Student and School Safety
There is nothing more important than keeping our students, teachers, and school communities safe, secure, and focused on teaching and learning. We are working closely with the Tulsa Health Department to ensure that our health and safety guidance continues to reflect the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Requesting an approved masking exemption for students
- WEEKLY COVID-19 CASE COUNTS
- Masking Protocol
- COVID-19 Health and Safety Practices
- Rapid Testing Program
- COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
- COVID-19 AT-HOME STUDENT HEALTH SCREENING
All students without an approved exemption will wear a mask in our school buildings. Once an exemption form is received and entered into our system for schools, the school team will allow the exempted student to remove their mask.
The period to request masking exemptions ended on Friday, Sept. 17. Requests submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The only exemptions will be 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.
Paper copies of these forms are also available at the front desk of the Education Service Center.
To submit an exemption form, please bring the completed form and your valid ID to the front desk at the Education Service Center.
The exemption form must be submitted by the individual whose signature is on it. An exemption form delivered in person by individuals who are not the child’s parent or guardian will not be accepted.
If you are unable to deliver the form in person, you may get the form notarized and submit it via email to TPSinfo@tulsaschools.org. Notarized forms signed by the parent/guardian may also be submitted in person by individuals who are not the child’s parent or guardian.
Individuals submitting forms must wear masks while in the building. If you do not wish to wear a mask in the building, you may instead have the form notarized and submit it via email.
You will receive a response to your exemption request via email within 2-3 business days.
A excepción de aquellos que cuenten con una exención aprobada, todos los estudiantes deberán utilizar cubrebocas dentro de nuestras escuelas. Una vez hayamos recibido el formulario de exención, y lo ingresemos al sistema, el equipo de la escuela le permitirá al estudiante eximido quitarse el cubrebocas.
Las solicitudes de exención serán aceptadas hasta las 5 p.m. del día viernes 17 de septiembre. Cualquier solicitud que sea enviada luego de esta fecha solo será considerada bajo circunstancias especiales, por ejemplo, el diagnóstico reciente de una condición médica.
Solo habrá exenciones para aquellos estudiantes que tengan una excusa médica, debidamente documentada y aprobada, y para aquellos estudiantes que tengan aprobación del distrito debido a necesidades educacionales, sociales y/o emocionales.
Las copias físicas de este formulario se encuentran disponibles en la recepción del Education Service Center.
Al momento de entregar el formulario de exención, por favor, verifique que se encuentra completo y traiga consigo una identificación con foto a la recepción del Education Service Center.
El formulario debe ser entregado por el mismo sujeto que firmó el documento. Aquellos formularios, entregados en persona, por alguien que no sea alguno de los padres o el guardián del estudiante no serán aceptados.
Si usted no se encuentra en posición de entregar el formulario en persona, usted puede notarizar su copia y enviarlo al correo electrónico TPSinfo@tulsaschools.org. Los formularios firmados por el padre o guardián, que estén autorizados, pueden ser entregados por otros individuos.
Los individuos que entreguen los formularios deberán utilizar cubrebocas mientras se encuentren dentro del edificio. Si no desea utilizar cubrebocas puede notarizar el formulario y enviarlo por correo electrónico.
Usted recibirá una respuesta con respecto a su exención, dentro de 2 o 3 días hábiles, a través de un correo electrónico.
Tulsa Public Schools has COVID-19 safety protocols in place at all of our school buildings and district sites.
Our expectation is that every adult and student - regardless of vaccination status - wears a mask at all times indoors and outdoors when in the presence of others. Consistent with federal orders for masking on public conveyances from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks will be required on all Tulsa Public Schools buses.
We are asking everyone in the Tulsa Public Schools community to practice safe distancing and to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms. Our weekly COVID-19 Case Count includes three measures: reports of potential exposure, reports of confirmed cases, and “close contacts” traced by staff.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Dado que nuestra ciudad está experimentando un alza en la propagación del COVID-19 con la variante Delta, que es altamente contagiosa, nuestras expectativas del uso de cubrebocas serán las siguientes:
- Efectivo el día lunes, 30 de agosto: Todo el personal utilizará cubrebocas mientras se encuentren dentro de las instalaciones. Solo se harán excepciones para aquellos individuos que presenten documentación médica aprobada que los haga exentos.
