FAQs

The Coronavirus pandemic has us all wading through uncharted waters. Together, we are giving it our best efforts to not only keep our own families safe but our community, as well. It’s difficult to make plans when we are unsure of the timeline and the possibility of increased restrictions. Below are many questions we have received, and the answers for TODAY. As new information becomes available, we will adjust our answers.

 

CALENDAR & SCHEDULES

Is Piedmont Schools open for the 2020-2021 school year?

Yes, students returned to classrooms, both in-person and virtual, on August 20, 2020. Please review our back-to-school plan and guidelinesMost questions our families have are addressed in these guidelines. 

 

I need help understanding the A/B Schedule for my student grades 7-12. Who do I contact?

PPS Students grades 7-12 are participating in an A/B alternating schedule. On Thursday, August 20, the A Group will have their “first day of school” in-person. On Friday, August 21, the B Group will have the “first day of school” in-person. These two days will be reserved for welcome messages, procedures, and expectations for the new school year. 

If you need additional assistance, please contact your school site.

 

What is my student supposed to do when it is not their A or B day?

PPS Students grades 7-12 are participating in an A/B alternating schedule.


Students will receive new information via direct instruction on days when they are in attendance. On virtual days, students will have information posted to their Google Classroom that will review and recap previous lessons and provide an introduction to new concepts that will be covered on the following in-person instructional day. Teachers will spend a portion of their in-person instructional days reviewing and clarifying new concepts that were introduced virtually. This format will continue throughout the duration of the A/B learning cycle.

 

COMMUNITY SPREAD & CAMPUS CLOSURES

When will we switch from traditional to hybrid learning? 

Hybrid learning will be used when school is closed due to COVID-19, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Remote learning days may be added to the regular school calendar to prepare students and staff for longer school closures. 

 

Students who are not physically in school due to COVID-19 exposure or diagnosis will participate in hybrid learning. To access assignments, students must log in to their Google Classroom. Click here for a video tutorial on how to access Google Classroom. If you need additional assistance accessing Google Classroom, please contact your student's teacher. 

 

What does the school district use to determine community spread? Piedmont Schools District Administrators will monitor the number of cases in our community through the Oklahoma State Health Department. We will work directly with health department officials, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and state epidemiologists to determine the levels for community spread. We will follow any mandates set forth from the city, county, or state.

 

How will I know if school campuses are closed due to COVID-19? 

If we move to online learning (hybrid) due to a COVID-19 campus closure we will communicate that over phone call, email, social media, and our website. Please make certain that you have an up-to-date email on file with the district to ensure that you are receiving emails from both your student’s school site and the district.

 

COVID-19 PROCEDURES & EXPOSURE

ALL incidents of COVID-19 should be reported to covid19@piedmontschools.org

 

What do I do if my student or a member of our household has COVID-19 symptoms?

If a student or family member is symptomatic, all students and family members should stay home and quarantine until the symptomatic person is evaluated by a physician. Click here to review COVID-19 Symptoms.

 

If COVID-19 symptoms are medically proven to be caused by a different ailment, the following care requirements must be met: The student must be appropriately treated by a physician, the student must be fever-free without the aid of medication for at least 24 hours, the student’s symptoms must be improving, and the student has received written medical approval to return to their school site.

 

What do I do if my student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, he/she must stay home and quarantine.

 

If he or she is diagnosed and experiencing symptoms, he/she may return to school after at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, 24 hours without experiencing fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND 24 hours of improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

 

If he or she is diagnosed but is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic), he/she can return to school after at least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test AND he/she is symptom-free for 24 hours.

 

What do I do if someone in our household positive for COVID-19?

If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, all members of your household must remain at home for 14 calendar days from the date of last direct contact or exposure with an infected person.

 

Your student can return to school after it has been 14 calendar days from the date of last direct contact or exposure with an infected person AND your student has NEVER experienced symptoms or received a positive test.

 

NOTE: If you were exposed to someone who was infected with COVID-19 and are placed on 14-day quarantine, but then start experiencing symptoms within the 14-day specified time, your quarantine time frame must be adjusted. 

 

What do I do if my student has had direct exposure to COVID-19?

If your student has had direct exposure to COVID-19, that student must remain at home for 14 calendar days from the date of last direct contact or exposure with an infected person.

 

Your student can return to school after it has been 14 calendar days from the date of last direct contact or exposure with an infected person AND your student has NEVER experienced symptoms or received a positive test.

 

NOTE: If you were exposed to someone who was infected with COVID-19 and are placed on 14-day quarantine, but then start experiencing symptoms within the 14-day specified time, your quarantine time frame must be adjusted. 

 

If my student's teacher or a student in the same class as my student tests positive for COVID-19, does my student have to quarantine?

Not necessarily. In the event a student or staff member has a verifiable, positive diagnosis of COVID-19, school officials will notify the parents or guardians and employees of the school site. District officials will also notify specific individuals who were determined to be in close contact with the positive student or staff member. Close contact is defined as contact with an individual for 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of that individual.

 

Individuals deemed to have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive case must follow the action steps on the COVID-19 Procedures document.

 

How does my student access assignments if they are out of school due to COVID-19 exposure or a positive COVID-19 diagnosis?

Students who are not physically in school due to COVID-19 exposure or diagnosis will participate in hybrid learning. To access assignments, students must log in to their Google Classroom. Click here for a video tutorial on how to access Google Classroom. If you need additional assistance accessing Google Classroom, please contact your student's teacher.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Who do I contact if my student is having technical difficulties with their Chromebook?

Please email help@piedmontschools.org for assistance with your student’s Chromebook. Questions about particular applications or issues with Google classroom should be directed to edtech@piedmontschools.org.

 

I do not want my student to share a device while at school. Can I purchase one for him/her to use? 

Students at the high school and middle school level are 1:1 on devices and do not share. PPS has always allowed students and families to provide their own device for school use by their own choice. 

 

My student does not have a device they can use at home for learning. How can I get help? 

Please let your student’s teacher or your site administrator know if you need assistance with internet access or devices.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION INFORMATION

Who do I contact about my child’s Special Education Services?

If you have questions about Special Education Services, please contact Kiley Rios, Director of Special Services.

 

Is the district Administration building open?

The Administration offices are not open to walk-ins. If you need assistance, we encourage you to email enrollment@piedmontschools.org or call 405-373-2311. 

How do I enroll my child at Piedmont Schools?

PPS is accepting new enrollments for the 2020-2021 school year via the links and documents provided online. Families are encouraged to visit our website and to click the links to complete enrollment information. Download the necessary forms in fillable PDF, gather the required documents, and scan/email them to enrollment@piedmontschools.org.

 

I have additional questions, who do I call?

Families are welcome to call 373-2311, our district administration number, for additional assistance.

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