July 2021 Update

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 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.
  • Families with students eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to vaccinate their children against Covid-19. However, there is currently no state or Ventura County requirement to do so.
  • Safety recommendations are as follows, as of June 15, 2021 (per the “Safely Reopening California” plan):
    • 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.
    • Should that requirement change, OSA may recommend that masks are worn ONLY by unvaccinated students or parents within the building, and OSA staff when in close proximity to students indoors.
    • Masks are not required (or recommended) when outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. We will encourage staff and students to be outdoors as much as possible.
    • Extra space is required between seated students in class while indoors, although collaborative activities will be safely included in the day.
    • Doors remain open between classes.
    • Modified snack and lunch time, although we do plan on offering both.
  • The CA Department of Public Health 2021-2022 Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework for K-12 Schools is HERE. OSA will follow the applicable guidelines.

Fall 2020 (Sessions 1 and 2, and perhaps longer)

Date 8/20/20 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.