RETURN TO LEARN 2020

APS Orange Level Safety Protocols

Altus Public Schools to continue ORANGE protocols 

Altus Public Schools will continue to follow Orange protocols the week of March 1-5.  The Oklahoma State Department of Health has Jackson County coded orange for the upcoming week. We will continue to be vigilant with our layered mitigation procedures throughout the school district to help keep our students, employees, and community as safe as possible.   We urge parents to continue to screen students before school each morning as the first line of defense. 

Orange protocols include in-person learning, temperature screenings at the first point of contact with Altus Public Schools, social distancing when possible, and masks are required for all.  A complete list of  Orange protocols can be found on the district website altusps.com

Each Friday the Oklahoma State Department of Health will release the COVID Alert Risk Management System levels for Jackson County for the upcoming week.  Altus Schools will use this data as the basis for re-evaluating our Altus Public Schools protocols. Altus Public Schools will notify students, parents, employees, and community members on Friday afternoon of the color code for the week to come.

COVID INFORMATION AS OF 02-26-21

SCHOOL RELATED POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINED STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES

SCHOOL

STUDENT ENROLLMENT

COVID +STUDENTS

COVID +

EMLPOYEES

COVID QUARANTINE

AHS

819

43

14

431

AJH

468

16

 4

155

AIS

439

14  

 8 

 60

AES

411

12

 9

 41

APS

391

 9

 9

 21

AECC

391

  7

12

 30

RIVERS

390

  3

 2

 16

DISTRICT

NA

NA

12

 31

TOTAL

3309

104

70

785 

 

02-26-2021

*1 positive student at home and 103 have returned to school

*1 positive employee and 69 have returned to work 

* 1 quarantined student & employee at this time 784 have returned to school or work

 

 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Altus Public Schools to follow current Quarantine Guidelines

            On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced an update to COVID-19 quarantine guidelines for Oklahoma schools.  The new guidance states that teachers or students who are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not have to quarantine as long as that exposure happened in a classroom setting and all protocols were being followed.  Included in those protocols are mask mandates and social distancing of 6 feet or more. 

This new guidance will not change the quarantine procedures for Altus Public Schools.  Throughout the school year APS has practiced layered mitigation including increased cleaning practices, wearing of masks, and social distancing when possible.  Six feet social distancing is not always possible within the school setting, which is why the layers of mask wearing and increased cleaning practices have been vital tools in our classrooms and school facilities. 

We will continue to work closely with the Jackson County Health Department, and follow guidance from the CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Education to ensure our Altus Bulldogs receive the best possible education. 

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Altus Public Schools COVID-19 Quarantine Procedures

 Thursday, December 3, 2020

Altus Public Schools will be following the latest quarantine guidance from the CDC and the Oklahoma Department of Health.   Students and employees who have contact traced as a direct contact with COVID-19 positive person will now be expected to follow these guidelines.

  • Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported. Students and employees can return to school on day 11. 
  • The quarantine period can end after day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and no symptoms have been reported. Quarantined persons can test on day 5, 6, & 7 but may not return to school or work until day 8 and only with proof of negative test. 

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols

Altus Public Schools color code protocols for COVID-19 cases.  

District Protocols

First page of the PDF file: AltusPublicSchoolsSaftyProtocols1

Altus Schools Reports First Nine Weeks COVID-19 Numbers

Throughout the first nine weeks of school, Altus Public Schools,  with the assistance of parents and students have been committed to vigilantly practicing our layered mitigation procedures to help keep our students, employees and community as safe as possible. 

From the beginning of school in August to the end of the first nine-weeks on October 9, Altus Public Schools had 25 students out of 3,311 report positive COVID-19 tests.   In addition, 20 employees out of 450  across the district were COVID-19 positive. 

“I am so thankful for the hard work and cooperation from our parents, students, faculty and staff keeping Altus Public Schools safely in session,” stated Superintendent Roe Worbes.

 

Student Screening Checklist

Bulldog Illness Screening

Checklist for Bulldog families to use in order to screen for COVID-19.