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Safely Reopening OUSD

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governor's Update: July 17, 2020

Governor Newsom announced directives for schools on July 17. Any school district located within counties on the COVID-19 monitoring list must start the fall in distance learning. This means that the Oceanside Unified School District and all schools in the County of San Diego will open with virtual learning environments this fall. According to the governor’s directive, schools will be able to begin reopening following public health guidance indicating  that their county has been off of the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. We will continue planning for a return to in-person learning as soon as public health conditions allow and adequate resources are allocated by both the state and federal governments for the safe return to school. 

OUSD staff has been working diligently over the past couple of months to prepare for every outcome and phase of reopening, including virtual learning. Because of this work, we will be able to offer our students a robust and rigorous virtual learning environment. Our virtual learning model will be vastly different from the emergency distance learning we quickly pivoted to in March when schools initially closed physically.

Our virtual learning model will include regular attendance, emphasis on teacher-student engagement, daily interaction with peers, progress monitoring, grading, small group support, daily live interaction with teachers, challenging assignments, adopted lessons for English Language Learners and Special Education students, parent support, and ongoing professional development opportunities for teachers over the next month and throughout the school year. We know it will be critical to equip our teachers with the tools and resources necessary to maximize their skills when teaching in a virtual learning model. We will be providing more information and detail in the coming weeks ahead. All students will be provided virtual learning by their current school.  

Planning Update: June 24, 2020

At the June 23, 2020 Board of Education meeting, staff presented options regarding what school may look like when we return in the fall. Our re-opening committee made up of 180 people from every facet of Oceanside and divided into 23 teams has been planning for different scenarios when school resumes on Monday, August 17. Additionally, nearly 4,600 parents and guardians participated along with over 900 OUSD staff in the Fall 2020 Options survey and 600 parents participated in one of our 36 virtual parent input forum meetings.

In the reopening presentation, we outlined three possible instructional models: Hybrid, which consists of three days a week of distance learning and two days on campus; traditional in-person, where students return to school with safety measures in place; and distance learning, where students remain at home and learn both synchronously (in real time with a teacher) and asynchronously (students have some control over the time, place, path, or pace of their learning).

Learn more by reviewing the board presentation in English or Spanish

Staff will present schedules, progress on planning, and a communications plan at the July 21, 2020 board of education meeting. For continued updates and more information please monitor this webpage and district social media @OsideUSD.