BPSD COVID-19 Guidance
N95 or surgical face masks are optional protection
Throughout this school year:
Optional 6' distancing for individuals upon request & when feasible
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 before returning to campus, and wearing an N95 or surgical mask is recommended for 5 days after ending isolation
No in-school contact tracing, notifications, or district-imposed quarantines
No COVID restrictions on visitors, spacing, assemblies, field trips, activities, capacities, or third-party use
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.
You can order free rapid self-tests, shipping 7-12 days later, at COVIDtests.gov.
- Positive Cases
Once the school year is in session, 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 who have completed a certification course from Johns Hopkins. 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.