OPA Message 2/25/2021

February 26, 2021

Dear OPA Families and Staff,

I hope that you all had a wonderful week. We are heading in to spring, which is a very busy time at OPA! With COVID-19 numbers continuing to go down and more people getting vaccinated, we are very hopeful to be able to bring some normalcy and more OPA traditions back to our OPA community soon!

Next week we will be celebrating Read Across America! We hope that you and your champions will participate in our theme days and the 21 Day Read Challenge. More information regarding these activities will be shared by your chancellors. As Frederick Douglas said, “Once you learn to read, you will be free forever.” Please join me and all of our staff in promoting the importance of reading, not just next week, but continually with all of our champions!

Please remember to mark your calendar for our upcoming OPA showcase nights. SOC will be on March 10th and SV will be on March 11th. These virtual open house events will showcase some of the amazing activities your students have been doing this year. Students will be on the Friday, fully virtual minimum day schedule on March 10th at SOC and March 11th at SV to prepare for the showcase.

We will also be having our spring English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting on March 9th at 5pm. All families of English learners are encouraged to attend to receive valuable information regarding our EL program. Invitations will be sent out by Ms. Didion soon.

If your champion is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep him or her home until symptom free for 72 hours. Also, if your champion has had close contact with anyone who is positive for COVID-19 or has traveled or attended a large gathering, please have them quarantine for 10 days. If your champion is ill or quarantining, he or she may switch to the virtual cohort during the time they are out. However, if your champion is missing class for an unexcused absence (overslept, no ride to school, snowboarding), he or she is not allowed to switch to virtual, as this creates a large disruption for the virtual class and can only be accommodated for illness or quarantine.

As we move into spring, please make sure to check the weekly Chancellor updates for information regarding upcoming activities. As we continue to watch the progression of the virus, we are hoping to be able to bring back some in-person activities for our champions. As always, our hope is to return to as much in-person instruction as possible as it becomes safe to do so. We are optimistic that Orange County will return to the red tier soon and hope that we can resume many of our wonderful OPA traditions, even if they have to be slightly modified. However, I implore everyone to remain vigilant, keep social distancing, keep wearing your masks, and stay safe so that we don’t become complacent too soon and reverse the downward trend.  Have a wonderful weekend OPA!

 

Sincerely,

The OPA Administration Team