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August 23, 2023 Message from McDaniel | Health and Safety Reminders

OKCPS Families and Staff,  


As we are approaching the two week mark of being back together, I wanted to share a few reminders with you.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the COVID-19 public health emergency officially over in May this year. While COVID-19 remains a public health priority, the government has transitioned away from the emergency phase that gripped our country for three years. 


While this declaration is a huge milestone, it doesn’t mean COVID-19 is gone. The virus is still in our community and it’s still important for us to remain vigilant about our health and safety practices.


District teams worked over the summer to prepare to welcome staff and students back in a safe and healthy way and we still have mitigation strategies in place to keep our kids and staff in school.


Important guidelines

  • Families should keep your student(s) home if they are sick. 
  • Staff should stay home if you are sick and call their supervisor. 
  • DO NOT come to school or work if you are waiting for test results. OKCPS expects you to stay home until you’ve received your results.
  • In accordance with the CDC, after testing positive, students and staff should stay home for at least 5 days.
  • After testing positive, students and staff can return to school or work on day 6 if their symptoms have improved and are fever free. 
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves. *OKCPS defines “fever resolves” as no fever without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. 


  • OKCPS has enhanced cleaning protocols in place. 
  • Every OKCPS facility has an air ionization system that filters and cleans the air. 
  • Masks are welcomed, but are not required. 
  • Students and staff should practice physical distancing to the greatest extent possible. 


You can review the updated COVID-19 Safety Plan here:


Thank you for your continued support of OKCPS and let’s have a great start to the school year. 



Dr. Sean McDaniel, Superintendent