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OKCPS fine-tunes COVID preps for in-person school in five days – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-08-04 16:02:41 –

Oklahoma City (Free press) — Oklahoma City Public Schools are making final adjustments to face-to-face school preparations starting Monday as the COVID D variant increases tolls in the state.

Director Sean McDaniel acknowledged the uncertainty of a surge in new COVID cases at a press conference Wednesday.

“We know that people, parents, caregivers, teachers and staff are worried about what they see every night from the living room on TV,” McDaniel said.

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“We took a position at OKCPS. It’s absolutely important that our children are in school directly,” McDaniel said. “It’s the basic, big, and number one thing on our list, along with keeping children, faculty and staff safe.”

Several times during the school year last year, McDaniel expressed concern about reports he received about the abuse of children who left school and were trapped all day in an inherently difficult family environment.

Watching Sean McDaniel answers questions from the news media on August 4, 2021. He is adjacent to a member of his cabinet. (BRETT DICKERSON / Oklahoma City Free Press)

But that’s not all McDaniel’s worries. He has hope for the next school year, despite all the complexity that comes with it.

“I’m not 100% excited right now, but I’m pretty intimate,” said the director. “I am very excited to bring school back to the session.”

He said he was confident in the preparation of the district and knew that “returning” the children to the school would create the coveted relationships between students and between students and teachers.

“I’m just as worried as anyone else. I want to see how this unfolds. I’m confident in the steps we took,” McDaniel said. “But more than worrying, I’m very excited.”

Adjacent to the Cabinet, McDaniel opened the press conference to questions from media members.

He answered various questions and provided this information.

COVID

  • Senate Bill 658, passed last time by the Oklahoma State Parliament, does not allow the district to require masks. Vaccines are optional.
  • If the test is positive, a 14-day quarantine is “recommended”.
  • If the student is positive on the test and the guardian does not want to be quarantined, the student will be quarantined from the rest of the school population.
  • From what the district learned last year, if the COVID situation justifies it, they will be ready to move to distance learning.
  • All COVID-related decisions are made using multiple data points under the guidance of the Oklahoma City County Health Department, not just one data point.
  • If the COVID infection worsens, the classroom may be sent for some time or throughout the school, but we do not want to “close” the district.
  • 60% of the 5,000 staff members self-report that they have been vaccinated.
  • Last year, funds from the CARES Act were spent on installing ionizers in all schools. The ionization process covers every part of the school building.

Staffing

  • According to McDaniel, the area will have “99% staff” for the next school year.
  • However, the district is still looking for special education and grade level teachers.
  • 125 bus drivers are employed on 125 routes within the district.
  • They want to hire more to make sure they can afford enough when the driver has to take a vacation.
  • Bus drivers earn $ 17 an hour. This is the best rate in the metro and perhaps the state.

Urgent certification

  • Last year, the district received over 400 emergency certifications for teachers by the end of the year.
  • So far, there are 408 emergency certifications across the state this year.
  • OKCPS is committed to providing training to emergency certified teachers and all teachers during the school year.
  • All teachers, regardless of whether the accreditation is part of the OKCPS family.

register

  • As of Wednesday, there are 30,000 students enrolled.
  • District officials expect all students to reach approximately 33,500 by the time they enroll.
  • Pre-K and K-level registrations are low because caregivers are hesitant to send very small children back to the school environment.
  • Efforts are being made to reach out to caregivers who may be hesitant to return their small children to learning directly.
  • The annual commitment to online learning in the E3 program is 1,000, with 4,500 registered last year.

technology

  • All students will be checked out of the device again this year to enhance their learning.
  • Hotspots purchased last year will be checked out by students who need them.

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  • Teachers are trained on how to maintain compliance House building 1775 This limits certain types of education on American racial history and current racial issues.
  • If parents are worried about being taught in the classroom, they should start with a teacher.
  • If you are not satisfied, you need to go to the principal.
  • If still unsatisfied, parents can file a complaint by filling out a form on the district’s website.
  • The district’s general legal counsel will then coordinate the response and investigation.

School starts on Monday, August 9th. For more information, please visit OKCPS.org.


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Last updated: August 4, 2021 15:02 Brett Dickerson – Editor

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