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Message from McDaniel - Return to Campus Plan

Message from McDaniel - Return to Campus

  • OKCPS Students, Families & Staff - 

    At last night’s Board of Education meeting, OKCPS discussed details regarding our Return to Campus plan. While we started the school year virtually, in order to prepare for a return of all of our students by the beginning of the second 9-weeks, we feel it’s important to start transitioning small groups of students back to in-person learning. This is consistent with the original plan shared with the Board and our stakeholders in July.

     

    Plan for Pre-K and Kindergarten

    The next phase of our Return to Campus plan includes welcoming our Pre-K and Kindergarten students back to classrooms for part time in-person learning using a hybrid A/B schedule. These children are least familiar with a school setting and have some of the greatest challenges in a virtual setting, so this plan will give them a chance to acclimate before the rest of the students arrive. We also know it is most difficult for our youngest learners to work independently, so bringing them back to the classroom first will allow them to work in small groups and develop other social skills that will be the foundation for future learning.

    After careful consideration and input from a variety of stakeholders, our target date for bringing back our youngest learners will be Monday, October 19. This will give our teachers more time to master virtual instruction and allow school leaders and other district teams to finalize plans to begin bringing students back to the buildings.

    When they return, students will be identified as either Group A or Group B. Depending on that assignment, students will either attend in-person school, for the full day on Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday. All students will log in remotely on Wednesdays. 

    Please note that our Pre-K and Kindergarten students are already divided into A and B groups. If your student currently receives virtual instruction in the morning, your student is in Group A. If your student currently receives virtual instruction in the afternoon, your student is in Group B. Your child’s teacher will verify your student’s group assignment in the next few days. 

    It is our intention to not have more than 15 students in a classroom at a time during this phase of our Return to Campus plan. 

    So, what does this mean for Pre-K and Kindergarten families on October 19?

    • Pre-K and Kindergarten students will attend school in-person two full days a week starting October 19, 2020. Students will be provided with learning activities to complete on their own at home during the other 3 days of the week, similar to what they currently do on Wednesdays. 
    • Students should bring their iPad to school with them on the days they have in-person learning. 
    • Transportation will be provided to kindergarten students who live further than 1.5 miles from their assigned school. Bus route information is available from your student’s school.
    • Historically, OKCPS hasn’t provided transportation for our Pre-K students. Families will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their Pre-K students.
    • Meals will be provided to students who are attending school in-person. Students will either eat in the cafeteria while social distancing or in their classrooms. Drive thru meal services are still available from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm  at every school for students on the days they do remote learning. 
    • Although families are encouraged to follow the uniform guidelines if at all possible, students will be allowed to wear any solid colored polo shirt, along with khaki, black or navy pants.

    Safety Protocols for students include:

    • Students should wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth (OKCPS can provide one if needed). 
    • Students' temperatures will be taken upon arrival to school. If a student has a temperature of over 100.4 or more, they will be asked to return home. 
    • Students will be asked to wash their hands several times a day and/or use hand sanitizer when necessary. 
    • Students will also practice social distancing when applicable. 
    • Teachers will wear PPE and wipe down surfaces that are touched frequently.

    Any Pre-K or Kindergarten family who does not wish to return to in-person learning on October 19 may opt into our e3 Online Learning program. To do so, please contact your school directly to make that change no later than Wednesday, September 30. 

     

    Plan for 1st Grade - 12th Grade 

    Our tentative plan at this time is to bring our 1st - 12th grade students back for in-person learning on an A/B schedule on Monday, November 9th. 

     

    Ongoing COVID-19 Monitoring and Evaluation 

    Between now and October 19, OKCPS leaders will continue to closely monitor and assess conditions. This will include a meeting on September 30 -- the halfway point of the first 9 weeks -- to review a variety of data points such as the OSDE Covid Alert System and other trends, along with consultation with the OCCHD and district health officials.

    It is important to note that OKCPS began welcoming small groups of students back to our buildings in early September, including our students with special needs. And, as we continue to move down the runway toward a full return to campus, district leaders are committed to maintaining that momentum by bringing back Pre-K and Kindergarten students along with small groups of our most vulnerable students such as those in alternative education programs, our newcomer families and those experiencing homelessness. 

    All OKCPS staff and families can learn more about our Return to Campus plan and access other resources by visiting  www.okcps.org/return. We will continue to share additional information when it becomes available and we encourage families to check this page often for updates.

    We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate through this ever changing situation. 

    Dr. Sean McDaniel, Superintendent of Schools

Return to Campus Plan

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    Step 1:  September 8th

    Special Education Students Pre-K - 12th (in self contained classrooms)*

    • Monday - Thursday (4 Days a Week - 4 hours)
    • Friday - Remote

     *If you have questions about your student who receives special education services, please call (405) 587-0424 or email specialeducation@okcps.org.

     


     

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    Step 2:  October 19th

    Pre-K & Kindergarten Students

    • A/B Schedule

    ELL / Newcomers (5th - 12th Grade)* 

    • A/B Schedule

    *If you have questions about the Newcomer Program or ELL Services, please contact Language and Cultural Services at (405) 587-0172.


    Special Education Students Pre-K - 12th (in self contained classrooms)*

    • Monday - Friday, Normal Hours

    Elementary Special Education Students Pre-K - 4th (in an ED program)*

    • Monday - Friday, Normal Hours

      *If you have questions about your student who receives special education services, please call (405) 587-0424 or email specialeducation@okcps.org.

    Alternative Education Students (Putnam Heights, Emerson North, Emerson South)

    • A/B Schedule



    R2C

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    Step 3:  November 9th

    1st - 12th Grade Students (including Special Education Monitor/Lab/ED Students and Newcomer/ELL)

    • A/B Schedule

    ELL and Newcomer Students

    • A/B Schedule

    Pre-K & K

    • Monday - Friday, Normal Hours

    Special Education Students Pre-K - 12th (in self contained classrooms)*

    • Monday - Friday, Normal Hours

    Elementary Special Education Students Pre-K - 4th (in an ED program)*

    • Monday - Friday, Normal Hours

      *If you have questions about your student who receives special education services, please call (405) 587-0424 or email specialeducation@okcps.org.