Updated Session 1 Protocols
(Updated September 5, 2021)

This plan will be amended as we learn more. Parents will be advised of changes in the Weekly Updates.

Our plan for 2021-2022, at this time, is to safely enjoy our classes in-person, although our schedule will include some outdoor and online options. Safety measures may change depending on current and updated public health guidelines. OSA can easily transition online and/or outdoors should the need arise, even temporarily.

At this time, our Session 1 safety measures include:

  • All OSA staff working with students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Any additional staff or subcontractors working with students this year will fall under the same requirement.
  • Current families with students eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.
    • INCOMING students: Starting September 13, 2021, One Spark Academy will give registration priority to children who are fully immunized against COVID-19 prior to entry, or will be as soon as they are eligible (if 11). With a small population of students, our program is less at risk of an outbreak if most students are vaccinated against Covid. This decision was made due to concerns of staff and families with at-risk members or children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine and not enough current students having been fully vaccinated.
  • Community centers, such as the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, fall under “Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings” where masks are currently required for everyone when inside the building.
  • OSA COVID-19 Safety Recommendations follow theSafely Reopening Californiaplan, updated August 2, 2021. The CA Department of Public Health 2021-2022 Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework for K-12 Schools is HERE. OSA will follow the following applicable guidelines:


  • K-12 students are required to mask indoors. Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students.
  • Masks are not required outdoors, unless working in close proximity (less than 3 feet) with others. We recognize that there is negligible risk of viral transmission outdoors. However, families with high-risk factors may encourage students to mask outdoors when around others.
  • Masks will not be required by students or staff in Fitness or Hiking Club when activities are performed outdoors and when there is ample spacing between individuals.
  • A mask will be provided to students who forget theirs, to prevent unnecessary exclusions.


  • In-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented.  This is consistent with CDC K-12 School Guidance.


  • There is currently no firm recommendation for schools in the Framework for daily temperature checks, so OSA will likely not be taking daily temperature checks unless a staff member has reason to suspect the student is ill, or if recommendations change. Increased evidence shows that elevated body temperature (as the only symptom), or absence of fever, is no longer an adequate indicator of a person carrying the virus and doesn’t screen out asymptomatic individuals.
  • Students may not attend OSA classes (in person) if they have a fever (more than 100.4 degrees), persistent cough, persistent sneezing, persistent headache, or any other combination of symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or the Delta variant.
  • Any student who arrives on site and/or who exhibits visible symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or the Delta variant will receive a temperature check and staff may recommend that the student isolate until a parent can be reached for pick up. It is the responsibility of the parents to have their child tested for COVID-19 if symptoms warrant it, and communicate to OSA the results of that test.
  • We recommend parents assess students prior to arrival on site.


  • Follow the strategy for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested from the CDC.
  • If OSA is made aware that a student/staff member has tested positive for the virus, and may have exposed students and/or staff, anyone with direct contact with that individual will be contacted via email (name of student will not be shared unless their parent agrees), and appropriate measures will be decided. If known, the degree of exposure will be shared with parents. Parents can then decide whether to watch for symptoms and/or get a Covid test. OSA may require a negative Covid test prior to returning to classes, for exposed students/staff, dependent on the level of exposure.  (Vaccinated students who follow the safety protocols outlined here may be at minimal risk of viral transmission.)
  • Students who share a home with a family member who has contracted COVID-19 should show proof of a negative COVID test and be symptom-free before attending classes.
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible community spread.
  • Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection should not return for in-person instruction until they have met CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:
    – At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
    – Other symptoms have improved;
    – They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.
  • Quarantine recommendations for vaccinated close contacts:

    a. For those who are vaccinated, follow the  CDPH Fully Vaccinated People Guidance regarding quarantine.

    • If asymptomatic, can refrain from quarantine following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Fully vaccinated persons are recommended to be tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days.
    • Should follow CDPH and local health department recommendations regarding isolation and/or exclusion from high risk settings if they test positive for SARS-CoV-2, and must follow any mandatory requirements from local health departments.
  • Quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated students for exposures when both parties were wearing a mask, as required in K-12 indoor settings. These are adapted from the CDC K-12 guidance and CDC definition of a close contact:a. When both parties were wearing a mask in any school setting in which students are supervised by school staff (including indoor or outdoor school settings), unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

    – Are asymptomatic;
    – Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
    – Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
    – Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting.


