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In-Person Students will return to instruction on November 30, 2020. 

Special Board Meeting November 17, 2020:

The Board of Education voted to make adjustments to the Mid-Del Return to Learn Plan for in-person students. Students of Mid-Del Public schools are currently attending class in-person four days a week. The district will move to remote learning if any of the following occur:

  • Oklahoma County moves to "Red" on the Oklahoma State Department of Health weekly COVID-19 map

  • The district is unable to provide bus services due to excessive quarantine of bus drivers

In addition, individual classrooms or school sites will move to remote learning if any of the following occur:

  • 5% of total school site population (students and staff) test positive for COVID-19. In this event, the school site will move to remote learning for 14 calendar days

  • Inability to provide instructional services due to COVID-19 quarantines. Remote learning will take place for students in impacted classrooms or entire school site

Superintendent Message Regarding District Move to Remote Learning for the Week of November 16-20

NOV 13, 2020

Good afternoon Mid-Del Families,

On October 29, our school board approved my recommendation to bring our students back to school for full in-person instruction four days a week. We tied the plan to the Oklahoma State Department of Health weekly report, which at that time included the percentage of available beds in Oklahoma County. The prior week, that figure had been 18.3%. The OSDH trigger for turning Oklahoma County red (high risk) would be if that number fell below 5%.

Subsequent OSDH weekly reports have not shown the figure for the percentage of available hospital beds. We have tried to get that information from OSDH, the Oklahoma City/County Health Department, the Oklahoma Hospital Association, and even the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The closest anyone can point us is to the statewide bed availability, which shows 7%. But that’s not the data point we committed to.

The OSDH map still shows Oklahoma County as orange. In fact, it shows the entire state as orange. While we still aren’t seeing institutional spread happening at our schools, we understand that community spread is rampant. Because of this, and because our plan is tied to a data point that is no longer published, we will move all schools to remote learning for the week of November 16-20. 

We will schedule a special board meeting as soon as we can to update our plan yet again. While I know the thought of another change frustrates many of our staff and families, we have to tie our plan to data that we can track over time.

Take care, and have a great weekend.

Dr. Rick CobbSuperintendent
Mid-Del Public Schools

SAFETY PROCEDURES

Daily Temperatures:
Each morning we will ask families to take student(s) temperatures before boarding school vehicles or arriving at school. If the student has a fever of 100.4 or greater, please keep your child home to monitor for additional symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours.

Face Coverings:
The district will require students and staff to wear a face covering during the school day. Evidence shows a decrease in COVID-19 when a face covering is worn. Students and staff will be responsible for providing face covering. All students and staff will be provided a neck gaiter at the start of school. Acceptable face coverings for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Social Distancing:
While it will be difficult to maintain distance between students in our schools, each school site will be working to the best of their ability to provide distance between students in classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, gyms, buses and common areas. The majority of our student procedures will be site-specific due to the layout and function of each individual building. We are asking principals to work collaboratively with staff to accomplish this in the best manner possible. This will include such considerations as passing periods, lunches, and playgrounds, to name a few.

Hygiene:
Students will be reminded to wash their hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided throughout our campuses.

Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks:
Students will be reminded to sanitize their hands prior to eating and after finishing meals. Hand sanitizing stations will be located in all of our Mid-Del cafeterias. Students will not be permitted to bring shared snacks for classrooms (ex: birthday parties, classroom celebrations, etc.). Visitors will not be permitted in the cafeteria during the lunch period.

Daily Cleaning of School Buildings and Classrooms:                 The district will have a Hypochlorous Acid generator that will produce disinfectant that is on the EPA's N-list for killing Coronavirus. Hypochlorous Acid is simply a non-toxic disinfectant that is safe to use around all students and staff. Teachers will spray the disinfectant each day throughout their classrooms and buses will be sprayed twice daily. Our cleaning crews will spray it in each common area every evening with electrostatic sprayers. This is above and beyond our current cleaning regimen with our cleaning contract with ABM Industries. We will also be providing hand sanitizer for each classroom, each bus, each cafeteria, and common area. We will also ensure that each school has a complete supply of soap and paper towels, for both the student and adult restrooms.

Will social distancing be observed on buses and how will seating arrangements be determined?
Students will be spaced as much as possible by the bus driver. Mid-Del has dozens of bus routes each day, so maintaining a six-foot radius between each student is not possible. The bus driver and students will be required to wear face coverings. The bus driver and students will use hand sanitizer that will be provided when boarding the bus. Students are required to remain seated at all times and keep their hands and arms to themselves. Students should not touch each other or share any items. School buses will be cleaned and disinfected twice per day.

How can I help the school as a parent?

  • Donations of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, no-touch thermometers, and additional school supplies would be helpful at each site.

  • Taking your child’s temperature on a daily basis prior to them leaving the house.

  • Keeping students home if they exhibit any symptoms of any illness.

  • Preparing your home and child with supplies and devices for remote learning if possible and feasible.

  • Having masks or other appropriate face coverings available for students to have at school if needed.

