OPA Message 10/8/2021

October 8, 2021


Dear OPA Families and Staff,


I hope you all had a wonderful, rainy Friday!! It finally feels like fall. And now that fall has arrived, everyone is gearing up for our fall activities, like Literature Day, SOC vs SV football games, and SOC vs SV volleyball games. Also, our after-school clubs and enrichment opportunities are now in full swing.  It is great to see excited students participating in activities like coding, world language, poetry, music, art, STEAM, and sports.


As many of you may have heard, last Friday Governor Newsom announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all K-12 students and staff. This mandate will go into effect by grade span, and it will be implemented in July or January after the vaccine is fully FDA approved for each age group. For example, the first grade span is grades 7-12. For these students, the mandate will take effect in January or July after the FDA fully approves the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and up. Therefore, July 2022 is likely the earliest the mandate will go into effect. The CDPH will be working on detailed guidance for schools related to the mandate, the scope of exemptions, etc. As we get more specific information, we will share it with you. However, at this time, the mandate has not gone into effect and students are not required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. You can refer to the state website for more information. There is also a good article from EdSource posted on our website with more information about the mandate.


This week the Reader’s Choice Edition of Parenting OC came out, naming OPA-South Orange County as the Best Charter School in Orange County. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.  It is a great honor to be part of such an amazing school community! The hard work and dedication of our students, staff, and families is definitely the driving force behind this award.


I hope that you all had great conferences with your students’ professors last week. Please make sure to keep up to date on student progress through our Aeries Parent Portal.  If you have trouble logging in or need help accessing the portal, please reach out to our tech support.


Thank you for everything you do for our Champions! Please stay safe and healthy and have a wonderful weekend OPA.




Amy Kernan

Executive Director