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.
Return to School Guidelines
(New or updated information can be found in the highlighted sections)
How will School Start?
On Tuesday, July 28 the Edmond Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 school year reopening plan for students. The board voted that students who are not currently enrolled in Virtual Edmond will start the 2020-2021 school year by attending in-person classes two days a week and taking remote classes three days a week.
Known as a blended model of instruction, this learning option aligns with the newly-released Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) School Safety Protocols wherein districts in counties with greater COVID-19 outbreaks, including Oklahoma County, are strongly encouraged to transition to alternative schedules (A/B weeks, rotations, hybrid model, etc.) to reduce the number of individuals in school buildings and ensure greater social distancing. In this scenario, students will only attend school in person on assigned days.
What if a School or the District Has to Shut Down Due to COVID-19?
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.
School Start Times to Change in 2020
The district is altering its transportation schedules for the 2020-2021 school year which will require a change in start times for every school in the district.
To help alleviate overcrowding on several buses, the district has added a middle school bus route which will require a change in start time at the middle schools from 7:50 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. Middle schools would dismiss at 2:15 p.m. instead of 2:40 p.m. to give bus drivers time to transport students home before returning to pick up high school students. The change in middle school start times, will, in turn, affect all other drop-off times and corresponding school start and dismissal times.
School Startup Procedures to Look New in 2020
Due to the pandemic, elementary Meet the Teacher Day, middle school SPUD (Schedule Pick-Up Day), and even the high schools’ fun-filled Howdy Weeks must be postponed until the 2021-2022 school year. In their place, we have initiated Zoom-Your-New-Teacher-Day, electronic schedule releases, and many other fun transmission free activities.
Check your child’s school website, social media platforms, and other communication methods for school-specific information on events and activities.
State Department of Education “Return to Learn” Framework
The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s “Return to Learn” Framework is an excellent document that provides guidance to local districts on how to begin the school year with a focus on learning and the safety and ongoing health of students, staff, and families. The framework suggests a layered approach to COVID-19 mitigation, adopting those policies and practices that are feasible, practical, and acceptable within each school community.