  • Openly communicating any concerns regarding the health or academic needs of your student directly with your child’s teacher or school site.

  • Practice wearing a face covering with your child to help successfully protect our staff and other students who may be in the vulnerable population.

  • Working with the school site as they change visitor protocols and the check-in/check-out processes as warranted.

  • Assisting with COVID tracing through the State Health Department.

Elementary Procedures

Face Coverings:
The district will require students and staff to wear a face covering during the school day. Evidence shows a decrease in COVID-19 when a face covering is worn. Students and staff will be responsible for providing face covering.

School Supplies:
Students will not be sharing supplies. Students will keep items at his/her desk or designated space in the classroom. Items that must be shared will be disinfected between each student's use.

Arrival and Dismissal:
When our students begin to arrive at school, they will be directed to their classroom or designated space. Parents and/or visitors will not be permitted to walk students inside the buildings to classrooms. All parents will be asked to remain in cars while students are being dropped off or picked up. Students will be escorted to cars at the end of the day.

Recess:
Play is an important part of the educational day. Students will have designated recess times. Recess plans will vary at each school site.

Library/Media Centers:
Providing reading and research opportunities for our students is an important focus for our students. We do plan to keep our library/media centers open for that purpose. Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back into circulation.

Latchkey Before and After Care:
Mid-Del Schools contracts with Latchkey services for before and after school care. Latchkey will adhere to the procedures Mid-Del Schools has in place.

Enroll at: www.Latchkey.us or in person at Latchkey Child Services located at 1211 N. Shartel Ave, Ste 1100, OKC, OK 73103. For more information, please call 405-236-2069.

Water Hydration Stations/Restrooms:
The Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation provided water bottle filling stations for all of our school sites. Any remaining traditional "water coolers" will not be in service as a form of prevention. Students and staff are encouraged to bring water bottles to remain hydrated throughout the day.

School restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day. In addition, schools will be creating restroom schedules to maintain small groups of student traffic throughout the day.

Will buses run?
Yes, transportation will continue to be provided for all who qualify. Bus transportation is provided for students beyond the determined walking area from their home school.

How will you address social-emotional or mental health concerns?
Counselors are available to support students academically, socially, and emotionally and can provide mental health support or resources for families who may be struggling emotionally. Access to schedule a meeting with a Mid-Del counselor can be found by contacting your school site directly. To ensure staff is equipped to address social and mental health concerns, Mid-Del will continue to host training opportunities including trauma-informed care, mental health first aid, and social-emotional learning.

Secondary Procedures

Face Coverings:
The district will require students and staff to wear a face covering during the school day. Evidence shows a decrease in COVID-19 when a face covering is worn. Students and staff will be responsible for providing face covering.

Arrival and Dismissal:
Arrival routines will look different this year in an effort to allow students to maintain a safe physical distance from one another as they wait for their first hour bell to begin class. Each site will work with the layout and options in their specific building to maximize opportunities for distancing in the minutes before school begins. At the end of the day, students will be released in a staggered manner to avoid all of them traveling simultaneously through the hall’s towards the same exit.

School Wide Assemblies:
All school assemblies will be limited at the beginning of the school year to avoid the likely possibility of exposure that would occur when large numbers of students gather. As the year progresses, such events may be reinstated based on virus infection levels.

Locker Use:
Lockers for middle and high school students will not be used this school year. At every opportunity, we will be seeking ways to minimize unnecessary materials and items being brought into the school.

Library/Media Centers:
Providing reading and research opportunities for our students is an important focus for our students. We plan to keep our library/media centers open for that purpose. Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back into circulation.

Water Hydration Stations/Restrooms:
The Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation provided water bottle filling stations for all of our school sites. Any remaining traditional "water coolers" will not be in service as a form of prevention. Students and staff are encouraged to bring water bottles to remain hydrated throughout the day.

School restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day. In addition, schools will be creating restroom schedules to maintain small groups of student traffic throughout the day.

How will you address social-emotional or mental health concerns?
Counselors are available to support students academically, socially, and emotionally and can provide mental health support or resources for families who may be struggling emotionally. Access to schedule a meeting with a Mid-Del counselor can be found by contacting your school site directly. To ensure staff is equipped to address social and mental health concerns, Mid-Del will continue to host training opportunities including trauma informed care, mental health first aid, and social-emotional learning.

School and Sanctioned OSSAA Activities:
Extra and co-curricular activities such as marching band, vocal music, drama, pom and athletics of all descriptions are vital elements of a secondary student's experience. Responses to COVID-19 in these environments will vary, always with a keen eye to proven practices in prevention and protection.

Attendance at Athletics and Extracurricular Activities:
While we cannot guarantee what our fall and winter athletics and extracurricular activities will look like, we will follow recommendations from the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association (OSSAA) and the CDC. Please click HERE for Spectator Rules.

