Oklahoma Christian School is carefully monitoring information and developments related to COVID-19. An overview of our current COVID-19 plan is contained in the FAQs below. We will continue to modify our plan as the situation develops.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Updated November 30, 2020


Where are you receiving guidance on COVID-19 precautions?

OCS is studying guidance from a variety of sources including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and other medical and educational sources. OCS is also collaborating with other local school districts and private schools in the sharing of information and resources. 

How often and in what manner will we update parents about Covid-19 at OCS?

We will communicate weekly through the Saints Weekly and send emails as needed to keep families aware of the current conditions in the school. FAQs will be updated regularly on the COVID-19 page of the OCS website. Parents may email questions or concerns to


What if a student/employee contracts COVID-19 or tests positive?

The student/employee will be required to quarantine and not return until the following criteria are met:
  • 3 days with no fever AND
  • respiratory symptoms have improved AND
  • 10 days beginning the day the student/employee was tested, not the day the results were received.

What happens if a member of an OCS household tests positive for COVID-19?

If a member of an OCS household tests positive for COVID-19, all members of that family may not return to the OCS campus for 10 days, beginning the day the infected person tested (not the day the results were received). Students or employees who have been exposed with close contact may end their quarantine:
  • After day 10 without testing and no symptoms.
  • After day 7 , after receiving a negative PCR test result. The test must occur on day 5 or later. Other forms of testing will not qualify for early release from quarantine.
  • Students or employees who have already tested positive for COVID within a three-month period are not required to quarantine. Students or employees who have tested positive and recovered more than three months prior, are not required to quarantine if they can provide evidence of a recent antibody test that demonstrates they still have antibodies for COVID.

What happens if a student becomes ill but it is not certain if it is COVID-19?

If a student becomes ill with a diagnosed chronic condition or illness that is clearly not COVID-19, the parent may keep the student at home for one day. However, if the illness requires more than one day of absence or if the student presents symptoms on the CDC symptom list (that are not chronic conditions), the student may not return to school without a note from a doctor (stating that they do not have COVID-19 and are cleared to return to school) or a negative COVID-19 test. To avoid the possibility of potential spread, students should not come to school while a member of a household has a pending COVID-19 test.

Will an entire class be required to quarantine if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

Our current plan is to only quarantine the student who tests positive. We will alert the parents of the students in closest proximity to the student who tested positive for COVID-19 (student names will not be released to protect confidentiality). At that time, parents may choose to self-quarantine their children and enter the blended learning option. 

At what point will OCS close campus and go to 100% virtual (online)?

We hope to stay open for the entire year. We realize that this is a dynamic situation and circumstances could change, however our current desire is to stay open. If circumstances become such that we are faced with going online, we will make that decision with great discretion, caution and with much prayer and discernment. OCS has a spiritual mission to deliver Christian education. We believe this mission is a tool in fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). Throughout the ages the Body of Christ has persevered and improvised to meet together – sometimes in very difficult circumstances. Therefore, we are not inclined to quickly cease on-campus operations without great consideration. 

If a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results, can the students (not being tested) come to school?

No, to avoid the possibility of potential spread of COVID-19 at school, students may not come to school while a member of a household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.


Will students and employees be required to wear face coverings?

Face coverings are not required for the remainder of Spring 2021 semester, unless conditions change that warrant a more aggressive face covering policy. Students and employees that desire to wear a face covering are encouraged to do do. 

What group gatherings will be allowed?

Gatherings larger than classroom size (16-24 students) must be approved by the headmaster.

Will parents be allowed in school buildings?

At this time, to limit risk of exposure, parents will not be able to conduct drop-in visits and must schedule an appointment. Every effort will be made to schedule meetings by phone or video conferencing.

Will students still have recess and PE?

Yes. Current guidance is to continue recess, with careful handwashing and disinfecting before and after recess. When possible, PE classes that would normally take place in the gym may take place in outdoor areas. 

Will students use lockers?

Students will be assigned lockers by cohorts to reduce the need for hallway use across multiple areas of the building and to reduce the number of students congregating around locker areas.

Will students use the water fountains?

Yes, however only touchless water bottle filling stations will be used. We will retrofit water fountains throughout campus with touchless filling stations and make the drinking spigots non-functional. 

What arrangements need to be made so that students are not sharing supplies?

We will go 1:1 on computers in the MS. HS students will be encouraged to bring their own laptop or device. In certain cases, computers will be wiped down and disinfected after each student use. We will eliminate all communal supplies (pencil sharpeners, markers, etc). 

How will the visitor check-in/check-out process work?

We will move the check-in kiosks to the lobby in the HS; in the MS we will move the kiosk to the MS lobby (lost and found table); in the ES we will move the kiosk closer to the front doors.

Does OCS conduct temperature checks before students enter school buildings in the morning?

No. Children may be less likely to present with fever as an initial symptom, therefore we will not conduct temperature checks of our entire student body. However, parents are asked to partner with the school by checking their child’s temperature daily, prior to coming to school. 

Will the school administer ibuprofen or Tylenol this year?

No. We don’t want to mask the symptoms of potential infected students. 

How will the school handle doors? Will they remain open?

To avoid students and staff touching contaminated door handles, interior doors (not bathrooms) will be locked, but left open with a doorstop, so in the event of a lockdown, the doorstop can be removed quickly and the door secured. During high traffic times of the day, exterior doors will be opened and secured with a door stop, yet locked for security purposes. Exterior doors will not remain open unless there is an adult in close proximity who is able to close and secure the door in the event of a lock down. Bathroom door foot pulls were installed in most bathrooms.

