BHS closed for students on 8/20 to complete deep cleaning

posted Aug 19, 2020, 1:02 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 1:04 PM ]

Bartlesville High School will be closed to students on Thursday, August 20, 2020 so that a deep clean can be completed. The students will be in Distance Learning that day as well as on Friday, which was already scheduled as a districtwide Distance Learning day. No other schools in the Bartlesville Public School District will be closed on Thursday. 

When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the district's contact tracing process identifies the person's infectious period, areas that need deep cleaning, and close contacts on campus who will need to quarantine. Sometimes the timing is such that deep cleaning of essential areas, such as lunch facilities, cannot be completed before the next school day, requiring a temporary closure to complete disinfection. Any school vehicles involved in a case are taken out of service until they are deep cleaned.

Any school-related close contacts are identified and notified of quarantines during which they will engage in Distance Learning. Parents of any students who are close contacts are informed about necessary quarantines, including guidance on the quarantine process and its duration, without releasing personally identifiable information about positive cases. 

Classes should resume normally for students on Monday, August 24, except for close contacts who will be quarantined. 

This sort of closure has been anticipated in the district's detailed reopening procedures, which prioritize the safety of students, staff, and community members. The district is transparent about its process and provides a continually updated tally of quarantines and isolations on the COVID-19 Resources page at BPSLEARN.COM. Bartlesville Public Schools is grateful for the patience and cooperation of its patrons and staff in this challenging time.