Message from the Superintendent

October 8, 2021

In this Message

  • Vaccine Mandate
  • Walk to School Day
  • Board of Education Meeting Recording Now Available Online
  • HEPA Filters Being Delivered District-wide
  • Facilities Master Plan
  • COVID-19 Testing Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Microsoft 365 Advantage

Upcoming Events

Dear OUSD Community:

Last week, on October 1, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a future mandate for California students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in order to receive in-person instruction. The vaccine mandate does not take effect until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves its use in children. Students would be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning starting the term following full FDA approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6). At that time, the COVID-19 vaccination may also be added to the existing list of required immunizations students need to enroll in school.

In the initial phase, all K-12 school employees would also be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, medical, personal, and religious exemptions will be allowed for students and staff, the governor said.

While we must follow state directives, District staff needs time to review the mandate and determine our next steps. We will continue to share updates and keep our community informed when we have more information to share.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we continue to work with local public health officials to stay up-to-date on the latest guidance.

Warmest Regards,

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

OCDE Newsroom: COVID-19 Update

Governor announces phased-in vaccination requirement for K-12 students

Fact Sheet: School Vaccinations to Include COVID-19

California Becomes First State in Nation to Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Added to List of Required School Vaccinations

Walk to School Day: October 6


We are pleased to announce that our Board of Education meeting is now available in English and Spanish on the OUSD YouTube channel. If you were unable to attend the live meeting or watch the live stream, you can watch the recording at your convenience. It will be available until it is replaced by the next Board of Education Meeting, which will take place on October 21.

OUSD HEPA Filter Rollout

Facilities Master Plan Update

Our 2021 Facilities Master Plan documents are available on our website at

Orange Unified School District completed a District-wide Facilities Master Plan (approved by the Board of Education on July 22, 2021) to identify long-term demographic trends, assess current facilities conditions, and envision educational program opportunities in order to develop strategies that address these needs and their impact on facilities in a comprehensive and thoughtful manner. The Facilities Master Plan has been carefully aligned with and supports the Orange Unified EDGE Strategic Goals and Priorities.

As a District, we value our stakeholders and understand that an effective Facilities Master Plan must be built on a foundation of District, Student, Parent, and Local Community input. Thank you to the over 1,000 stakeholders who participated in this process!


Voluntary, cost-free COVID-19 testing is available four times per week to all interested students. This type of surveillance testing program is recommended by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

EVENT DATES/TIMES: Every Monday and Thursday, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM.


  • Canyon High School
  • El Modena High
  • Orange High School
  • Villa Park High School
  • OUSD District Office


Employment 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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Microsoft 365 Advantage

Orange Unified School District is part of the Microsoft Office 365 Advantage program, providing all staff AND students with five full copies of Office 365 ProPlus at no cost! This software can be installed by users on personal computers, tablets, and other devices. (Note: Most Windows Tablets and Windows Phones come with Office installed.)

Get Started in 4 Easy Steps!

To login to your account:

  1. Click here or go to go to the main login page for Office 365.
  2. Enter your Student ID or Staff email address as the Username ( or, then enter the Password you use to sign in to school/District computers.
  3. Once you are signed in click "Office 365" in the top left corner of the page.
  4. Click the orange "Install Now" (lower right) button, and you're ready to go!

More information:

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