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.