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2021-2022 Reentry Protocols for Broken Arrow Public Schools

Broken Arrow Public Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of its students and staff. The district is proactively monitoring the COVID-19 infection rate and will act in accordance with the Governor's executive orders as well as state and local health mandates.

The procedures and protocols contained in this plan support continued in-person learning while mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools and community.  

Below you will find important safety protocols that will be in place to limit exposure and transmission of COVID-19. All plans and procedures are subject to change as new information is available or if positive cases become more prevalent within our district.

All protocols and procedures are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. If any updates or transitions occur throughout the school year, communication via all regular channels will be shared with parents/guardians and students. We will follow State Law Title 70 1210.189 and protocols will reflect the state language.

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LEARNING OPTIONS

  • Broken Arrow Public Schools is offering in-person learning for grades Pre-K through 12.
  • Virtual Academy enrollment was available for in-district transfers until April 23. The Virtual Academy offers a full-time virtual option for grades Pre-K through 12 and blended options for secondary students. Transfer requests from in-person to virtual for the 2021-22 school year will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Homebase Distance Learning is available for students who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • All Broken Arrow students will follow the reentry plan, including those in special education programming. Should the district transition to distance learning, parents will be notified of any changes for special education students. (Added 9/14)

SLOWING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

  • Continue practicing healthy behaviors. Frequent hand washing and staying home when you feel sick should still be practiced, no matter the time of year.
  • Social distancing is encouraged to the extent possible in common areas, such as cafeterias, hallways, gymnasiums, etc.
  • The Oklahoma Health Department encourages those who are eligible to obtain their vaccination.
  • BAPS will continue using the same cleaning practices that were utilized in the 2020-21 school year to mitigate spread. For more details see FAQs. (Added 9/14)

MASKS/FACE COVERINGS

  • Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, effective July 1, 2021, restricts the mandatory enforcement of masks in schools unless a State of Emergency is declared by the Governor, consultation with local and state health officials, and school board consideration.
  • Masks will be optional for students, employees and visitors, and any person who wishes to mask indoors or outdoors may freely do so.

MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS

  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to screen their child for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school.
  • Students and staff should stay home if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness.
  • If a student begins displaying COVID-19 symptoms at school, he/she should report to the nurse’s office immediately.

POSITIVE CASES: STUDENTS

  • Any student who tests positive OR has symptoms and exposed to a positive COVID case may return to school after:
  • No fever for three days AND
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved AND
  • 10 days have passed since the first symptoms appeared
  • Any student who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms can return to school after:
  • 10 days have passed since the test.
  • Students are encouraged to wear a mask (if possible) for the remainder of the 14 days in the event symptoms appear.
  • Students who have a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 may request Homebase Distance Learning from their school for the length of the quarantine period.

CONTACT TRACING

  • Parents will be notified via email or phone if it is confirmed their student has been in contact at school with someone who tests positive with COVID-19.
  • Students are not required to quarantine/stay home and will be expected to continue to attend classes unless they become symptomatic or they are able to provide a note from a medical professional, as we do with other health-related absences.

ATHLETICS, FINE ARTS & ACTIVITIES

  • All school-sponsored activities and athletic teams will continue to adhere to guidelines put in place by the district and recommendations from state and local health agencies. Please reach out to your child’s coach or club sponsor with any questions or concerns.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Masks are optional on buses.
  • Buses will be loaded from back to front, and windows and vents will be kept open
  • Buses will be disinfected after morning routes and when afternoon routes are completed.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for students.
  • We will transition to distance learning by classroom, school site, city quadrant (for bus driver shortage) or by district as needed to reduce COVID transmission or to maintain staffing numbers for a safe learning environment. Our goal is to provide education in person whenever we can maintain in-person instruction safely and responsibly. (Added 9/14)

MEALS

  • Breakfast and lunch are free to all students for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Academy can go to the front office of their nearest school site from noon to 1 p.m. to be directed to the cafeteria.
  • The district is encouraging completion of the Free / Reduced Lunch Application due to valuable state funding. Completed applications positively affect every district program and department, including child nutrition, instruction, technology, athletics, fine arts and more. (Updated 8/12/21)

PARENTS & VISITORS

  • Parents and visitors are encouraged to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before visiting a school site or district office.
  • Parents and visitors will be allowed in building lobbies or main offices for scheduled appointments.
  • School sites and administration will have the flexibility to approve volunteer activities.

