Ojai Unified has several distance-learning options; school board to discuss plan July 22

7 19 20 OUSD DISTANCETo understand this graph provided by OUSD earlier this month (before the governor restricted in-person classes for the start of the school year), draw vertical lines between the blue (K-12), black (K-12), and red (6-8 / 9-12) headers.



Ojai Unified School District will start the new school year with distance learning, along with all the other public and private schools in Ventura County.

The decision was made Friday when Gov. Gavin Newsom restricted schools from opening with in-person classes in counties that are on the state COVID-19 watch list. (See California Department of Public Health overview: ).

 Ventura County is on the list due to its high COVID-19 positivity rate and number of hospitalizations.

In discussing earlier this month what school will look like for the 2020-21 school year, slated for a "soft opening" on Aug. 19, OUSD Superintendent TIffany Morse shared a link for OUSD full distance learning options at:

 It can be viewed in Spanish at:

This list will likely be tweaked as it was created before the governor's Friday announcement. Now, distance learning will be the main learning option when the 2020-21 school year starts. At the bottom of the graphic, people are directed to contact Robin Monson, principal of San Antonio School and Summit School for more information. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

July 22 school board meeting

The school board will discuss school plans for the 2020-21 school year at its July 22 meeting, held via videoconference. It will meet in closed session to discuss anticipated litigation and another matter at 4:30 p.m. and will hold its open session starting at 5:30 p.m. To view the agenda, visit:

To weigh in on the decision making via public comment, written comments may be submitted before or during the meeting at:

The public may join the meeting via OUSD Youtube video:

or via district Facebook:

Making plans

As a result of the governor's Friday announcement, some OUSD parents have been communicating among themselves and on Facebook about how to provide and/or supplement OUSD distance-learning options for their children, discussing distance-learning curricula, tutors, opportunities for home-bound college students to help tutor, and more.

The graphic, above, references some of the distance-learning programs OUSD is offering, including "Matilija Online" and "Nordhoff Online," and Summit School.

Check approved curriculum for admittance to CSUs and UCs

When choosing an independent study curriculum, it is important for parents of high school students who want the option of their children attending a California State University or University of California school to know which independent study curricula meet the "A-G" requrements for admittance ( Edgenuity, offered by OUSD, is one of them.

Edgenuity was described to the OUSD board on Aug. 14, 2019, as providing “a rigorous curriculum and online learning model that allows students in our independent study program to take a wide range of courses that can meet all graduation requirements, including advanced placement (AP), Career and Technical Education CTE), and foreign language courses. Instruction is highly individualized with high levels of flexibility."

Chaparral High School

Chaparral High School at the district headquarters, 414 E. Ojai Ave., is a continuation high school, for students who have not graduated from high school, are still required to attend school, and are at risk of not graduating.
According to the California Department of Education: "Many students in continuation education are behind in high school credits. Others may need a flexible school schedule because they have jobs outside of school. Some students choose continuation education because of family needs or other circumstances."
The new principal of Chaparral is Javier Ramirez, the previous popular principal of Matilija Middle School.
 The California Department of Education provides more information about continuation school at this site:

Accelerated learning program provided by OUSD through public charter school, Learn4Life Antelope Learning Academy, which sponsored OUSD 2020 summer school

The "accelerated learning courses" that were offered beginning this summer for OUSD students are provided through the Lancaster-based public charter school, Learn4Life Antelope Learning Academy.

A new school for grades 6-12 — "Ojai Independent School" — created Aug. 21, 2019, is not in operation

Months before the pandemic, OUSD applied to the state Department of Education to create a new “Ojai Independent School” for grades six to 12 on Aug. 21, 2019, which the state designated as an “alternative school of choice” when it approved it. Ojai Independent School was listed on the school district website for a while. However, it no longer is listed on the OUD website as an OUSD school, and is not currently in operation, according to a school district official.


To participate in Nordhoff sports when they are again allowed

Although all organized sports and recreation games, practices, drills were suspended by the Ventura County Public Health officer on July 14, OUSD provided links for students who plan to participate in Nordhoff sports (whenever they might start again) to begin the Athletic Clearance process by making an appointment with a primary-care physicians to get a sports physical, and by completing the online registration through: 

Nordhoff will not be hosting the Physicals Fundraiser this year.

OUSD is requesting that the parents or doctor’s office fax the physical form to the OUSD office at 805-640-4336 or email it as a pdf attachment to:
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Once the physical and online information has been verified, the student will be cleared for sports participation.

A copy of the OUSD Physical Form is available at: