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Posted Date: 08/01/2021


Caney Public School

Safe Return Plan



Health Checks (screening)

Student Temperature check/Health Screening will be performed:

  • at Student drop off 

  • As students load buses (bus riders highly encouraged to wear masks)

  • As High School students enter building (designated area)

Staff will be self-screened as they enter the building(s) each morning.


Procedures for Positive Cases at School    

The District will collaborate with State, Local, Territorial and/or Tribal Health Departments to determine Isolation/Quarantine Procedures.


Isolation Room:  Any student or staff member who exhibits a fever of 100 degrees will be instantly isolated in a predetermined isolation room and immediately sent home.

After being sent home, the student or staff member cannot return to school until one of the following criteria is met:

  • Without COVID testing, the student or staff member must not be present at school for 10 days.

  •  After a negative COVID test, the student or staff member can return to physical school after 3 days of being fever free with no fever reducing medication.

  • The student will become a distance learner at home until he/she can return to school.

  •  The student will be counted as present because digital learning will be provided. 

*The student will be entered into a Google form accessible only to necessary school personnel.


 POSITIVE CASE – ELEMENTARY CAMPUS                                                                         

1.      Consult with county Health Department to begin contact tracing. (See Flowchart)

2.      Communicate to staff 

3.      Communicate to applicable parents depending on classroom arrangement 

4.      Thoroughly sanitize classroom

5.      Positive student is quarantined.  If the student has siblings, the siblings will be quarantined. Parents of the students in the class affected will be notified option will be given to quarantine and go to Distance Learning.

6.      If the attendance of campus learners at the site and/or district where the positive case occurs reaches a 35% absenteeism rate, the site and/or district (dependent on school size and structure) will go to distance learning for 14 days.  The count starts on the first day of distance learning.

POSITIVE CASE – SECONDARY LEVEL CAMPUS                                                              

1.      Consult with county Health Department to begin contact tracing. (See Flowchart)

2.      Communicate to staff 

3.      Communicate to parents at site about positive case 

4.      School Officials will decide which students will have to be quarantined and go to distance learning dependent on exposure level as determined by the county health officials (flowchart).

5.      If the attendance at the site and/or district where the positive case occurs reaches a 35% absenteeism rate, the site and/or district (dependent on school size and structure) will go to distance learning for 14 days.  The count starts on the first day of distance learning.

Quarantine Procedures:

Students and/or staff who have had an exposure to a positive case of Covid-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days. (CDC Recommended)  

Students and/or staff who have been vaccinated will not be required to quarantine but will need to self-monitor for symptoms and quarantine if symptoms develop.


Shortened Quarantine Option w/additional criteria - (Board Approved January 12, 2021)

Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following option to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives.

  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing, if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring and masking through day 14.



Students and staff will be trained on the universal and correct wearing of masks. This will be accomplished through videos, demonstrations, correct modeling of mask wearing and signage throughout the buildings.


Masks will be highly recommended for teachers, staff and visitors (visitors will be limited)

5th -12th grade masks will be highly recommended.

PreK-4th masks will be recommended but not required.


In certain situations and areas where social distancing is not possible (small group/one-on-one pull-out groups with Interventionists) masks will be required.  These are positions at the school staffed by individuals that are in the high risk group and we want them to feel safe and protected while at school.  Students not wearing masks will not participate in the small group/one-on-one with the Interventionists. (Board Approved August 11, 2020)


It is recommended parents purchase masks for their students prior to the start of the school year in the event that masks do become a requirement.



We are asking all parents that are able to transport their children to do so.  This will allow us to use buses for students who have no other way to get to school and to do so as safely as possible. Safety protocols on buses will include: health checks by a bus monitor as students board the bus, social distancing practices, seating charts, maximizing airflow and cleaning and sanitation of buses before and after routes. Any student with a temperature of 100 degrees or above will not be transported to school. 


Modifying Facilities to allow for Social Distancing - Classrooms/Hallways 

PreK-2nd grade will stay with the same teacher (class) all day.  Students will participate in recess and PE following safety, sanitation and hand washing procedures.


