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Thursday Update 05/08/20

Will school for sure reopen next year?

From everything we are hearing, we assume school will reopen in the Fall, but with class size restrictions which will require us to reduce the number of students we have on-campus every day. This means we will likely go to some form of blended-learning model, where kids will come to school 1-2 times a week and will complete the rest of their work through Distance Learning.

Are there any issues with work permits will you guys stop issuing them?

The state just removed our restrictions, so we are now able to issue work permits. Ask your counselor or principal for assistance.

My name is Sara Medina, I wanted to know if there is a way I may apply for the opening of Camino Del Sol High school in 2022, I am looking for an opportunity to be part of you campus. Feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time.

Hi Sara! Before we open Del Sol H.S. we will conduct a community process of drawing the boundaries for the school. During that process, we will determine which addresses/neighborhoods will attend Del Sol H.S. Once that is completed, if your address is not part of the Del Sol boundary, your parents may apply for a intra-district transfer for specific, unique programs that Del Sol offers that your home school does not offer.

Since school sadly is canceled throughout the year will we repeat our year again? Since we lost a lot of learning and won’t be ready to move on to the next grade also because for we can do all activities we missed out on I don’t know something to think about repeating our year if not ): than okay I just want to know

OUHSD will not be asking our students to repeat the school year, since ¾ of the year was completed before the pandemic. We understand there will be learning deficits, and will do everything possible to give students the opportunity to catch-up when we return.

I was wondering how are we able to get a work permit?

Please email your school counselor or principal to request a work permit

What happens to the students who need to turn in books or buy new ones and how would they get them to you?

Your principals are in the process of developing a schedule for drive-thru textbook return. This will be the same process for textbook check-out for summer school.

For students who are looking for jobs due to the COVID-19 situation and how it might affect them and their families, are we allowed to still get work permits? If not, will you do something to help our students help our families?

OUHSD is now issuing work permits. Please contact your counselor or principal.

I have created a FB group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/233138984502655/?ref=share) to honor our seniors called ACHS class of 2020 parents. In hopes to post pictures of our seniors and honor them. Moorpark high school class of 2020 parents have one (which my sister is part of) and it is so nice to see all parents share their seniors pictures, honoring all their achievements and their upcoming new journeys. Would it be possible to share the page to our ACHS parents and as you indicating since their is a video being rolled out for our senior would be nice to post it on their as well. Maybe the school can share the page? Also be monitors on it. Please feel free to contact me and also join the group to get an idea of what is intended of this group. Your support is greatly appreciated also if needed please look into the Moorpark class 2020 parents page its so awesome.

I encourage you to reach out to our ACHS Principal, Matt LaBelle, who will assist you with your efforts to honor our Scorpion seniors.

Why aren’t teachers required to either prepare a short video lesson for each lesson or lead a live video lesson? I’m an elementary teacher and I’m doing this for my students each day.

As you know, many teachers are quickly adapting to the pedagogical differences of Distance Learning, and with any new model, teachers are on a wide continuum of learning themselves. Please be patient as our dedicated educators grapple with the unprecedented demands of Distance Learning- especially for those who are new to our digital platform.

I am asking that teachers provide grades for all students in every class. The students are taking the time to do the work and the work should be graded. Also please MORE STRUCTURE. Zoom meetings for every class. Please provide more structure for a more regular school day. Thank you for all you’re all doing! I appreciate your attention on this matter.

Our teachers are working very hard to meet the demands of Distance Learning. Part of the learning curve is how to fairly grade students who have extenuating familial demands due to the crisis. Over 100 of our teachers are participating in our Learning Redesign Coalition to try to determine how to best proceed with measured accountability and a healthy dose of empathy- not an easy task for a system that was built around quantitative measures. We are trying to think outside the box for these challenging times.

Hello, My husband and I do believe students feel completely overwhelmed, and are struggling to keep up and we ask that you do consider a system of ‘Pass/No Pass’, since the CSU’s and UC’s have agreed to not calculate Spring semester in the GPA’s for students in districts who have a Pass/No Pass option. Thank you!

