OUSD elementary students return to classes Nov. 2

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Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter
Elementary students in Ojai Unified School District will make their anticipated return to their classrooms in a hybrid format on Monday, Nov. 2.
Middle school and high school students will continue distance learning at least through the end of the semester in January.
With Ventura County moving to the state’s red tier for COVID-19 monitoring, schools throughout the county are allowed to reopen if they can do so safely and meet the criteria. In addition, Ojai boasts one of the lowest COVID 7-day average positivity rates per 100,000 residents.
Students and their families have three options: hybrid model, full distance learning and homeschool.
Students were automatically enrolled in the hybrid model into an A or B cohort, unless they requested otherwise.
They will either return to campus Monday or Tuesday, with in-person instruction from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will leave before lunch and do a bit of asynchronous work at home in the afternoon.
Upon arrival, all students and staff will receive a daily temperature check before entering campus. In addition, staff will complete a daily symptom checklist and PulseOx, which measures oxygen levels.
On campus, all students and staff will wear masks, practice social distancing and have assigned bathrooms. The schools will provide masks, gloves and hand sanitizer on campus. Teachers may also request plexiglass to be installed.
On the days that students do not attend school on campus, they will have an off-campus Zoom day, or “ABC Club” day for transitional kindergarten to first grades. Fridays will be a distance learning day for everyone, with a combination of Zoom instruction and at-home asynchronous work.
Students who opted to continue full distance learning will continue to do both Zoom instruction and at-home asynchronous work. Homeschool families will continue their at-home asynchronous work with a scheduled check-in with teachers on Fridays.
OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse presented this plan to the school board at a special meeting Oct. 7, and the district held additional virtual town hall parent meetings last week.
To view Morse’s complete presentation to the board Oct. 7, visit