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Safely Reopening OUSD

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OUSD Board of Education Votes to Remain in Virtual Learning until in red tier or conditions change

January 13, 2021

With the continued surge of COVID-19 cases, widespread staffing and substitute shortages for districts across the state, and as our county remains in the most restrictive Purple Tier, the Board of Education took action last night to keep all grade levels in virtual learning until case rates fall into the Red Tier or conditions change.

Although the decision to keep our scholars, especially our youngest students, in virtual learning is difficult, the direction provided by our board last night will help protect the health of our community, allow time to hire and train new teachers, and provide consistency to our students and families. With the current high case rates, we cannot re-open without facing the same challenges that forced us to close in December. We are continuing to adapt to rapidly changing conditions and innovate ways to bring our students back to campus in various capacities. 

Secondary learning centers (SLC) will continue to be open to support our secondary scholars, and we are continuing to take interest forms and make accommodations to fill the need. Expanded Enrichment Program (EEP) will continue to be provided to the extent possible. Free curbside meals are available for all OUSD scholars at all school sites Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at a variety of locations throughout the community. 

We will continue to actively monitor case rates, vaccine distribution and other factors that can speed our hopeful return to campus. We will also continue to work closely with our health and education partners at the county and state level in effort to determine the most appropriate criteria and timeline to return to any form of in-person instruction.

We encourage you to stay informed by regularly checking updates from San Diego County Public Health Services, the California Public Health Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), our Safely Reopening OUSD website, and Commonly Asked Questions page. For a comprehensive list of programs that can provide assistance such as food, clothing and health care, please use our Community Resource Guide

Thank you to all of our staff, students, and our families for your patience, trust, and tremendous effort as we continue navigating uncharted waters together. We will keep you updated as situations change, and hope you’ve had a great first week back. 

On Dec. 10, the OUSD Board of Education voted to reinstate elementary virtual instruction and delay the planned secondary return to hybrid instruction our county is in the less restrictive red tier. We will continue to actively monitor the status of our region and the needs of our community. We will work closely with our health and education partners at the county and state level in effort to determine the most appropriate criteria and timeline to return to any form of in-person instruction.

Secondary learning centers (SLC) will continue to be open to support our secondary scholars, and we are continuing to take interest forms and make accommodations to fill the need. Elementary Enrichment Program (EEP) will continue to be provided to the extent possible that it can be staffed, and those who have participated or expressed interest will receive further information. The purpose of the Expanded Enrichment Program and Secondary Learning Center Interest Form is to provide in-person academic support and enrichment opportunities to students in grades TK-12. If you are interested in academic support, please complete the form linked in this document for each school and/or child. The information will be used to create academic cohorts. Academic and Enrichment support provided by the following providers:

  • ASAP-After School Achievement Program

  • BASE-Before and After School Enrichment

  • BGCO-Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside

  • STAAR-Success Through Academics And Role-Models

  • ARC- ASES Provider

For most up to date meal information, visit the Nutrition Services website. Beginning Tuesday, January 12th, OUSD Nutrition Services will offer free school meals at the following selected school bus route locations and times listed below in addition to our school sites and current community sites. There will be a parked school bus at these locations distributing meals:

Bus Stop Location 1

Anne Sladon Street and Festival Street

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm

Bus Stop Location 2

Garrison Elementary, 333 Garrison Street

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-12:30pm

Bus Stop Location 3

322 Garrison Street

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45pm-1:30pm

Bus Stop Location 4

Apple Street and Greenbrier Drive

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm

Bus Stop Location 5

Camp Pendleton, 156 Cottonwood Drive

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm

Bus Stop Location 6

Camp Pendleton, Ellis Blvd and Conde Drive

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm

Meals will continue to be offered at no cost to all OUSD scholars at all school sites, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. 

No IDs or applications are required and parents or guardians may pick up meals without scholar(s) present. 

In addition to our school sites, we will continue to serving at the following community sites every Tuesday and Thursday at the locations and times listed below:

John Landes Park - 11:00-11:30am

Crown Heights Resource Center - 12:00-12:30pm

Melba Bishop Park - 1:00-1:30pm

No application or ID  is required to pick up meals, and students do not have to be present. If you have any questions, need meals delivered, or require special meal accommodations, please contact the Nutrition Services office at 760-966-4095. 

Face coverings must be used in accordance with CDPH guidelines unless a person is exempt, particularly in indoor environments, on school buses, and areas where physical distancing alone is not sufficient to prevent disease transmission. 

Here is information on the use of face coverings or, in limited instances, face shields. Students and staff need to remember not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Also provided, information for staff and families in the school community on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings. Staff or students who believe they are exempt from these policies need to confirm the process for safety with their principal.  