- Efectivo el día martes, 7 de septiembre: Todos los estudiantes deberán utilizar cubrebocas mientras se encuentren dentro de las instalaciones. Las únicas excepciones serán para estudiantes que cuenten con documentación médica aprobada que los haga exentos o una excepción aprobada por el distrito basada en las necesidades sociales y educacionales del estudiante. Durante la próxima semana compartiremos más detalles con nuestra red de escuelas con respecto a expectativas específicas y posibles excepciones en cuanto al uso de cubrebocas.
- Ventilation: Improved air filtration and/or ventilation systems at each school to minimize the potential airborne transmission of the virus in schools.
- Handwashing and cleaning: Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available at all sites; disinfectant cleaner and wipes will be placed in classrooms; and custodians will continue the use of electrostatic sprayers in our buildings.
- Contact tracing and quarantine: We will continue the contact tracing and notification process and recommended quarantine periods.
- COVID-19 rapid testing: We will offer COVID-19 rapid-testing for all students in grades pre-K-12 and all staff who have opted-in to the program. Click here for more information about our rapid testing program.
- Limited building access: We will limit non-staff visitor access to our buildings.
- Welcome stations: We will resume the use of welcome stations at building entrances, and adults entering the building will be asked to complete a temperature check; staff will resume use of our Screen and Go app.
- At-home health screenings: 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.
We need your help to make sure this important safety measure is successful! We are asking parents and families to create an account here on Project Beacon to opt their child into the COVID-19 rapid testing program. This is completely optional, but we hope you will include your child in the program and support COVID-19 prevention efforts at Tulsa Public Schools.
We are continuing our partnership with the Tulsa Health Department to conduct in-school COVID-19 rapid tests of randomly-selected staff members and students in grades 6-12 once a week. We are expanding our testing pilot to include elementary students grades PreK-5th. This program is designed to help identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases early and ensure that affected individuals are immediately isolated and sent home to quarantine.
Elementary COVID-19 Rapid Testing Expansion
Elementary Rapid Tests will be administered by trained staff once per week based on the number of students who have parent consent forms on file. If a student is selected for random testing, parents/guardians will be notified by their preferred method of contact as listed on their parent consent form. This program is designed to help identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases early and ensure that affected individuals are immediately isolated and sent home to quarantine.
COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
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.
Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines 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.
- Without test: If the individual is asymptomatic, they can return after day 10 (on day 11) without testing
- With test: If the individual is asymptomatic, 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 (100.4ºF), 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 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.
If a student has a positive test result, is showing COVID-19-like symptoms or has been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, parents should contact the child's school for an alternative options for the student. Students who are in quarantine will be able to access their work through Canvas.
While we have practices in place to keep our students, team, and families safe, we also have protocols to follow if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, is exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or has symptoms of COVID-19.
If your child has been exposed through close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19-like symptoms while at school, you will be notified by your child’s school by phone and/or email. Please make sure that the school has an accurate phone number and email address for you.
You should keep your child home from school if:
- The answer to any of the Student Health Screening Questionnaire is “YES;”
- Your child or any member of your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test;
- Your child or any member of your household tests positive for COVID-19;
- Your child or any member of your household has been notified of an exposure through close contact with a an individual confirmed to have a positive case of COVID-19; or
- Your child or any member of your household is exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms, including:
- Fever (100.4+ degrees Fahrenheit)
- Feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
- New cough
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
student Health Screening Questionnaire
Before your child leaves for school each morning, please complete this health screening questionnaire.
If the answer to any of the questions below is yes please keep your child at home and contact your healthcare provider.
For everyone’s health and safety, it is critically important that you not enter the building unless you can answer “no” to each of the following questions:
1. In the last 48 hours, have you experienced any of the following symptoms that you are not sure is caused by another condition that is not COVID-19 that is not contagious:
__ Fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
__ New cough __ Sore throat
__ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing __ Nausea
__ Muscle aches or body aches __ Vomiting or diarrhea
__ New loss of taste or smell __ Fatigue
__ Headache __ Congestion or runny nose
2. In the last 14 days, have you been in close contact* with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or who had COVID-19-like symptoms?__ Y __N
3. In the last ten days, have you had a positive COVID-19 test for the active virus?__ Y __ N
4. Are you currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?__ Y __ N
5. In the last 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?__ Y __ N
6. In the last 14 days, have you traveled internationally, travelled on a cruise ship, or been in close contact with anyone who has traveled internationally, to a country designated by the Centers for Disease Control as Warning Level 3 or 4, Avoid Nonessential Travel, due to COVID-19? __ Y __ N
*For purposes of the screening, “close contact” includes being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period. It also includes caring for or having direct contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (e.g., kissing, hugging, touching them) or their respiratory droplets (e.g., being sneezed or coughed on by them).
