welcome back

Hello Ojai Unified families and staff,

We are looking forward to seeing our students back on campus tomorrow!

As we all prepare for a very long-awaited first day of school, I’m reminded of a message I wrote more than a year ago, and it bears repeating: Going back to school after a long summer break can be a time of excitement and anxiety for students and families. A new school year is always full of unknowns and that can feel a little scary. I want to assure our families that every staff member in Ojai Unified is committed to making this year great and using our creativity and passion to make meaningful connections with our students. We remain committed to serving students, yet flexible in our approach due to ever-shifting conditions.

 We want the first day of school to be a positive and safe experience for our staff, students, and families, so please remember to:

  1. Leave early to drop your child off for the first day. Give yourself extra time to arrive at schools
  2. Drive the speed limit
  3. Watch for children walking and on bicycles
  4. Use crosswalks and watch for traffic as you cross in the crosswalk
  5. Be patient.  Every year we have new parents dropping off children at elementary, middle, and high schools. We also have new drivers on the road who will be driving themselves to school for the first time. 

A little patience and kindness go a long way in setting the tone for our students in the new school year.

Take care,
Dr. Morse, Superintendent

COVID Screening

In order to ensure that our students and staff remain safe, it is critical to screen for symptoms of illness at home before arriving on campus. If you or your child have had any of the following symptoms 24 hours before coming on campus, please stay home until you feel better for at least 24 hours (without using medication).

  • Fever (any temperature at or above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Congestion and runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue and muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea)

If your child is experiencing these symptoms and needs to miss school, they can access their assignments for the day on Canvas. Families with students in our younger grades can pick up a work packet if they will be out for multiple days. Your child will not be penalized for staying home if they are sick.

Finally, our Family COVID Resource Guide in English and Spanish has in-depth information regarding Ojai Unified's COVID protocols. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email covidconcerns@ojaiusd.org.

We will be following the state and local guidelines which require masks to be worn inside of buildings. While students and staff are outside, masks are optional.

Masks must be snug on the face and worn over the mouth and nose. If you don't have one, we can provide an adult or child-size cloth or surgical mask on site.

Medicine on Campus

As a gentle reminder, students are not allowed to carry or take medicine on their own at school or to share medication with others. If at all possible, medicine should be administered at home.

If your child must take medication while at school, a completed and signed “Medical Authorization Form” from the student’s doctor must be on file in the school's Main Office. You can find the form in English here or aquí

All medication must be brought to school in its original, labeled container with the student’s full name, dosage, and directions clearly indicated on the package. Medication must be given to the school's office manager to be locked up securely. Medication, including aspirin, Midol, or cold remedies cannot be administered by school personnel unless a signed authorization form is on file in the office.

If your child has any medical or health issues you want us to be aware of please don’t hesitate to contact our District Nurse, Haley Hernandez at (805) 640-4300 x1010 or at her email, hhernandez@ojaiusd.org.