The Following letter is from Ponca City Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Arrott from Sept. 6.
Dear PCPS Parents, Staff, and Community Members:
Beginning today, I am going to send an update each weekend informing our public of the COVID-19 positive cases and quarantined, close contact totals for PCPS occurring the previous week. However, you may refer to the PCPS Contact Tracing Totals Spreadsheet each evening for updates. The link to the spreadsheet is at the top of the homepage on our district website: www.pcps.us.
Below are the specifics for the week of 8.31.2020:
FAQ by parents of students who are close contacts and quarantined: Q: Will the siblings of my student who is quarantined, due to close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, be quarantined as well?
A: No; siblings of quarantined close contact can come to school unless they have been notified by PCPS or the Kay County Health Department to quarantine. Siblings of close contacts are not considered a close contact, but a secondary contact, and do not need to quarantine. However, if the quarantined student or anyone in the household becomes symptomatic, please notify Curtis Layton, Executive Director of Human Resources, at 767-8000.
Our greatest priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We will continue to stay in constant communication with our families and patrons. Please feel free to contact Curtis Layton, Executive Director of Human Resources, or me with any questions at 580-767-8000
Superintendent, Ponca City Public Schools
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR COVID-19 AND PCPS:
Students/Staff affected are participating in Distance Learning remotely. Teachers will keep students and parents informed of Distance Learning details. However, students and staff under quarantine cannot attend school or school events throughout the duration of the quarantine.
When we have a positive case in our school, our trained staff will complete a contact tracing investigation. If a student or staff member is in close contact with a positive case, we will quarantine all close contacts, without exception, for 14 days per CDC Guidelines. Close contacts are identified as those who were less than 6’ apart for more than 15 minutes from a positive case or who were in physical contact with the positive case. Quarantine prevents the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Face coverings greatly reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, which further reduces the spread. However, the face coverings are not an exemption from quarantine as directed by updated CDC Guidelines.
If the school quarantines students or personnel, they will not be able to come to school, enter buildings, or participate in school activities for the full 14 days, no exceptions. We want our students to be in school and to participate in activities, but it will take ALL of us to stop the spread. We want to avoid a temporary total school closure, with all students learning virtually. PLEASE DO NOT SEND STUDENTS TO SCHOOL IF SOMEONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19.
Remain vigilant to stopping the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
Wear a cloth mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, you are encouraged to contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Important Reminder: Make sure your phone numbers are accurate in the Parent Portal. During this time of frequent contact, it is imperative numbers are updated so we can communicate with you quickly.