BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow Schools will reopen for in-person classes in the fall.
The district has released it’s plan on keeping everyone safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
The district said the health and safety of their students and staff continue to remain their top priority as they prepare for the upcoming school year. 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 the district.
The full reentry plan that outlines safeguards and guidance for the upcoming school year will be presented during a special Board of Education meeting at 8:30 a.m. on July 29. This meeting will take place virtually via the district’s Facebook page.
- First Day of School: Students enrolled at Broken Arrow Public Schools will return to in-person learning 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 be found on the front page of the district’s website.
- Learning Options: Students have three learning options they can choose from.
· All At-School Learning: 100% in-person learning, five days a week, grades Pre-K through 12. (NOTE: When necessitated by COVID-19 conditions, at-school learning may move to distance learning facilitated by teachers through virtual platforms. View the district’s distance learning expectations for students, staff and administration.)
· Full-time Virtual Academy: 100% online learning, students in grades Pre-K through 12 MUST enroll to participate in this program. (Students are required to remain enrolled in the Virtual Academy for the entire semester. The deadline to enroll is Aug. 5. For additional information or to enroll, please visit www.baschools.org/VirtualAcademy)
· Blended Virtual Academy: Grades 6-12 can enroll in the Virtual Academy and still participate in an elective course at their school site, which may include fine arts or athletics. Transportation must be provided by a parent/guardian. The deadline to enroll is Aug. 5. (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.)
- New School End Times & Deletion of Late Start Wednesdays: The Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education recently approved the replacement of Late Start Wednesdays with six distance learning days and revised school times for the 2020-21 school year. The distance learning days embedded into the instructional calendar will occur on Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Feb. 1, March 1 and April 5. More info
The new school times are as follows:
· Early Childhood Centers – 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
· Elementary – 9:10 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
· Middle School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
· Freshman Academy & High School: 7:40 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
- Back to School Events:
· Students: Events such as Back To School Night, Meet The Teacher and Schedule Pick-Up will be significantly altered due to the pandemic. Please continue to check your email for direct communication from your principal or visit www.baschools.org/backtoschool where updates will be frequently posted. Additionally, please make sure your contact information is up to date by completing your residency verification for the 2020-21 school year.
· Staff: The district will conduct a virtual back-to-school kickoff for all employees. More information will be available soon.
- Face Coverings
· Students and Teachers: At this time, Broken Arrow Public Schools is waiting for specific guidance regarding mask requirements for teachers and students from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and state officials. However, the CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Thus, the district is STRONGLY encouraging the use of face coverings, if feasible. Masks are especially encouraged when social distancing is difficult to accomplish.
· 12-Month Staff: ALL 12-month employees WILL BE required to wear a face covering, unless they are outside, alone in a room or in school-owned vehicle, effective July 20. If you have medical documentation that prevents you from wearing a mask, please submit to your supervisor. Supervisors will work with the human resources department on possible accommodations.
- Transportation: Broken Arrow Public Schools plans to resume traditional transportation at the beginning of the new school year. All bus drivers will be required to wear face coverings, and students are highly encouraged to wear one as well. Students will load the bus starting at the back and filling to the front. Seating charts will be utilized for contact tracing. Where possible, students will be seated only one or two to a seat. High touch points will be frequently disinfected. All buses will be equipped with hand sanitizer. Weather permitting, roof vents and windows will be fully open to increase ventilation and air flow. Bus routes will be posted to the district’s website after Aug. 3.
- Food and Nutrition: Child nutrition staff will wear masks at all times. Additional cleaning and disinfecting processes will be in place. Plans are in place for lunch times and tables to provide as much social distancing as possible. Plates and silverware will be disposable to prevent possible contamination. No guests will be allowed to have lunch on-site. Students in grades K-9 will have assigned seats in the cafeteria until further notice. Full-time Virtual Academy students may buy lunch at their home school site, if wanted. Normal lunch pricing and free/reduced status will remain the same. In the event of a full temporary school closure, grab-and-go meals will be available outside of each school site from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. during regular school days.
- Access to School Buildings for Parents & Visitors: Parents must remain in their cars and drive through the drop-off line. Staff members will be stationed outside of the school building to help direct students to their classrooms. Parents who wish to check their student out of school must only enter the main entrance of their child’s building and must wait in the secure entrance area. Parents and visitors will be prohibited from entering hallways, classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums and other common areas unless otherwise approved by the school. This includes the first day of school. Those who are approved by the principal will be asked to wear a mask.
- Athletics, Fine Arts and Student 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.
- Distance Learning: If a virus outbreak requires the closure of the district, individual schools or affects specific groups of students, we will be ready to serve students through distance learning where students will continue to learn new content.
- B&A Connections: B&A Connections will check their students in/out at a designated door. Families will be receiving specific information from the B&A Connections’ office with further instructions.
