Interruptions at School
In the event of a large outbreak of COVID-19 or a high risk of community spread at one or more schools, Union will activate distance learning for all students who select “In-Person Learning.”
Union will work with the Tulsa Health Department and other health officials in determining the level of risk. Union will also publish by site the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 when we are made aware of the diagnosis. Please know the district’s ability to conduct contact tracing and notify all parties may be limited and delayed, depending on a number of factors. We will honor FERPA (student confidentiality) and HIPAA (medical confidentiality), but will do our best to notify students and families on a timely basis in the event there is an exposure to COVID-19 at school.
Also, there may be a need to make changes to procedures as things progress. Our policies and procedures are designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. However, there is no way to completely eliminate the potential risk of spread. The district will closely follow CDC guidelines and the advice of other health officials in an effort to adhere to those guidelines.
Health Monitoring of Your Student
It is important that all families partner with the district in monitoring the health of students and families. Students with a fever or other prominent COVID-19 symptoms (dry cough, shortness of
breath, congestion, runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, body aches, chills, etc.) should not be sent to school until they are fever-free (without medication) for 72 hours. Once school resumes, temperature checks will not be conducted by school personnel on students or staff prior to entry on buses or in school buildings.
Families are expected to monitor the health of their children. Parents or guardians will need to notify the school if their child is symptomatic or has had possible exposure to COVID-19.
To minimize the spread of COVID-19, Union is prioritizing the following the safety strategies:
Until the threat of COVID-19 spread is considered minimal, students and staff will be required to wear a face covering (a mask) at all times while in a school building or vehicle UNLESS they are alone in the room or vehicle. Appropriate face coverings do not include bandanas or scarves. Face coverings cannot violate district Board Policy 5060 regarding appropriate dress/student attire.
We understand there may be situations where wearing a face covering will not be feasible due to the activity or the specific age or condition of the student. Those circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Students will be physically distanced from one another as much as possible. Although a six-foot minimum distance is not likely to be achieved given the size limitations in some classrooms, individual schools will consider the following changes (when possible): Block scheduling, limited locker use, one-way hallways, physical markers, or any other needed strategies to help maintain social distancing.
Elementary school sites will prioritize keeping students together in cohorts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Recess and outside time will continue to be available to students, but an effort will be made to limit recess to individual classroom cohorts.
In cooperation with local health officials, a decision may be made to cease “In-Person Learning” for a period of time. In these instances, students would transition to “Distance Learning” led by
their regular classroom teacher. Please note: Distance Learning is not the same as Virtual Learning. (The Virtual option takes place entirely at home for an entire semester).
Distance Learning will be put in place for those students choosing “In-Person Learning” only when there is a need to close school buildings. There will likely not be much advance notice in the event we need to move to Distance Learning due to circumstances beyond our control. Again, our #1 priority is keeping students and staff safe in the event of an outbreak.
District Protocol – Cleaning, Disinfection and Ventilation
The following actions will be taken by Union to reduce the chance of COVID spread: