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August 10, 2022 Message from McDaniel | Back to School COVID-19 Safety Plan

OKCPS Families and Staff, 

While we are thrilled to open our schools and welcome our students back from summer break, we must also be vigilant with 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. COVID-19 has proven it’s not going anywhere, so while we must do our best to maintain continuity, we must also keep mitigation strategies in place to keep our kids in school this fall. 

Below are some important guidelines and reminders.



  • Keep your child home if they are sick. 

  • Families should report a positive COVID-19 test result, or symptoms to their child’s school who can provide further instructions or guidance.

  • Self-screen daily before reporting to work. 

  • Stay home if you are sick. 

  • Staff members should report a positive COVID-19 test result or symptoms to their supervisor who can provide further instructions or guidance.

  • DO NOT come to school or work if you are waiting on 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 and encouraged, 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