COVID-19

Information and resources

Valley Oak Charter is committed to continuing to provide dynamic, student-centered programming that takes into consideration the health and safety of all members of our community. Site-based activities will resume when permitted with a variety of procedures in place to ensure that students, staff, and parents follow the directions of the medical and state authorities and be confident in knowing that their school is a safe environment in which to grow and learn. For up to date information on California Guidelines as it relates to education please visit 2021-2022 School Guidance and the California Safe Schools Parent Page

Please let us know if you or your family has had a positive COVID-19 test. You can email covid19@valleyoakcharter.org. Your information will be kept private.

COVID-19 Testing Locations and Times

Students at VOC are able to test for free at any of the Ojai Unified testing locations. If we do experience a COVID-19 case here on campus, you will be informed with guidance for next steps which will include recommendations for testing. Please see the schedule below for times and locations. We will be sending out paperwork that you will need or you can email Nikki nikki@valleyoakcharter.org


Monday

San Antonio Elementary 7:30am-8:30am

Matilija Middle School 2:30pm-3:45pm

Tuesday

Mira Monte Elementary 7:30am-9:30am

Nordhoff High School 3:00pm-3:45pm

Wednesday

Topa Topa Elementary 7:30am-9:30am

District Office and Chaparral (12:30pm-1:30pm)

Thursday

Meiners Oaks Elementary 7:30am-9:30am



How is COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).



What are the symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea


How can families help prevent the spread of COVID-19?


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • It’s especially important to wash:

    • Before eating or preparing food

    • Before touching your face

    • After using the restroom

    • After leaving a public place

    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

    • After handling your cloth face covering

    • After changing a diaper

    • After caring for someone sick

    • After touching animals or pets

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.

  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.

    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.

  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.


Face mask requirements and information

  • Face coverings must be used in accordance with CDPH guidelines unless a person is exempt as explained in the guidelines, particularly in indoor environments and areas where physical distancing alone is not sufficient to prevent disease transmission.

  • In order to comply with this guidance, schools must exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under CDPH guidelines and refuse to wear one provided by the school.

  • Students exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.

What is Valley Oak Charter doing to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19?

The staff at VOC is dedicated to providing a learning space that is supportive and safe. In order to maintain the safety of our community which includes family and staff, VOC has implemented the following safety protocol.

Valley Oak Charter has assigned liaisons who will be evaluating and adapting safety protocols on a regular basis to reflect any updates in guidance.

Plans for distance learning have been established and will be available in the event of any repeated school closures.

Staff will reinforce washing hands, avoiding contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily and, as practicable, these surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day.

All cleaning products and disinfectants used are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Staff will promote the use of facial coverings.

Health screenings will be implemented upon arrival at school for both students and staff.

Outdoor spaces will be used as much as possible.

Nonessential visitors and volunteers will be limited.



COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs.pdf
VOC CPP 21/22 School Year