Oologah-Talala Schools 21-22 Return to Learn Plan
Oologah-Talala Public Schools Safe Return Plan
The items in this plan are subject to change based on guidance from local and state health officials.
Teaching and Learning
The goal for each classroom is to maintain a semblance of normalcy so that learning may continue. Teachers will examine classroom areas to maximize spacing of student desks/tables as needed. Seating charts for each class may be utilized as a precautionary tool. The sharing of supplies will be limited and closely monitored by the teachers.
Full-time virtual learning will only be an option for students at the high school. Middle school and elementary students will not have the option of full-time virtual school.
Distance learning will be offered to students at the discretion of the district and only in cases where it is necessary for the health and safety of students and staff.
Student Attendance / Screening
Any student exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 or any other contagious illness should stay home from school to limit the possibility of exposing others. Any student who develops a fever or any other symptoms will be evaluated by the school nurse and possibly sent home. Any absence related to COVID-19 will be listed as an excused absence and will be tracked for reporting purposes.
The building principal will have the final authority to excuse or not excuse any absence.
Students Health and Masks
The school district has one full time registered nurse. The nurse will work with students, staff, and administration to ensure that our school sites are as safe and healthy as possible. The nurse will stay involved in communicating with parents any illnesses and potential illnesses throughout the school year.
Any student sent to the nurse’s office with symptoms that could be COVID-19 related will be examined by the school nurse to make a determination on whether the student remains at school. Students or staff who have been sent home due to elevated temperature must remain out of school until fever free. The school nurse along with the building principal and the assistant superintendent will determine if any students will need to be quarantined if any student presents COVID symptoms. The nurse will contact state, local, or tribal health departments to seek their input before making decisions about isolations and quarantines.
School staff will teach students about proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
Parents/Guardians are required to assess student health before sending students to school each day. OTPS has the ability to screen all students, staff and guests prior to entering buildings or facilities if the need to do so arises.
The School District has adopted a Board Approved mask policy (4.06.1) that includes 5 levels. The level shall be determined by the Superintendent. The policy includes universal and correct wearing of masks. See the 5 levels under the policies and regulations link on our school website. -Policy # 4.06.1
All school breakfast and lunch meals will be served in a normal fashion. Custodial staff will clean and disinfect each eating location after each use. Kitchens will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected at the end of each day.
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be reviewed for any specific needs that will need to be addressed as we move into the new learning formats and learning environments. There will be a myriad of small changes that have the propensity to affect a student’s emotional, mental, and physical well-being. OTPS staff will ensure these needs are addressed and that the students’ IEP is adjusted accordingly. We are offering virtual IEP meetings to allow for safer communication.
OTPS will continue to offer extra-curricular activities to students as long as it is feasible. Administration will continue to work with the state athletic association and with the county health department to determine the best course of action within the context of this ever-changing situation. All decisions will be made with the health and wellness of our student body in mind.
Masks may be required or optional on busses depending on the current mask level according to our Board Approved Policy.
Weather permitting, widows will remain down to ensure proper air flow throughout the bus.
All buses will be sanitized on a regular basis.
All desktops, lockers, hallway walls, countertops, restroom walls and stalls, kitchens and serving areas, locker rooms, nurse’s offices and reception areas will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
Drinking fountains will be open; however, students will be encouraged to use water bottle fillers to fill personal water bottles. These drinking fountains and water bottle filling areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily. All bottle fillers and classroom sinks will also be disinfected in the evening after the building is unoccupied and all students have gone home for the day.
Teachers will wipe down door knobs and classroom sinks daily.
Custodians will use any extra time to work on door knobs, hand wash stations, restroom stalls, paper towel/toilet paper cabinets, soap dispensers, entry door hardware or any other areas that are frequently touched by students/staff.
Social-Emotional Learning/ Student Mental Wellness
OTPS counselors have been working to create a plan to provide emotional support for our learners that will need additional counseling and assistance. OTPS has a close partnership with Grand Lake Mental Health Center to provide additional staff and services for our learners. OTPS and GLMHC counselors will work closely with our school nurses to provide any services or additional assistance to students and families of students who are dealing with extenuating circumstances. OTPS has also partnered with The Alliance to provide more counseling and support for mental health.
We are ensuring that students with respiratory or health concerns have a personalized learning environment such as allowing extra space or providing them with PPE that meets their needs, such as face shields, masks, individual hand sanitizer, protective barriers, individual water bottles, etc.
Efforts to Provide Vaccinations
OTPS collaborated with the Rogers County Health Department in the spring of 2021 to schedule vaccinations for all staff. OTPS also collaborated with the Indian Hospital of Claremore and hosted vaccination days on the High School campus twice in the spring of 2021. OTPS is open to future partnerships to bring vaccinations to our students and staff.
All buildings will have reminder signs about proper procedures to help in the slowing of the spread of communicable diseases. Some hallways may be directional hallways. These areas will be marked with signs on the floor to indicate direction. All sites will work to increase airflow & improved ventilation in all areas. All facilities will be cleaned regularly to ensure a safe working and learning environment.
Facilities will be modified to create social distancing where possible and appropriate. Building Administration has the authority to make adjustments to furniture and other facility arrangements as the need occurs.
Temperature checks may be required for certain events or activities. This requirement will be determined by district and school administration.
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