Thursday Update from the Superintendent. Caps and Gowns & School Reopening

Thursday Update from the Superintendent
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Good afternoon, OUHSD Families!

I hope you are all healthy and well as we struggle through this pandemic. Our sites are busily planning culminating celebrations for our seniors, so you should be receiving updates in the near future.

Lawn Signs

The lawn signs were just received at our warehouse!  We are busy delivering the signs to our schools, so you should be receiving a drive-thru pick-up schedule very soon.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Caps and Gowns

Jostens has confirmed that they will be delivering our caps and gowns between May 15th and June 1st.  Your Principal will email you a distribution schedule once they arrive.

Senior Drive-By Ceremonies

All of our schools are planning some kind of opportunity for our seniors to wear their caps and gowns and take an individual photo receiving their diploma against a graduation stage backdrop.  We then plan to give a copy of the photo to every senior free-of-charge!  Again, your principal will email you a schedule for these events in the very near future.


As you know, 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. With that in mind, our board of trustees has asked us to bring back our grading resolution for a second reading at our next board meeting.  There are many variables with which we must grapple, but rest assured that the CSU and UC guidelines will weigh heavily into our decision.  I have attached those guidelines for your review.

School Reopening

At this time, our plan is to reopen our schools according to our approved school year calendar, which would be Wednesday, August 26th.  Unless otherwise directed by the state, we will continue with our vast Summer School program with all classes offered through Distance Learning and spend the next three months planning for reopening in August with space-sharing restrictions.  These space-sharing restrictions will require us to completely redesign the way we deliver instruction, understanding that there will be no way for us to have all our students on-campus at the same time.  This means we will likely have a blended-learning model, where students are on-campus 1-2 days a week and distance learning the rest of the week.

Joint k-12 Higher Ed Statement – Coronavirus Response

Declaración conjunta de la Junta de Educación del Estado de California

COVID-19 Interim Impacts on CSU Undergraduate Admissions Policies and Practices

AICCU Institution Activities to Serve High School Juniors and Seniors

UC’s response on admissions to COVID-19

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