- Code of Conduct: Students enrolling for in-person learning are expected to adhere to all public health guidelines, protocols and procedures. Attendance at school will serve as agreement to these terms.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
- Self-Monitoring for Students and Staff
· Staff members will be expected to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day.
· Parents/guardians are expected to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their students to school. Each morning, families are asked to take their children’s temperatures, as a fever of 100 degrees or greater may be an indication of an active case of COVID-19. If this is the case, please keep your child home to monitor for additional symptoms. If a student begins displaying COVID-19 symptoms at school, he/she should report to the nurse’s office immediately. Parents will be contacted to pick up their child as soon as possible.
· People 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:
· Loss of smell or taste
· Sore throat
· Nausea or vomiting
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· Congestion or runny nose
· In an effort to prevent possible exposure of staff and students to COVID-19, parents/guardians are asked to review the following questions each morning and PRIOR to your child riding a school bus or entering school.
- Social distancing will be practiced to the fullest level possible.
· School sites will implement social distancing in common areas (hallways, gyms, cafeterias, etc.) when feasible.
· Students will remain in classrooms or will be given a designated classroom in conjunction with bus routes or parent pickup.
· Assigned seats will be required for each classroom and the cafeteria. (Broken Arrow High School students will continue to have an open campus for lunch.)
· There will be no field trips, classroom parties, assemblies or large group activities until further notice. Evening activities will be limited to one grade level at a time.
· Each elementary site will develop a recess schedule that allows daily outdoor playtime for all students. Recess schedules may vary at sites due to limiting the number of students in any one area. Equipment will be disinfected before and after use.
- Handwashing and Sanitization: Washing and/or sanitizing hands frequently is one of the best ways to protect against infection. Students will be frequently reminded to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before and after eating, using the restroom or utilizing playground equipment. Students and staff members will also have access to alcohol-based hand sanitizer in classrooms and other common areas.
- Water fountains will be disconnected. However, students and staff are encouraged to bring non-breakable water containers to school to utilize the school sites water bottle filling stations.
- School Supplies: Students will not be allowed to share supplies, such as pens, pencils, markers, scissors, crayons, etc. Any supplies or tools needed to be used by multiple students will be sanitized between uses. The elementary school supply list can be found here.
- Middle and high school supply lists will be provided to students by their teachers on the first day of school. We encourage parents/guardians to wait until after the first day of school before buying supplies, as each teacher has a specific list of supplies that students will need for their particular classes.
- Cleaning protocols: 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. A CDC approved disinfectant agent is also sprayed through rooms and coats commonly touched surfaces after cleaning. Restrooms will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day by custodial staff.
· If there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, the room in which there was exposure will be closed for 48 hours for cleaning.
· If 30% of a school’s population is infected with COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the building will close, and students and staff will move to distance learning. To allow for planning, parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible.
EXPOSURE & RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19
Students exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or who have a fever of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to wear a face covering and sent to a symptom monitoring room and isolated until parents can pick up the child and seek a medical opinion.
Parents will be notified by school staff in conjunction with the Tulsa Health Department if a student has been in close contact with someone who tests positive with COVID-19. Students who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual must self-quarantine with distance learning assignments for 14 days or receive a negative COVID test. Students who test negative may still be required to wear a mask for 14 days. Those students who did not come into direct contact will attend class in an alternate location on site for up to 48 hours.
What does “close contact” mean?
- You spent at least 15 minutes or more at a distance of six 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 or staff member who tests positive OR has symptoms may return to school after:
- No fever for three days
- Respiratory symptoms have improved
- 10 days have passed since the first symptoms appeared
Any student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms can return to school after:
- 10 days have passed since the test OR
- Two consecutive negative COVID-19 tests taken 24 hours apart
*Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test to their school site’s health office.
*Staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test to the human resources department.
The district is currently in negotiations with healthcare providers to assist both students and employees with rapid COVID-19 test results. More information will be available soon.
ATTENDANCE AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 OR DURING SELF-QUARANTINE
- Students: Students who test positive for COVID-19 or who self-quarantine due to being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will utilize distance learning for 14 days. If a student completes his/her daily assignments, he/she will be counted present for that day.
- Staff: If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please contact human resources at 918-259-5745 or HRDesk@baschools.org. You can return to work after receiving a negative test at least ten days after the initial positive test. COVID-19 related leave (paid and unpaid) or other leave is available to help should you receive a positive test. Human resources will discuss options with individuals who test positive.
Employees who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 have the option to: (a) use applicable leave to remain at home for 14 days from the date of exposure, or (b) provided they are asymptomatic, an employee must provide a negative test, self-monitor while wearing a mask at all times in the workplace and socially distance (to the extent practical) for 14 days from the date of exposure.
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