BARTLESVILLE — Bartlesville Public Schools released their reopening guidelines for the 2020-21 school year.
Officials announced several safety precautions for students returning to in-person instruction for the year. Officials also recognize some district families will enroll their students in virtual, at-home learning via the Bruin Virtual School.
Bruin Virtual School is a part of the Bartlesville Public Schools and offers both blended and all online learning options for Pre-K through 12th grade students.
Bartlesville Public Schools said the below safety practices will be enforced during the 2020-21 academic year:
Daily temperature checks
- Officials are asking families to take their children's temperature before bringing them to school
- If a child's temperature is 100°F or higher, officials are asking the child to stay at home.
- All district staff members will have their temperatures checked each day.
Response to other possible COVID-19 symptoms
- Officials said some children may not have a fever but could show signs of possible coronavirus symptoms.
- Children and/or staff members with the following symptoms are a cause to stay home or take sick leave:
- loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- runny nose
The LobbyGuard kiosks will have symptoms checklist for visitors who will be restricted to the office.
Officials said evidence shows that face coverings over both the nose and mouth help interrupt the spread of coronavirus. It protects both the wearers and those they come in contact with.
Face coverings include:
- cloth masks
- neck gaiters
- face shields
- other CDC-recommended masks
Bartlesville Public Schools is making face coverings a part of the 6th through 12th grade dress code. All students, grades Pre-K through 12th grade, will receive a neck gaiter to use at school.
All district staff members will receive a face shield and neck gaiter. A washable cloth will be available upon request. N95 masks will be provided for high-risk staff members as long as they are available.
- Each school site will be implementing plans to maximize social distancing in classrooms, cafeterias and gyms.
- School meals will be boxed. Students will eat in large areas (gyms or cafeterias) on floor markers for social distancing.
- No assemblies, field-trips or school guests will be allowed. Instead students will receive information via classroom-based conferencing.
- Students will have access to playgrounds with physical distancing encouraged and mandatory hand-washing after they are done.
- Students will be reminded to wash their hands regularly, especially after coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom and before eating.
- Students will also have access to hand sanitizer stations throughout each site.
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