MAINTAINING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE OCSA COMMUNITY REMAINS OUR TOP PRIORITY

Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Orange County has moved back into the most restrictive Purple Tier, as of Tuesday, November 17. This is according to California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which outlines a four-tiered, color-coded system to show the status of COVID-19 infections based on three data points: the rate of new cases per 100,000 residents, the testing positivity percentage, and a health equality metric.

At this time, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) is continuing all plans toward opening the campus for hybrid/in-person instruction, based on the following two scenarios:

  • If Orange County returns to the Red Tier at least 14 consecutive days before the start date of the spring semester on Monday, January 11, the campus will open for hybrid/in-person instruction on that date as originally planned.

  • If Orange County remains in the Purple Tier on Monday, January 11 or within 14 days of that date, there will be no in-person instruction offered until such time that the county moves back into the Red Tier for 14 consecutive days. In this scenario, when the spring semester begins, all Hybrid/In-Person Learning Academy students and teachers will follow their newly assigned daily spring semester schedules in a fully virtual learning environment. Once guidelines permit that we are able to return to campus safely, Hybrid/In-Person Learning Academy students and teachers will transition to a hybrid/in-person format for the remainder of their spring semester classes.

OCSA will continue to follow guidance from the CDPH and Orange County Health Care Agency for the safe operation of in-person learning. 

OCSA is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on our campus, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for our students and staff. The graphic below is an example of how data regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases among OCSA students and staff on our campus (Hybrid/In-Person Learning Academy only) will be presented. This data will be updated regularly and as cases are confirmed.

COMMUNICATION PROCESS IN THE EVENT OF POSITIVE CASES

In the event of a positive case, affected individuals (those who have been in close contact – within six feet – of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, over a 24-hour period) will be contacted directly by a Dean or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), who will provide the COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree to help determine safe and appropriate school attendance and quarantine practices. The Symptom Decision Tree was developed by the OC Health Care Agency, in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, and is used by Orange County schools. Families of students who are not affected will not receive an individualized notification letter, and no action will be required.

HOW AND WHEN TO REPORT COVID-19 CASES

It is going to take a concerted effort to keep our students, staff, and families safe. We ask that all families please keep their children at home if they are sick. OCSA will work with students and families to maintain confidentiality and offer support to help continue student education.

Please adhere to the following requests:

A doctor’s note will be required to return to school.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP KEEP THE OCSA COMMUNITY SAFE?

In addition to health and safety measures taken on our campus, we encourage the OCSA community to be proactive in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 by practicing physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart), maintaining good hygiene (hand washing), and wearing face coverings.

Important public health prevention measures include:

  • Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should remain at home in isolation for a minimum of 10 days, plus at least 24 hours after the resolution of fever (without fever-reducing medication) and improvement of other symptoms. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song for help in timing the 20 seconds). If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands, to cover your coughs and sneezes.

  • Limit close contact with people who are sick, and avoid sharing food, drinks, or utensils.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. 

  • All students and staff should wear a mask or face covering while in the educational setting.

HOLIDAY PLANS & TRAVELING

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from the disease. Please keep in mind that you may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you may still have been exposed to the virus and could spread COVID-19 to others. You and your travel companions (including children) could spread COVID-19 to other people, including your family, friends, and community, for up to 14 days after exposure. Families should also reference the CDC guidelines on virus spread risk at holiday celebrations for additional information.

RESOURCES & INFORMATION

Please review the following OCSA resources for additional information:

For additional questions related to COVID-19, please visit the OC Health Care Agency website, which also includes a COVID-19 hotline.