COVID-19

The Oklahoma State Board of Education has ceased all school operations throughout the state until April 6th.  On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved distance learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. School buildings will remain closed.  Teachers and administrators are working together (virtually) to develop Distance Learning plans for our students. Distance Learning will begin on April 6, 2020. Piedmont Schools will communicate these plans through our website, email, and social media.



Oklahoma Public Schools Closed Until April 6, 2020

March 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
The State Board of Education met this afternoon and voted to close all public schools until April 6th. In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, families are encouraged to continue good hand-washing, cover coughs and sneezes, and practice social distancing-- keep groups to ten or fewer, allow three to six feet between people, refrain from eating inside restaurants, and stay home when sick.
We will share additional information as it becomes available.
Dr. James White
Superintendent

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO FAMILIES
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Piedmont Public Schools (PPS) has a strong partnership with and is actively communicating with the Canadian County Health Department about the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are closely monitoring the situation and making the necessary preparations in case the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. COVID-19 is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. This virus has been shown to be most dangerous to Adults 65 and older and individuals with lung, heart, or kidney disease. Individuals can carry the virus but not show symptoms, which leads to increased spread of the disease.
OUR ROLE:
In the event of a public health situation, PPS follows all guidelines and directives provided by the Canadian County Health Department, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 
PPS is monitoring students and staff for illness outbreaks and symptoms. Those with fever are isolated and sent home. They may only return to school after being 24 hours fever-free, without medication. Students are encouraged to wash their hands often and use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is available in all of our buildings. Classrooms, common areas, and buses are being disinfected daily. Learn more on our website here.
We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. As always, the safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SPRING BREAK TRAVEL:
We know that many of you will travel over spring break. With the health and well-being of our students, schools and the Piedmont community in mind, if you are traveling internationally, please be aware of where you are concerning Coronavirus/COVID-19 hotspots. Conditions relative to the virus are changing daily and may have a significant impact on your ability to return to the U.S. and your children's ability to immediately return to their school. Families should also be aware of potential areas within the United States, which might be declared a hotspot as well.
At this time, if a student travels to or returns from a country, region, state or city that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has designated a Level 2 Bio-Alert or Level 3 Bio-Warning (whether that level was designated before or during their stay), they will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Currently, China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan are on the list of countries designated at Level 2 or Level 3. The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time.
If you are traveling over spring break, please continue to monitor the CDC website or news outlets for additional countries or locations which may be added. Please refer frequently to the CDC  Travelers Guidance  as other countries may be elevated to Level 2 or 3 at any time.  Additionally, if you are traveling out of the country you must complete this simple form. This will help us comply with requests from health officials and aid in the prevention of the spread of this illness.
If a student or staff member (or their family) travels to or from a Level 2 or 3 area, he/she must submit to a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine and seek medical clearance. Affected students or staff members will not be allowed to return to school until after the 14-day self-quarantine and medical clearance. At that time, if the student or the staff member is symptom-free, they will be allowed to return to school. During any individual quarantine, PPS faculty and staff will work with your student(s) to keep them as current as possible in their studies. Your safety and that of all students in the district is a top priority. Thank you for your careful attention to student and staff safety. 
TRUSTED SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
The outbreak of COVID-19 is changing rapidly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Canadian County Health Department and the Oklahoma State Health Department are providing updated information regularly. We encourage our staff, families, and community to stay informed by relying on reputable sources, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local public health agencies.
 



COVID Coronavirus Disease 19 Stop the spread of Germs. Help Prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Department of Health & Human Services USA CDC. For more information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
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