Private schools examining trees with an eye to student safety

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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
Oak Grove School’s Head of School Jodi Grass (left) and Director of Outreach Warren Petersen discuss a large oak tree that's regularly checked by an arborist.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Private schools in the Ojai Valley are working to ensure that trees on their campuses are safe, following a recent accident on an Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) campus.
Five people were injured, two critically, when an elm branch fell on them at Topa Topa Elementary School Sept. 25.
The incident prompted a thorough, ongoing examination of all trees on OUSD campuses.
Area private schools have taken similar safety measures, some without skipping a beat.
“The day of the Topa Topa incident, the arborist came out that afternoon to take a look at our trees,” said Jodi Grass, head of school at Oak Grove School in Meiners Oaks.

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