County returns to yellow status; enhanced protocols remain in effect

posted Aug 28, 2020, 1:40 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 1:41 PM ]
Yellow Level

On August 28, Bartlesville Public Schools was informed that Washington County had officially shifted back from Orange Level 1 to Yellow in the Safety Protocols recommended by the State Board of Education. The district’s Pandemic Response Committee tracks the county’s new case rate from other sources on a daily basis, which had already indicated an improvement in case levels.

The county's weekly average of daily new cases per 100,000 population had risen on August 20 to 16.08, entering Orange Level 1, but by August 27 it had fallen back to 13.86, at the higher end of the yellow range, which extends from 1.43 to 14.38.

Protecting student and staff health and safety is a priority, so the district will NOT be relaxing any health protocols at this time. The following enhanced protocols remain in effect:

  • STUDENT FACE COVERINGS: While face coverings are still only MANDATED for students in grades 4 and up and are expected for all bus riders, the district STRONGLY ENCOURAGES that parents provide face coverings for PreKindergarten through 3rd-grade students and help them learn to wear them effectively. .

  • STAFF FACE COVERINGS: Teachers and all other staff members must continually wear a face covering while inside a school facility EXCEPT when alone in a room or while eating or drinking. When a face covering is NOT worn and others are in a room, such as at lunch, staff are urged to carefully observe physical distancing of 6 feet or more.

  • STAFF SCREENINGS: After they have their temperature checked each workday, all staff members are required to log into the Ascension Screen & Go app on a district Chromebook or computer (or a compatible mobile device) to answer screening questions. 

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Spectators at on-campus extracurricular events are expected to wear masks and to practice physical distancing. Attendance limits at some events should be expected.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation in wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing when in public. Those basic precautions are essential to suppressing the county's positive case rate so that in-person instruction can continue.