Staff Message: Coronavirus (COVID-19) School Closure

Thursday March 12th, 6 pm

Dear OUSD Staff,

As you have probably heard or read, we have just notified parents that we will be closing all schools next week, per the recommendation of the county public health agency. However, schools are open tomorrow and all employees should report to work as scheduled. We know that we will likely have few students in attendance.

I know each of you also want to know what this means for you personally. I promise that we are working on the details of that and will have that information out to you tomorrow.

I'm sure that many of you, as well as our students and families, are anxious and worried about this unprecedented event and the effect it will have not just next week but on the future beyond that. In this time of fear and anxiety, I would encourage each of you to show true compassion, courage, and understanding for your students and peers. When we experience a crisis the best reassurance is our connection to others, even if we have to do it at a distance. We are in this together.

Thank you for your patience and kindness as we do our best to navigate this one hour at a time.