As communicated previously, Oak Grove intends to follow our published school calendar for the 2020-21 academic year. As we finalize our reopening plans, we remain focused on our desire to have our students return to our physical campus.
Times like these require us to be patient as we continue to navigate through emerging facts about the virus and await clear, regional guidelines on how and when to reopen the campus. As we continue to wade through the myriad of reports, school webinars, and epidemiological science, Oak Grove has continued to actively prepare for every possible 2020-21 school scenario — to be fully back on campus, to continue remote learning, to stagger schedules, to toggle on and off of remote and in-person learning, and a hybrid approach.
Our preference is to have school safely on our campus come August 26. If it is safe for any school in the Ojai Valley to be on their campus, Oak Grove will be on ours. If it is not safe, however, we are actively upgrading the remote aspect of our learning plan to offer our students an ever more engaging academic program delivered by thoughtful, sensitive, and highly skilled educators.
We are working directly with the support of the California Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services, and in partnership with local and state officials.
Our reopening plans are currently in the process of being reviewed for approval. Our operations team has already begun implementation of many aspects of this plan, which include:
- Replacing drinking fountains with additional touchless water bottle refill stations
- Adding outdoor hand-washing stations
- Cleaning and replacing HEPA air filters throughout campus
- Renovating and reassigning classrooms to comfortably provide proper physical distancing
- Implementing advanced cleaning protocols which will include electrostatic disinfectant spraying
- Providing face coverings for all staff
- Integrating new technology for daily health screenings
- Adding visible safety reminders throughout campus
- Re-imagining outdoor spaces to maximize physical distancing in learning.
Throughout the past several weeks, our students have displayed a consistently high level of resilience, which is evidenced in the many examples of compassionate work in support of others, quick adaptation to a new way of learning, and most recently, the incredible creative work shared through the virtual HS Showcase this past Friday. I am so deeply touched and amazed by what our students have collaboratively put together.
What our children are learning from this precarious time is far beyond what they will learn from a book. It has required endless flexibility, increased independence, and a new level of resourcefulness. Our students have demonstrated an ability to meet this pandemic as a new moment for learning.
“When intelligence is active in our daily life it will tell us when to cooperate and when not to. The very nature of intelligence is sensitivity, and this sensitivity is love. Without this intelligence there can be no compassion. Compassion is not the doing of charitable acts or social reform; it is free from sentiment, romanticism, and emotional enthusiasm. It is as strong as death. It is like a great rock, immovable in the midst of confusion, misery, and anxiety. Without this compassion no new culture or society can come into being.”
— J. Krishnamurti