The 2021-2022 Return to In-Person Instruction Plan calls for students to be in session five days a week, for most weeks. Virtual Learning will again be made available for those families that choose that option. As we look to next school year, we are working to return to “normal” with as few interruptions to learning and activities as possible.
Will Masks Be Required?
In compliance with Senate Bill 658, masks will not be required unless Okfuskee County is declared a state of emergence and in consultation with the county and state health departments. If Okfuskee County is declared a state of emergency, WPS will determine if masks should be required. It should be noted that Senate Bill 658 does not preclude anyone from wearing a mask if they desire.
COVID-19 Related Protocols for the Coming Year.
Here are some highlights:
- In accordance with Oklahoma state law, face coverings will not be required in school facilities, buildings, or buses for students or staff; however, we encourage everyone to wear one to protect themselves and others.
- Per the most recent guidance (July 30, 2021) from the Okfuskee County Health Department, quarantines are recommended but not required for individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.
- Per the Okfuskee County Health Department, individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed. However, anyone with symptoms needs to isolate until they can test or receive an alternative diagnosis.
- Schools will notify parents if their child has been exposed at school and provide Symptom Guidance and Student Quarantine & Isolation Guidance.
- Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will be required to isolate regardless of vaccination status.
- Our dedicated operations team will continue to deep clean and sanitize our school facilities, and all staff members will continue to encourage thorough handwashing. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available for students.
- Where possible, we will continue to observe social distancing.
As always, anyone with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting must stay home until 24 hours symptom-free. It is more important than ever that you do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell until you know the cause of their illness.