2020-2021 Campus Re-Opening Plan

 

The Oaks will begin the 2020-21 school year in an all-distance mode. This is due to the current California state criteria that prevent on-campus instruction from taking place until the COVID-19 situation improves in Los Angeles County.

To read about our reopening plan for the rest of the school year, click on the links below.

Head of School Updates

November 16, 2020

Dear Oaks Families,

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and that you are healthy and enjoying the start of the holiday season. We are on break next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. With COVID-19 surging, I hope that you will be able to celebrate with family and friends in a safe way. I came across a quick guide for COVID-19 and the holidays that may help you plan some spade activities and gatherings. You can access it here.

Thanksgiving is about gratitude and I am so thankful for all of you. This has been a very challenging year and while we are still in the midst of the pandemic I am grateful to have you and your families with us at The Oaks. This time of year at school is normally filled with celebration and community. I am missing you all and hoping we will be back together soon.

Last week you received a letter from Adam Greenfield and Greg Macek about the Annual Fund. With the pandemic and its related economic fallout affecting all businesses and organizations, your support is more crucial than ever. I hope that you are able to participate and support the school in this time of need. Feel free to reach out to me or any of the annual fund team if you have any questions. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Take care.
 
Best, 

Ted Hamory
Head of School

November 9, 2020

Dear Oaks Families,

I hope you all had a good weekend and that your week is off to a great start. Hopefully all of that wind has cleared out the energy swirling around the election and we can all reset and move forward. 

Save the date for our next Courageous Conversation November 17 at 4pm. We will discuss how to move forward after the election, share some ideas and strategies to help your children better understand the electoral process, and some suggestions about how to encourage them to continue developing into active and engaged citizens. 
 

Our waiver application for K-2 is moving through the approval process. We should know more about the status of our application in the next 2-3 weeks. I will keep you posted.

The number of Los Angeles County's COVID cases still has us ranked at Tier 1 in the State reopening framework.  Cases are continuing to rise here and nationally, hopefully things begin to turn around soon. You will receive more details about the next Town Hall meeting December 3 at 4pm soon.  An update will be shared with you then.

Finally, I am sure that after the past few weeks, and with the Holidays on the horizon, you may be in need of some self-care. When you're a parent, self-care often slips to the bottom of the list. Taking care of yourself isn't a luxury. It's essential. During this difficult time, when children are home and stress is running high, it's more important than ever. I came across this article on self-care for parents during the quarantine. I hope it helps.


Thanks again for all that you are doing to support your children and the school. Take care.


Best, 

Ted Hamory

Head of School

November 2, 2020

Dear Oaks Families,

I hope that you all had a wonderful Halloween and that the time change was not too disruptive to your routine. To be honest, I found myself enjoying a less active Halloween without the trick or treating!

Thank you for attending the Town Hall last week. You can access the recording here and the slides here. I will keep you posted as our waiver application winds through the approval process. LACDPH is estimating three weeks for processing. Further, County Health officials will be providing updates later this month on what we may be able to expect for January school re-openings.  Our next Town Hall meeting will be on December 3 at 4pm. Details to follow.

The election is tomorrow and I am sure there is anxiety around the outcome. I have assembled some resources for you here to help guide your family through the next few weeks. We expect that our students will have thoughts and opinions on the result and our faculty is preparing for these conversations. Please note that we do not take sides in elections or officially support any candidates. Our response in the classroom will be to help students process their thoughts and reactions and engage with each other in respectful dialog. We are also asking that our students treat each other with civility and respect. As a community we are committing ourselves to this pledge:

The Oaks School Civility Pledge

In the spirit of our mission, The Oaks School Community aspires to co-create and maintain an environment of mutual respect, integrity, courtesy, inclusivity, and human decency. This invites rigorous and respectful debate in which individuals are encouraged to participate in honest and open civil discourse. Honoring a tradition of social justice, The Oaks School fosters a diverse, positive, and inclusive culture where members change and grow as they encounter new people and ideas. 

I pledge to do my part in upholding these ideals in the weeks ahead. 

On November 17 at 4pm we will hold our next Courageous Conversation entitled: Where Do We Go From Here? Debriefing the Election and Moving Forward

Look for details soon and I hope you can join us. 

I hope that you all have a good week and that we as a country move past this election quickly and without incident. Take care.

Best,

Ted Hamory

Head of School

July Town Hall Webinar

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July Town Hall Slides

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Virtual Campus Visits

 

While our campus is closed and we are not providing in-person tours, please take a moment to enjoy the "First Look at The Oaks" video below. We will offer you many opportunities to see our students in action, virtually. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay connected with us during this time. 

Our Admission Office is open and available to you virtually for any questions you may have. Email us to Admission@OaksSchool.org