The Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) has announced it might delay the in-person return date for students after a number of teachers—including the president of the local teachers’ union—stated their opposition to the Santa Ana, California, charter school’s current plan to reopen.
The school is considering a change in schedule for hybrid and in-person academic instruction from Nov. 4 to Jan. 11, 2021. Hybrid and in-person instruction for conservatory arts education will not begin until Jan. 11, 2021, regardless of pending negotiations.
“I oppose the reopening of OCSA until an MOU [memorandum of understanding] is crafted,” said Marla Cross, the local teachers’ union president, at a Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 14.
Cross, who is also a science teacher at OCSA, said that according to a survey of 65 of the school’s academic teachers, more than 49 percent of them want to wait to reopen the school until the beginning of next year, while nearly 45 percent want to wait until next fall.