Update Center

Dedicated to bringing current Ontario Christian families the most up-to-date information and news relating to the 2020-2021 academic year as well as important health and safety updates.

Updated September 9, 2020

The State of California Health Department has deemed OC's reopening plan safe and has officially accepted our K-6 waiver to safely begin on-campus face to face instructions beginning Monday, September 14! Learn more about the K-6 reopening guidelines here.

Let us rejoice in God's goodness and His timing. We thank our beloved OC community for your constant prayers and praise God for His unending faithfulness! We turn our fervent prayers to the safe and healthy reunion in the grade K-6 classrooms and to the grade 7-12 reunion soon. We are closely monitoring the new Tier system for full school openings, and our county’s numbers improve daily.

As we reunite, may our light shine brightly as we celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness to our community. Let’s be a community that brings joy in the midst of uncertainty because we know for certain that our God Reigns.

A Few Important Notes:

  • Specific schedules for 7th through 12th grades are provided in links below and include options for student access to campus during remote learning. Middle school and high school campuses offer individual or small group time for instruction, counseling, check-in, and some athletic activities. An Ontario Christian education will continue to provide strong personal relationships with our faculty and community-building experiences as much as possible.
  • We will return to on-campus learning for our 7th-12th grade students as soon as possible, whether that is due to coming off the state watchlist or through other viable options. If that or another waiver is granted, we will begin on-campus instruction for all families desiring that while keeping a virtual remote learning option for families who prefer to continue learning from home.
  • OC continues to seek and follow legal advice from school law experts.

  • Preschool/Transitional Kindergarten:

    Fully open for in-person learning beginning on Tuesday, August 18. These programs fall under our Early Childhood Licensing which currently allows them to meet with health and safety measures in place.


    Elementary:

    K-6th grades will begin on-campus learning on Monday, September 14th. Remote learning options will also remain available for students who require them.


    Middle School:

    Remote learning continues with classes including live-streamed/synchronous instruction, as well as options for “check-in” time with a teacher.


    High School:

    Remote learning continues. Classes include live-streamed/synchronous instruction, as well as options for campus time in small groups with a teacher. Students will also be able to access some in-person music and/or art instruction. Counseling will continue to be available for students via Zoom or on campus as needed.


    Learning Center:

    Students in our Learning Center program will continue to receive services and support as outlined in their plans. Teachers will schedule in-person check-ins with their students.


    Athletics:

    CIF released revised calendars for the 2020-2021 athletics seasons. Ontario Christian High School is currently exploring options for resuming practices in concordance with local health and safety guidelines. Coaches are currently working on return to practice schedules for the week of August 24th and will communicate directly with families to provide updates.

    In Case You Missed It

    The Update Center has been created in order to provide Ontario Christian families with the most current information relating to remote education and our efforts to return to on-campus learning for all students. Please ensure that you are checking your email frequently for messages from your student's principal as well as our Superintendent.


    For your reference, an archive of Superintendent Jenn Thompson's communications are linked below.

     

    Friday, July 24:

    Ontario Christian Family Reunion Plan

     

    Monday, July 13:

    Superintendent Memo + FAQ

     

    Tuesday, June 2:

    Virtual Town Hall Meeting

     

    Monday, April 20:

    Update from Superintendent Thompson

     

    Friday, April 3:

    Message from Superintendent Thompson

     

    Friday, March 20:

    Superintendent Update #5

     

    Tuesday, March 17:

    Remote Teaching and Learning Launch

     

    Saturday, March 14:

    A Message from OC’s Board of Trustees

     

    Friday, March 13:

    Ontario Christian Shifts to Remote Learning

     

    Thursday, March 12:

    May God’s Peace Be More Contagious Than Any Virus

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Ontario Christian Family Reunion Plan provides detailed guidelines that families and students can expect once we are permitted to return to on-campus learning.


    Review the Family Reunion/Return to Campus Plan Here


    Frequently Asked Questions


    Will face coverings be required?

    When we are on campus we are required to comply with the California Department of Public Health and the Governor’s guidance for schools that was released on July 17, 2020.  The guidance requires students and employees to wear cloth face coverings. We realize this may be difficult for some students and we will work with them in an empathic and supportive way. Students who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons will be asked to submit a medical exemption from a licensed physician.

    The requirements are as follows: 

    • Under 2 years of age – Not required to wear a face covering
    • 2 years to 2nd grade – Strongly encouraged to wear a face covering if it can be worn properly, face shields are acceptable
    • 3rd grade to Adult – Required (face shields are acceptable for teachers in certain circumstances)

    Please refer to our COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure Protocols for further information.


    Will more frequent cleaning occur during the day?

    • Absolutely! We have arranged for additional staff members to clean and disinfect high touch areas on our campuses multiple times throughout the day.
    • We will be using products that are approved cleaning supplies and disinfectants safe for use in schools.

    What if I prefer a remote learning environment for my child once classes resume on campus? 

    • We will provide remote learning solutions ensuring every K-12 student has access to the instruction that is happening in the live, face-to-face setting. 

    What will drop off and pick for my child look like?

    • Campuses will provide details for drop off and pick up. Please review our K-8 and High School update pages for more information.
    • This will be determined based on requirements for distancing. 

    What about riding the bus?

    • If you registered to ride the bus, you should have received a survey to indicate your commitment to ridership. If you plan to ride the bus, be sure that the transportation department has received all the required forms. Email cschmeling@ocschools.org if you have any questions relating to this survey.
    • There are strict requirements for distancing on busses that we will be following. Siblings will be asked to sit together.
    • At this point, masks will be required for students riding the bus.

    Are there any new tuition options?

    • Tuition options remain the same for full-time students. 
    • Under the Educational Options program, there are the same alternative options for our full-time student program. These can be found here on the OC website.

    What will recess look like?

    • Students will likely be grouped by cohort to reduce the number of others they interact with and will have limitations on which areas they can use.
    • Recess times will be staggered to limit the number of students on the equipment.

    What about athletics?

    • CIF released revised calendars for the 2020-2021 athletics seasons. Ontario Christian High School is currently exploring options for resuming practices in concordance with local health and safety guidelines. Coaches are currently working on return to practice schedules for the week of August 24th and will communicate directly with families to provide updates. Please visit our athletics website for more information.

    How can parents help?

    • Continue practicing suggested hygiene procedures at home.
    • Monitor and report your child’s health in partnership with OC.
    • Do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell.

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