Our board of trustees are in the process of considering a ‘Pass/Credit/Incomplete’ system of grading for the spring semester. There are many variable with which we must grapple, but rest assured that the CSU and UC guidelines will weigh heavily into our decision.

Do you think there will be any way to have a prom once the order is lifted?

Possibly… though, we believe that when the order is lifted, there will be restrictions to the number of people permitted to gather.

Is the grading system really going to go into a pass/fail system or no? It's really upsetting for those who worked hard to achieve an A in a class just to see everything go to pass/fail. It favors those who slacked off and punishes those who worked hard. Moreover, for the students who were desperately attempting to raise their GPAs this pass/fail system screws them over.

I understand your concern. I understand both sides of the debate. The reverse argument is that giving letter grades unfairly punishes students whose dire family situation requires them to work full-time during the pandemic due to loss of jobs and wages, by giving a GPA advantage to students who do not have those same demands. Just a thought…..

My son is submitting assignments online every week but we are concerned about how the district will handle final exams?

We are working with teachers to scale back their finals.

What will happen with the Cap & Gown families have purchased ? Will we be reimbursed?

No, all of our schools are planning on distributing caps and gowns so that we may hold drive by graduation ceremonies and parades, where seniors will be able to take pictures receiving a diploma in their caps and gowns one at a time.

Will there be any awards ceremony for seniors? Graduation valedictorians? Why not break down graduation to a full week like some colleges are doing. The field is open. Plenty of room to practice social distancing, etc

Our Vals and Sals will be celebrated through our Class of 2020 videos, through various site celebrations and also virtually at our June 6 remote board meeting. Your principals have plans that they will be sharing in the upcoming weeks.

Any word on a Graduation ? Maybe July, August, September ??? Any ideas ?? I know it's day by day but these kids will have a Graduation, correct? I have my Senior

We are leaving every option open, though we are hearing that even when we open again, we will have restrictions on the number of people permitted to gather in one place.

Hi we bought the yr book so how do we get it?

Your principal will let you know the distribution schedule when they arrive.

Will the assignments given during the "grades will not harm students" be graded and added to or grades?

Yes, for grade improvement only.

9th grade registry paperwork

We are using online registration this year. You should be contacted by a high school counselor to enroll. If you have not, please email the high school principal right away.

Why do seniors need to continue with online school? It’s too stressful and we are all worrying more about what will happen in the fall in regards to college and our teachers aren’t helping either by how much work they are giving us.

I understand your concern, however, you must continue to complete distance learning assignment to ensure you pass and graduate.

What will be considered pass or no pass? Will it be based on the teacher, or will there be a certain scale they must follow?

In the system we are proposing, ‘Pass’ would be 70%, ‘Credit’ would be 60-69% and ‘Incomplete’ would be 59% or below.

We bought a package from Jostens for cap n gown and graduation announcements. Will we be getting those?

Yes, your principals will send you a distribution schedule when they arrive.

How can I get a work permit sheet? Can I still get one?

Contact your counselor or principal by email.

How is OUHSD assisting incoming enrollments for all grade levels?

We are utilizing an online enrollment process called OLE. If you have any questions, please contact clara.galvez@oxnardunion.org. Ms. Galvez is in charge of our OLE program.

Hello! I was wondering how grades would be determined this semester. Most students are not comfortable with online learning so many aren’t doing their best since they have been adjusted to a physical campus for many years so will grades still be determined with this in mind.

Our teachers are working very hard to meet the demands of Distance Learning. Part of the learning curve is how to fairly grade students who have extenuating familial demands due to the crisis. Over 100 of our teachers are participating in our Learning Redesign Coalition to try to determine how to best proceed with measured accountability and a healthy dose of empathy- not an easy task for a system that was built around quantitative measures. We are trying to think outside the box for these challenging times.

If a student was expecting a sash or cords to wear at graduation will they still receive them? And if so, how?

