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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Oklahoma Christian School
4680 E. 2nd
Edmond, OK 73034 405-341-2265
Elementary : 8:05 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
1/2 Day PreK : 8:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Middle School : 7:50 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
High School : 7:50 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.