Distanced for now, OCDE Deaf and Hard of Hearing team reminds students it’s a small world

OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing team has a message for students who can’t be at school and are probably missing other aspects of life in Orange County — like trips to Disneyland

Trust us, take the two and a half minutes to watch this.

Inspired by social media, counselor Kim Coronado came up with the idea and enlisted the DHH staff, including the principal, teachers, paraeducators, interpreters, the school psychologist, an audiologist, the school nurse, an administrative assistant, and a speech and language pathologist. Teacher Chris Gonzales edited the clips together and the video was posted on YouTube March 21.

“All I know is, after the hardest week I’ve ever endured as not only an educator but a human, I woke up more invigorated than I have all week,” Principal David Longo told his team. “We will get through this, and I feel that more than I ever have.”

Based at Venado Middle School and University High School in Irvine Unified, the Orange County Department of Education’s DHH program serves more than 135 students from districts throughout Orange County.