Yes, they will be distributed when caps and gowns are distributed, or soon after. Your principal will send out information.

If my son was behind credits but working on Edgenuity how will I know if he’s receiving a diploma?

Please email your son’s counselor to check on his progress toward graduation.

For a student who doesn’t have a lawn how can they go about with their lawn banner?

You can take the sign off the spikes and affix it to a window with tape.

When does school start again?

We are planning for reopening school according to our regular schedule, which would be Wednesday, August 26th. However, from everything we are hearing, we assume school will reopen in the Fall, but with space-sharing restrictions which will require us to reduce the number of students we have on-campus every day. This means we will likely go to some form of blended-learning model, where kids will come to school 1-2 days a week and will complete the rest of their work through Distance Learning.

I was thinking if it’s at all possible to have graduation ceremony with only half of the graduates with only 2 of their immediate family members that way everyone can continue social distancing. Like a split assembly. Graduation is supposed to be about friends and family and I think that a virtual graduation is still taking everything away from the seniors.

We are leaving all options opened.

In light of our Governor’s most recent comments, will you be seeking input from students and families regarding starting the school year early next year? Our district has many great summer school options for families who want summer education. But, starting school early would be a huge mistake. How can we ask them to stay inside when the orders are finally lifting? How can we take away one more thing when so much has been taken already? Our district did a stellar job with continuing education during this time. Way to go! Please, don’t take away a single day of summer.

We are planning for reopening school according to our regular schedule, which would be Wednesday, August 26th . Our summer school will continue as planned, with some adjustments to provide all classes through Distance Learning.

I’ve been hearing that schools might reopen by July. Is there a possibility that schools reopen in July?

Please see the answer above

How are students going to be graded? What I mean is what will determine our final grade? Is it going to be pass/fail or just if assignments are complete we get full credit? Similarly what will finals look like for us?

Our board of trustees are in the process of considering a ‘Pass/Credit/Incomplete’ system of grading for the spring semester. There are many variables with which we must grapple but rest assured that the CSU and UC guidelines will weigh heavily into our decision. We are working with teachers to scale back their finals.

Would the district consider allowing current graduating 2020 seniors keep/purchase Chromebooks, considering next year’s plan for (2021) seniors to purchase Chromebooks for $5 at the end of the year? This would help seniors transitioning to distance learning during college next year and reduce infection/decontamination of the device. This could also be a potential gift to seniors who are graduating as a souvenir. If implemented a solution to removing district restrictions could be a possible livestream of instructions to remove restrictions.

Unfortunately, we cannot sell the new Chromebooks which were distributed to our students non-1:1 schools (ACHS, OHS, PHS, RMHS) for Distance Learning. The 1:1 schools (CIHS, HHS, FHS, CHS) are allowing seniors to purchase our older, surplused (4-5 year old) Chromebook models for $5.

I am watching the board meeting, and I continue to hear UC/CSU acceptance of pass grades. What about other out of state schools? Schools under the WUE specifically?

We have checked with multiple out-of-state colleges and universities, and all of them have flexible transcript policies for incoming freshmen related to the pandemic. We encourage you to go the university website and check their COVID-19 policies. They are all very similar. For the most part, they are accepting whatever grading system is approved by the high school district for all acceptances and scholarships, or utilizing 7th semester GPA’s- which were transcripted before the pandemic.

Can you let us know, or give us a date when the senior lawn signs will be available?

Our lawn signs just arrived to our warehouse and are in the process of being distributed to sites for pickup. Keep your eyes open for an email from your principal.

What is the grading policy as of now because although you stated we would be updated April 29th there has been no additional information at least to what I can find?

Our board of trustees are in the process of considering a ‘Pass/Credit/Incomplete’ system of grading for the spring semester and have requested we bring the resolution back for a second reading before approval. I apologize for the delay…there are many variables with which we must grapple but rest assured that the CSU and UC guidelines will weigh heavily into our decision.

