Every department in the district has played a role in collaborative problem-solving to implement precautions and practices intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The following guidelines explain the safety procedures and protocols as well as the day-to-day operations for elementary and secondary students with an emphasis on a layered approach to virus mitigation. Plans in the guidelines are subject to change as new information becomes available or as new situations arise related to COVID-19.
The OKSDE guidance for local districts changed in September. Instead of immediately moving to remote learning once Oklahoma County moved into the “red,” the OKSDE now recommends that school districts consult with the City County Health Department (OCCHD) about what is happening in their specific city or area before moving to remote learning. Edmond Schools has been in constant contact with the OCCHD and their last advice to the district was that “The A/B schedule is working.” Additionally, they recommended that we keep track of our local Covid data (which we do daily), and make changes to our education delivery method if the local data decreases/increases.
The district will revisit the reopening plan often to ensure that we are doing everything possible to give our students the best education while also providing sufficient safeguards for students and staff alike. At some point in time, we may move to a more restrictive or less restrictive teaching model if the COVID-19 data changes. Scientific understanding of the novel coronavirus is increasing rapidly, so efforts to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 will necessarily evolve with additional research and experience.