More than 25,000 students returned to Edmond Public Schools on August 12. Schools are open five days a week per the board-approved Return to Learn 21-22
Virtual Edmond is available for those families that choose that option. Learn more below.
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. While other districts have chosen to defy the mask mandate outlined in the bill, EPS is not taking the same action at this time. We are monitoring Covid cases daily and we are currently not at a level of positive cases per site where we would consider a mask mandate. Please see page three of our learning plan at the top of this page for more information.
Defying the bill goes against our core beliefs of following state law and working with, rather than against, our elected officials to produce change.
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, we encourage everyone to wear one to protect themselves and others.
- Per the most recent guidance (July 30, 2021) from the Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD), quarantines are recommended but not required for individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.
- Per the OCCHD, individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed. However, anyone with symptoms needs to isolate until they can test or receive an alternative diagnosis.
- Schools will notify parents if their child has been exposed at school and provide Symptom Guidance and Student Quarantine & Isolation Guidance
- 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 always anyone with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting must stay home until 24 hours symptom-free. It is more important than ever that you do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell until you know the cause of their illness.
Families must make their enrollment decisions by August 25 and be aware of the following:
- Families who wish to make an enrollment change prior to the first day of school on August 12 can contact their home school at any time.
- After school begins, families who are enrolled in VE and want to change to in-person learning must contact the appropriate VE administrator prior to August 25.
- After school begins, families who are enrolled in in-person learning and want to change to VE must contact their home site registrar prior to August 25.
Please remember that after August 25, families are committed to the placement through the end of the semester.
Testing Hub Opens August 9 at Cross Timbers Elementary
For your convenience, starting Monday, August 9, the district is opening an urgent care clinic at Cross Timbers Elementary where students or family members can be tested for Covid, flu, and strep. This center replaces the one located at the district custodial building last year. The center is separate from the school, has a separate entrance, private rooms, and its own bathroom. Anyone who enters the center for a test does not mingle with the general population of the elementary school.
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.