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.
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.
- 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
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.