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April 13 Board of education meeting recap

April 14, 2021

At last night’s April 13, 2021 regular OUSD Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a motion to maintain our current in-person, elementary split-day hybrid schedules until the district had: consulted with San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to ensure the safety of our classroom environments in an expanded model; continued negotiations with our labor groups; and could report back to the board to determine possible further action to expand in-person elementary learning. 

The board also voted for secondary grades 6-12 to remain in their current hybrid learning schedules. 

At the elementary level, this decision was made in order to evaluate health and safety recommendations with the advice of San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency prior to expanding our in-person instruction, given that it will be difficult to meet the county’s recommended 3-ft social distancing in all classrooms in an expanded model. It will also allow time to solidify potential expanded in-person schedules with our labor groups before making our fifth elementary schedule change this academic year. At the secondary level, because these scholars and staff have had only one full week of instruction in their current model, the board did not implement further changes at this time. 

The OUSD Board of Education had lengthy and in-depth discussion during the board meeting prior to taking these actions. As we continue to advance our reopening plans, we want to ensure the health and safety of our community, and provide as much consistency as possible for our students, staff, and families.

We will continue to provide updates as we have them. Thank you to all of our staff, students, parents, guardians, and caregivers for your continued patience, trust, and tremendous effort as we continue to expand our on-campus learning.

Elementary: The OUSD Board of Education voted at the Feb. 9 regular board meeting to have all students receiving Special Education services in grades Pre-K to 5 return to in-person instruction the week of March 8, and general education students grades Pre-K to 5 return the week of March 15. 

Secondary: The OUSD Board of Education voted at the March 9 regular board meeting to have all secondary students in all middle and high school grades return to campus in a hybrid in-person instructional model the week of March 29.

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.

As we welcome scholars back on campus for hybrid instruction, TK through 5th grade, all bus stop and home deliveries have been discontinued (not including curbside meal service), and we will be implementing the following changes to meal distribution times and locations beginning March 15th, 2021:

Meal Service for Hybrid Elementary Students:

Group A - Scholars will receive Snack and Breakfast while on campus and Lunch and Supper To-Go. 

Group B - Scholars will receive Snack and Lunch while on campus and Supper and Breakfast (for the next day) To Go. 

Base Schools Hybrid Schedule Meal Service:

TK-5th Grade Group A - Scholars will receive Snack and Breakfast while on campus and Lunch and Supper To-Go. 

TK-5th Grade Group B - Scholars will receive Snack and Lunch while on campus and Supper and Breakfast (for the next day) To Go. 

6th through 8th grade may pick up curbside meals at any base school Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:00pm.

100% Virtual and Secondary Scholars:

Curbside school meals will continue to be served across all Middle and High Schools Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. 

In addition to our school sites we, will continue to serve 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

Meals will continue to be free to all students with no application or I.D. required. However, we encourage all families to submit a meal application in order for those eligible to continue to receive access to extended benefits, which include discounts on select programs. You can fill out an application today online at ns.oside.us

If you have any questions, need assistance receiving meals, or require special meal accommodations, please contact the Nutrition Services office at 760-966-4095 or visit our Nutrition Services website.

Estimados padres y tutores del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oceanside:

Ahora que regresan los estudiantes de TK-5o grado a las escuelas para la educación semipresencial, se han descontinuado todos los puntos de recogida de comidas en las paradas de autobús y las entregas a domicilio (pero sigue en pie el servicio de recogida de comidas en frente de las escuelas), y vamos a implementar los siguientes cambios a las horas y ubicaciones para la distribución de comidas a partir del 15 de marzo, 2021:

Servicio de comidas para estudiantes de primaria en la educación semipresencial (híbrida):

Grupo A - Los estudiantes recibirán una botana y el desayuno mientras están en el campus,  y un almuerzo y una cena para llevar. 

Grupo B - Los estudiantes recibirán una botana y el almuerzo mientras están en el campus,  y una cena y un desayuno (para el día siguiente) para llevar. 

Servicio de comidas para las escuelas en la base militar durante la educación semipresencial:

TK-5o Grado Grupo A - Los estudiantes recibirán una botana y el desayuno mientras están en el campus,  y un almuerzo y una cena para llevar. 

TK-5o Grado Grupo B - Los estudiantes recibirán una botana y el almuerzo mientras están en el campus,  y una cena y un desayuno (para el día siguiente) para llevar. 

6o a 8o grado - Se podrán recoger comidas en todas las escuelas en la base militar los miércoles de 11:30am-1:00pm.

Estudiantes en el programa 100% Virtual y estudiantes del nivel secundario (grados 6o-12o):

Se seguirán sirviendo comidas para recoger en todas las escuelas middle school y high school los martes y jueves de 12:00-1:30 p.m. 

Además de los sitios escolares, seguiremos ofreciendo otros puntos de recogida en la comunidad cada martes y jueves en los siguientes lugares y horarios:

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

Centro de Recursos de la Comunidad de la Corona/Crown Heights - 12:00-12:30pm

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

Las comidas siguen siendo gratis para todos los estudiantes de 18 años y menores sin requerir una solicitud o credencial de estudiante. Sin embargo, alentamos a todas las familias a llenar la solicitud para comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido para que las familias que reúnan los requisitos sigan recibiendo acceso a los amplios beneficios, por ej., descuentos en ciertos programas. Puede llenar esta solicitud hoy en línea en el sitio web ns.oside.us

Si tiene preguntas, necesita ayuda para recibir las comidas, o su hijo tiene necesidades especiales de la dieta, por favor llame a las oficinas de Servicios Nutricionales al 760-966-4095 o visite nuestro sitio web de Servicios Nutricionales.

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.  

Face coverings are mandatory for all students unless exempt per CDPH guidelines.

  • 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, naps,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. 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

  • 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

Signage:

  • 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:                        

  • 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 should be self-assessed at home before coming to school for any signs of illness or COVID-19 symptoms. 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. Parents can follow this decision tree if their child is symptomatic.  

  • Deep Cleaning and Sanitizing: Deep cleaning and sanitizing according to CDC guidelines of high-touch areas and carpet areas are completed regularly. Electrostatic disinfectant backpack equipment has been purchased and is used by our custodial staff for nightly classroom and office sanitization. Traditional daily cleaning will occur. Spray bottles with approved CDC and CDPR cleaning solutions and paper towels will be available for each classroom for immediate spot cleaning. 

  • 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.

  • Student and Teacher Distancing: In all classrooms, we strive for a 6-foot distance between students and will have at least 4 feet between student chairs. Teacher workstations will be six feet from students. 

  • Implementing Distancing Inside and Outside the Classroom

Signage:

  • 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 for remote work

  • 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