November 16, 2020
Dear OVSD Parents,
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy as we approach Thanksgiving and a much-deserved holiday!
As you may have heard, today Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Orange County has been placed back on the state’s Purple Tier (most restrictive tier) because of a substantial increase in COVID-19 transmissions. The California Blueprint for a Safer Economy outlines a four-tiered, color-coded system to show the status of COVID-19 infections and restrictions in a county.
Even though the Purple Tier designation imposes restrictions on businesses and various social activities, it does not affect the instructional program in our District. OVSD schools will remain open in our current Hybrid schedule. According to California Department of Public Health guidelines, schools that have already resumed in-person instruction can remain open with necessary precautions already in place. It is important to keep in mind that this guidance is subject to change based on future state directives. We will, of course, promptly communicate any changes that may be made.
We are confident in the stringent health and safety procedures we have implemented at all of our school sites, and greatly appreciate your vigilance in observing them.
As a reminder, here are some effective steps you can take to slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wear a mask whenever you leave your home.
- Avoid gatherings and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from anyone not in your household.
- Wash your hands often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent
Gina Clayton-Tarvin, President, Board of Trustees
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 throughout the world. 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.
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.
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- Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Newsroom
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- FAQ about Coronavirus
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