VACCINATIONS

  • In accordance with Oklahoma law, Broken Arrow Public Schools is not requiring COVID-19 vaccines for faculty, staff or students.

QUESTIONS

  • Questions and concerns can be directed to the appropriate departments or principals listed on the district's contact page.

*ALL PLANS SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

We value the input of our community and families. Public comments regarding the district’s reentry plan are welcomed using this survey link.

For more information, please see below for FAQ’s regarding the district’s safety protocols for students and staff.


How can we slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus this fall?

Keeping the Broken Arrow community healthy this year will rely on all of us doing our part. Here are four things you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • The Oklahoma Health Department encourages those who are eligible to obtain their vaccination.
  • Not vaccinated? Feel sick? Mask up. Unless a state of emergency is declared, masking is not required, but is recommended by health officials.
  • Anyone who wishes to mask indoors or outdoors may freely do so.
  • Continue practicing healthy behaviors. Other behaviors, like frequent hand washing and staying home when you feel sick, should still be practiced, no matter the time of year.

Are students required to obtain a COVID-19 Vaccinations?

In accordance with Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, effective July 1, 2021, Broken Arrow Public Schools may not:

  • “Require a vaccination against Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a condition of admittance to or attendance of the school or institution;
  • Require a vaccine passport as a condition of admittance to or attendance of the school or institution; or
  • Implement a mask mandate for students who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.”

In accordance with Oklahoma law, Broken Arrow Public Schools is not requiring COVID-19 vaccines for faculty, staff or students.


Is masking required for students at Broken Arrow Public Schools?

Under Oklahoma State Law 70 O.S. 2011, Sec. 1210.190, Oklahoma state agencies, which includes Broken Arrow Public Schools, are barred from requiring a mask or COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of being allowed to enter a public school or office.

  • “Require a vaccination against Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a condition of admittance to or attendance of the school or institution;
  • “Require a vaccine passport as a condition of admittance to or attendance of the school or institution; or
  • Implement a mask mandate for students who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. On or before June 1, 2021, all buildings and office space, owned or leased by the State of Oklahoma and open to the public shall rescind any mandate for the wearing of masks in order to receive government services.

Any person who wishes to mask indoors or outdoors may freely do so.

A mask mandate may be implemented in the event of a “State of Emergency” declared by the Governor and only after consulting with local and state health officials.


What are the social distance protocols this school year?

Broken Arrow Public Schools will try to promote social distancing protocols when possible. In accordance with the State Department of Health, guests are recommended to get their COVID-19 vaccination if they plan to attend any events on Broken Arrow Public Schools property. 

  • Seating charts for students will be established the first day of the week and not changed again until the following Monday or first day of the next week. This will help the school site identify possible contacts and the ability to notify appropriate parents in the event of an exposure.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands and/or to use hand sanitizer when available before eating and throughout the day. 
  • Students and staff may wear masks while at school or school functions.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to use coughing and/or sneezing etiquette to prevent the spread of any germs.

What actions will Broken Arrow take if COVID cases rapidly increase?

The district will continue to proactively monitor the COVID-19 infection rate and stay in communication with State and local health officials. We will act in accordance with Governor executive orders and state and local health mandates. If the Governor declares a State of Emergency and/or the Oklahoma State Department of Health makes the recommendation for our district or schools in general to close, we will comply. Additionally, in an effort to reduce possible exposures, it may be necessary at some point in the school year for a school site or the district as a whole to close for a few days to clean if there appears to be a significant number of student and/or staff positive cases. Before making that decision we will work with health officials and communicate that decision with parents as soon as possible.


What cleaning protocols will be followed this school year?

