Frequently Asked Questions: 2020-21 School Year
Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about the upcoming school year.
What information will be used to develop plans to safely open school sites for the 2020-21 school year?
Broken Arrow Public Schools will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of state and local officials in order to protect our students and staff. The district’s leadership team is actively working to update Broken Arrow Public Schools’ health and safety action plan. This document will outline safeguards and guidance from the district for the upcoming school year. These safeguards will include self-monitoring health screenings at home, enhanced cleaning/disinfectant procedures, social distancing procedures within the buildings and work stations, requirements for handwashing, etc. This plan will be consistently reviewed and revised as needed. Please rest assured, you will be provided with timely updates through email, social media channels and our website.
When will the 2020-21 school year begin?
Broken Arrow Public Schools is planning to start school in the classroom as scheduled on Aug. 19 for K-12 and Aug. 21 for Pre-K students unless further restrictions prevent us from doing so. The 2020-21 instructional calendar can also be found on the front page of our website on the left hand side.
If calendar changes are necessary, we will communicate these by the end of July.
Will we return to in-person learning? What is the deciding factor in whether we use distance learning or in-person instruction?
Yes, we will return to in-person learning as much as we can based on the most up-to-date guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Tulsa Health Department. If guidance requires periodic shifts to distance learning, we will be prepared to support our teachers and families in a virtual format. This pandemic is a complex situation with a number of unknowns, and there isn’t only one deciding factor that would determine whether BA utilizes in-person instruction or distance learning. All changes throughout the school year will be communicated to families.
At what point will Broken Arrow Public Schools decide to close schools and district offices due to COVID-19?
The district will close schools and offices if it is deemed necessary by the State Department of Education or by appropriate health officials. In the event of a closure or changes in learning methods, you will be directly notified by district administration.
How does Broken Arrow Public Schools keep their buildings and buses clean?
Broken Arrow Public Schools is committed to the health and wellbeing of its students and staff, and the district takes proactive measures to reduce germs in its schools.
In addition to thoroughly sanitizing high-touch surfaces, the district’s operations team utilizes the Clorox® Total 360® System at its school sites and district offices. This equipment uses a patented electrostatic delivery system that helps cleaning solutions “cling” to surfaces like desks, locker rooms or door handles. Custodians using the system can cover up to 18,000 square feet per hour, working up to four times faster than traditional cleaning methods and using up to 65 percent less solution.
The district also conducted Infectious Disease Drills at all school sites last spring, which allowed custodians to review the response time of disinfecting surfaces should a student or employee become infected with the virus.
My child enjoyed distance learning last year, does Broken Arrow Public Schools have a virtual education program for students?
Yes. Broken Arrow Public Schools recently expanded its full-time virtual education program to its elementary and middle school students, in addition to high school students.
This program allows students to enroll in multiple ways:
- Full-time: Students in grades Pre-K through 12 can complete 100 percent of their coursework online.
- Blended Enrollment: High school students in grades 9-12 can enroll in the Virtual Academy and still participate in an elective course at their school site, which may include fine arts or athletics. (NOTE: Virtual courses may meet NCAA requirements if certain criteria is met. Student athletes are encouraged to check with their school counselor when considering a virtual course.)
- Summer classes: High school students can participate in credit recovery or credit advancement during the summer months.
More info can be found at www.baschools.org/virtualacademy