Back to School: Private Westlake Village school adjusts to a new school year

Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement last Friday regarding students continuing to learn remotely upended the plans many schools and districts had for the new semester.

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The staff at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village were planning to fully reopen for in-person instruction in three weeks. 

They had a number of procedures in place that could benefit any school district when counties are off the monitoring lists.

Here's what they have planned:

Only 12 to 15 students per class

The school bought portable classrooms to make that possible. It helps that the school only has 1,400 students.

New health and safety procedures

"Every student will be at least 6 feet apart from their neighbor in the classroom. We have mask protocol and in some classes, we will have dividers. Like in our science labs where people have to be at table together," said Rob Black of Oaks Christian.

"We're looking at everything from our drop off schedule to how we are doing lunch how we are passing in the hallways and everything will be timed accordingly to maintain that social distancing," he said. 

And forget Zoom calls to listen to class. Oaks Christian implemented cameras in each classroom. 

They will be able to continue to see their classmates and their teachers. 

If you are looking for some academic help for your student, the Oaks Christian learning center has a full team of tutors and academic coaches. 

Help is open to all public or private school K through 12 students.