  • We currently have NO plans to offer concurrent online and in person instruction. It is too stressful on teachers, and dilutes the attention that students get both in class and virtually. Our students need as much attention as possible this year.
  • If a teacher needs to hold classes virtually (in the event that teacher is sick), then the whole class would move online for the necessary time period. If students are already on site for other classes, they can bring their computers and headsets (required), and access the class via Zoom from the Teen Center.
  • If a student needs to miss class due to illness, then they would arrange to meet with their teacher either on Zoom or when they return. Students (or their parents) would be responsible for maintaining communication regarding missed classes, assignments and deadlines.
  • OSA instructors will do everything possible to help students who miss their classes due to illness stay updated on lessons, including posting assignments on Edmodo, providing short meetings via Zoom, or providing added study session time upon a student’s return.
  • It is the responsibility of all students, their families, and staff members to ensure that our community stays healthy by taking extra precautions to keep themselves healthy: getting vaccinated, reducing exposure to unvaccinated individuals (who are outside of the family), avoiding travel to high risk areas, avoiding large indoor group gatherings, and taking preventative measures to avoid getting sick (masking, physical distance, and good hygiene).


  • OSA will reinforce washing hands, avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff. We will promote hand washing throughout the day, especially before and after eating, and after using the toilet. While COVID-19 and its variants are airborne, good hygiene will help to prevent other illnesses, thus keeping our community healthy.
  • OSA and the Teen Center will provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trashcans, extra masks, and hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol for staff and children.

    Cleaning recommendations:

    a. In general, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove potential virus that may be on surfaces. Disinfecting removes any remaining germs on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection.

    Food service recommendations:

    a. Maximize physical distance as much as possible while eating (especially indoors).  Arrange for eating outdoors as much as feasible.
    b. Clean frequently touched surfaces. Surfaces that come in contact with food should be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before and after meals.
    c. Given very low risk of transmission from surfaces and shared objects, OSA will commence with offering snack and healthy meals on site. However, there will be adjustments throughout the year as to what kind of cleaning we ask students to do, and the types of utensils, napkins, and other food service items used, even if we are out of compliance with our own “waste reduction” mission.


August, 2020 Version 1

The following safety protocols include guidelines that may change to reflect updated research, updated state and county recommendations, Ventura County public health order changes, and other factors. If significant changes go into effect for One Spark Academy, this Safety Plan will be updated.

We understand that within our community, there lies a range of those who are more or less at-risk of serious illness (or death) should they develop COVID-19 and, as such, there is a range of concern over how much exposure to others that our varied community members are willing to maintain.

While we understand that the risk of coronavirus transmission is currently low in our community, our Safety Plan is based on reducing risk as much as possible, across the board. Should any student or staff member get sick and potentially pass that on to others, the entire OSA program would be impacted. So, we have opted to be prudent in our approach. As long as the county, state, country and global community struggle to manage this pandemic, we are not taking any chances of “sharing our air”. The continued good health of our students, their families, and our staff is of the highest priority.

To read the Safety Plan in its entirety, go here: OSA Safety Plan 2020 – 2021. Applicable protocols for current classes are outlined below.

The OSA COVID-19 Safety Plan was developed in consultation with Dr. Bryan Fine. It is intended to represent guidelines based on a point in time, subject to change as more information becomes available.

Version 1, August 21, 2020

Ventura County is under the California order which currently prohibits indoor instruction. (The Governor’s Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools, published July 17, 2020, is linked here).

Three key guidelines in California’s Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools that guide our planning at One Spark Academy include:

  • Safe in-person school based on local health data
    1. The California Department of Public Health currently uses six indicators to track the level of COVID-19 infection in each California county as well as the preparedness of the county health care system – data that includes the number of new infections per 100,000 residents, the test positivity rate, and the change in hospitalization rate, among others. Any county that does not meet the state’s benchmarks is put on the County Monitoring List. Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days.
  • Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school
    1. In the updated guidance, all staff and students in 3rd grade and above will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Students in 2nd grade and below are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Students should be provided a face covering if they do not have one.
  • Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations
    1. In the updated guidance, CDPH requires that all adults stay 6 feet from one another and 6 feet away from children, while students should maintain 6 feet of distance from one another as practicable. Anyone entering the school must do a health screen, and any student or staff exhibiting a fever or other symptoms will be immediately sent home. The guidance also provides that if anyone in a student or staff member’s household is sick, they too should stay home.

