ParentSquare message sent on November 19, 2020

Dear OUSD families,

With COVID-19 cases rising around the region and the country, this is a time when we all need to come together and keep up our efforts to reduce transmission in our community. 

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the California Health and Human Services Secretary, said earlier this week that “the virus is not over just because we're tired of it."  We are all eager to return to family and holiday events as we have experienced them in the past, but health experts continue to emphasize that gatherings, some types of travel, and other holiday related activities can put you and your family at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. 

We ask that you carefully consider your plans as we enter the holiday season. Our community’s behavior during this holiday season will directly impact our ability to keep our schools and learning pods open for students. Gatherings, some types of travel, and/or other activities can put your family at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. Please consider the following factors as you plan for any upcoming holiday gatherings and/or travel. 

Please review the full guidance from Public Health for holiday travel and gatherings by clicking here

When planning travel, please keep the following in mind:

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in many parts of the country. Nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Traveling outside the county will increase your chance of getting infected and spreading the virus to others after your return. 

If you attend a large, multi-family gathering or travel outside of the state, we ask that for the safety of our staff and other students your child quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. 

If you are concerned about potential COVID-19 exposure during the holiday breaks due to your travel or social gatherings, consult with your physician about getting your family tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. You can find free testing locations in Ventura County here. COVID-19 symptoms generally appear within 2 – 14 days of exposure. 

We must remain vigilant and steadfast in our safety protocols if we hope to keep our school and campus activities, including athletics, open for students. All of our staff and students deserve to be kept safe.

Whatever your plans are for the holidays, we hope that you will find safe ways to connect with loved ones. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy season.

Dr. Tiffany Morse, Superintendent