January 5, 2021
Dear OPA Families and Staff,
The OPA Board of Directors held a Special Board meeting tonight, January 5, 2021, to discuss the health and safety of our OPA staff, students, and families in response to the rising numbers of COVID-19 in Orange County. Based on the current COVID-19 case data for California and Governor Newsom’s decision to extend the stay-at-home order for the Southern California region, the OPA Board of Directors voted to temporarily transition to 100% virtual learning for all students beginning on January 11, 2021. The Board will reassess the COVID-19 data at the January 28, 2021 Board of Directors meeting to determine a possible date for resuming hybrid instruction.
Current data from the CA Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) show a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks. In Orange County, the current daily case rate per 100,000 is 53.5, up 43% in just over 3 weeks and the testing positivity rate is 16.9%, up 4.9% in just over 3 weeks. In addition, available ICU beds in the Southern California region and in Orange County have fallen to 0%. The Southern California region is still in the most restricted tier in the state monitoring system, and Governor Newson has extended the stay-at-home order for the Southern California region indefinitely.
Dr. Clayton Chau, Director of the OCHCA, has encouraged all schools and districts in Orange County to revert to 100% virtual learning for at least a few weeks following the winter break in order to promote the 10-day quarantine for anyone who has traveled or attended group gatherings.
During the temporary transition to 100% virtual learning, students will remain in their same classes, following their same schedule. Those students who normally attend their core classes in-person, will simply attend virtually during this temporary transition. For example, if your child normally attends the AM hybrid cohort, he/she will attend the same AM classes, but will do so via Zoom. If your child normally attends the PM virtual cohort, their schedule will remain the same, and they will continue to attend the PM virtual cohort.
We all feel that in-person instruction is the best option for most students, however, our number one priority is the health, safety, and welfare of our staff, students, and families. We are hopeful that the new vaccines and safety measures will allow us to safely resume in-person instruction soon. Regardless of the instructional model, we are dedicated to providing an outstanding educational experience for all of our champions.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your chancellor. Also, if you have any technology needs, please utilize our new technology support system.
Thank you for your patience and support of our OPA champions. Have a wonderful last week of winter break!
The OPA Administrative Team