We remain hopeful, but acknowledge that the pandemic has taught us to be on alert to the possibilities of increased cases. To help us keep making strides forward, we encourage Broken Arrow parents, students and staff to take necessary measures to remain safe; to continue practicing healthy behaviors, including frequent hand washing, self monitoring and staying home when ill; and to keep supporting one another.

During the school day, staff will clean commonly touched surfaces inside classrooms and on school buses, while maintenance personnel will clean commonly touched surfaces in common areas periodically throughout the day. A CDC approved disinfectant agent is also sprayed through rooms and commonly touched surfaces in the event we have a positive case. Secondary student desks will be cleaned following each class period (updated 9/14). Restrooms will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day by custodial staff. If there are confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, the room in which there was exposure will be deep cleaned with the Clorox 360 machine before classes resume. (Added 9/14)


What should I do if I suspect my student has symptoms of COVID-19?

If a student begins displaying COVID-19 symptoms at school, he/she should report to the nurse’s office immediately. Parents will be contacted and provided the opportunity to rapid test their student via Team Clinics or to pick up their child as soon as possible. Parents will be asked to keep their child home for 24 hours and follow the protocol stated below.

  • If a child is symptom and/or temperature free without the aid of Tylenol, Motrin or other medication they may return to school after 24 hours or by providing a negative COVID test. Children still exhibiting a temperature above 100.4 and/or respiratory symptoms after 72 hours are encouraged to see a doctor and obtain a negative COVID test and be symptom free before returning if they have NOT been in contact with a positive COVID case or received the vaccine. 
  • If a parent, student or sibling is awaiting COVID-19 test results, we request all children living in the home stay home until test results have been obtained.
  • Students with COVID-19 have reported a variety of symptoms - ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Families should monitor children and should not send children to school if they have one or more of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Headache
    • Loss of smell or taste
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Diarrhea

What do I do if my student has COVID-19?

Any student who tests positive OR has symptoms and exposed to a positive COVID case may return to school after:

  • No fever for three days AND
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved AND
  • 10 days have passed since the first symptoms appeared

Any student who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms can return to school after:

  • 10 days have passed since the test.
  • Students are encouraged to wear a mask (if possible) for the remainder of the 14 days in the event symptoms appear.

I think my child was exposed or I was notified that my child was exposed. What should I do?

Parents will be notified via email or phone if it is confirmed their student has been in contact at school with someone who tests positive with COVID-19. Students are not required to quarantine/stay home. Students will be expected to continue to attend classes unless they become symptomatic or they are able to provide a note from a medical professional, as we do with other health-related absences. The health department recommends that a face covering be used up to 14 days after exposure in case transmission has occurred. 

What does “contact” mean?

  • You spent at least 15 minutes or more at a distance of three feet or closer.
  • You had direct physical contact (high five, hugging) with the person.
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils with them.
  • You came into contact with their respiratory droplets (e.g., they coughed or sneezed on you).

Any student who tests positive OR has symptoms and exposed to a positive COVID case may return to school after:

  • No fever for three days AND
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved AND
  • 10 days have passed since the first symptoms appeared

Any student who tested positive for COVID-19, but had no symptoms can return to school after:

  • 10 days have passed since the test.
  • Students will be asked to wear a mask (if possible) for the remainder of the 14 days.

If you are unvaccinated and experienced a known exposure, please notify the school nurse.


Can my student get tested for COVID-19 at Broken Arrow Public Schools?

Yes. As a convenience for parents, BAPS has contracted with Team Clinic to provide parents the ability to either get their child a rapid COVID-19 test or to be seen by a doctor to review their symptoms while at school. Only students in attendance at school are eligible. If you are sent home sick, you are unable to return while exhibiting symptoms. This program is currently not offered at our Early Childhood Centers. Parent permission is required.


What is the cost for COVID-19 testing at Broken Arrow Schools via TeamClinics?

This service is provided via TeamClinics and may be billed to your insurance or Sooner Care.


Is Broken Arrow mandating the vaccine for students and employees?

