Message from the Superintendent

March 12, 2021

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In this Message:

  • Graduation
  • 2021/2022 School Year
  • Measure S Update
  • Congratulations to the Employees of the Year
  • Employee of the Month
  • Canyon High School Gym Renovation
  • Spring Camp Registration (Elementary)
  • Job Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Dear OUSD Community,

As the spread of COVID-19 in our community decreases, we are excited to be allowed to bring back various sports and spectators. This week, we were excited to hold our first football competitions of the season at Fred Kelly Stadium, and we look forward to being able to continue to slowly move toward more traditional events as public health guidance permits. Our journey in this direction seems very positive as the adjusted daily case rate per 100,000 in Orange County has now fallen to 6 and is projected to keep decreasing. In addition, we have been successfully conducting surveillance testing and have offered vaccinations to a large number of our employees during our Districtwide events held in collaboration with CARE Ambulance.

Due to the data trends, the California Department of Public Health has also updated its guidance regarding social distancing in classrooms. The most recent revision allows for flexibility to maintain less than 6 feet of distance between individuals under certain conditions, such as accommodating a student for in-person instruction due to learning loss. This change will allow for more students to receive in-person instruction, should families so choose. The Educational Services team is working with site administrators to implement the new guidance. If you would like to transition your student back to in-person instruction for this last trimester/quarter, please reach out to your site principal.


Our goal is to celebrate the Graduating Class of 2021 during the week of June 7th – 11th at Fred Kelly Stadium. Specific dates/times for each high school will be determined in the next few weeks. In order to maintain safety protocols, current plans allow for each graduate to have two attendees. Depending on updates that occur to public health guidance, the number of attendees permitted may change. Additionally, each graduation ceremony will be live-streamed for public viewing.

2021/2022 School Year

Many families have been inquiring about the instructional models for the 2021/2022 school year. It is our intent to safely transition toward a traditional instructional model while continuing to adhere to and facilitate the specific protocols/procedures outlined in our Safety and Health Driven School Reopening Plan.

Each family will receive an Instructional Model Commitment Survey in early April to determine if your student(s) will be participating in the traditional instructional model or the 100% distance learning model that, as of today, must remain an option for all families. Based on these numbers, the Educational Services team will then be able to provide more specifics concerning 100% distance learning options for next year.

Thank you for your support and patience as we work to offer more opportunities for our students and community while being mindful of the safety and health protocols we still need to follow to continue to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

Warmest Regards,
Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Orange Unified School District

OUSD’s COVID-19 Dashboard

As of January 2021, any student-athlete who is positive for COVID-19 and is on campus during their infectious period is included on the OUSD Dashboard, even if they are in 100% distance learning.

Measure S Update

We are so excited about the progress being made to bring the STEM Centers at El Modena, Canyon, and Villa Park High Schools to life! Check out the current status of each project in the video below.
OUSD Measure S Update - March 11, 2021

Congratulations to our Employees of the Year!

As a result of school site nominations, paper screening, interviews of semi-finalists, and reference checks for the finalists, the following candidates have been selected as Employees of the Year for 2021. The prize patrol team, members of the Executive Cabinet and other staff, including association representatives, visited each staff member’s site last week to notify them of the great news.

In addition, Randy Kolset was selected as ACSA Technology Administrator of the year from among nominees for 21 districts in Orange County.

March 2021 Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Kendy Gioia, Early Learning Specialist at the Early Learning Center!

Canyon High School’s gymnasium renovation

Orange Unified, along with the Canyon High School Foundation, teamed up for a major face-lift for the Canyon High School Gymnasium. New bleachers, a new floor, updated bathrooms and a new Bose sound system were highlights of the $1.3 million renovation.

Canyon High School Gym Renovation Project

Spring Camp Registration (Elementary)

The CARES program is offering Spring Camp during Spring Break, March 29 through April 2. Summer and Fall registration dates will be provided soon.

To learn more or register, please visit

Job Opportunities

Orange Unified School District is gearing up for its spring recruiting and hiring initiative. Are you interested in a profession that makes a positive impact in the community? If so, please visit our website at to view a vast array of employment opportunities that span from entry-level to upper management, classified and certificated. Join the Orange Unified family and Inspire our learners of today to be purposeful leaders of tomorrow.

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