BA Public Schools releases reentry plan for upcoming school year

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow Public Schools will begin a new school year on August 18.

The district has released their reentry plan for the 2021-2022 school year. In a statement, the district says they are closely monitoring the coronavirus infection rate and will act alongside local mandates.

Here is the list of safety protocols that the school released:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.