Posted Date: 06/21/2021
Districts across the state are required to develop plans for the safe return to school and the continuity of services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide was developed with collaboration from many sources. Input from parents and staff, guidance from the state and county health department, multiple meetings with area leaders and state leaders, and constant guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Education has been a crucial part of the process. Cherokee Nation has also assisted the district in planning and addressing the safe return to school. It is important to note that this document is subject to change depending on local, county, state, or national conditions or requirements or as directed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Adair County Health Department, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, and/or the Oklahoma State Board of Education.
As the title suggests, the objective is to provide for the safe return to school as well as to plan for the continuity of services for the entire school year. The goal is to keep the school doors open while keeping everyone as safe as possible for those who want and/or need traditional classes and to provide appropriate services for virtual students. By making operational adjustments and following protocols, we hope to avoid future closures due to COVID-19. As we developed the district plan, four main objectives served as guides in which everything else fell under in some way:
1. To safeguard to the best of our ability the health and safety of all students while at school, on school busses, or at school activities
2. To safeguard to the best of our ability the health and safety of all staff while at school, on school busses, or at school activities
3. To provide quality educational opportunities and services for each student 4. To be a responsible public entity and to do our part to help safeguard the health and safety of families and the community