Thursday Update 04/23/20

It was mentioned that grades won’t go down or, “not harm students.” Is that going to be for the rest of the school year or until spring break is over?

That will be determined by the Grading Coalition and will then go for board approval on April 29th. You will receive the final grading policy immediately following that.

I recently transferred out of Rio mesa high school into online school. I still have textbooks to return and I’m graduating as a senior. when and what days would be best to drop off the textbooks?

Each site is currently working on a social-distancing schedule for textbook return, which will be published in early May. You will receive a schedule from your Principals on social media and through Parent Square.

Are we switching to a pass/fail grading system to help seniors not stress on their UC acceptances?

That will be determined by the Grading Coalition and will then go for board approval on April 29th. You will receive the final grading policy immediately following that.

When will checks be disbursed to refund grad-nite? And will that be announced?

Each site will announce the refund schedule in the upcoming weeks.

Is there a still a possibility for grad-night just as much as graduation and prom?

Unfortunately, the waiting list for Grad Night is over a year, so to reschedule (if and when the parks open) would mean it would not take place until 1-2 years from now.

I’m currently a junior, will things be back to normal next year when I am a senior year? Also, how can I still take the SAT if I want to? Do I just look on college board?

It is our absolute hope that things will be back to normal, however, at this point, we cannot be certain about any future social distancing or public gathering restrictions. The College Board is planning on administering the SAT again in the fall.

How are students being held accountable for completing school hours and attendance?

Teachers have been asked to take attendance based on students checking in, completing assignments, attending office hours etc. We have collected a list of students who have not checked in and are tracking them down through personal phone calls.

For those students who purchased grad night tickets, are we going to get reimbursed and if so how?

Yes, you will be refunded if you have already purchased a ticket. Your principal will be sending information about refunds and how they will be delivered in the upcoming weeks.

Those of us that haven’t yet ordered a letterman jacket, how can we order one and where will we get it?

When schools are opened, the ASB Bookkeeper accepts the payments and schedules the fittings. I recommend you email your principal to discuss.

I see many other High School in Ventura county that have already distributed lawn signs to sall the senior class to keep our seniors positive, motivated and honoring their hard work. I tried reaching out to the school in hopes to get those for our senior (offered sponsors since I had sponsors since I already had some to cover the cost) I received a reply regarding my suggestion indicating they are already working on something. When is that supposed to happen.

The district is purchasing lawn signs for our seniors. Since we have 10 high schools and nearly 4,000 seniors, the purchasing and production time takes a bit longer than other districts in Ventura county. They are coming…

Can prom be re-consider. If can’t be done as planned. Maybe a small prom at school gym can be arranged but not completely cancelled. Also can graduation NOT be cancelled but postponed to a later date if needed to when the stay at home is lifted and gatherings of more than 10 as well.

The district has always maintained the position that prom and graduation ceremonies may be rescheduled for a later date when the social gathering restrictions have been lifted.

My mom got a message that I’m not enrolled yet but we went to register me already.

Please email me at penelope.deleon@oxnardunion.org and I will follow-up with my district registrar.

Former yellowjacket here. Regarding graduation, if large gatherings will be allowed will that affect the amount of tickets given to each individual student? I am asking because I plan on going to see friends graduate and ask if one them has a ticket to spare.

I predict that when we are permitted to hold gatherings again, we will have restrictions on the number of people permitted within a designated space. Only time will tell…

Are there any types of recognition or awards given to those who had perfect attendance for all the four years?

4 year perfect attendance is celebrated during Senior Awards Night. This year, that will be done through a virtual senior recognition each site is developing as we speak.

How to use google classroom while using my personal google email?

Please send me your email, and I will have the district tech reach out to you for assistance.

I was interested in doing dual-enrollment for the Summer 2020 at Oxnard College. What classes count for both college credit and high school credit?

Please email me at penelope.deleon@oxnardunion.org so I can send you a complete list.

Will school for sure reopen next year?