Can students share food in the classroom or lunch room?

No. Food will not be shared during the COVID-19 crisis. Food served at class parties / birthday treats must be in store-bought, individually wrapped containers. 

What is the procedure for bathroom breaks?

Effort will be made to avoid large groups of students in one bathroom at a time.

What will break look like in the HS?

Break will be organized in a way that reduces the size of large crowds.

How will OCS modify movement in hallways and stairwells?

Students and adults will be asked to walk on the right side of the hallway when feasible. Some stairwells have been designated for one-way traffic.


Does OCS employ a daytime custodian for ongoing cleaning?

Yes. OCS employs a daytime custodian to specifically handle ongoing cleaning and disinfectant. Our evening cleaning company has increased their level of service to accommodate COVID-19 conditions.

Will hand sanitizer be available and when will it be used?

Hand sanitizing dispensers will be installed in each classroom prior to the start of school. Students and adults will be required to sanitize their hands anytime they leave or enter a classroom or office. Students who are allergic must bring an alternative product for hand sanitizing.

Will OCS use UV lights for disinfection?

No. The CDC guidance is to not use UV lights in a school setting due to additional health risks.

Will OCS be taking additional measures to purify the air through filters or modifications of our existing HVAC system?

OCS has no current plans to purchase and install air purifying units or modify our HVAC system in buildings.

What responsibilities will the staff have during the day to clean and disinfect high traffic areas/surfaces?

Staff will practice specific cleaning procedures in their work spaces and classrooms. The day custodian will continually clean and disinfect common areas during the day. 

Are elective teachers such as PE to wipe down all equipment after each class?

Yes. We have built in time between classes to wipe down equipment. 


Will we have overnight trips such as Junior Retreat and Science Camp?

 It is unlikely. Principals will assess the COVID-19 situation and context of potential overnight trips before scheduling any off-site activities.

Will OCS offer international mission trips?

No. There are too many unknowns to commit to January international mission trips.

Will there be a Senior Trip?

The OCS senior trip will take place with precautions to reduce risk and accomodate any student that may become ill during the trip. 

Will OCS schedule field trips?

Principals will assess the COVID-19 situation and context of potential field trips before scheduling any off-site activities. 

Will we have class parties in ES?

Yes, however no parents or siblings will be able to attend and procedures will be provided to provide food in a safe manner.

Can parents still send food for birthday treats?

All food brought to the school for parties must be store bought and individually wrapped.

How will high school community service be handled?

High school community service has been temporarily suspended for the year due to the prohibitive nature of COVID-19 precautions. 


Will athletics continue?

At this time we are expecting to have athletics. OCS will follow the recommendations of the OSSAA as to schedules, practice and game restrictions. 

Will students in the Blended Learning Model be allowed to play sports?

Blended Learning students may not participate in after-school activities or play sports.

Will OCS operate a concessions stand at the volleyball and football games?

Yes. However we will only serve pre-packaged items. Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be served because it will be pre-packaged coming to OCS and follows their standards for food handling. 

Will students be penalized and not get playing time if they quarantine?

Students athletes will not be penalized or disciplined for guaranteeing, however coaches will play the players who are most prepared to play competitively.

What procedures will be in place for athletic and after school co-curricular events?

Face coverings will not be mandatory outdoors for fans, however face coverings may be mandatory for inside athletic events; we will pull out both sets of indoor bleachers for all indoor games. Hand sanitizer will be available at the gates. Fan attendance may be limited.

Will students wear masks on buses?

Students will not be required to wear masks on busses for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

Will OCS inform opposing teams of positive cases of COVID-19 on an athletic team?

OCS will inform opposing teams when we become aware of positive cases before upcoming games (without using the name of the student athlete). We will decide along with the opposing school administration if a game should be played on a case by case basis.

Will fans be allowed to attend athletic events at OCS?

We are allowing fans for all athletic events. Masks are mandatory for indoor athletic events. Masks are not mandatory for outdoor athletic events, but are highly encouraged. Fans should social distance while attending all events. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Will masks be required for athletes?

Coaches will work with the athletic director to determine how face coverings will be worn in each sport.

What options exist for broadcasting OCS athletic events?

We are broadcasting all middle school, junior varsity, and varsity athletic events in our gym and our football field with a subscription to the NFHS network. Click here to subscribe.


Will the Blended Learning Model include options for alternating days on campus and at home?

No. This would create too learning inconsistencies between the students who come on different schedules.

Will it be difficult for students to transition back to the regular classroom after participating in the blended model?

Since instruction will be delayed by approximately two days, there may be some content that students have not been introduced to. As in the case with a normal absence, the teacher will work with the parents to make sure the student will be on target and gain any needed content and skills up re-entry to on-campus learning.

Will dress code change from what is in the Student Handbook?

We will continue to wear chapel dress, so students don’t get out of the habit and feel entitled to no longer wearing it. 

How will OCS handle student absences?

We will continue policies in the Student Handbook. Blended Learning students will be counted as present unless parents inform the office of extended illness or a worsening degree of symptoms.

How will OCS handle a sub shortage?

We will heavily recruit substitute teachers prior to the start of school, emphasizing the importance of this vital factor in keeping instruction in-person. Depending on the number of absent students in each grade level, classes may be combined if feasible for a short time, until quarantined teachers return or substitutes are available. 

Parents may send questions or concerns about OCS’ COVID-19 response to Each question will be reviewed and considered by the OCS COVID-19 team. Responses to COVID-19 questions will continue to be posted on our FAQs section of this page.