Feb. 22 is new date for Nordhoff and Matilija to start in-person instruction in 'small cohorts'

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Nordhoff High School students are being asked this week by teachers to choose whether they plan to attend school in person in "small cohorts," starting Feb. 22, or if they want to continue with distance learning, for at least the third quarter.

An earlier plan was to start in-person "small cohort" instruction at Matilija and Nordhoff on Feb. 1, but OUSD administration has changed the date to Feb. 22 to provide more time to prepare the campuses and to return after the Presidents' Week break, which is Feb. 15 to 19.

Families of Matilija students have been surveyed about their choice about whether or not they will participate in small cohorts for elective classes or continue distance learning for those.

The Matilija schedule does not work well to organize small cohorts for core academic classes in the same way Nordhoff does.

That is why Matilija's in-person cohort classes will be just for electives.


The third quarter started Jan. 25. Students are asked to commit to their choices for at least the third quarter, according to OUSD officials.

The state guidance on "small cohorts," which means there are 14 students per "cohort," can be viewed at:

The OUSD elementary schools and Chaparral are open for hybrid schedule in-person instruction because they were open the week of Nov. 2 when the county of Ventura County was in the red tier (second-to-worst tier) for COVID-19. The county is now in the purple tier (worst tier).

Because Matilija Middle School and Nordhoff High School were not open while the county was in the red tier, they are unable to operate on a hybrid schedule, according to the state rules. However, they are able to open in a "small cohort" model, which will start Feb. 22.


The Nordhoff small cohort schedule in English can be viewed at:

El calendario de cohortes pequeñas de Nordhoff en español se puede ver en:


The Nordhoff High School and Matilija Middle School return to campus plans can be viewed online in English at: 


Los planes de regreso al campus de la escuela secundaria Nordhoff y la escuela secundaria Matilija se pueden ver en línea en español en:


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