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OUSD board to hold special Dec. 28 meeting to discuss school plans after winter break

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 The Ojai Unified School District board will “consider the date of return to hybrid learning for elementary students” when it holds a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. See the agenda at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1058571/12-28-20_agenda.pdf

The trustees will meet via video conference and the meeting will be live-streamed and recorded. It can be watched live via district YoutubeVideo at https://www.youtube.com/user/adminojaiusdorg and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ojaiusd.org

The public may comment prior to 4 p.m. the day of the meeting by writing comments on the link, up to 450 words, at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CCfKeZXXuRb167DjQXSDjggyD9OS3u9wFDiOcg1ESec/viewform?edit_requested=true

Or, on the day of the meeting, after 4 p.m., the public may go to the board room at 414 E. Ojai Ave. to comment. People who attend in person are asked to wear masks and the number of people in the board room will be limited.

Since OUSD opened its elementary grades for in-person instruction on Nov. 2, prior to Ventura County going into the purple tier, those grades are allowed to open for in-person instruction.

As the COVID-19 numbers increased in early December, the OUSD board called an emergency meeting on Dec. 3 to suspend in-person classes for elementary students until at least after the winter break on Jan. 4.

At the Dec. 3 meeting, Angie Genasci, president of the Ojai teachers’ union, said the majority of elementary teachers wanted to go to distance learning until winter break and reassess at that point. Genasci said: “They are concerned about their health and safety of themselves, their families, the students. That’s not the only thing they’re concerned about ... there’s a lot of concern about the educational soundness of what we’re doing right now. Because we have so few students in our class.”

In early December, Superintendent Tiffany Morse said: “We have some positive (COVID-19) cases in our schools right now of students who are quarantining, and then we have a number of people who were exposed due to Thanksgiving travel who are confirmed exposures who are also quarantining. I think right now we have three people who are positive, some people who are waiting on test results, and about 10 people that are quarantining based on potential exposure.”

A limited Stay Home Order went into effect on Dec. 6 after the Southern California region’s hospital ICU capacity dropped below 15%. It is currently at zero percent for the Southern California region. In Ventura County, the adult ICU bed capability was at 2.8% as of Dec. 24. More information about the Stay Home Order can be found at: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/. 

Once triggered, the Stay Home Order remains in effect for at least three weeks. After that period, the order will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial three-week period.

Under the governor’s order, operations that could remain open included schools that were already open for in-person learning and child care and pre-kindergarten.

All schools that had not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following California Department of Public Health Guidance.

 To view the Dec. 3 OUSD emergency meeting discussing issues about students and teachers returning to in-person or hybrid classes, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJpkzkVQJg0.

 

 

 

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