Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
OKCPS requires face coverings to be worn on school property, in school vehicles, and at school-sponsored events regardless of your vaccination status.
These procedures which are outlined in Administrative Regulation C-26-R2 (under C-26 Wellness) Mask Requirement to Protect against the Spread of COVID-19 will be implemented as of Monday, August 16 and will remain in place until revised or revoked.
Across the board, our public health officials recommend universal indoor masking in schools, regardless of vaccination status, as a way to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, especially when paired with other safety measures such as vaccines, social distancing, testing, and increasing ventilation.
Things we want you to know:
- Being vaccinated is the number one prevention against contracting COVID-19.
- Wearing a mask can reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and is highly recommended for unvaccinated people.
- Not only can wearing a mask help protect against COVID-19, but can protect against the seasonal flu and other respiratory illnesses like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
- CDC recommendations for wearing a mask (update 8/4/2021)
- Updated to recommend universal indoor masking for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
OKCPS will continue to provide a mask to ANY student, staff member, or visitor that requests one. Additionally, reusable masks, gloves, and disinfectant wipes and spray are available to every staff member.
Medical Restrictions Negating Mask Use
Students - If a parent/legal guardian or eligible student indicates that compliance with mask use is not possible due to medical or religious or strong personal reasons, the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student may request an exemption in writing using this form.
Employees – If an employee indicates compliance is not possible due to medical reasons, the employee should be referred to Human Resources to request accommodations on the basis of disability.
Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
People should practice handwashing and respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes) to keep from getting and spreading infectious illnesses including COVID-19.
OKCPS will monitor and reinforce these behaviors and provide adequate hand washing supplies for staff and students.
- Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Remind everyone in the facility to wash hands frequently and assist young children with handwashing.
- If handwashing is not possible, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol (for teachers, staff, and older students who can safely use hand sanitizer). Hand sanitizers should be stored up, away, and out of sight of young children and should be used only with adult supervision for children under 6 years of age.
Frequent hand washing and sanitizing will continue to be accommodated and encouraged. Students will be asked to wash and/or sanitize their hands upon arrival, before and after meals and outdoor play. Classrooms will be equipped with hand hygiene products and additional hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the school buildings.