Antes de que su hijo(a) vaya a la escuela en la mañana, por favor complete un cuestionario de chequeo de salud del estudiante.
Si la respuesta es “si” a cualquiera de estas preguntas, por favor deje a su hijo(a) en casa y póngase en contacto con su proveedor de asistencia médica.
Por la seguridad y salud de todos, es muy importante que no ingrese a las instalaciones al menos que pueda responder “no” a cada una de las siguientes preguntas:
1. En las últimas 48 horas, ha experimentado alguno de los siguientes síntomas de los que no tiene la certeza que sean causados por otra condición que no sea COVID-19 y que no sea contagiosa:
__ Fiebre (100.4 grados Fahrenheit o más) o afiebrado (escalofríos, sudoración)
__ Tos reciente __ Dolor de garganta
__ Falta de aire o dificultad para respirar __ Nausea
__ Dolor muscular o corporal __ Vómito o diarrea
__ Perdida reciente del gusto o del olfato __ Fatiga
__ Dolor de cabeza __ Congestión o secreción nasal
2. En los últimos 14 días, ¿usted ha estado en contacto cercano con alguien que usted sepa ha tenido COVID-19 o que haya tenido los síntomas de COVID-19? __ Sí __ No
3. En los últimos diez días, ¿usted ha tenido una prueba de COVID-19 con resultado positivo para el virus activo? __ Sí __ No
4. ¿Usted se encuentra actualmente esperando los resultados de una prueba de COVID-19? __ Sí __ No
5. En los últimos 14 días, ¿algún médico o profesional de la salud le ha indicado que se realice un auto monitoreo o que entre en cuarentena debido a preocupaciones causadas por infección de COVID-19? __ Sí __ No
6. En los últimos 14 días, ¿ha viajado fuera del país, viajado en un crucero o ha estado en contacto cercano con alguien que haya viajado fuera del país, a un país identificado por los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades con un nivel 3 ó 4 de riesgo de COVID-19, ha pospuesto viajes innecesarios, debido al COVID-19? __ Sí __ No
* Para propósitos de revisión, “contacto cercano” incluye estar a aproximadamente 6 pies (2 metros) de una persona con COVID-19 o que se sospeche que tiene COVID-19 por 15 minutos o más en un periodo de 24 horas. También incluye estar cuidando o tener contacto directo con una persona con COVID-19 o que se sospeche que tiene COVID-19 (por ejemplo, dar besos, abrazar, tocar a alguien) o partículas respiratorias (por ejemplo, que ellos tosan o estornuden cerca de uno).
- HOW DOES TPS RESPOND IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
- What is the process for lockdowns and intruder alerts?
- IF A SCHOOL IS EVACUATED, HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO PICK UP MY CHILD?
- SHOULD I PICK UP MY CHILD AT SCHOOL DURING AN EMERGENCY?
- WHERE WILL I GET ACCURATE INFORMATION DURING AN EMERGENCY?
- WHAT CAN I DO TO BE BEST PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES?
When the district determines an emergency has occurred, three possible plans of action occur:
1. Go home plan: students return to their homes as quickly and safely as possible. Each school maintains information for emergency contacts for each child.
It is critical that parents and legal guardians advise the school office staff every time emergency contact information changes.
2. Shelter-in-place plan: students stay in their buildings. Typically, inside sheltering is considered a short-term solution. Specific areas of each building are identified as safety zones.
Students in school buildings who are not in classrooms will be escorted by staff to a supervised area and remain there until otherwise notified. No one will be allowed to enter or leave the school for any reason.
3. Evacuation plan: requires that all building occupants exit the building and go to a previously-identified, safe alternate location. Evacuation may mean only going outside and away from the building until an all-clear signal is given. In some circumstances, students and staff may need to be transported and housed temporarily in another location.
- What are the categories of lock-downs and intruder alerts?
