The 2021-2022 Learning Plan calls for students to be in session five days a week. Virtual Edmond will again be made available for those families that choose that option. As we look to next school year, we are working to return to “normal” with as few interruptions to learning and activities as possible.
Will Masks Be Required?
In compliance with Senate Bill 658, masks will not be required unless Oklahoma County is declared a state of emergency and in consultation with the county and state health departments. If Oklahoma County is declared a state of emergency, EPS will implement a tiered system to determine site by site if masks should be required. It should be noted that Senate bill 658 does not preclude anyone from wearing a mask if they desire.
COVID-19 Related Protocols for the Coming Year.
Here are some highlights:
- In accordance with Oklahoma state law, face coverings will not be required in school facilities, buildings, or buses for students or staff; however, those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear one to protect themselves and others.
- Per the Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD), quarantines are required when exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. Click here for the latest isolation and quarantine guidance for students.
- The OCCHD has informed the public they will not recommend quarantines for vaccinated, symptom-free individuals (including students and staff), even if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive. Individuals previously positive or those who are fully vaccinated can be exempt from quarantine if documentation is provided in accordance with OCCHD guidance.
- Per OCCHD, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will be required to isolate regardless of vaccination status.
- Our dedicated operations team will continue to deep clean and sanitize our school facilities, and all staff members will continue to encourage thorough handwashing. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available for students.
- Where possible, we will continue to observe social distancing, as recommended by OCCHD, OSDH, and the CDC.
Vaccines are a personal decision, but as stated above, per the OCCHD, documentation of a vaccine can eliminate the requirement to quarantine if symptom-free. If you are interested in receiving a vaccine for you or another member of your family, please visit with your personal health provider, or go to the OCCHD website www.vaxokc.com to find a location offering the vaccine.
How will School Procedures Change?
Many procedures initiated last year to protect students and staff will no longer be necessary or required this year. However, some procedures that parents tell us offer greater flexibility will stay in place. These include the following:
- Virtual utility bill verification
- Virtual schedule release for secondary students (with set times designated for students to find and visit their classes, purchase school merchandise, sign up for clubs, etc.)
- Virtual parent teacher-parent conferences (face-to-face meetings will also be offered)
- Virtual IEP/504 meetings (face-to-face meetings will also be offered)
- Remote learning during classroom or school shutdown (either for inclement weather or Covid)
Also staying in place are the school start times initiated last year. While we understand that the change in start times was difficult for some families, it allowed us to add a middle school bus route which has significantly improved the safety and riding conditions for a growing number of bus riders in grades 6-8.
What if Covid Cases Begin Rising?
Elevated Covid numbers of students and staff at a single site will be investigated on a case-by-case basis. The district’s safety coordinator will confer with regional health officials to determine contact tracing and quarantine protocols. Edmond Public Schools remains in regular contact with local, state, and federal health officials about the potential impact of Covid-19 on our school and community.