I wish I could say ‘yes’ with certainty. At this point, we all hope we will reopen, but the reality is that we may reopen with social distancing requirements. As soon as we know, we will inform our families.

Are there any issues with work permits will you guys stop issuing them?

We are not permitted to issue new work permits during the shelter in place order. We have, however, been permitted to renew existing work permits. We hope this restriction will soon be lifted.

My name is Sara Medina, I wanted to know if there is a way I may apply for the opening of Camino Del Sol High school in 2022, I am looking for an opportunity to be part of you campus. Feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time.

Hi Sara! Please email me at penelope.deleon@oxnardunion.org so I can contact you.

Thursday Update 04/09/20

I am concerned about the grading scale. How will we be graded?

We have not yet determined our distance learning grading system for the 2nd We are convening a Grading Guiding Coalition of teachers and administrators to thoroughly consider every possible option the week we return from break and will decide during that meeting. As soon as we have our policy, we will post it for parents and students.

For students who currently have low grades and would like to better them, will online assignments be worth enough points to do so within the rest of the school year?

We have encouraged teachers to assign points for student work for grade improvement purposes only. So, our hope is our students, particularly those with D’s or F’s will use this opportunity to make sure they are passing every class with a C or better.

For students who can’t contact their teachers and are unable to get into their online classes, is there a way to get in touch with our teachers and fix that problem?

This week, teachers are in the process of reaching out to all students who have not checked-in to class. If you have not heard from your teacher, please call your principal and make sure the school has the correct contact information for you.  Also, if you are unable to get online because you either 1) have not received a device or hotspot; or 2) your hotspot is not working, please immediately contact your principal to get on the distribution list.

2020 seniors festivities. Graduation, prom? Maybe we shouldn't worry but taking it under consideration.

Upon return from Spring break, we will convene an ASB Committee of students and advisors (by Google Meets of course) to discuss all possible options for senior, end-of-year activities, including Graduation and Prom. We will let everyone know once we have a plan. I want student input first.

Is there any possibility the Seniors will have a graduation ceremony during the summer? When will pre-paid prom tickets be reimbursed?
  • We continue to remain open to all possibilities regarding possible summer graduation ceremonies. Everything will be dependent upon when the ‘shelter in place’ order is lifted and when we get the go ahead to hold large gatherings.  They may lift the shelter in place order but limit us to 10 people per gathering.  There is much to be seen in the upcoming weeks.
  • Should we be unable to hold proms, we would refund the tickets for the schools that have already sold tickets or accepted deposits. We have schools which had not yet begun the ticket sale process.
Why don't the district for graduations have the Seniors stand on the sidewalks surrounding the schools and the parents and family members drive by slowly honking their horns and they can decorate their vehicles to honor the Class of 2020 on the date of their graduation was supposed to happen and time? If the district can get all Seniors their caps and gowns and to stand 6 ft apart on the sidewalk in abc order with their names on the tape it would be a great way. Let's support the Class of 2020.
  • That is a great idea. We will definitely consider it when our ASB Students and Advisors have their Google Meeting to discuss graduation and other end-of year senior activities.
As far as grading goes, can students decide if they want a pass/fail grade or a letter grade? My son at SJSU has the choice of getting a grade or credit/no credit. Both my kids at RCHS want letter grades especially since they are working so hard and RCHS has been working on computers since they opened so students are used to it. They seem to be working just as hard as they did during regular classes.

We can definitely consider grade type choice as an option, as we have not yet determined our distance learning grading system for the 2nd We are convening a Grading Guiding Coalition of teachers and administrators (through Google Meets) to thoroughly consider every possible option the week we return from break and will decide during that meeting. As soon as we have our policy, we will post it for parents and students.

What is going to happen with graduation for the seniors?

Upon return from Spring break, we will convene an ASB Committee of students and advisors (by Google Meets of course) to discuss all possible options for senior, end-of-year activities, including Graduation and Prom. We will let everyone know once we have a plan.  I want student input first.