Safe Return Plan 2021

Cyril Public Schools

Safe Return Plan


Cyril Schools has developed this safe return plan beginning July 1, 2021 to ensure that our students, staff, patrons and guests are safeguarded against the contraction or spreading of the coronavirus. The components of this plan include the following categories and will be revised based on ever changing conditions:

    • School Operations-Integrating public health strategies for the prevention of COVID-19 into schools.

    • Academics & Growth-Ensuring continuity of learning; preparing for distance-learning options.

    • Whole Child & Family Supports-Supporting the whole child, including social and emotional wellness.

    • School Personnel-Support for school personnel as they navigate new and emerging challenges.

These categories will detail CPS’s protocols in each area. These are intended protocols and may be revised as conditions change. Please check back for current conditions updates and revisions.

    1. Masks:

Masks shall be worn only when mandated by local, county, state or federal mandates. Currently, Oklahoma has legislation to prohibit the mandatory wearing of masks by a school board unless a public meeting is held and justification is provided for such use. Masks are always optional on CPS campuses and transportation.

Masks, if mandated, must be worn to completely cover the mouth and nose of the wearer. Allowable removal shall be provided for meals and fluid intake.

    1. Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/pods):

Commons areas, transportation, classrooms, and other confined spaces shall use a two-fold approach; seat spacing and capacity of enclosed spaces. First, social distancing shall be utilized by spacing out desks in classrooms and seating in eating areas. Additional transportation may be used to decrease the number of persons in a vehicle.

    1. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette:

Standard hand washing shall be encouraged and provided for. Sanitization stations shall be placed at all building entrances and in high traffic areas. Proper mouth covering will be taught to students and staff when expulsion of respiratory fluids may be released such as coughing or sneezing.

    1. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation:

All hard surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized daily and after heavy use such as bus seating, cafeteria tables, restrooms, water fountains, doorknobs, and classroom desks. Deep cleaning will be done weekly. The use of chemicals shall adhere to OSHA practices for safe and effective use. Fogging may be done for confined spaces but will be limited to spaces that occupancy will not occur for 12 hours.

    1. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments:

The state and county have established contact tracing protocols and reporting requirements for CPS. Parents are notified any time exposure has been confirmed with a positive case. The use of social media, school website and paper notices to students shall be utilized for information decimation. Updated hallway and classroom cameras are being installed to facilitate accurate visual tracing of potential exposed individuals. Surveillance footage is not open to the public.

    1. Diagnostic and Screening: Students and staff will be screened for temperature and other symptoms each morning. Those with symptoms will be sent home to follow COVID-19 protocols.

Guidelines for Contact Tracing:

If you were around someone diagnosed with COVID-19:

If you were around someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, someone from the health department may call you.

Stay home and away from others:

    • Especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with other medical conditions, if possible.

    • If you have been around someone with COVID-19, stay home and consult the Oklahoma State Department of Health for the latest COVID-19 guidelines.

Monitor your health:

    • Watch for fever (over 99.5 Degrees), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Remember, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19.

Answer the phone call from the health department. If someone from the health department calls you, answer the call to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community.

    • Discussions with health department staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, like your healthcare provider.

    • Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with. The health department will only notify people you were in close contact with (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.

    • Tell the health department staff if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek emergency medical care.

Self-isolation helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your family, friends, neighbors, and others healthy.

If you need support or assistance while in self-isolation, your health department or community organizations may be able to provide assistance.

Monitor your health: If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek emergency medical care.

You can be around others after:

    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and

    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and

    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

Tell your close contacts.

    • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, tell your close contact that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

    • An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.

    • By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.

    1. Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine:

    • Visit to find vaccination providers near you. In some states, information may be limited while more vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination Locations on

    • Text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you.

    • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination appointments are available. Find out which pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

    • Contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in the area.

    • Check your local news outlets. They may have information on how to get a vaccination appointment.

    1. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies

Cyril School will accommodate all special needs students regardless of condition for all COVID-19 related issues. We will provide additional support for on campus and at home learning. Access to educational programs and equipment will be provided via in-person or virtual learning to facilitate all student identified needs.

Whole Child and Family Support: Emotional well-being is also critical to a student’s ability to learn. The pandemic has caused the loss of peer contact, teacher-student interaction and consistent daily routine for students. These changes have placed undue burden on students' wellbeing. To address these issues, CPS has established ongoing reporting protocols for staff, peers, and parents to report a student who may be suffering.

    1. Coordination with State and Local Health Officials

Throughout this pandemic, Cyril Public Schools has and will continue to maintain contact with state and local health officials. Cyril Public School’s policies will comply with state and local health guidelines.

Management & Communication

Having a structure in place to support decision-making and communicating those decisions are essential to districts successfully managing the changing COVID-19 situation.

District leadership team

A team of representatives from across the district to support planning and key decision-making. The District Leadership Team is comprised of the Superintendent, School Board Members, Local and State Health Officials, Staff (Certified and Support), Students, Parents, as well as, Tribal and City Leaders.

Communications Plan

Regular and frequent communication with families and community is essential during distance learning and when outbreaks occur. With this in mind, families are encouraged to use the survey links located on our website, email:, or call 580-464-2419.

Parents, Guardians and Students: Please make sure that your contact phone number and email address is current with the district office.

The most current Safe Learning Plan will be located on our website,

Scheduled to be adopted June 28, 2021

Printable Document:


Please contact Superintendent Jamie Mitchell

phone: 580-464-2419