Hello OUSD families,

In light of increasing COVID-19 cases in our community and our commitment to the health of students and staff, our elementary programs, Chaparral High School, and Special Day classes will be transitioning to distance learning.  Beginning Monday, December 7th and continuing for the two weeks leading up to Winter break, we will return to our distance learning schedule, which can be found here:

There is no change to Matilija, Nordhoff, or Summit schedules. The ABC clubs for TK-1st grade students will remain open at this time, returning to a daily schedule for those who choose to attend.  

We understand how difficult this news is for all of us who truly want to see an end to this pandemic, and we hope to see all of our students on campus in January provided that COVID conditions improve.

In addition to our upcoming change, some of you may have heard the tragic news regarding an 11-year-old boy dying by suicide in Northern California. While we need to take safety measures to protect our staff, students, and their families from potential COVID exposure, we are also concerned about how isolating this time is for many of our students.

We want to make sure you know we are here to support your family. You can find a list of all district mental health resources here, including the opportunity for students to schedule online, confidential visits with our mental health professionals. We also have weekly scheduled support time for parents and guardians facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist or associate. At the end of this message, you will find resources to help with recognizing and responding to potential suicide warning signs, as well as resources you can call for immediate assistance.

Finally, if you have firearms in your home, we encourage you to consider the importance of safe gun storage. To assist you with this security measure the Ojai Police Department will provide you with a free gun safety lock. You can find more information here.

While the current health situation is difficult for everyone, we have hope that with adherence to safety protocols and medical advances around the corner that we will be together again in person soon.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your site administrator.

Stay safe and take care,

Dr. Tiffany Morse, Superintendent