The Edmond Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 Learning Plan for students at its regular June board meeting. The 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.
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.
The 2021-2022 Learning Plan was developed in anticipation of a continuing downward trend of positive COVID cases. Any school procedures that were changed or canceled during the 2020-21 school year due to COVID have been re-evaluated by a variety of stakeholders to determine which should remain as is, which should revert back to pre-COVID, and which should be altered in any other manner. The guiding premise for all decisions was the question “What is best for students?”
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?
School procedures and operations are based on the current improved COVID conditions, understanding that the rate of contagion might change in either direction – greater or less – at any time. Should such a change occur, some restrictions deemed necessary could be reinstated.
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.