COVID-19

OCS is has revised COVID-19 precautions for the 2021-2022 school year. Information will be updated if precautions change. 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

Where are you receiving guidance on COVID-19 precautions?

OCS considers guidance from a variety of sources to determine COVID-19 precautions. The school closely monitors the Oklahoma COVID-19 Risk Level to assess the current risk level in Oklahoma County,. 

Will OCS offer blended (remote) learning for the 2021-2022 school year.

No. A blended learning option will not be offered for the upcoming school year.

QUARANTINE

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 or an antibody test (also known as serology testing). 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 previously tested positive for COVID or who have been vaccinated are not required to quarantine. 

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). 

Who keeps track OCS of how long a student or employee has been quarantined?

The OCS nurse will keep track of how many days a student has been quarantined to ensure the entire quarantine has been completed.

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 or employees may not come to school while a member of a household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. However, students or employees who have already contracted and recovered from COVID-19, or have been vaccinated, may come to school while their household member is awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

If a student or employee is quarantined for 10 days because of household exposure and another household member gets sick with COVID-19, does the quarantined employee/student need to restart the quarantine?

Yes. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and there was close contact, the quarantine will need to restart. However, students or employees who have already contracted and recovered from COVID-19, or have been vaccinated, do not need to quarantine. 

PRECAUTIONS

Will students and employees be required to wear face coverings?

Students will not be required to wear face coverings during the 2021-2022 school year, unless conditions change that warrant a more aggressive face covering policy. Students that desire to wear a face covering may do so. 

What group gatherings will be allowed?

Group gatherings will resume for the 2021-2022 school year.

Will parents be allowed in school buildings?

Parents will be allowed to visit the interior of school buildings for necessary business. However, to limit risk of exposure, parents are discouraged from drop-in visits. 

Will students use the water fountains?

Yes, however only touchless water bottle filling stations will be used. Last year we retrofit water fountains throughout campus with touchless filling stations. We recommend each student have a clean water bottle at school at all times. 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Will OCS offer international mission trips?

Yes, as long as our travel agents and airlines are allowing travel of this nature. 

Will OCS schedule field trips?

Fields trips will be scheduled as long as municipal COVID-19 ordinances and the policies of our field trip destinations permit. 

Will we have class parties in ES?

Yes, however parents will be able to attend, but we ask that siblings stay home. 

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 will be reduced to seven hours per semester. 

ATHLETICS

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 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.

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. 

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.

INSTRUCTIONAL

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.

Parents may send questions or concerns about OCS’ COVID-19 response to ocscovid@ocssaints.org. 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.