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Jan 3 Health and safety update

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Dear parents,

I hope that you had a safe and restful winter break - we are looking forward to welcoming our students back to classes tomorrow, Tuesday. Jan. 4. 

As I shared before the break, we are continuing to work closely with public health and medical professionals to monitor COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates in our city, county, and state. Based on the most current data available and guidance from health experts, the following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place effective Tuesday, Jan. 4:  

Masking

  • We strongly recommend that all adults and children - regardless of vaccination status - wear masks indoors and outdoors when in the presence of other people. 

    • At elementary schools: our masking expectation will remain in place. 

    • At middle schools, junior high schools, and co-located middle and high schools: we will continue to recommend masking, but it will not be an expectation.

    • At district office sites: we will continue to recommend masking, but it will not be an expectation.  

  • We will continue to comply with the federal mandate for masking on public transportation conveyances, so all riders and drivers will wear masks traveling to and from school.

Layered safety practices

  • When possible, we will maintain safe distancing.

  • Adults entering buildings will continue check-in at welcome stations and complete a temperature check; staff will continue using our screen-and-go application.

School volunteers 

  • We will continue to welcome our community volunteers - including parents and guardians - into our buildings. 

  • We ask that all volunteers follow our safety protocols, including our masking recommendations and expectations.

Quarantine and isolation

  • Starting today, Monday, Jan. 3, we will align our isolation and quarantine practices with the CDC’s recent update of the recommended isolation and quarantine period. 

  • Individuals who have tested positive should isolate for five days. If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), individuals may return to school followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. 

  • For individuals who have been exposed, we will continue to not require quarantining. Students and team members may choose to self-quarantine if they have been exposed. 

  • Symptomatic or positive students or team members should stay at home and monitor their symptoms. 

  • We will continue to share counts of confirmed positive cases on a weekly basis. 

Vaccination

  • We will continue working with our local health partners to offer free clinics for vaccination and booster shots. We know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in reducing the likelihood of hospitalization due to COVID-19. 

  • We are hosting our next free COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Saturday, Jan. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.tulsaschools.org/vaccine to schedule your appointment today.

  • If you are not able to attend this weekend’s clinic, please visit www.vaccines.gov/search to find other vaccination sites near you.
     

We all play a critical role in keeping our community safe and keeping our teachers and students together in-person in their classrooms. Vaccinations and mask wearing are critical to safety and to in-person learning. If you and your child have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19, I urge you to take advantage of the free vaccination resources available across our city. Masking is another of the important tools we have in preventing the spread of COVID-19. By wearing a mask, we protect ourselves, our families, and everyone around us. 

Thank you for working together to keep our community safe and healthy and our students in school!
 

Best,

Deborah A. Gist

Superintendent