Masking, Hand Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette

  • Masking

    OKCPS welcomes the use of face coverings. Masks will be recommended when a staff member or student tests positive and returns to school on day 6-10 of their 10-day isolation period.

    Universal indoor masking in schools, regardless of vaccination status, is a way to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, especially when paired with other safety measures such as vaccines, testing, and increasing ventilation.

    Things we want you to know:

    1. Being vaccinated is the number one prevention against contracting COVID-19.

    2. Wearing a mask can reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and is highly recommended for unvaccinated people.

      1. 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).

    Hand Hygene 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.