Spring Break Travel
A letter to parents from Superintendent Dr. Amy Fichtner regarding the novel coronavirus and travel during Spring Break.
March 10, 2020
Parents and Guardians,
The Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Department of Education have partnered to provide specific guidance regarding Spring Break and other travels for our school families, students and district staff. In our efforts to keep Owasso Public Schools safe for our students, faculty and staff, we ask that you please adhere to this protocol as you travel throughout the spring.
Individuals returning from travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan or any other Level 2 or 3 country as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should self-quarantine for a period of 14 days before returning to school. This applies to all students, teachers and district staff.
Steps for returning travelers from Level 2 or 3 countries:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your district before returning to work or school.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).
Please refer frequently to the CDC Travelers Guidance as other countries may be elevated to Level 2 or 3 status at any time.
Whether you travel or not during Spring Break or throughout the spring season, we ask that you remain vigilant and use best practices as identified by the CDC to help prevent the spread of a cold, flu or the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve/arm, not your hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- If children are feeling sick, do not send them to school. Allow for proper time to rest and recover to help prevent infecting other students. For guidance on calling in absences and make-up work, refer to our student handbooks.
If your children are feeling sick following Spring Break, do not send them to school. Allow for proper time to rest and recover to help prevent infecting other students. Per district policy, students who have had a fever of 100 or greater, diarrhea or vomiting must be symptom-free for 24 hours, without the use of symptom reducing medication, prior to returning to school.
If you would like additional resources regarding travel guidelines from the CDC, please see these helpful links below:
If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the Education Service Center via phone at 918-272-5367 or the Tulsa Health Department at 918-582-9355.
Amy Fichtner, Ed.D.