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 February 21, 2022.
- 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.
- Masks are optional for students, staff, and visitors inside JPS facilities and buses.
- 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.
Oklahoma State Statute Title 63 Section 1-507, states, no person having a communicable disease shall be permitted to attend a private or public school, and it shall be the duty of the parent or guardian and the school of such person to exclude from the school such person until the expiration of the period of isolation or quarantine ordered for the case, or until permission to do so shall have been given by the local county health department or the State Department of Health.
In accordance with the Statute above, students/employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 shall not attend school/work for a period of at least five (5) full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). It is recommended they wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional five (5) days. People who are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 need to isolate regardless of their vaccination status. Parents/guardians should contact their child’s site and notify of the positive case.
Students or employees who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vacccination status, should isolate. The length of isolation is determined by the following criteria:
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until:
- 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
- Symptoms are improving, AND
- If fever is present, continue to stay home until 24 hours has passed since fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications
If you never have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until:
- 5 days have passed since the date of your COVID-19 test was collected, AND
- No COVID-19 symptoms have developed since you were tested.
If symptoms develop, it is recommended you follow the criteria for someone with COVID-19 symptoms.
Once you have met the above criteria, you are considered released from isolation and may return to school. While masking remains optional at Jenks Public Schools, the CDC and OSDH recommend wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.
CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINE
Jenks Public Schools adjusted COVID safety protocols to be aligned with changes made by state and national health organizations. The Association of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), and Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) jointly announced on January 24 that they are moving away from universal case investigation and contact tracing.
Just as the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Tulsa County Health Department are moving away from universal case investigation and contact tracing to focus on a more strategic approach of outbreak investigations and targeted case investigations, Jenks Public Schools will no longer contact tracing on a case-by-case basis beginning Monday, February 21, 2022. If necessary, investigations will be conducted for isolated outbreaks.
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 optional 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 February 21, 2022
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