BPSD COVID-19 Guidance

Throughout this school year:

  • Positive cases must isolate for at least 5 days, with day 0 when symptoms begin or of a positive test if there are no symptoms; a negative rapid test is recommended, but not required, before returning to campus, and wearing an N95 or surgical mask is recommended, but not required, for 5 days after ending isolation

  • N95 or surgical face masks are not required but are encouraged for those at high risk or in close contact with others at high risk

  • There is no in-school contact tracing or district-imposed quarantines; only positive case tracking

  • There are no COVID restrictions on visitors, spacing, assemblies, field trips, activities, capacities, or third-party use

The district has discontinued its previous color-coded Alert Levels.

The Dashboard provides case tallies and the levels of in-district cases and hospital usage you may use in making personal decisions about precautions such as masking.

Bartlesville Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard

If you have symptoms, get tested.

If you do a rapid antigen test, false positives are quite rare, so a positive result is considered confirmation you have COVID-19. But a negative result from an antigen test is false about half the time, so if you get a negative antigen test result, it is recommended that you schedule PCR testing and stay home until you receive a negative result.

Rapid Self-Tests

  • Rapid self-tests are available for purchase at pharmacies, and for tests purchased after January 14, 2022 insurers must pay for up to 8 tests per covered person per month at no cost from preferred stores, pharmacies or online retailers or for reimbursement of up to $12 per test for those purchased elsewhere. Contact your insurer for details.

  • If a parent with a sick student cannot locate a rapid self-test, the district can supply an at-home kit of two tests upon request; contact Health & Safety Director Kerry Ickleberry.

PCR Tests

  • Contact your family doctor.

  • No-cost testing may be available at CVS and Walgreens.

  • The Washington County Health Department at 5121 Jacquelyn Lane has an online portal or call 918-335-3005.

  • Ascension Respiratory Clinic; call Medical Park Pharmacy at 918-331-2525; drive-through on east side portico of the Medical Park Center

  • Ascension St. John Urgent Care at 3550 E Frank Phillips Blvd; 918-338-3730; requires provider assessment & testing concurrence

  • Axis Health Care; 2431 SE Washington Blvd. Ste. B; 918-335-2273

  • Access Medical Care; 2334 SE Washington Blvd; 918-331-9184

  • Ochelata's Cooweescoowee Health Center offers drive-through testing M-F from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 395200 West 2900 Rd, Ochelata; 918-535-6000

  • Nowata's Will Rogers Health Center offers drive-through testing M-F from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 1020 Lenape Dr, Nowata; 918-273-7500

  • Positive Cases

    • During the academic year, if a student tests positive for an active case of COVID-19, parents must report that to the school.

    • Whenever a district staff member tests positive for an active case of COVID-19, they must report that to their supervisor.


Each school has one or more case trackers. They need to know:

  • The date the sample was taken that later tested positive for COVID-19.

  • The date on which any COVID-19 signs or symptoms developed.

That information is used to determine an individual's infectious period so that the contact tracer can determine the mandatory isolation period. A person who tests positive must isolate and will not be allowed back onto school property until at least day 6 where day 0 was the day of their positive test OR the onset of their symptoms. A recommended, but not required, additional precaution is to continue isolation until there is a negative result on a rapid test (NOT a PCR test).

To return after the minimum 5-day isolation period, someone must have 24 hours with no fever (and no fever-reducing medicine) AND improvement in their symptoms. We strongly recommend, but cannot require, wearing a surgical or N95 mask for 5 additional days when in our schools and on a school bus as you may still be infectious, especially if you have not yet tested negative on a rapid test (NOT a PCR test). There is also the option to avoid masking and still protect others by instead completing the full 10-day isolation period.

Students are expected to engage via Distance Learning while under isolation UNLESS they are too ill.

Close Contacts & Household Members

  • The district no longer performs contact tracing, notifications, or quarantines for close contacts or for those living with a positive case.

  • Close contacts: Those who were within six feet of a positive case for more than fifteen minutes anytime starting two days before symptoms developed or a person tested positive should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, self-test if any symptoms develop, and consider self-testing 5 full days after exposure even if there are no symptoms.

  • Household members: Those living with a positive case should take these special precautions. The district recommends, but does not require, that for two weeks they wear a surgical or N95 mask when inside a school or a school vehicle.

Antiviral Therapeutics

Paxlovid, Evusheld, and Molnupiravir are among the available medicines for high-risk patients with COVID. If you are high-risk, see a doctor immediately upon testing positive for COVID so the doctor can consider if any of the therapeutics are appropriate; we do not expect students or parents to solicit medical advice from Bartlesville Public Schools personnel.

Note that Paxlovid must be taken within five days of having symptoms and is available by prescription from the CVS, Jane Phillips Medical Center, Walgreens, and WalMart pharmacies.


Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are now available for those ages 6 months and up and are available at local pharmacies.

Please note that the district does not expect students or parents to solicit medical advice from Bartlesville Public Schools personnel; they should consult trusted health care providers.