2021-2022 School Year Information
February 15, 2022
Owasso Parents & Guardians,
There has been much discussion recently regarding traditional snow days and their continued use. Traditionally, when school closures were necessary, those days were made up at the end of the school year. As we have continued to evolve and grow, the ability to provide quality instruction from OPS teachers directly to students at home via distance learning has led some to ask if the traditional snow days are a thing of the past.
We recently convened a Snow Day Committee to examine this topic and provide expectations to you for the remainder of the school year. This committee was made up of district administrators, school administrators, teachers, a sub-committee of School Board members and parents.
Based on the discussion from this committee, the district has decided to move forward with distance learning days in place of traditional snow days for the remainder of the school year.
Should conditions in our community significantly inhibit the ability of teachers or students to participate in distance learning (i.e. widespread power outages, etc.), the district may be forced to announce a traditional school closure. If such an event were to occur, the day would be made up at the end of the school calendar.
Presently, students in all grades use Google Classroom on a regular basis. Students in grades 6-12 already carry a device to and from school each day and should inclement weather be on the horizon, elementary students will be sent home with a device and charging cord to use for distance learning.
Flexibility and grace will be extended to all students and families to resolve any issues that may occur on a distance learning day.
In the event of a distance learning day, communication will come directly to you in a text message and email. Information about distance learning days will be posted on our official website (owassops.org), social media channels (Facebook & Twitter), and will also be sent to local media outlets to help spread the word.
Thank you for your attention to this information and should you have additional questions, please reach out to your child’s principal or download the Distance Learning Framework available on the district’s website.
Dr. Margaret Coates
July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021
Owasso Parents & Guardians,
Our principals reported back to their respective buildings on Monday and we are all excited for the upcoming school year! As was our practice last year, we have created a Reference Sheet for Families that you will find linked in this email and on our Owasso Public Schools website with updates on items of interest for the year ahead.
Throughout the summer, our district staff has engaged in conversations and consultations with the Tulsa County Health Department. The THD staff continues to be a great partner of the district and we are grateful for their time spent on those conversations and a review of our Reference Sheet for Families.
I wanted to specifically call your attention to a few items contained in the reference sheet, as these have been among the most frequently asked questions from parents to our district staff this summer:
OPS will continue to use the enhanced cleaning measures that were used during the 2020-21 school year. This includes specific attention to high-touch areas throughout the buildings and regular disinfecting with electrostatic spraying equipment.
Students and staff are welcome to wear a face covering/mask in school buildings and on school buses if they choose to do so. In compliance with Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, face coverings/masks will not be required without consultation from the Tulsa County Health Department and an emergency declaration for Tulsa County by the governor.
Should a school be made aware of a possible COVID-19 exposure in a building, the school administrators will contact trace as was practiced during the 2020-21 school year. Unlike the 2020-21 school year, the end result of that contact tracing will be a notification to the appropriate parents stating that their student had close contact with an individual who has since tested positive for COVID-19. After receiving this notification by the district, students would not be required to quarantine. Instead, we ask that parents who receive such a notification monitor their child’s health and contact their family physician should the child develop symptoms.
Our process for students who test positive for COVID-19 returning to the classroom remains the same as it was during the 2020-21 school year. Students can return to the classroom only:
after 24 hours with no fever (no fever-reducing medication) AND
improved respiratory symptoms AND
ten (10) days since symptoms first appeared.
Along with this Reference Sheet for Families, I wanted to share information about our registration process for the upcoming school year. Registration will once again be online through the Student Address Verification Portal beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27. From the portal, please select the appropriate school for your child, fill in all necessary information and attach the required documentation.
This process must be completed for all students, whether attending OPS virtually or in the physical classroom. Registration is required in order to receive your child’s teacher assignment (elementary) or class schedule (secondary). Each school will share that information after the student’s registration is verified by the school’s office.
Lastly, a reminder that the deadline for enrollment in Virtual Learning is Friday, July 23. Please visit the Virtual Learning Options page for more information on virtual services for the 2021-22 school year.
If you have questions about the upcoming year please reach out to your child’s principal or the district office.
We appreciate the partnership of our families and look forward to an incredible school year.
Owasso Public Schools