OUSD holds 10 virtual town halls Aug. 3-7 on start of school: 1 new slot added for Thursday


Ojai Unified School District students and their parents have questions as the “soft opening” of school on Aug. 19 is just days away. They also have choices to make. The superintendent is holding 10 town halls at which people can ask questions. Another town hall was added for Thursday, Aug. 6, to discuss Nordhoff and Matilija plans.


To indicate an interest in OUSD childcare options, fill out an OUSD form online at:

To help answer parent and student questions, OUSD is holding 10 virtual town halls — including one in Spanish — where people can sign up to participate online for a limited number of spots at:

This link is also available on the OUSD website at  and in OUSD messages sent on its communication app called “Parent Square” that families enrolled in OUSD can subscribe to.

Those with no Internet access can call 805-640-4300, ext. 3, to find out how to participate.


OUSD virtual town halls Aug. 3-7 

The OUSD town hall meetings to be held Monday through Thursday — Aug. 3 to 7 — are divided by Spanish language; transitional kindergarten/kindergarten/first grades; elementary grades; middle school; and high school. 

The meetings will be held:

Monday, Aug. 3.
Elementary grades distance learning: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Transitional kindergarten/kindergarten/first grade: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 4:

Elementary distance learning: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Middle school distance learning: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5:

Nordhoff High School: 5 to 6 p.m.
Elementary distance learning: 6 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 6: 

Español town hall, 6 to 7 p.m.
 • Matilija and Nordhoff distance learning: 7 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 7:

Transitional kindergarten/kindergarten/first grade: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Nordhoff High School: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To read about OUSD options for distance learning when school starts, read the OVN article by clicking on: OUSD distance learning options.


The school board July 22 discussion on the start of school may be viewed at:

The starting school plan, presented to the school board, may be viewed in English at:

It may be viewed in Spanish at:


Transportation will not be provided for the phase one distance learning model; and transportation for when campuses reopen for school has yet to be determined, according to OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse.

 Student meals

When the new school year begins, student meals will be available to be picked up from school sites, as occurred when campuses closed. The meals will be available onsite when campuses are allowed to reopen for school.
To sign up for free and reduced-price school meals, log in online at: Or families can fill out the forms that are being mailed by OUSD with self-addressed, stamped envelopes. (Those who are eligible and sign up for free and reduced-meal OUSD meal plans might also be available for subsidized on campus childcare to be offered by OUSD for OUSD students up to eighth grade, according to OUSD officials.)

To request OUSD assistance

OUSD has a help form for families that are requesting assistance: The OUSD phone number is 805-640-4300.

State guidance

The Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted a budget that provided $5.3 billion in additional funding to support learning, and set requirements to ensure schools provide rigorous and grade-appropriate instruction. Under newly enacted state law, school districts are required to provide:
—Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.
— Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning.
— Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students.
— Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction.

The full guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found here:

 More information is available on the OUSD website, by clickong on "Fall reopening plan" and "Fall 2020 registration."



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