Return to Learn

operations and learning plan

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Sapulpa Public Schools has updated its Return to Learn Plan for the 2021-22 school year.

The health and safety of our students and staff have been and will continue to be our number one priority. We will continue to consult with health officials and monitor the current health climate in our community and in our schools.

The following plan will serve as our guide for the 2021-22 school year. There may be a time when it is necessary to tighten some restrictions; therefore, this guide is subject to change. These protocols are in place to help us successfully navigate a healthy and safe school year.

This plan was revised on February 14, 2022. Click to download.

  • SPS offers traditional, in-person learning or virtual instruction through Sapulpa Virtual Academy for PreK through 12th grades.
  • Hybrid instruction is available for 9th through 12th grades.
  • All learning options are at minimum a one-semester commitment.
  • School sites will be open for in-person learning unless a public health emergency necessitates temporary distance learning.

  • Parents are asked to remain in their cars when dropping off or picking up children from school.
  • Arrival and dismissal procedures may be modified to accommodate changing COVID-19 conditions.

  • Parents and guardians should screen each child for COVID-19 symptoms before sending their student to school. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever of 100 degrees or more, sore throat, cough, respiratory symptoms, and new loss of taste or smell.
  • Students, teachers, and staff are expected to stay home if they do not feel well.
  • Teachers will work with students during absences to maintain academic progress.

  • Throughout the school day, high-touch areas will receive additional attention.
  • The district will continue to disinfect all spaces as often as possible, at minimum once a day.
  • Classrooms will be equipped with cleaning supplies.
  • Handwashing stations, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes will be in common areas.

  • Parents will be notified if their child is within six (6) feet of a person who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Students who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should self-monitor for symptoms and may return to school or self-quarantine with no penalty.
  • Students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home for five (5) days. If symptoms persist, the person may need to stay home longer.

  • Students will be required to follow social distancing guidelines set out by building administration and teachers when conditions warrant and where space is available.
  • Students will be reminded to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or visiting the restroom.
  • Students will be asked to wash and/or sanitize their hands before and after meals and outdoor play.
  • District may quarantine a school, grade, or class as conditions warrant.

  • In compliance with Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, masks and face coverings will not be required unless Creek County is declared a state of emergency by the Governor.
  • Masks are encouraged for all students, staff members, and guests at school buildings, school events, and on school transportation.
  • Masks will be made available in buildings and on buses.
  • If Creek County is declared a state of emergency, SPS will consult with the Creek County Health Department and Board of Education to determine if changes to the policy are necessary.

  • All student meals will be served free of charge during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Meal times may be staggered or students may follow a rotating schedule that allows them to eat in the cafeteria, a classroom, a gym, or outdoors when weather permits.
  • Family members and outside guests will not be allowed to dine in our cafeterias at this time.

  • Masks are encouraged for all bus riders and conditions may change that require masks at some point.
  • Masks will be made available on buses.
  • Bus riders may not eat on the bus, but may carry closed drink containers.
  • Parents should not send their child to a bus if their child is ill.
  • Buses will be regularly sanitized and disinfected between routes.

  • Schools will determine and set times for students to visit teachers and classrooms either in person or virtually prior to the start of school.
  • Visitors will be allowed but limited to main office areas only.
  • Guests may visit buildings for programs and special events per building guidelines.

  • All athletic teams and school-sponsored activities will adhere to district guidelines.

  • This plan is a revision to the Operations and Learning Plan written in June, 2021 and to the Return to Learn plan revised in September, 2021.

    Additional information:
    COVID-19 Information & Data Updates
    Creek County Health Department COVID-19 information
    Plan for American Rescue Plan/Esser II and Esser III funding

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