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Commonly Asked Questions

Is OUSD in virtual 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.

What will my child’s schedule be when we return to campus?

Please refer to communication from your school site via phone, email and text messages regarding schedules and other details. 

What is the current situation with athletics?

Based on new guidelines, low-contact CIF sports such as cross country and golf are launching condensed competition seasons. This is based on the color coded tier system and more sports will open as we move down into the red, orange, and yellow tiers. We will continue our focus on our Secondary Learning Centers and other opportunities to support our students at the secondary level.

Will on-campus supports such as Secondary Learning Centers, Elementary Enrichment or support for SpEd students continue? 

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. The Expanded 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 Centers is to provide in-person academic support and enrichment opportunities to students in grades TK-12. The Secondary Learning Centers offer in-person academic support and enrichment opportunities to students in grades 6-12. The purpose of enrichment is to provide students the opportunity to study concepts with greater depth and to pursue their interests and strengths.

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

Is Nutrition currently being provided for all scholars? 

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

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.

Why was middle and high school return delayed?

We are not permitted under public health guidance to reopen our secondary campuses while we are in the most restrictive Purple Tier. Because our secondary students are assigned to multiple classes and teachers for various subjects and extracurricular activities, there are many challenges to keeping these students in small cohorts while maintaining their regular academic schedule in a hybrid model. We believe that waiting was the safest option for these students and staff. 

What should I do if my child is showing symptoms of COVID-19?

Especially around allergy, cold and flu season, it's important to keep your child at home if they're feeling sick and follow this guide if they show any COVID-19 symptoms

What are some examples of health and safety protocols that have been implemented on campus?

  • Signage indicates social distancing, directional pathways and face mask requirements for all staff and all students

  • All staff and scholars must wear face coverings

  • Personal protective equipment available to staff and students

  • All classrooms and offices are provided with hand sanitizer, spray bottles with cleaning solution, paper towels, gloves and facial tissues 

  • Regular handwashing and/or hand sanitizer use with sanitation and handwashing stations around campuses are available

  • Parents/Guardians are encouraged to complete a self-check and symptom screen for their child at home prior to coming to school

  • Classrooms disinfected daily using safe electrostatic backpack sprayers, and buses disinfected between groups 

  • Student belongings kept separate and taken home each day to be cleaned

  • No visitors to school offices, except by appointment

  • Parents / guardians picking up child early from school may call the office ahead of time so they may make arrangements

  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed in front offices and health offices

  • One additional custodial support for each school site for campus sanitization

  • Isolation spaces, outside of health offices with ventilation and supervision, available at each campus for students who are presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 

What is personal protective equipment? What will be used on campuses?

Personal protective equipment is gear designed to prevent the spread of germs. Face coverings and optional face shields will be available for staff. Face coverings for students who need them or may have forgotten to bring one to school will also be available. Other gear such as gloves for cleaning or food preparation will be provided to staff, and sanitation stations including handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus. 

What are the protocols if a staff or student tests positive for COVID-19? 

We will follow incident response guidance from the San Diego County Office of Education, and collaborate with local education and health partners in the case of spread between class cohorts or staff on campus. We will also assist health partners in identifying and notifying close contacts of the individual who tested positive, and will inform impacted families and staff as appropriate. All active positive COVID-19 cases will be reported on this dashboard starting on November 9, 2020. This dashboard will be updated regularly. We will be following these general protocols for when a staff member, child, or visitor becomes sick:

  • Identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19

  • Any person exhibiting symptoms should immediately be required to wait in isolation

  • Close off areas used by any sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If it is not possible to clean, wait 24 hours.

  • Advise sick staff and students not to return to school until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation 

  • Ensure that students, including students with disabilities, have access to instruction when out of class, as required by federal and state law

  • Provide students, teachers and staff from higher transmission areas opportunities for telework, virtual learning, independent study and other options as feasible

What are the face mask requirements? Are face shields or other alternatives an option?

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