OKCPS releases guidelines for return to in-person learning

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced on Wednesday afternoon their plan to have students, teachers and staff return to school campuses.

OKCPS leadership announced a “Return to Campus Plan” on Wednesday, and how schools can best determine whether it is safe to reopen buildings for all students.

District officials announced last week that all classes will remain in distance learning for at least two weeks starting Sept. 28, and that all athletics and extracurricular events were canceled, as the district began to implement Orange Level 2 protocols due to rising COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma County.

Pre-K and kindergarten are expected back in classrooms on a rotation basis by Oct. 19, and first through 12th grades will be back for in-person learning on a rotation basis starting by Nov. 9. Both start dates are tentative as the district says it must transition back to Orange Level 1. The district announced the guidelines after a review of COVID-19 infection data, as well as conversations with public health partners.

The district said it would require that a lower rate of COVID-19 cases be maintained by the county for two consecutive weeks in order for the district to transition back into a lower alert level.

Here are the guidelines released in a letter from Superintendent Sean McDaniel:

• Proceed with the plan to bring back pre-K and kindergarten on Oct. 19 in an A/B setting provided we transition back to Orange Level 1.

• Bring back small groups of students who had already returned to our campuses. This will include; Resume 90-minute (optional) curricular and co-curricular after-school activities as of Oct. 5.


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