campus childcare for students up to eighth grade.

Families that want their children to participate in the childcare options are asked to fill out an OUSD form online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlr1mEYts6OZ8JwHO03scBbHhPGs-LUMTOoWd3kHUuTbDM7A/viewform

 
Because school and childcare operate under different Public Health rules, OUSD is planning  on-campus childcare options to be operated Monday through Friday when the new school year begins:

ABC Club for the youngest students (free).

Campus Club for students in grades 2-8, which might operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Likely for a fee.)

(OUSD discussed at a July 22 school board meeting that a fee might be charged, but that the cost might be subsidized for students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals and apply at: https://ojai.vcoe.org/fsonline/Main/Login. They may also mail in an application being mailed to OUSD families.)

The school year for OUSD students will begin with distance learning through at least Oct. 1 and will be extended, as needed, on a month-by-month basis, OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse told the school board at its July 22 meeting.

The school board discussed at that meeting the possibility of requesting a waiver for the youngest students to attend regular school classes in person, but Morse sent an email to the community on Friday to correct the Ojai Valley News July 24 headline. She wrote that OUSD “is not currently seeking a waiver.”

At the July 28 Ventura County Board of Supervisors' meeting, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said:

"As far as school waivers go, because the governor has asked that schools not open in the fall, I have received a number of requests for schools to have an exception made for them so they can start in-person learning, after all, in the fall. This is driven by the sense of urgency many schools and parents feel to restore in-person learning. I am telling them that, due to the surge in COVID cases that we are currently seeing, I am not accepting or considering waiver requests at this time.”

 

Morse described to the school board on July 22 how the proposed OUSD childcare programs could possibly work:

Campus Club

Childcare and extended learning program (Campus Club), on campus, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. It would likely be a fee-for-service program, subsidized for students eligible for free and reduced lunches, Morse said. Sign-up sheets were sent out July 24 to see how many families are interested in the childcare program.

To apply for free or reduce-price school meals and possibly be eligible for subsidized OUSD child care:

Get the online form at https://ojai.vcoe.org/fsonline/Main/Login or fill out the paper application that has been mailed to OUSD families in English and Spanish, and return it in the self-addressed, stamped envelope that was sent. 

 

Coordinators to be hired

For students who participate in the Campus Club childcare program, Morse told the school board:

“They'll have a staff member who's helping them with whatever assignments that they have and they would obviously have Wi-Fi on our campus and then this is potentially where we could connect with some of our outside groups who provide great programming for our students, such as Food For Thought and others.

“Many people ask, if you can have kids on campus for childcare, why can't you have them on campus for school? And the answer is that there are completely different sets of regulations from the California Department of Public Health for childcare and for school; and even if the childcare is on a school campus run by a school district, … they have different regulations than we do for regular school, so that's why we can do that.”

ABC Club

For students in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, OUSD will provide two options.

Option 1:

Day care and extended learning (called ABC Club) available for all TK/K students Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., free of charge. Childcare for those grades will be available for free after 1 p.m.

It will include:

• Lunch.
• Curriculum provided by staff on-site.
• It will follow all daycare safety protocols and have socially distanced groups of 10 to 12.

Option 2 for TK/K students: Homeschool support:

It will include:
• Recorded lessons from teachers.
• Weekly and daily schedules provided by teachers.
• Packet or online lessons.
• Paper and pencil curriculum provided.
• Assignments submitted via an online program called SeeSaw.
• Optional individual and small group Zoom meetings with students.
• Weekly one-on-on parent Zoom meetings.

OUSD is providing online forms for families to request childcare assistance and help with technology, such as having Chromebooks, hotspots for Internet access, and answers to tech questions.

On July 30, Morse stated in an email to the Ojai Valley News: “We are still working on both options. There are multiple steps that we need to go through in order to be able to provide those services. And we are working on them now. We hope to have more details as soon as possible for families.”

OUSD will provide town hall meetings Aug. 3 to 7 to answer parents’ and students’ questions about students’ learning options. Parents may sign up to participate in the meetings by clicking on https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/8770344046367040121/false#/invitation.

Those who did not receive the link may call OUSD at 805-640-4300, ext. 3, to learn how to participate.

OUSD is providing online forms for families to request childcare assistance and help with technology, such as having Chromebooks, hotspots for Internet access, and answers to tech questions.

 Form to request technology assistance

Families that need assistance with technology are asked to flll out an OUSD form online:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSew0kl4OuZNXkvU7uNx18e4CPFC7J2muWPeeAYqgIE2Y0Kp8w/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

OUSD virtual town halls Aug. 3-7 

The OUSD town hall meetings to be held Aug. 3 to 7 are divided by transitional kindergarten/kindergarten/first grades; elementary grades; middle school; and high school. 

 

The meetings will be held on the following days. Parents are invited to sign up for a limited number of spots in the virtual town halls at: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/8770344046367040121/false#/invitation. Those who do not have Internet access may call the district office at 640-4300, ext. 3, to find out how they may participate.

Monday, Aug. 3.

• Elementary grades distance learning: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

• Transitional kindergarten/kindergarten/first grade: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 4:

• Elementary distance learning: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

• Middle school distance learning: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 5:

• Nordhoff High School: 5 to 6 p.m.

• Elementary distance learning: 6 to 7 p.m.

 

Thursday, Aug. 6: 

• Español town hall, 6 to 7 p.m.

 • Matilija and Nordhoff distance learning: 7 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 7:

• Transitional kindergarten/kindergarten/first grade: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

• Nordhoff High School: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 The school board July 22 discussion on the start of school may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/hetg0GwpR-E?t=5176

 

The starting school plan, presented to the school board, may be viewed in English at:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ydiaeRgFwXkwwKLrrnOBWVXIk6wo0Jz-AtcVNn2-SPU/edit#slide=id.p

 

It may be viewed in Spanish at:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fkayjz6VKR7tV2SPTiAvmBFnVhCNXaGQYKUftZ6RnZQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

Transportation

Transportation will not be provided for the phase one distance learning model; and transportation for when campuses reopen for school has yet to be determined, Morse said.

 Student meals

When the new school year begins, student meals will be available to be picked up from school sites, as occurred when campuses closed. The meals will be available onsite when campuses are allowed to reopen for school.

  OUSD also has a help form for families that are requesting assistance: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ABq1NOkS_C_lXB9MbNUqxSIwlarZabJGFEwwa94wHgk/viewform?edit_requested=true

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 The Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted a budget that provided $5.3 billion in additional funding to support learning, and set requirements to ensure schools provide rigorous and grade-appropriate instruction. Under newly enacted state law, school districts are required to provide:

 

—Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.

— Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning.

— Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students.
— Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction.
 
The full guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found here: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf

 

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