Dear OCSA Families, Faculty, and Staff,

We are incredibly pleased to report that, as of Sunday, March 14, Orange County is officially in Tier 2/Substantial/Red based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This means that, as previously announced, OCSA will reopen its campus and resume in-person instruction on Monday, March 22.

It has been a long year, but we could not be more excited to welcome many of you back to campus, to your home-away-from-home. We have missed you all!

Please note, regardless of your learning academy model (Hybrid/In-Person vs. Virtual), the school start and end times have not changed. Classes will still begin at 8:30 a.m. each day. To view the bell schedule that will be followed beginning next week, please click here

Hybrid/In-Person Learning Academy Families: If you have not already begun preparations, we ask that you please finalize your plans to transition back to campus. Our hope is that all Hybrid/In-Person Learning Academy students will join us on campus beginning Monday, March 22 or Wednesday, March 24, depending on their assigned Schedule Group (see below for more details). However, should families need additional time to make arrangements for daily transportation, students may continue to participate in their classes via distance learning until they are able to return in person.

Below, you will find an easy-access Resource Guide of the various documents we have prepared related to our return to campus, which have been updated to reflect the most recent information.

We would also like to take this opportunity to share our new Return to School Health & Safety Video! In this brief video, OCSA’s Administrative Team and Leadership Class students will walk you through the health and safety protocols that have been implemented in preparation for your return, as well as what to expect on your first day back on campus. Prior to coming to the OCSA campus, we ask that all Hybrid/In-Person Learning Academy families watch this video to learn about important topics such as drop-off/pick-up, morning arrival temperature screenings, on-campus and in-class safety procedures, lunchtime protocol, and more.

Check your Schedule Group in Aeries
As a reminder, in order to confirm your student’s assigned days on campus, please log in to the Aeries Family Portal and proceed to Student Info → Demographics → locate the field titled “U3,” where you will view either an “A” or a “B” in that field.

Students listed with an “A” are assigned to Schedule Group A and will attend in-person classes on campus on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Students listed with a “B” are assigned to Schedule Group B and will attend in-person classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If your student is continuing in the full distance learning model, these groups do not apply.

Student Self-Health Screening
As introduced in the video, each morning, students should use this Student Self-Health Screening to assess how they are feeling and to identify any warning signs that might preclude them from coming to campus. It is going to take a concerted effort to keep OCSA safe. By participating in this daily health screening, you can help protect our school and the greater community.

Upcoming Campus Preview Opportunity
Please be reminded that students are invited to visit the OCSA campus this Friday, March 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to get reacclimated or to familiarize themselves with our campus for the first time. All students are welcome to come and “walk” their class schedules and to check out the new safety protocols and social distancing guidelines. OCSA Leadership Class students will be there to lead tours and answer any questions, and members from our Parent Support Organization (PSO) will be greeting families in the Humanities Tower breezeway. Please wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines and policies while on campus. We hope to see many of you there! 


Beginning Monday, March 22 and continuing through the conclusion of the spring semester, this will be the bell schedule that is applicable to all students, in both the Hybrid/In-Person Learning and Virtual Learning Academies.

This map indicates which doors students should use when arriving to campus each day based on the locations of their Block 1 and Block 4 classes, in addition to approved drop-off and pick-up areas.

The most up-to-date information regarding our return to campus can be found in this document. Topics include health and safety, COVID-19 testing and procedures, campus and facilities, special services, drop-off/pick-up, transportation and carpool, food services, and much more.

Stay informed of any potential positive cases on campus and access the COVID-19 Reporting Form in order to report a positive test, symptoms, or exposure.

Access previous email communications from OCSA. Information that was provided in these email communications has been updated in the above FAQ as well.

View OCSA’s approved plan for the return to campus, complete with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

We cannot wait to see many of you very soon. Thank you to all OCSA families for your patience and support during these extraordinary times!
With appreciation,
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