Coronavirus Updates, Resources & Information
*SCHOOLS CAMPUSES CLOSED THROUGH END OF SCHOOL YEAR*
April 9, 2020
Parent Update #14 - Distance Learning, Grab-n-Go Meals, Child Care Resources
Dear OVSD Parents,
I would like to thank each and every one of you for the part you have played in the successful launch of our Distance Learning Program. I know it was hard for all of us to hear that school campuses would be closed for the rest of the school year and that Distance Learning would replace classroom learning for the duration of the year. However, I am incredibly proud of the way that our teachers, staff, students, and parents have risen to meet this challenge.
We have distributed over 2,100 chromebooks, and our teachers have reached out to families to ensure that all students have the necessary access and directions to successfully engage in Distance Learning. As a result, this transition has been a smooth one and we have already seen so many inspiring, creative, and compelling examples of this new teaching and learning.
With that being said, next week is our Spring Break so we will not be participating in Distance Learning. However, I encourage you to visit our Home Learning Resources page at bit.ly/OVSDhomelearning for continued learning and enrichment opportunities for students.
I am pleased to announce that we will continue to offer Grab-N-Go Meals for children in need during Spring Break. We will be reducing the number of distribution days and sites though. On Monday, April 13, we will distribute breakfast and lunch meals for two days (Monday and Tuesday) and on Wednesday, April 15, we will distribute breakfast and lunch meals for three days (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). In other words, on Monday, you may pick-up 4 meals per child, and on Wednesday you may pick-up 6 meals per child. Please note that we will be distributing meals at the following two school sites ONLY. A flyer with this information is attached also.
School sites distributing meals during Spring Break:
- Oak View Elementary, 17241 Oak Lane, Huntington Beach
- Westmont Elementary, 8251 Heil Avenue, Westminster
Child Care Assistance
For any of our parents that are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis, Early Childhood OC is maintaining a list of open child care sites. The searchable database features child care centers and family child care homes that are currently open and serving children from birth through age 12. The site also includes resources for payment assistance, and is updated every Friday.
Child Care Assistance link: https://sites.google.com/view/ecoc-covid-19/home.
I know this time of uncertainty has challenged all of us but I continue to marvel at the resiliency and heart everyone has shown in meeting this moment. It is a testament to our strength and resolve as a community and our ability to get through this unprecedented time together.
I wish you all a healthy, happy, and restful Spring Break!
Dr. Carol Hansen
FREE breakfast and lunch distributed to children ages 1-18, Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Read more here.
Click here for the Home Learning Resources & Grade-Level Enrichment Packets.
Early Childhood OC is maintaining a list of open child care sites for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The searchable database features child care centers and family child care homes that are currently open and serving children from birth through age 12. The site, which includes resources for payment assistance, will be updated every Friday.
Here’s the link to visit or share the site: https://sites.google.com/view/ecoc-covid-19/home.
General Coronavirus Information
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has since spread to other countries, including the United States. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
- There is now community transmission in Orange County, indicating that COVID-19 is spreading in the community.
- People should stay home to avoid exposure to COVID-19
How can I help protect myself?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, the CDC recommends these proven steps to help stop the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash immediately.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Additional Coronavirus Resources: