District message about coronavirus

Schools closed through April 3rd
Posted on 03/14/2020
Sapulpa Public SchoolsMARCH 17 - If you believe you will participate in the free meals for children 18 and younger beginning on March 23rd, we would like you input to help us in the planning process. Please take this short survey. We appreciate your help.

MARCH 16 - As a result of the Oklahoma State Department of Education authorizing the closure of all public schools in the state, Sapulpa Public Schools will be closed through at least April 3 without instruction.

We plan on returning to school on Monday, April 6, however that date may change, so please be attentive for more updates later.

Meal service will continue for students on free and reduced plans. More information about where those meals will be served will come later.

For our employees, district buildings will be open until Wednesday, March 18 at 5 p.m. for you to return to your classroom and gather what you may need during the closure.

When new information is available we will continue to post updates on this page as well as on social media, phone, and email.

Please remember to thoroughly wash your hands regularly throughout the day, stay home if you are not feeling well, cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to navigate the current situation in the U.S.

RESOURCES

Here is a flyer outlining the steps you can take to help stop the spread of germs. It's good information you can share with your family members.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Oklahoma State Department of Health  
Creek County Health Department
Tulsa County Health Department

MARCH 12 - Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt held a press conference urging people to be calm and to be judicious. He said, "we do not want to create a panic or over react," in regards to coronavirus. He also said the state is focusing its efforts on older adults and that there is no evidence of community spread. It was announced there is a third positive case of COVID-19 in the state.

MARCH 10 - Tulsa Health Department announces a presumptive positive case of coronavirus - Tulsa County woman in her 20s who had traveled to Italy. 

MARCH 6 - State Superintendent of Instruction Joy Hofmeister issued guidelines regarding spring break travel and the coronavirus.

Any student, teacher, and district employee traveling to and returning from any Level 2 or Level 3 country as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. Read more here.

MARCH 6 - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announces first positive conoravirus test in the state - Tulsa County man in his 50s who had traveled to Italy. The Governor reported the man is quarantined in his home and was feeling better. 

MARCH 4 - Sapulpa Public Schools administration has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. and discussions have been ongoing among district personnel and health officials regarding the well-being of our students and staff.

Despite the low risk level here in Oklahoma, we have been reviewing our cleaning and disinfecting processes as well as the supplies we use to maintain healthy school environments.

As a first step, our custodial staff has already begun prioritizing cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are handled frequently during the day. Additionally, we will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the county and state health departments and adjust our practices accordingly.

In the meantime, we remain in the cold and influenza season. We encourage everyone to exercise everyday preventive actions, as recommended by the CDC, to help avoid the spread of respiratory diseases.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (i.e. chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.
Earlier this school year, high school students participated in Digital Learning Days in which they completed assignments remotely. We are reviewing what we learned from those days so we can apply best practices to our remaining schools should the need arise. Our goal is to have a plan in place that gives parents, students, and staff adequate time to prepare in the event that we need to institute Digital Learning Days district-wide.

We appreciate your efforts in helping us maintain a healthy school environment.

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