Message from OSA Leadership on COVID-19
Wed, Mar 11 4:09pm

Covid 19 update

The following information is intended to provide our community with an update on Covid-19 and its impact on OSA. This is a high level overview focused on how we can support each other as a community, what circumstances would result in a campus closure, and what a possible campus closure would look like for our students and teachers. Please check www.oakarts.org and your email inbox for more detailed information and regular updates.

The Current Situation

We are monitoring all available information on a daily basis and planning school activities accordingly:

  • There are no known cases of coronavirus at OSA or in any OUSD schools

  • We are following ACPHD's recommendations that it is not necessary to cancel school or extracurricular events (e.g., field trips, etc.). If this guidance or our situation changes, OSA will promptly inform the community 

  • The school underwent “deep cleaning” over the weekend. Sanitizer is in every classroom.

  • Students and adults showing any flu symptoms should not be at school. People showing symptoms have been and will be asked to not be on campus.

  • Communications are being sent out as the situation develops.

How the Virus Spreads

Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Person to Person - The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

People are most contagious when they are most symptomatic. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, though this is not believed to be the main cause for the virus spreading.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How OSA is Responding to the Situation

  • The leadership team is meeting daily to discuss and process any new information

  • There is a link on the school webpage with relevant information updated regularly

  • Sanitizer has been provided for all classrooms and students are reminded to wash hands regularly

  • Students and teachers are being asked to be home if they are showing flu-like symptoms

  • Administration is following up with all families of students that show flu-like symptoms or are believed to be home with flu-like symptoms

  • Weekly deep-cleanings of school are happening with disinfection of all surfaces and door handles.

  • We are preparing a “remote learning” plan ready to be implemented on short notice that will allow learning to continue in the event of a campus closure.

How Families Can Help

  • Remind students to wash hands regularly and use hand sanitizer

  • Ensure that students are getting 8 full hours of sleep each night

  • Report any knowledge of students showing flu symptoms to administration

  • Get up to speed on Google Classroom, as would be utilized in the event of the implementation of a “remote learning plan”

  • Read any COVID-19 updates from school in detail

Possible Campus Closure

Campus closure would result from any of the following situations:

  • If someone in our community (teacher, student, parent) is known to have been in direct contact with someone who is known to be infected

  • If OUSD closes all district schools

  • If any other factor that poses a substantial safety risk to our community is discovered

Remote Learning Plan

In the event of a campus closure, we would be implementing a “remote learning plan” with the intention of keeping artistic and academic instruction moving forward as effectively as possible. If this plan needs to be implemented, it may be with short notice as circumstances change daily. We are finalizing the details of this plan, but are committed to successfully implementing it on short notice if necessary.

  • Our plan is to keep school running with all students on an independent study plan

  • Classes will be run through google classroom with a template provided to teachers

  • Students that qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch will be  eligible for free hotspots and chromebook check out to ensure all students have access to technology at home.

  • Each teacher will run two virtual office hour periods per week for each class taught. Detailed schedule will be shared if plan is initiated

  • Grades will be input by each teacher by the end of the day on Friday each week

  • Traditional tests/quizzes will be halted and replaced with other forms of assessment (projects/essays).

Thank you for your support,

 

OSA Leadership