Jenks Public Schools Return To Learn Plan 2021-22
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021-22 school year at Jenks Public Schools may look different throughout the year. The plans listed below are subject to change as new information becomes available or if positive cases become more prevalent in the community or within our District. At JPS, the health and safety of students and employees is always the top priority, and we will do everything possible to comply with the latest recommendations and guidelines.
Please read the sections below for a full outline of the mitigation strategies and protocols in place at Jenks Public Schools for the 2021-22 school year.
The last revision to this plan was September 9, 2021.
- JPS is offering in-person learning (PreK-12), Trojan Connect (full-time virtual as space allows), or a blended option (grades 9-12).
- School sites will remain open for in-person instruction unless COVID-19 case numbers within the District necessitate a transition to temporary distance learning.
- The Jenks Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve a temporary mask requirement for all students, employees, and visitors while indoors on district property. The mask requirement will go into effect on Tuesday, September 14.
- If a parent/legal guardian or eligible student (age 18+) indicates wearing a mask is not possible due to medical, religious, or strong personal reasons, the parent/legal guardian or eligible student may request an exemption in writing by completing the opt-out form found on the JPS website and submitting it to the correct school site.
- State and local health departments and the CDC recommend vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks indoors.
- Masks will be available for individuals who wish to wear one.
MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS
- Parents/guardians are expected to screen their child for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school.
- Students and staff should stay home if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness.
- Students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home for ten (10) days. If symptoms persist, the person may need to stay home longer.
CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINE
- Parents will be notified if their child is within six (6) feet for 15 minutes or more of a person who tests positive for COVID-19.
- State and local health departments and the CDC recommend quarantine for those who are in close contact with a COVID-positive individual.
- Students who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should self-monitor for symptoms and may return to school or self-quarantine with no attendance penalty.
- Students who choose to self-quarantine will follow the make-up work policy at their site (see Student/Parent Handbook).
- JPS will track positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Every Friday, this data will be updated and posted on the JPS website (jenksps.org).
ATHLETICS, ARTS, AND ACTIVITIES
- All school-sponsored activities and athletic teams will continue to adhere to guidelines put in place by the District.
PARENTS AND VISITORS
- Parents and visitors will be allowed in building lobbies or main offices for scheduled appointments.
- School sites will have the flexibility to approve volunteer activities.
- Students will socially distance to the extent possible and will be encouraged to eat and transition to recess limiting their time in the cafeteria. Additional outdoor seating space has been added at secondary sites creating more seating options.
- Breakfast and lunch are free to all students for the 2021-22 school year.
- Students enrolled in Trojan Connect, or members of the public who want to pick up a free meal for a child, may do so each weekday from 10:30-11 a.m. on the north side of the Central Campus Dining Hall.
- Masks are strongly encouraged for students and employees on buses.
- Buses will run as normal during times of in-person learning, and all JPS buses will have extra masks and hand sanitizer on board.
- Buses will lower windows (when weather allows) and will be cleaned and disinfected after morning routes and again when afternoon routes are completed.
STRATEGIES TO REDUCE RISK OF EXPOSURE
- Social distancing is encouraged to the extent possible in common areas such as cafeterias, hallways, gymnasiums, etc.
- Students will be reminded to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to eating, and especially after sneezing, coughing, and blowing their nose.
- Improved heating, ventilation and air conditioner filters are installed in all District buildings and will filter one hundred percent (100%) of a room’s air every eight (8) hours and capture 95% of COVID-19 droplets.
- Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, effective July 1, 2021, restricts school districts from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine for students.
- State and local health departments and the CDC recommend COVID-19 vaccines for those eligible.
***PLANS SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
Revised September 9, 2021
Jenks Public Schools' plan for American Rescue Plan/ESSER III funds details how the District will address the following areas:
1. COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies
2. Addressing learning loss
3. Other ESSER III expenditures
4. Ensuring unique needs are met for most vulnerable populations