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April 3: Ojai Unified School District students implement 'distance learning' plan

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Ojai Unified School District has rolled out its three-phase distance learning plan and is in Phase 2 through April 19. 
It can be viewed at:

 

Student assignments are posted at https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/Ojai%20Unified%20School%20District/page/phase-2-extension-learning

 

Nordhoff High School Principal David Monson wrote in an email to students and parents that: “Phase 2 will help students and teachers start a new learning routine before any work is graded.
“Students will still receive assignments through their teachers’ established online system (StudentSquare, Google Classroom, email or other).
“All Phase 2 weekly activities and related links will be available at this Google drive — https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HULD5PbqMREmZy7vfnBbDDekLbBfUELo — for any student or parent to find.
Parents can look here to find out what your teachers have planned.
“Week 2 of Phase 2 will be updated before we return from spring break.”

 

OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse emailed an update of the distance-learning plan to OUSD families.

Since schools were closed on March 16, OUSD has organized Student Support Teams that have provided five days worth of meals to all students, regardless of whether they are OUSD students. The to-go meals are distributed at all the schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., now delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

During spring break April 6-10, OUSD will provide meals on Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meals will continue to be provided through the school year.

 

Phase 1from March 15 to 29 — was voluntary enrichment activities for each grade level that the OUSD made available to students online at: https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/ojai-unified-school-district/page/distance-learning--19.

— Enrichment resources for parents and guardians to utilize for their children can be found at:

 

— Families in need of computer devices and/or Internet, who need the device from school are asked to fill out a help form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ABq1NOkS_C_lXB9MbNUqxSIwlarZabJGFEwwa94wHgk/viewform?edit_requested=true

 

— As of March 27, district officials said all available hotspots have been delivered and more are back-ordered. OUSD has provided a link to an "Internet Options" page for information on low-cost offers from local providers at https://docs.google.com/document/d/14DwDPV6zczhs_zu49JDs0JIOXVAYWVpFaNuGXYaZiXM/edit#heading=h.sv11zft5mxh8

 

—OUSD said that "because of these potential technical issues, during Phase 2, all core assignments will also be available in printed packets for elementary and middle school students. Those who want a printed packet of the assignments for the week are asked to fill out a help form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ABq1NOkS_C_lXB9MbNUqxSIwlarZabJGFEwwa94wHgk/viewform?edit_requested=true

 

— Once the need for printed material has been communicated to the school district, printed packets will be available in the office at each school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

— Because printed materials are not so readily available at the high school level, Nordhoff and Chaparral students will be able to go to the campus between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday to use the Internet in rooms set up with social-distancing protocols, according to OUSD.

 

— Supports for English learners are embedded into the weekly assignments. Additional supports will be available in Phase 3. For questions or support, contact Matilija Middle School Principal Javier Ramirez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call OUSD at 805-640-4300.

 

— High school students may call a special technical support line at 805-640-4300, ext. 1078, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Phase 2from March 30 to April 19 — is "highly recommended, but optional," according to the school district. The goal is to connect students with their current curriculum and learning platforms and assignments. Among the online learning platforms utilized are IXL, Levered and Google Classroom.

During this phase, OUSD will work to ensure all students in grades 4 to 12 have computer devices and Internet access. Content will be assigned, but no essential standards will be covered and no assessments or grading will occur.

 

Phase 3 starting April 19 — is required distance learning with online teaching (with modifications for grades kindergarten through third grade), delivered on a districtwide learning platform, and including student assessment and grading.

 

Phase 2  from March 30 to April 19, is divided into four parts:
— Part 1: Keeping students safe, healthy and fed
If home delivery of meals is needed, families are asked to fill out a "help form" at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ABq1NOkS_C_lXB9MbNUqxSIwlarZabJGFEwwa94wHgk/viewform?edit_requested=true
— Part 2: Social emotional wellness and mental health
To schedule a counseling appointment, visit: 
— Part 3: Distance Learning
All assignments will be on the OUSD Phase 2 Assignments Page and assignments are at:
— Part 4: 2020 Online class registration for Nordhoff High students with option to "appeal" to add extra class to reduced class schedule for 2020-21 school year has been sent to stduents.

 

USEFUL STUDENT SUPPORT LINKS:

• CALL THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICE:

805-640-4300

• FILL OUT OUSD "HELP FORM" FOR ASSISTANCE WITH MEALS, GETTING DEVICES, ETC.:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ABq1NOkS_C_lXB9MbNUqxSIwlarZabJGFEwwa94wHgk/viewform?edit_requested=true

• SCHOOL CLOSURE SUPPORT PAGE: 

https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/ojai-unified-school-district/page/school-closure-support

• SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATES: 

https://www.ojaiusd.org/article/207404?org=ojai-unified-school-district

• DISTANCE LEARNING SUPPORT, SUCH AS INTERNET ACCESS, ZOOM HOW-TO, REMOTE SUPPORT, TIPS FOR BEST CONNECTION SPEEDS, HELP FORM:

https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/Ojai%20Unified%20School%20District/page/distance-learning-support

• HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SPECIAL TECHNICAL SUPPORT LINE:

805-640-4300, ext. 1078, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

• INTERNET OPTIONS WITH LOW-COST OFFERS FROM LOCAL PROVIDERS:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14DwDPV6zczhs_zu49JDs0JIOXVAYWVpFaNuGXYaZiXM/edit#heading=h.sv11zft5mxh8

• ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/Ojai%20Unified%20School%20District/page/mental-health-and-wellness 

• SCHEDULE A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING SESSION:

https://www.picktime.com/ojaiusd

• SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR

https://www.picktime.com/ojaiusd

•  ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS TO UTILIZE FOR THEIR STUDENTS: 

•  ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FROM OUSD BY GRADE LEVEL:

https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/ojai-unified-school-district/page/distance-learning--19

• FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS QUESTIONS OR SUPPORT:

Contact Matilija Middle School Principal Javier Ramirez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call OUSD at 805-640-4300

 

 

 

Superintendent Tiffany Morse emailed the following letter:

"Dear OUSD families
"As we end our second week of closure I want to thank you for your flexibility and patience as we navigate this complex and ever-changing situation. 
"We are committed to continuing to provide the best educational experience for all of our students. Our teachers, administrators and support staff are working hard to provide meals for our students, mental health support, create meaningful lesson plans, and provide for students' ongoing needs. 
"You can find an update on our Phase 2 plan here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10gSB9NTMM3tWt5BGcXFFLIBYncXMKe7d/view
"I want to thank everyone for working with us as we create this new and dynamic learning environment. Making sure our students are safe, healthy and learning is our highest priority.
"Please join me in personally thanking our Ojai Unified employees for their professionalism, creativity and commitment to their work. From teachers working as teams on student learning, to principals packing lunches for students, to our nutrition services staff working non-stop on food preparation, to our bond managers and maintenance staff delivering and handing out lunches, this is a team effort. 
"Every day I am proud and heartened by our commitment to students and families. 
"Even though our schools are closed, our hearts and minds are open. 
"Take Care and Stay Well, 
"Dr. Tiffany Morse, Superintendent"

 

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Ojai Unified School District school board met via teleconference on Wednesday, April 1, and voted to keep the OUSD campuses closed through the remainder of the school year, along with all other Ventura County public schools and most in California, following that recommendation March 31 from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
To view the agenda and see the links for the public to participate by listening and providing public comments, visit:
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