COVID Mask Protocols

A mask requirement began September 8 for all staff and students in grades 1-12 and applies to all indoor settings, including schools, buses, and district offices.  The masking requirement will remain in effect until October 13, the end of the first nine weeks. At that time, this decision will be reviewed. Students may request exemptions for the rule for a medical, religious or personal reason which follows a court ruling last week that temporarily halted a state law prohibiting mask mandates.  Masks will help us to obtain our goal of keeping students and teachers in class. When there is a close contact exposure the radius of quarantines decreases from 6 feet to 3 feet if both parties are wearing masks. This reduces our quarantines and allows more students to stay in school.

When Covid positives drop below .1% for 10 consecutive school days, the district will set a date to move from masks required to masks recommended. If, after taking this action, Covid positive cases begin moving back up and exceed .1% for five consecutive days, the district will begin requiring masks. This is the same data I will review at the end of this quarter as promised when masks were initially required.  

Medical Professionals Support EPS Mask Requirement

Numerous local medical experts have provided letters and statements of support for wearing masks to stop the spread of the virus. EPS’ Physician Partners’ Messages of Support 

Student Mask Opt-Out Form  

Staff Opt-Out Form  

Where do I send my student’s Opt-out Form?

Only a completed and signed copy of the exemption form emailed (or delivered) to the school will revoke the mask requirement.  You will find school email addresses below.  Please do not send forms to the district webmaster email,, or any other email address. It is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to ensure that the forms are submitted correctly.  

Elementary School Email Addresses  Early Childhood Center

Middle School Email Addresses

High School Email Addresses


Additional Covid 19 Protocols

  • Return to Learn 21-22
  • Quarantines: Per the most recent guidance from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD), quarantines are required for individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. Student Covid Protocols.  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. If Covid positive cases stay below .5% for 10 consecutive school days, the district will determine a date to move from required quarantines to quarantine notification. In the case of a quarantine notification, parents will be notified if their child has been in close contact with a positive case, and the parent will be responsible for carrying out the quarantine or not.  In our conversations with the OCCHD, they want to make sure that parents understand that if a student has direct, prolonged exposure to another student who is Covid positive (e.g. they ride in a car together, eat lunch together every day, or had a sleepover), it is best to quarantine them to avoid potential spread in our schools.If at any time after moving from quarantines required to quarantine notification, Covid positive cases begin moving back up and exceed .5% for five consecutive days, the district will set a date to begin requiring quarantines again. You will be notified of this or any other change through our regular communication channels. In addition, if your child is at home in quarantine when the threshold is reached, you can choose to complete the quarantine or return your child to school if they are symptom-free. We have currently been below .5% for six days. More communication will be sent out when/if the threshold is met. 
  • Exposure: Schools will notify parents if their child has been exposed at school and provide symptom guidance. Symptom Guidance 
  • Isolation: Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will be required to isolate regardless of vaccination status.
  • Cleaning: 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.
  • Mitigation: To mitigate the spread of the virus, and limit whole-class quarantines to the degree that we can, we have reinstated the following in our schools:  Limiting/canceling large group indoor gatherings; Seating arrangements by pod at the elementary level; Limiting the size of small group activities in elementary classrooms; Using seating charts in secondary classrooms;  Moving high school assemblies to outside
  • Staying Home When Sick: 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. Anyone with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting must stay home until 24 hours symptom-free.

Covid Communication From Superintendent Grunewald

September 23 District Establishes Covid Positive Threshold Which Could Change Quarantine Procedures

September 17 District Quarantine Guidance to Remain Unchanged Following Court Ruling

September 2 Mask Requirement Goes Into Effect Sept. 8

August 30 District Reinstates Mitigation Measures to Stop Spread of Covid

August 18 Changes in Covid Exposure and Quarantine Practices

August 16 Answering Mask Mandates Questions


Covid Numbers at a Glance

District Population

Active Positive

Active Quarantine

227276 104 0.38% 398 1.46%

8-20-21 Covid Tracking by Site 

8-24-21 Covid Tracking by Site 

8-27-21 Covid Tracking by Site

8-31-21 Covid Tracking by Site

9-3-21 Covid Tracking by Site

9-7-21 Covid Tracking by Site

9-10-21 Covid Tracking by Site

9-14-21 Covid Tracking by Site

9-17-21 Covid Tracking by Site

9-21-21 Covid Tracking by Site

9-24-21 Covid Tracking by Site

District Opens Testing Hub

For your convenience,  the district has partnered with a third party, Total Wellness, and opened an urgent care clinic at Cross Timbers Elementary School. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday.  The center is separate from the school and has its own entrance, private rooms, and bathroom. Anyone who enters the center for a test does not interact with the general population of the elementary school. The center’s phone number is (405) 726-4816.

Have Questions?

If you have a question that cannot be answered by your child’s school site,  please email us at  If you believe your child has Covid and you are wondering about the next steps, DO NOT email this account. Contact the Covid Captain at your child’s respective school site.