Communication, Cleaning, and Closing after a Positive Test

In the event that we receive confirmation that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at a school site, we will do each of the three following things as quickly as possible:

  1. We will notify families and employees that an individual has tested positive. We will be as specific as we legally can while still protecting the privacy of the student or staff member.

  2. We will use seating charts from classrooms and buses to determine who has been in close contact, defined by the Centers for Disease Control as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated.” We will notify any individual we determine has been in close contact that they need to self-quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the infected individual.

  3. We will sanitize every touch surface in affected areas with enhanced cleaning methods, such as using the Clorox 360 systems the district owns.

The amount of contact tracing we are required to do will vary by situation. Our goal will be to get back to having school the next day if possible. We will remain in communication with families and staff throughout the cleaning and re-opening process.

If after a positive case, we need to quarantine an entire class, a grade, a school, or even close down the whole district for a period of time, we will shift to Remote Learning Days, as described in the plan we released last week.

COVID-19 EXPOSURE INFORMATION

  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after last exposure, based on the time it takes to develop the illness. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet of a positive person for at least 15 minutes or in a small space (i.e. classroom) for at least one hour.  Students should have no symptoms upon return to school.

  • Any child who tests positive or has COVID-19 symptoms may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medication) AND diminished respiratory symptoms AND ten days since symptoms first appeared.

  • As always, be sure to call the school to report your child's absence.

COVID-19 Symptoms While at School:
If a teacher or school employee suspects that a student has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, he/she will be seen by designated school office staff. Parents or guardians may be contacted to pick up their student. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4) or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

For more information, visit the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Illness at School
If a student is identified with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or begins exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, he or she will be isolated, sent home immediately, and encouraged to be tested. If found to have COVID-19 or been directly exposed to COVID-19, these individuals should not return to school until they have met the CDC’s criteria for being around others. This criteria includes 24 hours with no fever and respiratory symptoms have improved and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

When students are sent home from school with COVID-19 like symptoms, they will have to check-in at the front office prior to returning to school. In order to return to school the following must be present: 1) No symptoms for 24 hours without medication, 2) Negative COVID-19 test, or 3) a release from a physician stating they may return to school.

TIMELINE: COVID-19-RELATED EVENTS IN OKLAHOMA EDUCATION 

  • March 15, 2020 Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt declares a state of emergency in response to the impending threat of COVID-19 to the peace, health and safety of the people of Oklahoma. 

  • March 16, 2020 State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, who also chairs the State Board of Education, recommends the temporary cessation of all operations and activities in accredited Oklahoma public schools. 

  • March 16, 2020 Convening in an emergency meeting, the State Board of Education votes to order the temporary cessation of all operations and activities in accredited Oklahoma public schools, effective immediately and through April 5, 2020. 

  • March 20, 2020 State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister applies to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of all state assessments and accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2019-20 school year. The waiver request is preliminarily approved March 21, with formal approval on March 30. 

  • March 25, 2020 The State Board of Education convenes a special meeting, voting to grant no fewer than 13 statutory and administrative rule waivers to schools contingent upon each district providing assurances and implementing a distance-learning plan for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year (ending no earlier than May 8, 2020). As part of the State Board’s vote, school buildings and operations are closed for general student and personnel attendance, with the exception of staff deemed essential for continuing services, through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. 

  • March 26, 2020 The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association cancels the remainder of the 2019-20 sports season and subsequent championships. 

  • April 6, 2020 Under the State Board’s March 25 order, districts across the state begin implementing distance learning plans for Oklahoma’s more than 700,000 public school students. RETURN TO LEARN OKLAHOMA | INTRODUCTION 6 Oklahoma State Department of Education. 

  • April 6, 2020 State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister applies to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers of certain requirements with regard to federal funding as authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Included in the requests are flexibilities to allow schools to repurpose existing K-12 education funds for technology infrastructure and teacher training on distance learning, and to move existing resources to areas of highest need during the national emergency. Oklahoma receives approval the following day to begin implementation of the requested waiver(s), with formal approval arriving on April 22, 2020. 

  • April 22, 2020 The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announces more than 1.7 million meals had been served over a nine-day period in March across the state to school-aged children through Oklahoma’s child nutrition programs. 

  • May 1, 2020 Under Governor Stitt’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, Oklahoma slowly begins to resume normal activities across the state in Phase 1. 

  • May 8-15, 2020 Districts conclude distance learning for students and begin planning for summer activities and the 2020-21 school year. 

  • May 11, 2020 The Oklahoma State Department of Education opens the application process for nearly $145 million in COVID-19 relief funding to districts through the CARES Act. 

  • May 15, 2020 Oklahoma’s data supports the state entering the next stage of the OURS plan. In Phase 2, districts are officially able to allow limited access to school buildings for students and staff as necessary to conclude the school year. Districts begin to host in-person graduation ceremonies under strict social distancing guidelines. 

  • May 28, 2020 The State Board of Education votes in a special meeting to permit Saturdays as an instructional day that count toward a school’s statutorily required 1,080 hours of instruction. The waiver provides districts flexibility with contingency planning in the event of extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year.