Tuesday, August 3

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you can feel the excitement in the air as we get ready to begin a new school year. Nothing matches the thrill of the back-to-school season. As a lifelong educator, it is one of my favorite times of the year.

With the first day of school approaching on Thursday, August 12, you will want to be up-to-date on schedule pickup, meet the teacher events, and more. Please check your email, school websites, and EPS and PTO social media platforms for the latest information. Your spam/junk folder may also contain emails sent in the few days, the result of a regrettable filtering issue that has been corrected.

As we look to the new school year, we are working to return to “normal” with as few interruptions to learning and activities as possible.  Our 2021-2022 Learning Plan outlines COVID-19 related protocols for the coming year. There are important updates to this plan based on the latest guidance from the Oklahoma City County Health Department.

Covid-Related Protocols:

  • In accordance with Oklahoma state law, face coverings will not be required in school facilities, buildings, or buses for students or staff; however, we encourage everyone to wear one to protect themselves and others.
  • Per the most recent guidance (July 30, 2021) from the Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD), quarantines are recommended but not required for individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Per the OCCHD, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if exposed. However, anyone with symptoms needs to isolate until they can test or receive an alternative diagnosis.
  • Schools will notify parents if their child has been exposed at school and provide symptom guidance and quarantine options. 
  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will be required to isolate regardless of vaccination status.
  • Our dedicated operations team will continue to deep clean and sanitize our school facilities, and all staff members will continue to encourage thorough handwashing. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available for students.
  • Where possible, we will continue to observe social distancing.
  • Anyone with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting must stay home until 24 hours symptom-free. It is more important than ever that you do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell until you know the cause of their illness.

Virtual Edmond 

I know that the uptick in Covid cases is causing many families to discuss and possibly consider Virtual Edmond as an option for the education of their child (ren). Families must make their enrollment decisions by August 25 and be aware of the following:

  • Families who wish to make an enrollment change prior to the first day of school on August 12 can contact their home school at any time.
  • After school begins, families who are enrolled in VE and want to change to in-person learning must contact the appropriate VE administrator prior to August 25.
  • After school begins, families who are enrolled in in-person learning and want to change to VE must contact their home site registrar prior to August 25.
  • After August 25, families are committed to the placement through the end of the semester.

Testing Hub Opens August 9 at Cross Timbers Elementary

For your convenience, starting Monday, August 9, the district is opening an urgent care clinic at Cross Timbers Elementary, 4800 N. Kelly, where students or family members can be tested for Covid, flu, and strep. This center replaces the one located inside the district custodial building last year.

As always, we are here to help your family with any concerns or questions you have. The success of our students – including your child – is our focus and mission. We appreciate your support and involvement.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021-22 school year!

Sincerely,

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