For ages 2 and younger, face coverings are not required. For students 3 years old through high school and all staff, face coverings are mandatory unless exempt per CDPH guidelines.

  • Persons two years old or younger, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious or incapacitated, and anyone who is otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance are exempt from wearing a face covering. Staff will be referred to Human Resources if they believe they are exempt from wearing a face covering for support. Students who may be exempt from wearing a face covering will go through a 504 or IEP process.                 

  • A cloth face covering or face shield should be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when it needs to be replaced. 

  • Schools must exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under CDPH guidelines and refuse to wear one provided by the school. Should a student forget their mask they may request one from their teacher or the health office. Schools should offer alternative educational opportunities for students who are excluded from campus.

Face mask requirements for staff:                    

  • All staff must wear face coverings indoors in accordance with CDPH guidelines unless Cal/OSHA standards require respiratory protection        

  • Workers or other persons handling or serving food must use gloves in addition to face coverings. Disposable glove use may be helpful to supplement frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer; examples - workers who are screening others for symptoms or handling commonly touched items 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): All OUSD staff and scholars are required to wear cloth face coverings when entering and while in the building where chance of interaction and exchange with another person is possible.  Staff must wear face coverings outdoors when others may come within six feet of them. Staff are encouraged to provide their own personal face coverings.  Face shields will be available for students and staff. Gloves will be provided for those staff members responsible for cleaning or food preparation

  1. Visitors & Volunteers: Walk-in visitors may still be restricted from entry in the building unless a meeting has been scheduled. No visitors will be allowed without an appointment. Signage will indicate cloth face coverings must be worn at all times in addition to maintaining social distance while on campus. Volunteers will not be permitted on campus at this time. Parents/guardians picking up their child early from school should call the office in advance. 
  • Wellness Screening Procedures: All scholars will go through a wellness screening procedure before entering campus or boarding the school bus, consistent with public health guidance. All staff and scholars are advised to stay home if they are experiencing even minor COVID-19 symptoms such as sore throat, coughing and sneezing, loss of taste and smell, diarrhea and/or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Temperatures will be checked with a touchless infrared thermometer and scholars with temperature at 100 or higher will be escorted to a waiting area and parents/guardians will be contacted to return home by an authorized adult.

  • Deep Cleaning and Sanitizing: Summer deep cleaning and sanitizing according to CDC guidelines of high-touch areas and carpet areas were completed prior to reopening. Traditional daily cleaning will occur. High-touch surfaces, such as door handles, handrails, sink handles, and restroom surfaces will be disinfected daily. Spray bottles with approved CDC and CDPR cleaning solutions and paper towels will be available for each classroom for immediate spot cleaning. Electrostatic disinfectant backpack equipment has been purchased to assist our custodial staff with classroom and office sanitization

  • Hand Sanitizers and Washing: Hand sanitation and hand washing stations around campus will be accessible to all. Scholars will be encouraged to hand wash when: arriving to school; after playing outside; after having close contact with others; after using shared surfaces; before and after using restroom; after blowing nose, coughing or sneezing; and before and after eating.  Facial tissues will be available in classrooms

Implementing Distancing Inside and Outside the Classroom


  • A sign will be posted at each public entrance of each campus to inform all employees and parents/guardians that they should avoid entering any OUSD facility if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms

  • A sign will be posted indicating to maintain a minimum six-foot distance and mask requirements

  • Distancing markers will be placed at school entrances and in locations around campus

Measures to Protect Employee Health:

  • All employees that have contact with the public or other employees will be offered appropriate protective equipment based on their job responsibilities. This could include a face shield, face mask and/or gloves 

  • Support staff who are at higher risk for severe illness or who cannot safely distance from household contacts at higher risk, by providing options

  • Break rooms, restrooms, and other common areas are cleaned daily

  • Potlucks and food sharing will be prohibited at this time

  • Spray bottles with cleaning solutions and paper towels are available

  • Hand sanitizer effective against COVID-19 is available to all employees

  • Soap and water are available to all employees

Measures to Prevent Crowds from Gathering:

  • Conference rooms, break rooms, and training rooms may remain closed to comply with the latest CDC and Public Health Guidelines.

Limit Sharing:                        

  • Student belongings will be kept separate and in individually labeled storage containers, cubbies, ziplocs, desks, or separate areas. Belongings will be taken home each day to be cleaned

  • Adequate supplies will be provided to minimize sharing of high-touch materials (art supplies, equipment, etc.) to the extent practicable or we will limit use of supplies and equipment to one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between uses

  • Staff will avoid the sharing of electronic devices, clothing, toys, books and other games or learning aids as much as practicable. Where sharing occurs, staff will clean and disinfect between uses