March 9, 2021
Dear OCSA Families, Faculty, and Staff,

We hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. We are eagerly watching the rates of infection drop in Orange County, and the most recent metrics indicate that the county will likely be reclassified into the Red Tier next week, meaning OCSA is still projected to reopen for hybrid/in-person instruction on Monday, March 22, as previously communicated.

With this exciting news in mind, today’s installment of the Academy Announcements newsletter focuses on important details regarding campus operations, including transportation, food services, and more, in order to help ensure a smooth transition to hybrid/in-person instruction later this month. Please continue to stay tuned for additional communications as we approach our campus reopening on Monday, March 22!
ORANGE COUNTY METRICS UPDATE
As of today, Tuesday, March 9, the State of California reported the following Orange County COVID-19 metrics:
We are pleased to report that Orange County’s metrics have improved since last week. This means that today marks the halfway point of the 14-day window, in which the county must improve or maintain its numbers before being officially designated into the less-restrictive Red Tier by the State.

Assuming the COVID-19 metrics maintain or continue to improve, we still anticipate that Orange County will officially be designated into Tier 2/Red on Wednesday, March 17. Therefore, we project that OCSA’s first day of in-person learning will be on Monday, March 22.
COVID-19 TESTING FOR OCSA FAMILIES
As COVID-19 metrics in Orange County continue to improve and the county approaches reclassification into the Red Tier, we are pleased to share that OCSA has partnered with a local healthcare lab to offer COVID-19 PCR and antibody testing to our faculty/staff, students, and their immediate families. Participation is optional and provided at no cost on the OCSA campus.

  • Testing is scheduled for Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 from 12-4 p.m.
The process to register will require you to:
  • Select your role at OCSA (Employee, Family/Other, Student)
  • Select an available appointment
  • Enter your contact information

The deadline to schedule an appointment is Thursday, March 11.

Once your appointment is confirmed, you will receive reminders via email and text 24 hours and two hours prior to your scheduled appointment. 

When you arrive for your appointment, you will need to bring the following items with you:

Test results should be available within 72 hours, and participants will receive information on how to access those results via the email address used to register for the appointment. As the semester progresses, please be on the lookout for additional COVID-19 testing opportunities.
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING PERMITS
As previously communicated, OCSA will not be offering bus transportation from Rossmoor/Los Alamitos or the Santa Ana Train Station for the remainder of the school year. Families interested in finding a carpool should consult our carpool transportation webpage and seek possible rideshare opportunities using the Pogo Rides platform, which offers an intuitive and easy-to-use method to connect with other OCSA families.

Students who drive their own vehicles to school should register their vehicle information through MySchoolBucks. There is no cost to receive a student parking permit this year, and permits can be picked up in the Humanities Tower, Room 100, after vehicle information has been submitted.
ON-CAMPUS FOOD SERVICES
Students returning to campus as a part of the Hybrid/In-Person Learning Academy are encouraged to bring their own lunches and snacks with them, but those who need to purchase food on campus will be able to do so at locations in the Humanities Tower Breezeway and 2nd Floor Cafeteria, as well as on 10th Street. Please rest assured that operations are in place to ensure students are served in a safe and efficient manner.

The rotating weekly menus are in the process of being finalized, however, returning students can expect to see favorites like the pizza sticks, in addition to excellent new items such as the poke bowl. Students will also be able to preorder and pay for their items ahead of time, allowing them to visit a designated food service location for pick-up to expedite lunch service. Please stay tuned for more details on the meal ordering system!

We would also like to use this opportunity to introduce all families to our new Food Services Director, Chef Peter Lehmar!

OCSA is fortunate to have Chef Lehmar leading our Food Services Team. He comes to OCSA from Gladstone’s in Long Beach, where he served as Executive Chef for 15 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Lehmar was recognized as Long Beach Chef of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and under his leadership, Gladstone’s was recognized as Long Beach Seafood Restaurant of the Year three times (2007, 2018, and 2019). During this past fall semester, he worked tirelessly to identify new menu options that will satisfy the taste buds of OCSA students, while honoring the favorites that are loved year after year. Chef Lehmar is deeply committed to serving fresh and high-quality food items that students will enjoy. Please join us in welcoming Chef Lehmar to his new position!
DROP-OFF/PICK-UP & DOOR ENTRANCES
In order to ease congestion in hallways and at building entrances, students should utilize designated entrances when arriving to campus each morning, based on their class schedules.

Please click here to view the campus map indicating which doors students should use, in addition to approved drop-off and pick-up areas.
ORANGE COUNTY VACCINE UPDATE
As you may know, Orange County has launched an effort to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to the public in a phased, tiered approach.
 
Beginning Monday, March 1, Orange County expanded the currently active phase to include Phase 1B, Tier 1, in addition to the previously active Phase 1A. The current expansion includes individuals in the education sector, which means that all OCSA employees (teachers and support staff) are now eligible to secure a vaccination appointment through a variety of vaccination sites.
 
To learn more about the Orange County vaccination timeline and to view a list of those who are currently eligible to receive a vaccine, please click here.
REMAINING QUESTIONS & RESOURCES
If you have any remaining questions about OCSA's dual learning academy instructional model, COVID-19 procedures, or our return to campus, please review the following documents for further clarification:

If you feel your question was not adequately addressed in the resources above, please contact OCSA Administration at ocsa.administration@ocsarts.net. If your question is specific to your student’s conservatory, please email your conservatory director for assistance.
We will continue to provide you with necessary information and exciting announcements as we work to prepare the campus and strengthen the instructional program to create an unparalleled experience for all OCSA students and staff this spring.

Thank you for doing your part to keep OCSA and all of our stakeholders safe!

Sincerely,

OCSA Administration

Michael Ciecek, Principal
Gregory Endelman, Ed.D., Executive Director of Special Services
Becca Freeland, Dean of Student Services
Maria Lazarova, D.M.A., Dean of Arts
Sally Lopez, Dean of Instruction
Leon Metoyer, Special Services Learning Specialist