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Safety Protocols and Guidance

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

 

Masking

Updated 1/21/22

Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, we will temporarily reinstate our district-wide masking expectation for all students and adults in our schools and district-office sites. As we did last fall, students should bring their own masks to school if available, but we will have masks at school for those who need them.    

Masking is one of the most important and effective safety practices we have to protect our students and teachers. It is particularly important to wear your mask if you are asymptomatic and returning to school or work following the CDC’s recommended five-day isolation period after testing positive for COVID-19 and/or having COVID-like symptoms. We know that with our mask expectation and other layered safety measures in place and enough adults in the building to support them, we can more consistently keep our students learning together safely in person. 


 

Building Access

  • We will lift our visitor restrictions to allow volunteers - including parents and guardians who are volunteering - to enter our buildings. Volunteers must follow our safety protocols, and all parents and volunteers should understand the school practices.

 

Welcome Stations

  • Adults entering buildings will continue check-in at welcome stations and complete a temperature check; staff will continue using our screen-and-go application.


Quarantine

  • Starting today, Monday, Jan. 3, we will align our isolation and quarantine practices with the CDC’s recent update of the recommended isolation and quarantine period. 

  • Individuals who have tested positive should isolate for five days. If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), individuals may return to school followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. 

  • For individuals who have been exposed, we will continue to not require quarantining. Students and team members may choose to self-quarantine if they have been exposed. 

  • Symptomatic or positive students or team members should stay at home and monitor their symptoms. 

  • If you are a team member who has been advised to isolate for ten days on or before Sunday, Jan. 2, you may reduce your isolation period to five days and - if asymptomatic - return to work after day five, wearing a mask when around others. 

    • For example, if you were advised to isolate for ten days on Friday, Dec. 31, you may reduce your isolation period and - if asymptomatic - return to work on Thursday, Jan. 6.

 


 

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.

Scheduling a vaccination appointment is easy, and there are many ways to find vaccination locations near you:

  • Make an appointment online at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov today. 
  • Text your zip code to 438-829 to find a vaccination site near you. 
  • Call the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa at 918-382-2264. 
  • Schedule a free ride to your vaccination appointment by using one of the options below: 

 

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 to help quickly identify COVID exposures and reduce transmission. 

Any team member who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to a person who has tested positive can get a rapid test before the workday starts. Early morning rapid testing clinics are held Monday through Friday from 6:15-7:30am in the gym area of the Enrollment Center. 

  • For early morning testing, follow the signage on the east side of the Enrollment Center at 2819 S. New Haven Ave. You will need to knock on the door, and one of our team members will let you in. Visit our website for additional details.
  • Symptomatic folks seeking a test should not report to any school for testing. The only district testing site for symptomatic team members is the enrollment center during the early morning clinics M-F 6:15-7:30.
  • To help staff members complete their test quickly, they should complete the staff opt-in form (here) and register for a Project Beacon account before arriving for a test. Let staff know to not show up for a test before completing the registration process. 
    • If you are prompted for an organizational code it is: DTBKYS
    • IMPORTANT: DO NOT click on "schedule testing" link when you register for your Beacon account. Once the account has been created, you will need to sign the consent form. 
    • Here is a link to a brief tutorial on how to sign up for Project Beacon.
  • Tests are offered at individual school clinics during normal working hours should you develop symptoms during the work day or wish to know your status. You do not need to visit another school site to find a test. District office staff tests are offered in Health Services at the Enrollment Center, room 230 during normal working hours. 


Frequently asked questions:

Q: Do I need to schedule a test in Project Beacon in order to go and get tested?
A: 
No, you do not need to schedule a test in Project Beacon in order to get tested at our sites. Please do not use the “schedule testing” function in Project Beacon.

Q: Where can I get a COVID test in the district if I am a Tulsa Public Schools team member? 
A: 
The only district testing site for symptomatic team members is the enrollment center during the early morning clinics M-F 6:15-7:30. Tests are offered at individual school clinics during normal working hours should you develop symptoms during the work day or wish to know your status. At this time, you do not need to visit another school site to find a test. District office staff tests are offered in Health Services at the Enrollment Center, room 230 during normal working hours.

Find more FAQs about our rapid testing here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kendra Gill (gillke@tulsaschools.org) or Chrystal Lewis (lewisch@tulsaschools.org). 


 

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