March 13 - COVID-19 School Closure

OSD

 

March 13 - COVID-19 School Closure

Dear OSD Staff,

 

Like you, we are all concerned about the spread of the novel coronavirus and the uncertainty it’s creating in our daily lives. Yesterday, the Ventura County Public Health department declared a local health emergency, which will provide additional resources for coronavirus response. As a result of this declaration and in the interest of the health of our community, the Oxnard School District and the rest of the schools districts in the Ventura County, have decided to close all of our schools beginning Monday, March 16. OSD schools will be closed through Friday, March 20. We hope to reopen on Monday, March 23, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time. We will update families about our plans no later than Friday, March 20.

 

This closure is in support of the recommendations from public health officials to encourage “social distancing” to slow the spread of the virus. It is strongly recommended that students stay home during the closure as much as possible and do not gather in public places.

 

We are aware that this closure will result in a loss of time spent learning in the classroom. We have carefully considered options for providing education remotely during the closure, but have determined that it is not feasible at this point. One of the primary responsibilities of public schools is to provide equal opportunity for all students, and not everyone has home internet access and the necessary devices for online learning. We are currently exploring other options for at-home enrichment activities. 

 

School administrators, Office Managerial Staff, Office Assistants, ALL Central Office staff, School Psychologists, Counselors, Speech Language Pathologists, ORCs, Facilities Office staff, Transportation staff, Maintenance staff, Custodial staff, Grounds staff, Warehouse staff,  IT staff (school and centralized) , CNS workers and office staff,  Health Technicians, will report to work next week. Teachers will be provided with guidance regarding the work they are expected to complete while the school closure is in place.  We will provide additional guidance related to the enacting of “social distance”.  Please await further instructions and guidance from the different department heads.

 

We want to thank you for your understanding and for your professionalism as we adjust to these new developments related to the COVID-19.

 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Karling Aguilera-Fort

Superintendent of Schools