- Intruder alert: there is an active threat inside the school. It may or may not involve a weapon.
- Lock-down (full): there is a direct threat to the school or to students or faculty outside the school.
- Modified lock-down: there is an indirect threat in the vicinity of the school (e.g., reports of gunshots in area, or a police pursuit that is nearby or may be headed in the direction of the school). Modified lock-downs are by far the most common occurrence.
- Who determines when a school goes on lock-down?
- Any administrative personnel or law enforcement officer can put a school on intruder alert or lock-down if they believe there is a threat.
- What area is affected by the lock-down?
- The area of a lock-down is determined by the type of incident and its severity. The Tulsa Police Department or Campus Police will determine the possible area of threat and designate the area accordingly.
- What are the immediate actions for each category taken by the school?
- Modified lock-down: All students are brought inside, all exterior doors are locked and no one is allowed in or out of the building except at the discretion of law enforcement or the principal. Officers may be deployed to the site as a precaution.
Lock-down: All students are brought inside, all exterior doors are locked, no one is allowed in or out and all students in the building are moved away from windows or where they might be visible from the outside. Campus Police officers will be deployed to the school.
Intruder alert: Teachers may exercise several options to protect their students; these options are outlined in the Safe School Plan and in the Classroom Emergency Handbooks. Officers will take active response measures under standard law enforcement protocols.
- Are parents notified when a lock-down or intruder alert is called?
Parent notifications are made at the discretion of the principal and will be made as soon as possible through the school's social media sites, email, phone call, and/or text message. However, in most cases, a notification may not be made immediately during the event as school teams are focused on keeping children actively protected.
Please do not come to the school to pick your child up during a lock-down or intruder alert. We understand that you want to check on your child's safety, but coming to the school during a critical incident may interfere with our ability to respond to the threat and keep our campus secure.
Many lock-downs, especially modified lock-downs (the most common kind), may be over in minutes. The police may move out of the neighborhood or quickly determine there is no threat.
Most modified lock-downs are over within minutes. An intruder alert, on the other hand, is entirely dependent on the threat level. There are no guidelines as to the length of time.
In the event students must be moved to an alternate location, the school will use a number of communications tools including phone, email, social media, and news media to attempt to advise all parents of the alternate location.
Each school has several alternative locations that may be used depending upon the severity of the emergency and the number of school buildings involved. Police, fire, and county and state authorities are aware of the alternate locations for each school.
In the event of an emergency, schools will communicate with parents through the following channels:
Schools may contact you directly; this is why it is important for your school to have updated emergency contact information for your child.
It is every guardian’s natural instinct to go to the school during an emergency, but doing so may interfere with the school’s ability to effectively and efficiently respond to the situation. We strongly encourage parents to not come to the school during an emergency unless and until directed by the district to do so. In most cases, school district administration and district and local emergency responders are the only individuals allowed to enter or leave the school campus or building during emergencies.
The district will use every communications method available to keep parents up-to-date during an emergency. These include:
- TPS website (updates are posted on the home page);
- SchoolMessenger (Tulsa Public Schools can use the SchoolMessesnger system to send a recorded phone message or text message if time allows);
- Local news media (be sure to listen carefully for official announcements from TPS); or
- Schools may contact you directly; this is why it is important for your school to have updated emergency contact information for your child.
- Make sure your child's school has the most accurate emergency contact information on file.
- Talk to your child about the importance of following directions and listening to school staff during an emergency.
- Monitor the district communications methods mentioned above.
- Make sure you and your family have a personal disaster plan. Visit the following links for additional resources on talking to your kids about disasters:
Call 918-480-SAFE (7233) or email email@example.com to report a student or school safety concern.
Is someone in immediate danger?
SEE. HEAR. SHARE.
You can help keep your school community safe. If you see or hear something concerning, call 918-480-SAFE (7233) or share with a trusted adult.
SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS
We urge parents and families to talk with their children about the importance of good digital citizenship and the severity of the potential consequences for bad decisions made online.
Students who make threats to schools on social media are subject to serious and potentially life-altering consequences. Regardless of the original intention of a social media post - whether it was a joke or an expression of frustration – students can face long term suspension, arrest, and criminal charges.
Ensuring that students are able to get to school on time every day means they need to be able to travel between home and school.
We use three guiding principals to make decisions about postponing or closing school for inclement weather.