ALL Oak Park Schools will remain closed through Thanksgiving break and will reopen on Monday, November 26th.
Oak Park Unified School District will keep schools closed until after Thanksgiving Break to allow for a thorough and deep cleaning to be performed by professionals hired by the district's insurance carrier, the Ventura County Schools Joint Powers Authority (JPA). A site by site inspection and detailed assessment has been performed by Insight Environmental under the auspices of the JPA and their hygienist has determined that every Oak Park school has been substantially impacted by smoke and ash and will require extensive and deep cleaning before students and staff may be allowed to return.
In collaboration with Insight Environmental, crews from ASR Property Restoration, (a local Ventura based company) will carry out deep cleaning, deodorizing, and disinfecting of interior spaces as well as power washing of exterior structures including buildings and playground equipment. Air scrubbers will be employed in all interior spaces, and HVAC systems will be cleaned and their filters changed. This protocol has been established by FEMA, the EPA, and the California Air Resources Board to ensure schools are safe for occupancy after a major fire event.
This district wide closure also includes Club Oak Park childcare and Oak Park Neighborhood Preschool. There will be no student activities, events, or practices during this time. Schools will be closed and employees will not be reporting to work until Monday, November 26th.
As always, the safety and well-being of our students and staff comes first. We hope this time away from school will allow our community to begin the healing and rebuilding process.
The DOC application for 2019-2020 is now open. Click here for more information about the program and to apply.
This year will be a great experience for all of us at Oak View. As we transition into a Nature Based Program, we can look forward towards many opportunities that will enrich our learning experiences and bring us closer together as a school family. We have planned many exciting outdoor school field trips and activities which will enhance our understanding of the environment around us and how we interact with it. Our teachers have been diligently working on integrating parts of their curriculum into units which will focus on a nature based topics and issues.
In the spring we will be taking a field trip to Yosemite. This will be a once in a life time opportunity for many of us to enjoy one of our country’s most beautiful parks and learn about its’ many marvels. We will also go on nature hikes, coastal excursions, and many other nature based day trips.
I encourage you all to think about things in this subject area that you would like to learn about. Your teachers and I are always interested in your ideas and we would love to incorporate what you feel is relevant into our lessons. Together we can continue and expand on a school culture which promotes communication and collaboration.
Let’s make this year a great one together. The opportunities await and the future is ours to create. What we make of it is up to us. So, let’s not only make it count but also become an incredible experience! See you outside!
Kent Cromwell, Principal
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM All Schools Closed for deep cleaning(due to Woolsey Fire)
6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lokrantz Gift Giving
8:35 AM - 12:00 PM OVHS FINALS
8:40 AM - 12:00 PM OVHS Finals