Safety protocols for OSA’s outdoor classes:

  • Groupings will be capped at 8 students if there is one adult, and 10 students if there are two adults.
  • Students may attend classes only if feeling well. The instructor in charge will use a non-touch temperature scanner upon student arrival and observe for symptoms.
    • Students who do not demonstrate symptoms but who have been exposed to high-risk situations (e.g. illness at home, prolonged indoor gatherings, travel) may be asked to refrain from outdoor classes dependent on the situation.
  • All students and staff must wear a mask properly: covering nose and mouth, fitted properly around ears or back of head, and without large gaps at the sides.
    • Bandanas and neck gaiters may be worn for outdoor activities, but masks are preferred. Recent research indicates that bandanas and neck gaiters may have been found to be ineffective or less effective in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
    • If students or staff are concerned about the choice of face coverings, and/or feel less safe, we will address these issues on a case by case basis.
  • Masks must be worn for the full time that students are in our care, from arrival to departure, with few exceptions. For certain outdoor activities, like gardening, a face shield may be worn.
    • While exercising outdoors in Fitness club, personal yoga mats may be spaced at least 12 feet apart. Masks may be removed for fitness if a safe distance can be maintained as indicated by the instructor(s).
    • While hiking in Hiking Club, masks may be removed during exertion or rest only if a safe distance of at least 12 feet can be maintained as indicated by the instructor(s).
    • Masks may be removed properly (grasping only at the ties or ear loops) and placed in a designated area (paper bag, backpack pocket, or looped over a tree branch) for eating and drinking, provided physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be maintained.
    • Students will be instructed that loud talking, laughing, yelling, or singing transmits viral droplets and aerosols easily. These actions are only permissible with greater distance outdoors if unmasked.
    • If students or staff must cough or sneeze, they should walk away from the group cough/sneeze away from the group.
  • Physical distancing of at least 3 feet must be maintained at all times during instruction, while masked.
  • Students will be reminded to not touch the front of their masks, their faces, their food items, other students, or any materials before washing their hands or using hand-sanitizer.
  • Students will not be allowed to share snacks or personal items.
  • While eating snacks or lunch, students and staff must be seated at least 6 ft apart while unmasked.
    • Spaced seating should be designated by carpet squares, mats, or chairs.
    • No sharing of food items or drinks.
    • If food is served, in the event a class arranges for food delivery, only one instructor should distribute food items to students and other staff, while wearing a mask and disposable gloves, if hands are not able to be washed OR sanitized.
    • If seated at any public area, such as picnic tables, any surfaces in contact with students and staff must be wiped down in advance with some type of disinfectant.
  • Students will be asked to take seriously the fact that we are in a pandemic and it is their responsibility to help keep themselves and others safe and must similarly demonstrate this intention.
  • Students should leave their phones home or in their backpacks, unless requested by the instructor to have them.
  • Students who are unable to comply with any of the above conditions may be asked to not attend outdoor classes.
  • Our mission is to stay healthy, stay open, and have fun!

COVID-19 Screening Algorithm:

  • The following symptoms would render a student or employee unable to attend an in-person, outdoor class:
    • Fever greater than 100.4°
    • Loss of smell/taste
    • Shortness of breath
    • Lingering cough or another related symptom
  • The following exposures may render a student or employee unable to attend an in-person, outdoor class, even if the student or employee has no symptoms of COVID, based on an evaluation of the situation by OSA staff:
    • Exposure within 14 days to someone with known COVID
    • Exposure within 14 days to someone with pending COVID test results
    • Exposure within 14 days to someone sick with a general illness
    • Exposure within 14 days to someone who has had close exposure to a COVID-positive person
    • Having traveled within 14 days via plane, train, or cruise
    • Attendance at an event deemed high risk by the Ventura County Department of Public Health, like an indoor gathering, within 14 days
  • In the event any students or staff test positive for COVID:
    • Inform Lori Peters immediately, even if there has been no in-person contact with other students or staff (in the case of online learning)
    • If that student or staff member has worked with other students or staff, the parents of all students and staff will be informed, although disclosure of the person’s name is not required
    • Before that student or staff member resumes working with other students or staff, the person must test negative for COVID and, for at least 14 days, not have any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever greater than 100.4°
      • Loss of smell/taste
      • Shortness of breath
      • Lingering cough or another related symptom
    • Before any student or staff member who had exposure to another student or staff member who tests positive for COVID resumes working with other students or staff, they must either:
      • Test negative for COVID
      • Wait at least 14 days, and not show symptoms
    • Online classes: In the event that students or staff test positive and develop symptoms that render them unable to teach or attend online classes, arrangements will be made to the best of our ability to make up the class (teacher), or support make-up lessons when the student is able.
  • The above conditions are not all-inclusive.