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Updated Safety Protocols and Guidance - August 2021

Masking | Limited Building Access | Welcome StationsQuarantine | Isolation | Leave related to COVID-19 | Vaccination Information | Testing

 

Masking

Updated 8/26/21

While our city is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infection rates with the highly contagious Delta variant, our expectations for mask wearing are as follows:

  1. Effective Monday, August 30: All staff will wear masks while inside our buildings. The only exception will be for individuals who have a documented and approved medical exemption. 
  2. Effective Tuesday, September 7: All students will wear masks while inside our buildings. The only exceptions are for students who have a documented and approved medical exemption or a district-approved exemption based on the educational or the social and emotional needs of the student. During the next week, we will be sharing details with our school communities regarding the specific expectations and possible exemptions regarding mask wearing.

Consistent with federal orders for masking on public conveyances from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, masks will be required on all Tulsa Public Schools buses. Masks will be available at all schools and sites for students and team members who need them.

We will continue to work closely with the Tulsa Health Department to ensure that our safety practices stay tightly aligned with guidance from public health and medical professionals. We will also continue to listen to feedback from our school teams to make sure they have the clarity and support they need to keep your children safe. 


 

Limited Building Access

While parents will be able to access our school buildings during our student orientation days, we will unfortunately be limiting non-staff visitor (including parents) access to our buildings effective on Thursday, August 19. Visitors who are in our buildings will be expected to follow our safety guidance and protocols.


 

Welcome Stations

In addition to resuming the use of our Screen and Go app on Monday, August 9, we will also have welcome stations at building entrances, and adults entering the building will be asked to complete a temperature check. Parents will be asked to complete an at-home health screening with their children prior to coming to school. Click here for our at-home health screening questions.



Quarantine

We will continue to follow CDC guidance on quarantining related to close contact exposure.

Positive case: If an individual (student or staff) tests positive regardless if they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are to follow current guidelines of the 10 day isolation from either first date of symptom onset or date of test collection and result of positive.

Close contact exposure: An individual needs to quarantine if they have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who is a confirmed COVID-19 positive case. Certain individuals will qualify for exceptions to quarantining: (1) vaccinated individuals who are neither experiencing symptoms nor testing positive, and (2) unvaccinated individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and not experiencing symptoms. Those with exceptions will be asked to monitor and will be required to quarantine or isolate if they experience symptoms or test positive.

This general guidance considers exposure to positive cases regardless if asymptomatic or symptomatic.

Quarantine protocols:

An individual needs to quarantine if they have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated.

  • Stay home after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
    • If the individual is asymptomatic, they can return after day 10 (on day 11) without testing
    • If the individual is symptomatic, they can return after day 7 (on day 8) after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • If at any point during the quarantine period the individual develops symptoms, they need to isolate for 10 days from symptom onset.

 

Isolation protocols

  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
  • People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
  • What to do:
    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
    • Wear a mask when around other people if able. 

 

Leave related to COVID-19

COVID leave will not be available to staff this year. Vaccinated employees may use their available paid emergency leave days before being required to use or exhaust their own paid leave accruals if they need to miss work for the following reasons and their supervisor determines that telework isn't possible:

i) they are ill with COVID-19 and/or must isolate because they have tested positive for COVID-19 (usually 10 days from onset of symptoms or from the positive test date if asymptomatic);

ii) their child who is under age18 must isolate because the minor child has tested positive for COVID-19, or must quarantine because they have been exposed to COVID-19, and the child cannot go to school or their normal place of care during isolation or quarantine, and the employee is needed to care for the child;

iii) their child under age 18's school is closed for reasons due to COVID-19 and the employee needs to care for their child

iv) the district directs the employee to stay home from work (i.e., quarantine) because the employee has been exposed to COVID-19; or

 v) the employee needs time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, or the employee is feeling unwell the day of or the day after, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.


 

Vaccination Information

The COVID-19 vaccine is available free of charge to anyone ages 12 and older.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 and reduce the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The federal government is providing free vaccinations to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Use the link below to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination today or text your zip code to 438-829 to find a vaccination site near you.CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION


 

Rapid Testing 

Keeping our school buildings open and students in class depends upon the awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. Our nurses, nurse assistants, and other trained staff are providing rapid testing at school and district sites to help quickly identify COVID exposures and reduce transmission. The testing of a random number of individuals will allow us to determine prevalence and use the data as an early warning indicator to monitor conditions. For specific situations, where available, rapid testing will be administered for suspected cases where symptoms are present. Members of Team Tulsa can click here to opt in to take part in testing. You can find FAQs about our rapid testing here.


 

Additional Testing Resources 

 

Tulsa Health Department Testing Pods (By Appointment Only)

North Regional Health and Wellness Center 

5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tulsa, OK 74126


South Testing Location

8414 E 101st St. S., Tulsa, OK 74133

For Appointments Call: 918-582-9355

Schedule Appointment Online 

Additional FREE Testing Sites (By Appointment Only)

OU-Tulsa 

4502 E. 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74135

918-619-4980 - Testing is by appointment only.

Hours: Monday & Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


OU-Tulsa Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic

591 E. 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74106

918-619-4980 - Testing is by appointment only.

Hours: Monday & Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

OSU Center for Health Sciences

1111 W 17th St, Tulsa, OK 74107

918-281-2750-Testing is by appointment only

Hours: Monday - Friday at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OSU Center for Health Sciences

Schedule Online Appointment

For testing statewide, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health