Dear Orcutt Union School District Families, In preparation for the end of the school year, we want to share some information with you about returning technology:
Students in grades TK- 8 and grade 12 will need to return any and all District devices to school no later than Friday, June 3rd. Please return/turn in student devices (Chromebooks and iPads), please remember to return the power supply/charger with all devices. Students attending summer learning opportunities (must be currently enrolled in summer school), will need to keep their devices until the end of summer school. At the conclusion of summer school, students attending summer school will return their device to their teacher. Any student attending Jump Start sessions should return their device to their current school by Friday, June 3rd. Jump Start students will be issued a device at Jump Start.
When school starts in August, devices will be issued to students along with their other books and materials. Students should return devices: fully charged, cleaned and with the power supply wrapped up in a plastic ziplock baggie.
If you have a damaged device, please fill out the form attached to this message. Thank you for your help with our device collection. OUSD Technology Department
April 6, 2022 OUSD families, The Orcutt Union School District will be distributing free COVID-19 test kits for our students through a series of drive-throughs next week. This is a voluntary distribution being done as a service to OUSD families who would like to have test kits available when needed. While COVID-19 cases have declined dramatically, it is recommended that if a family travels out of the area during Spring Break, parents administer a COVID test at home before their children return to school on Monday, April 25. With the exception of Olga Reed School, test kits will be distributed via a drive-through in the parking lot of Orcutt Academy High School , 610 Pinal Avenue in Old Orcutt. To streamline the process, we have assigned each school a day/time next week. Here is the schedule: Monday, April 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Alice Shaw, Orcutt School for Independent Study, Orcutt Academy K-8, Orcutt Academy High School Tuesday, April 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Joe Nightingale, Ralph Dunlap, Orcutt Junior High School Thursday, April 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Patterson Road, Pine Grove, Lakeview Junior High School Olga Reed School in Los Alamos will host its own drive-through distribution on Thursday, April 14, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The distribution will be in the school’s front parking lot off Centennial Street. Parents will be issued one test kit per OUSD student. The parent picking up the test kit will need to state their student’s name and school. Parents who have children at multiple schools may choose one day/time to drive through. Parents not able to come to a drive-through may pick up their children’s test kits at the Orcutt Union School District Office, 500 Dyer Street in Old Orcutt, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, through Thursday, April 14. Thank you. We look forward to seeing many of you at our drive-throughs in the days to come! Respectfully, Holly Edds, Ed.D. District Superintendent
The Orcutt Union School District is now enrolling students for the coming school year. Parents/guardians of new students who will be in transitional kindergarten through 8th grade in 2022-2023 are invited to contact their neighborhood school or the district’s Enrollment Office at 805-938-8946. The district’s enrollment web page can be accessed here . Transitional Kindergarten: More Students Eligible Like other schools statewide, Orcutt will offer transitional kindergarten with an expanded age eligibility window in 2022-2023. Children born between September 1, 2017, and February 2, 2018, may be enrolled in transitional kindergarten for the coming year. TK will be a half-day program, with classes based at either Joe Nightingale School in Orcutt or the district’s Los Alamos campus. Our district welcomes all students who fall within the age eligibility for TK! Kindergarten: Full-day Schedule a Success In 2022-2023 Orcutt will continue to offer a full-day program in kindergarten at all of its elementary and K-8 campuses. The district launched full-day K this school year, and the new schedule has earned high marks. “I think full-day K has been a great thing for everybody,” says Joe Nightingale School Principal Kate McInerney. “Teachers have had more time to take a developmental approach to addressing social, emotional, and academic needs. We can take children where they are and help them to progress at a pace that is comfortable for them.” The Enrollment Process Enrolling a student is convenient for parents/guardians in that the process begins with online registration accessible from the district enrollment web page here . Once online registration is complete, parents/guardians can bring a birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence to the district Enrollment Office. The Enrollment Office is located just west of the Orcutt Junior High School Gym on Dyer Street in Old Orcutt. Interdistrict Agreements Orcutt schools are accepting students who have signed interdistrict agreements from other school districts. Acceptance is based on space and program availability. Orcutt Academy Enrollment Orcutt Academy High School likely will have seats available for 2022-2023, so prospective families are invited to submit a post-lottery enrollment application accessible here . The Orcutt Academy K-8 campus is full, with wait lists established for each grade level, but families still may submit a post-lottery enrollment application. For more information on enrollment in the Orcutt Union School District for 2022-2023, please contact Carol Sutton of the Enrollment Office at 805-938-8946 or email@example.com.
