Tulsa Public Schools reinforces mask expectations as the next semester begins

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools is reinforcing their mask expectations and changing some COVID-19 protocols as students head back to class after winter break.

They are “expecting” masks at elementary schools, where some students might not be eligible for the vaccine. Masks are “strongly recommended” at secondary schools and district offices.

The school says as far as quarantining goes, these are the new guidelines:

Quarantine and isolation

  • 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.
  • We will continue to share counts of confirmed positive cases on a weekly basis.

Layered safety practices

  • When possible, we will maintain safe distancing.
  • Adults entering buildings will continue check-in at welcome stations and complete a temperature check; staff will continue using our screen-and-go application.

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