No. Under state law Title 70, Section 1210.190, students cannot be required to obtain a vaccine against COVID-19 as a condition of admittance to or attendance to school or instruction. 


If my student has a known exposure to COVID-19, does he/she still have to quarantine after receiving the first vaccination?

No. All students and staff should continue to abide by safety precautions, including those who have been vaccinated. Broken Arrow students and staff should continue monitoring health symptoms and frequently washing hands to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Anyone who wishes to mask indoors or outdoors may freely do so.


What are the plans for fall 2021?

The district is planning for a resumption of in-person classes at regular capacity for the school year with necessary safety precautions in place.


If a student has to isolate or quarantine, how will they keep up with classes?

Temporary distance learning will be utilized again this year in the event a student is positive for COVID-19 or a parent/guardian provides medical documentation their student was exposed to COVID-19. Those with a confirmed exposure and choose to quarantine will need to communicate with their school site administration and/or designee so that your student can progress academically.  We will utilize virtual platforms, such as Zoom, Canvas, YouTube, etc. Families in need of a Chromebook (Pre-K through 5th) should communicate their needs to the site administrator or designee. 

Teachers are expected to align instruction to the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Teachers will use the scope and sequence to pace instruction and ensure all standards are taught and assessed as aligned. 

Students are counted present as long as they are participating in online activities, responding to teacher communication, utilizing the learning platform and demonstrating progress on work. Students must make forward progress and complete and submit assignments. Interaction between the student and teacher may be counted as attendance as well as submitting work.


What are the current guidelines on campus events?

All school-sponsored activities and athletic teams will continue to adhere to guidelines put in place by the district and recommendations from state and local health agencies. Please reach out to your child’s coach or club sponsor with any questions or concerns. 

We continue to encourage vigilant hand washing and sanitization, the district disinfecting protocols, and providing a safe environment in which our students may participate in interscholastic athletics, fine arts and student activities. We will continue to monitor cases on a daily basis and follow district protocols on self-monitoring, quarantining, and returning following an exposure or positive diagnosis of COVID-19.


What will athletics and extracurricular programs do this school year?

To help stop the spread of any germs, student athletes will not share drinking bottles.


What about Before and After Care?

B&A will follow Broken Arrow Public Schools' protocols unless the Department of Human Services (DHS), the regulation agency over the program requires additional protocols.


Employee Guidance

The guidance and procedures below are subject to change based upon OSDE, state and federal regulations:

  • Please take your temperature before arriving at work each day. If you have a fever of over 100 degrees, please stay home and follow normal sick leave procedures.
  • Employees are encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth if they have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, as an additional safety measure or have been advised to do so by their physician.
  • Avoid sharing phones, desks, offices or other equipment when possible.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Use hand sanitizer when possible.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover mouth and nose with tissue when sneezing or use the inside of the elbow.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others when possible.
  • Pay attention to in/out door signage and regulations for common areas.

Know how COVID-19 spreads:

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.     
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Employees Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

Please be aware of COVID-19 symptoms and monitor yourself daily.

COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (>100⁰) or chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

Emergency warning signs (seek emergency medical care immediately): 

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

If you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Notify your supervisor and input your absence into AESOP/Frontline.

If your illness is not related to COVID-19, you can be with others after:

  • You have been fever-free for 24 hours and
  • Symptoms have improved

OR

  • Provide a release to work from your healthcare provider

Employees may receive a rapid COVID-19 test at the Options Academy.


Employee Attendance After Positive COVID-19 Test Result

If you test positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms:

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​. Please follow the advice of your healthcare professional.

If you test positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms:

You can be around others after:

  • You continue to have no symptoms and
  • 10 days have passed since you had a positive test for COVID-19

*Beginning April 19, 2021, all employees will have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated. Unless an employee shows symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be required to quarantine. All exposed employees are encouraged to self-monitor for 14 days, get tested 3-5 days after exposure regardless of symptoms, wear a mask indoors and in public, social distance to the best of their ability, and report any symptoms.