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Coronavirus and Influenza Information

Schools Closing Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020

In consultation with local public health agencies and the San Diego County Office of Education, Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) has ordered all schools to close in order to curb the potential transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Meal services are still available. Read more on our school closure notice #4.

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC cases webpage

ousd's precautionary measures
  • Increased cleaning of tabletops, health offices and other frequently touched surfaces or highly trafficked areas
  • Updating pandemic emergency response plans
  • Daily teleconference staff meetings and communication
  • Regular updates to our community
  • Daily and hourly communication with local health officials and the Department of Education
  • All schools and district offices are closed
Commonly asked questions (updated 3/16):

Why are Oceanside Unified schools closed?

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a stay at home order for all of California. The order is in place until further notice.  

San Diego County issued a health order on Monday, March 16, 2020 stating that all public and private schools “shall not hold classes or other school activities where students gather on the school campus.” As you know, our schools are following that directive. All decisions about reopening will be made in conjunction with local public health officials. 

How long will our schools be closed? All OUSD are closed as of March 16, 2020 until further notice.

How does this impact spring break? Spring break will remain as scheduled April 6-10.

Can athletics or other school activities take place during school closures? No. All athletics, including practices and games, are canceled while schools are closed. All other activities and performances are also canceled while schools are closed.

What is social distancing? From Johns Hopkins University: “Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds. With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers.”

Please remind your students and about the importance of social distancing as a way to curb the potential transmission of COVID-19. Congregating in large groups, parties and large get-togethers for kids undermine the public health benefits of school closures.

Here’s info from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about how to protect yourself.

What learning options exist for students? We are in the process of developing options for our students to continue learning while school is closed. Please visit our Distance Learning website for educational resources for parents and guardians, social-emotional supports, homework packets, and access to digital programs. 

Is there meal service for students? We will be providing to-go meals free for students. 2 Lunches and 2 breakfasts can be picked up at the following locations Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM:  

  • Oceanside High School, 1 Pirates Cove Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

  • El Camino High School, 400 Rancho Del Oro Dr, Oceanside, CA 92057

  • Mission Elementary, 2100 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058

  • Libby Elementary, 423 W Redondo Dr, Oceanside, CA 92057

  • San Luis Rey Elementary - 3535 Hacienda Drive, Oceanside CA 92054

  • North Terrace - 141 Santa Rosa Drive, Oceanside CA 92058

The San Diego County Office of Education has a comprehensive list of all school sites in the county offering meal service during the school closures.

What are other supports available to the community and families during this time? Please take a moment to review our OUSD Community Resource Guide (Spanish). 

Will the school year be extended because of the closures? As of this moment, we do not anticipate having to make up any school days at the end of the school year. Based on the guidance in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on March 13, the requirement for a minimum number of school days has been suspended.

What about state, AP and SAT testing? Please visit the College Board website for up to date information.

How do I talk to my child about coronavirus? The National Association of School Psychologists has provided tips such as remaining calm and assuring, limiting television and social media access and maintaining a routine. Read their guidance in English and Spanish.  

I need to complete paperwork. Are district or school offices open to the public? At this time all district offices are closed. 

Handwashing video guide
prevention Tips

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Get the facts around this preventative measure explained by Dr. Peter Lin, here

Stay home if you are sick and communicate with your supervisor

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, and school. 

Practice healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

If you have not received your annual flu shot, please consider scheduling one with your healthcare provider to help protect yourself against the flu.

The CDC does not suggest wearing face masks to protect oneself against COVID-19, but students and staff are free to take the precautions they feel necessary to protect their health. Health offices will not be supplying masks to students or staff unless they are symptomatic and being sent home.