3rd & 4th grade will stay with the same teacher  for half a day and then teachers will switch rooms. (Mrs. Shope - ELA/Social Studies, Mrs. Lucas - Math/Science) Students will participate in recess and PE following safety, sanitation and handwashing procedures.


5th-8th grade will remain in pods (by grade). Students will participate in PE following safety, sanitation and handwashing procedures.



Students will follow normal schedules with social distancing and staggered breaks.  The Freshman class will be split into two sections for social distancing purposes.


  • Hallway traffic will be monitored to avoid large crowds

  • Limit number of students in the restroom

  • Outside classrooms will be highly encouraged


During the Summer of 2021 several storage rooms were remodeled into classrooms to ensure space for social distancing needs. During the Summer of 2020 picnic tables were purchased to be used for outdoor classroom areas.



Breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria with staggered lunchtime to maintain social distancing and eating in class “pods”. Teachers will be encouraged to take their students outside for lunch if weather permits.


Meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) will be provided in the event of school closure.


Classroom/Social Distancing

Classrooms will be arranged to allow for as much social distancing as possible, with desks facing all in one direction.


Hardware/Internet - Continuity of Services

Chromebooks/IPads will be assigned to all students preK-12th grade. Virtual activities/lessons will be practiced in classrooms at school so that teachers can prepare students to be ready in case we have to move to distance learning.  This will allow students to practice the distance learning schedule under the supervision of the teachers so that they know what is expected from them during a school closure or if a student has to quarantine. Students without Internet access will be given a wireless access device (hot spot) to use during quarantine/school closure.


Children with Disabilities

The District will provide appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.  The special education director will work directly with parents of special needs students to determine the most appropriate accommodations for their child in order to get the most out of their education during the Covid-19 Pandemic.


Diagnostic and Screening Testing

The District has an agreement with Team Clinics to provide virtual doctor visits which includes Diagnostic and screening tests for Covid-19 for students and staff.


Counselors will be available in-person or virtually for students and staff social, emotional, and mental health needs. 


Cleaning and Maintaining Healthy Facilities

The Cleaning Company will be cleaning/sanitizing daily after school hours.  Cleaning and sanitizing will take place continually during the school day. Hand Sanitizer, disinfectant and cleaners will be available in every classroom and used throughout the day. 


Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

Students and staff will be instructed on good hand washing procedures and respiratory etiquette through demonstions video and live, and signage throughout the buildings on campus.  Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in classrooms and throughout the buildings on campus.


Ventilation is being improved throughout the District by installing new HVAC systems with high quality air filtering systems.



The District will work with the County Health Department and the Choctaw Nation Health Department to educate parents, students and staff on the effectiveness of the vaccine and to provide vaccination clinics if and when possible. Seventy percent of teachers and staff were vaccinated at a vaccination clinic held at the Atoka County Health Department in Spring of 2021.



Caney Public School

Enrollment Options



Option 1

Traditional Classroom Learning with Digital Learning Days

*All students are automatically enrolled in this option.


Learning Management System:  Google Classroom


  • Remain a Caney School student

  • In-person learning and engagement

  • Social Interaction with peers and staff

  • Access to library and material

  • Caney Public School will utilize technology and Internet to connect all teachers, staff and students for seamless learning transitions

  • Participation in school-sponsored athletic and extracurricular activities (OSSAA Compliant)

  • Digital Learning Days

    • Embedded digital learning days: students enrolled in option 1 will be fully prepared to complete digital learning days at home should it become necessary for schools to shut down.

    • Digital Learning Days are also available to individual students if needed. This is a joint decision between the school and the individual families.


Option 2

Virtual/Online Learning

*Only available after meeting with school administration to determine eligibility

(student must be enrolled for the entire school year (Aug-May).


Learning Management System:  Edmentum/Courseware


  • Remain a Caney School Student

  • Available K-12

  • Accessible anywhere

  • Flexible schedule

  • Individualized plan

  • Technology and Internet provided, as needed