Coronavirus: Preparation Tips and Resources
OSSBA has gathered a variety of resources and tips to help Oklahoma school districts.
Click here to see the latest status from the state Health Department. The state Health Department also has a coronavirus tracking dashboard here.
School District Planning Checklist
The following general guidance was provided in large part by the National School Boards Association. Please note OSSBA is part of a working group the state Education Department has established to develop guidance and determine flexibilities in our schools and districts in the event that COVID-19 impacts Oklahoma, including potential school closures, attendance, spring testing, child nutrition, virtual education and state aid. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
Initial Steps and Precautions
• Share and implement precautionary measures called for by the state and local health departments and communicate them to staff, students, and families. The CDC recommends the following:
° Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
° Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
° Stay home when you are sick.
° Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
° Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
° 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 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
• If the congregation of students prevents group childcare, explore with local agencies and community groups the kinds of services for childcare available for in-home care and serve as a resource for parents, particularly in high-poverty areas.
• Collaborate with local chambers of commerce to help businesses understand the potential impact of reduced or limited group childcare on families during the crisis and encourage planning accordingly.
• Identify state and federal emergency relief, grants, and funding flexibility available to address unexpected needs.
• Coordinate with local health authorities about expectations to utilize school facilities for emergency services.
• Clear communication for staff and families is critical for potential quarantine expectations related to school closures. Work with public health officials for effective communication strategies.
• Seek federal and state grants and other assistance to help recovery efforts.
• After implementing your plan to re-open schools:
• Address any requirement to make up missed school days;
• Provide counseling to students as appropriate and involve community partners; and
• Update the emergency plan as needed.