April 3, 2022 Orcutt Union School District students, parents, and staff: I am writing to ask for a few minutes of your time to give the Orcutt Union School District some valuable input. As you may know, California requires school districts to develop their own Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) . The plan aligns a school district mission and educational goals with the financial resources it receives. School districts s are asked to seek input from stakeholders for their plan. Accordingly, we in the Orcutt Union School District once again are inviting you, as members of our school community, to give input through a survey on your own priorities for educating children in our schools. We have done a similar survey in each of the past five years, and we will be comparing your feedback this year to what our stakeholders told us then. The link to the survey is HERE . Thanks in advance for your time … we know how busy everyone is right now! Joe Dana Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services Orcutt Union School District
April 1 Orcutt Union School District families, Courtesy of the Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, we would like you to know about an upcoming free webinar and Facebook Live event, Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do . This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents , including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their teen, actions to take if their teen is having a suicidal thoughts, and resources. The webinar is provided in partnership with the California Department of Education, the California Mental Health Services Authority, the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line. The webinar is offered in English and Spanish. Please register at the following links: In English: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MeEZUYOnQueJn2RNILq1zw In Spanish: Jueves 21 de abril del 2022 de 5 a 6.30 de la tarde https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TuvFZDTkRGiQu4Fj_3diTw Thank you! Joe Dana Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
Message from the Superintendent: Regarding Masks 2/28/22. CLICK HERE This is Holly Edds, Superintendent of the Orcutt Union School District, and I would like to share an update with you about the mask requirement for students in schools. As you may have heard, Governor Newsom earlier today made an announcement about ending mandatory masking in schools. As of midnight on March 11, 2022, face coverings no longer will be required for students in school settings. The first school day this would be in effect is Monday, March 14. If any school related activities such as athletic events are scheduled to take place after midnight on March 11th, those activities fall under the new guidance. We do expect to receive updated K-12 Schools Guidance to address additional areas that will be affected by this change. These areas include required testing for our athletes that participate in indoor sports, the modified quarantine requirements that require testing of close contacts to stay in school, and how CalOSHA, which sets the guidance for our employees, will address these changes. We will continue to inform you as these shifts take place, especially if your student is affected by them. We also understand that masks will still be required for mass transit, and this may effect our school buses both for daily transportation as well as field trips. We expect to receive more information on this in the coming days and will keep you informed. I would like to say thank you to our entire Orcutt community for your patience and grace as we have navigated this pandemic together. None of this has been easy, for anyone and our entire community has been affected in so many ways. As our state shifts from a pandemic to an endemic phase, and moves toward managing the COVID-19 virus instead of eradicating it, we will continue to adjust our safety protocols to meet the current guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. I continue to be proud of our community and how we have rallied and responded to this public health crisis, and feel incredibly fortunate to live here and raise my own children here. Orcutt is a very special place, and we will continue to thrive as a school district because of each of you and the amazing students we have the honor of serving. Holly C. Edds, Ed.D.Superintendent Orcutt Union School District
January 30, 2022 OUSD families, The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will conduct a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the cafeteria of Patterson Road School (400 Patterson Road in Orcutt) this coming Tuesday, February 1, from 2:30-6:00 p.m. This clinic will be done on a walk-up basis only, so no appointments need to be made. The clinic can provide first, second, or booster COVID-19 vaccinations. P arents/guardians need to accompany their children and fill out the necessary forms. Spanish speakers will be present to translate as necessary. Thanks to County Public Health for visiting another of our schools to provide this service to families. Respectfully, Joe Dana Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
January 26, 2022 OUSD families, The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will conduct a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the cafeteria of Patterson Road School (400 Patterson Road in Orcutt) on Tuesday, February 1, from 2:30-6:00 p.m. This clinic will be done on a walk-up basis only, so no appointments need to be made. The clinic can provide first, second, or booster COVID-19 vaccinations. P arents/guardians need to accompany their children and fill out the necessary forms. Spanish speakers will be present to translate as necessary. Thanks to County Public Health for visiting another of our schools to provide this service to families. Respectfully, Joe Dana Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
January 18, 2022 OUSD families, Today’s drive-through distribution of COVID-19 test kits has been moved to Orcutt Academy High School , 610 Pinal Avenue in Old Orcutt. The drive-through will be held from 4:00-5:30 this afternoon . If you are coming to this drive-through, please enter the OAHS parking lot from its west driveway as shown in the photo. Staff will form two lanes for distribution of test kits. This drive-through is intended for students from Lakeview Junior High School, Orcutt Academy K-8, Orcutt Academy High School, and the Orcutt School for Independent Study. But if you have children attending other schools and have not yet picked up a test kit, please drop by. Parents will be given one test kit per OUSD student, no more. The parent picking up the test kit will need to state their student’s name and school. This is a voluntary distribution being done as a service to OUSD families who would like to have test kits available when needed. Please note that these kits are for family/home use only and a negative result from the kit is not applicable for a student on quarantine to return to school. See you at the drive-through! Respectfully, Holly Edds, Ed.D. District Superintendent
January 17, 2022 Orcutt Union School District families, As a service to students and families in our school district, we have COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled at two of our campuses this coming T hursday (January 20) . Here are the details. First, Albertsons will put on a vaccination clinic in the Multi-Use Room of Alice Shaw School (759 Dahlia Place in Orcutt) from 2:50-5:50 p.m. on Thursday. The clinic is focusing on children of ages 5-11 but also can provide vaccinations to older students and adults. Parents/guardians may go to the following link or QR code to register for an appointment for their children: https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/1637264715155 On the day of the clinic, parents/guardians need to accompany their child and bring the following:
Completed vaccine consent form (English and Spanish versions attached)
Insurance card (insurance will be billed for the vaccination)
Second, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will put on a vaccination clinic in the cafeteria of Olga Reed School/Orcutt Academy K-8 (480 Centennial Street in Los Alamos) from 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday. This clinic will be done on a walk-up basis only. Parents/guardians need to accompany their children and fill out the necessary forms. Spanish speakers will be present to translate as necessary. Booster shots will be available for those who previously have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Special thanks to Albertsons and County Public Health for partnering with our district on these clinics. Respectfully, Joe Dana Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services