Oneonta Orcas Newsletter

August 2, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Oneonta Families,

I would like to begin by thanking you for entrusting us with your child at Oneonta. It has been over 500 days since we have had a full campus and last week, we had the opportunity to welcome over 350 students. At Oneonta, we are committed to maintain our students, staff and families safe and healthy. Please join me in this effort by following the safety protocols below:

  • ALL students MUST arrive to school with a mask and wear it indoors.
  • ALL Parents/Visitors MUST wear a mask when entering our campus and waiting at the drop-off and pick-up designated areas.
  • ALL gates will open at 7:30 a.m. for students who will be eating breakfast in the cafeteria. Students who will not be participating in the breakfast program may arrive at 7:45 a.m.
  • School starts at 8:00 a.m., so to secure our campus and keep all students safe, all gates will close at 8 a.m. All students who arrive late to school will need to stop at the office for a late slip. "If you are NOT at the GATE by EIGHT, you are LATE."

I thank you in advance for your cooperation!


Lupe Solis, Principal


Regular School Hours

Kindergarten 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grades 1-6 8:00 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Minimum Day School Hours (Every Wednesday)

On Wednesdays, as well as select days throughout the year, all students will be dismissed one hour earlier than the regular schedule. Minimum day schedule follows:

Kindergarten 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Grades 1-6 8:00 a.m. – 1:25 p.m.

BREAKFAST for all students will be from 7:30 a.m.-7:55 a.m.


Kindergarten & Mrs. Terrazas 11:00-11:45 a.m.

1st Grade 11:15-12:00 p.m.

2nd Grade 11:30-12:15 p.m.

3rd Grade & Mrs. Hernandez 11:45-12:30 p.m.

4th Grade 12:00-12:45 p.m.

5th Grade 12:15-1:00 p.m.

6th Grade & Mr. Weisbart 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Safety Protocols

We are committed to keeping all staff, students and families safe as we return back to school from the global pandemic. Please help us keep everyone safe and healthy by following the safety protocols recommended by the California Department of Public Health below:

  1. Masks: All students MUST wear a mask to school. Each child will also be provided a reusable face mask. All K-12 students are required to wear masks indoors. with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance. Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students. Students are not required to wear masks outdoors. *If your child has a Medical/Behavioral Exemption you MUST contact the school nurse.

  2. Physical Distancing: Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements. Classroom space will be maximized.

  3. Ventilation: Ventilation in all classrooms will be optimized through the use of HEPA air scrubbers/filters in all classrooms and other critical indoor spaces.

  4. Testing: Free, onsite testing options will be made available through state-wide testing programs, as well as a contract with UCSD Health Services. The testing will be used for preventative screening and contact tracing. Regular testing is NOT required for students or staff.

  5. Hand Hygiene: Teachers and staff will teach, promote, and reinforce washing hands; avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; and covering coughs and sneezes. Adequate supplies will be available.

  6. Cleaning: Surfaces will be cleaned at least once per day to sufficiently remove any potential virus that may be on surfaces. Spaces which have been occupied by a person with COVID-19, will be cleaned AND disinfected according to public health guidelines.

  7. Meals/Water: Meals will be provided to students during school hours. Physical distancing will be maximized as much as possible while eating. Additional spaces outside of the cafeteria will be used for mealtime seating as practical. Students will be provided a reusable water bottle that they can refill at school, but you may also send your child with their own water bottle.

  8. Visitors/Volunteers: Schools must limit nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated. Any visitor or volunteer may be asked for proof of vaccination status.

  9. Case Reporting, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine: All schools are required to report COVID-19 cases to the local public health department and participate in contact tracing through a district liaison. Quarantine and isolation will be based on the most recent decision tree from San Diego County Public Health and CDPH guidance.