Message from the Superintendent

August 17, 2021

In this Message

Upcoming Events

Dear OUSD Community:

As we prepare to welcome students to our campuses and classrooms this week,

I would like to remind you that our 2021-2022 Safety and Health-Driven Plan, detailing the educational options and steps we are continuing to take to promote wellness and prevent the spread of illness on our school campuses, is available in its entirety on our website. A few of the plan highlights include complimentary breakfast and lunch for all students during the 2021-2022 school year, supplemental outdoor handwashing stations, improved ventilation district-wide, and three instructional options to meet the diverse needs of our families:

  • Option 1 - traditional in-seat instruction, five days per week
  • Option 2 - full-day virtual instruction through the OUSD EDGE Virtual Academy (grades TK-12)
  • Option 3 - OUSD Home School (Grades K-8)/Independent Study (Grades 7-12).

Families choosing either option 2 or 3 have the right to request a pupil-parent-educator conference meeting before enrollment to review the academic program delivery, student support, enrollment process, specific academic expectations as well as the withdrawal process for that particular program. All requests for students with disabilities will be considered on an individual basis; please contact your school administrator to discuss the process. We are still accepting new students at, and data confirmation through the Aeries Parent Portal is available for continuing students.

In case you missed my summer updates, exciting things continue to happen throughout the District. The Educational Services Division has been working to provide Expanded Learning Opportunities for students using funding from the state, and facilities continue to be revitalized and updated district-wide. In addition, Measure S Phase 1 construction will be wrapping up soon, with the STEM Complexes at Canyon, El Modena, and Villa Park High Schools set to open in 2022. We are very excited to see these projects come to life for our students and community.

As a friendly reminder, this week’s Board of Education Meeting will be live-streamed for public viewing on August 19. This will allow for the final configuration of the newly installed audio and video equipment needed to facilitate simultaneous live-streaming while hosting a meeting that is open to the public. The meeting agenda and links are available on the OUSD website at

We are pleased to share that the public will once again be able to attend Board of Education Meetings in person beginning September 9. Staff is currently working on the logistics needed to implement the most recent health and safety protocols for meetings due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, including the enforcement of social distancing inside the board rooms and the ability to support overflow streaming outside of the board rooms in case there is the need to accommodate a large crowd.

It truly takes a village, and I am incredibly proud of the enhanced educational programs and student opportunities we continue to provide, despite the challenges we have faced and mindful of the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We look forward to welcoming all students back for in-person instruction on August 18!

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

2021 Welcome Message from Superintendent Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D.

First Day of School Printables and Social Media Stickers/Frames

BACK-TO-SCHOOL 2021! To help commemorate the start of the new school year, we are sharing FREE First Day of School printable signs that families can download from our website:

Please feel free to share a photo of your student on their first day of school and send it to for a chance to be featured on our website and social media! We can’t wait to celebrate the start of the new school year!

You can also check out our custom stickers on Instagram to add to your stories, as well as IG and Facebook frames – just search for OUSD or your school name.

LCAP and COVID Relief Funding Community Input Form

Please let us know how you would like to see us spend Local Control Accountability Funding and COVID-19 Relief Funding to support student learning.

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Free Meals for All Students

Due to federal waivers issued by the USDA, Nutrition Services will be serving breakfast and lunch free of charge to all enrolled students for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Meal Applications will not be collected this year, however, school funding depends on parent completion of an online Alternate Funding Application. OUSD encourages all families, regardless of income status, to complete the Alternate Funding Application to maximize the amount of money the district receives from the state. Only one Alternate Funding Application is needed per household. If you have any questions please call Nutrition Services at 714-997-6354.

Ways to Connect

We invite you to take a moment to follow Orange Unified on social media to receive the District’s latest news and announcements. Social media may also be a critical line of communication during emergencies and will be an excellent place for you to get up-to-date information: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

You can also subscribe to the OUSD Master Calendar on Google at

If you have unsubscribed from School Messenger at any point and would like to receive these valuable emails, please contact your school site.

Information about Preschool

Please call 714-628-5570 for more information on how to register your child for this opportunity. Space is limited in each program, and students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Information about Transitional Kindergarten

TK is available to children turning 5 years old between July 1 & Dec. 3. This program provides a bridge between preschool and Kindergarten that gives children an opportunity to learn essential skills in a hands-on way that supports their development.

Enrolling New Students for 2021-2022

Click the button for information about enrolling your child in Orange Unified for the 2021-2022 school year. Continuing students will complete the data confirmation and registration process.

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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Connect with Us

We invite you to take a moment to follow Orange Unified on social media to receive the District’s latest news and announcements. Social media may also be a critical line of communication during emergencies and will be an excellent place for you to get up to date information: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube