OHS Return to School

Parent & Student Edition

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BIG CHANGE: First TWO Weeks of School 50% Capacity

During the first TWO weeks of school (August 31st to September 3rd), we will operate at 50% capacity. This means that 50% of the students will attend school on two assigned days during that week.

The schedule is as follows:

Students with last names BEGINNING with A - L will attend on...

  • Monday, August 31st

  • Wednesday, September 2nd

  • Tuesday, September 8th

  • Thursday, September 10th

Students with last names BEGINNING with M - Z will attend on...

  • Tuesday, September 1st
  • Thursday, September 3rd
  • Wednesday, September 9th
  • Friday, September 11th

The reduction in students will allow us to assess the flow of hallway traffic and to make any necessary adjustments to our safety protocols.

Building Entrance & Exit

To reduce hallway congregation, our building will remain closed to students until 7:53 a.m.

Our main entrance (doors 1 & 2) and south entrance (door 17) will open at 7:53 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The first late start Wednesday begins on September, 16. Both entrances will be open at 10:25am on late start Wednesdays.

The academic wing of the building will close at 3:25 p.m. Outside of athletics, student clubs/activities have been canceled for in-person, on-campus meetings. Student groups can still meet digitally with staff advisor approval. Students attending athletic practice should plan on being picked up at the south entrance (door 17) by the football stadium.

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Student Schedules

Your student(s) schedules for the 2020-2021 school year can now be viewed in PowerSchool. As a result of student transfers to OVA, staffing changes and reduced class sizes—we have made several changes to our master schedule. We want to thank you again for your patience as we have needed additional time to make adjustments in our master schedule.

Scheduling Errors: Master schedule development and staffing assignments are based upon students’ course requests, therefore no course request change will be considered other than for the reasons stated below.

  • Your schedule is incomplete (one or more hours missing in any semester).
  • There is a conflict in the schedule (two classes scheduled at the same time).
  • You failed or did not take a sequential or prerequisite course, or
  • You are missing or failed a class needed to fulfill graduation requirements and this is the last chance to schedule it

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be using paper schedule change forms (or any other format) to request a change this year. Schedule change requests will be honored ONLY for the reasons below. Requests that do not meet this criteria will not be considered, and you may not receive a response. Once the counselor and administrator have reviewed your request, the decision will be sent to your SCHOOL e-mail. Please provide as many details as possible on this form so that we are able to thoroughly review your request. This form will close at 3pm on September 3rd.

Please have your student(s) print or open their schedules on their phone before arriving Monday morning.

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Weeks 1 & 2: Student Bell Schedule

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Avoid a longer lunch line and congestion...

Purchasing Parking Passes

Parking pass forms are available to pick up outside the main office, counseling office and athletic office. Additional parking pass forms will be available for Juniors and Seniors during Mentor class during the first two weeks of school. Students will have the first three weeks to purchase parking passes before parking is enforced.

  • The cost for the parking pass will remain $30.00 in the 2020-21 school year. The cost will raise to $35, beginning September 21st.
  • We can accept cash or check written out to Oxford High School.
  • Completed forms and payment should be placed in a sealed envelope. Envelopes can be placed in secure drop boxes located outside the main office, counseling office and athletic office.
  • Students will have their parking pass dropped off to one of their classes within 1-2 school days.
OHS Student Handbook

Pandemic updates and procedures are highlighted in yellow

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How to wear a mask properly

Riding the Bus

Important clarification: We cannot maintain social distance on buses.

  • All families need to complete the School Bus Transportation Form for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • All students (DK-12) must wear a mask at all times, classrooms, hallways, common areas, bus, etc.
    • Masks can be taken off outside when with their cohort class- instruction, recess, breaks

    • We encourage frequent, short breaks outdoors to allow students an opportunity to take their masks off

  • Students must use hand sanitizer before entering the bus

    • Each bus will have hand sanitizer dispenser mounted for regular use

  • Bus driver and all students (DK-12) must wear facial coverings while on the bus

    • Each bus will have a supply of disposable masks for students that forget

  • The students will load the bus from the back to the front

  • We will enforce assigned seating for all with family members sitting together

  • We will clean and sanitize the bus before morning and afternoon routes

    • Children must not be present when cleaning the bus

  • We will keep windows open whenever possible while the vehicle is in motion

Buses, Parking, Entering the Building

We have several changes for students and staff to be aware of when arriving at school.

  • Student on buses will enter the building through Doors 1 & 2

  • Parking Lots will be reserved for specific grade levels (and all staff).

The North Parking Lot is reserved for:
  1. Staff
  2. Class of 2021
  3. OTEC Students
  4. Student that arrive late to school (after 8:20 a.m.)

The North Lot (Tennis Court Side) students and their passengers will enter the building in doors 1 and 2.

The South Parking Lot is reserved for:
  1. Class of 2022
  2. Class of 2023
  3. Staff

The South Lot (Stadium side) students and their passengers will enter the building in door 17.

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Students will have the option of purchasing breakfast in the cafeteria their first class of the day. PLEASE NOTE: Your student will only have a maximum of 25 mins to enter the building and eat breakfast in the cafeteria. While our breakfast food is "grab and go", students must remain seated at table at least 6ft from one another. Students may not bring their food into the hallways or classrooms. (Please see the Hallways, Lockers and Backpacks sections for additional information)Our Food Service staff will use masks/face shields and gloves to serve breakfast.

Lockers & Backpacks

In an effort to reduce hallway congestion and points of contact, students will not have access to their academic lockers. Students will be provided with a Chromebook and computer bag.

  • String backpacks, computer cases, etc, will be allowed in the hallways to allow for quick transitions to their classrooms. No standard size backpacks will be permitted.

Students will have access to lockers in their PE classes for changing purposes. The PE teachers will socially distance the lockers and adjust the student access time to accommodate safety precautions.

Class Transition/Hallway Passing

  • All students (9-12) MUST wear a mask in the hallways at all times.


  • Immediately after dismissing each class, our teachers will be wiping down desks, tables, and work areas with district-provided spray and wipes.

Classroom Dismissal:

  • When the bell rings to end class, every other classroom will be dismissed. The second wave of classes to be released will occur approximately one minute after the first wave.

Hallway Traffic:

  • The 200, 300, 400, 500 hallways will be ONE WAY (counter clockwise traffic).
  • The areas west of the Media Center will be TWO WAY.

Hallway Transitions:

  • In an effort to monitor the use of safety protocols, there will be an increase in the presence of administration, Dean of Students, Security, and Counselors in the hallways.
  • Students and staff must wear a mask in the hallways and classrooms
  • Hallway traffic will occur in one direction. This may increase the travel time in between classes, however, class transition time has been increased from 6 to 12 minutes to allow for students to safely social distance during their transition to class.
  • Students and staff must follow the signage and floor markings to promote social distancing in all areas

Students will not have access to their lockers.

  • String backpacks, computer cases, etc, will be allowed in the hallways to allow for quick transitions to their classrooms.

Water Fountains:

  • All drinking water fountains will be closed. Students may be permitted to bring their own bottle of water and carry it in hand or string bag.

Family Pledge:
  • Parents can help by adhering to the guidelines in the Family Pledge (signed in the Information Update documents). This includes daily temperature and symptom checks.
  • There are limited bottle filling stations available where students can fill their containers. Therefore, we encourage students to fill their own containers to bring to school.

Lunch Time at OHS

IMPORTANT CHANGE for Lunch Purchase - We ask all students purchasing lunch through the Nutrislice app. If they place their orders by 9 a.m. they will receive their lunch the same day. Students can purchase lunches on Nutrislice up to 5 days in advance.

  • Reminders will be given several times during morning classes on PA and OHS News.
  • Students may still bring their own packed lunches.


Health and Safety:

  • Food Service staff will use masks, face shields, and gloves to serve food.
  • Increased cleaning of table, seat and floor areas will follow CDC protocol in between each lunch period.
  • All adults present in the cafeteria will contribute to cleaning, due to the increased lunch space.
  • We will maintain our 3 lunch periods, as the spacing described below will be sufficient.

Lunch Areas:

  • Lunch areas will now include the cafeteria, east gym and media center. This will allow for us to maintain 3-6ft spacing between students.
  • Additional seating will be provided in the three areas.
  • Students will be required to sit with their lunch period class in designated lunch areas. We will communicate this location with teachers when sharing lunch assignments.

Picking Up Lunches:
  • To pick up pre-ordered food, all lines will be monitored by noon aids and OHS staff, maintaining 3-6ft spacing.

  • Each purchased lunch option will be placed in a separate area in each location for student pick up. This will prevent some students from naturally congregating.


Students may not "hang out" in the bathroom. Please try to limit the capacity to the number of stalls in the restroom.

  • Frequently touched surfaces including light switches, doors, benches, and bathrooms must be cleaned with specific agent at least every four hours.
  • Drinking fountains will be disabled; touchless bottle stations will remain in order
  • There will be signs in the bathrooms promoting proper handwashing

Gatherings & Activities

  • No indoor assemblies with students from different classrooms

  • No large scale assemblies of more than 50 students

  • No off-site field trips


  • We will continue to follow MHSAA published guidance

    • Coaches and trainers will continue to perform temperature checks before practices

    • Temps and symptom check recorded in health questionnaires daily

  • Frequent hand washing (before and after practices/events)

  • All equipment disinfected before and after use

  • No shared equipment in indoor weight rooms

    • PE and weightlifting conducted outdoors

  • We will continue to provide individual water bottles to athletes

  • No handshakes or other unnecessary physical contact

  • No large scale indoor spectator events

  • Large scale outdoor and stadium events limited to 100 people

Please visit our Oxford Athletics page for additional information @ https://oxfordathletics.org/landing/index


Clubs may continue to meet virtually throughout the school year. However, in person before or after school meetings/gatherings are not permitted.

Please see your club advisor for additional information.

Phases 1-3 - Remote Learning

The OHS Phases 1-3: Remote Learning Plan is

Please go to www.oxfordschools.org to receive the latest updates on Phases 1-3: Remote Learning and Phases 4-6: Return to School Plans.


  • Oxford Community Schools is following the Oakland County Health Department guidelines.
  • If symptoms begin while at school, symptomatic students will be quarantined while at school and sent home ASAP.
  • Building administrators will designate a quarantine area and a staff person to care for students who become ill at school.
  • Symptomatic students will be quarantined in the designated area at school until the child can be picked up by a parent/guardian.
  • Both the ill child and the staff member must wear surgical (disposable) masks.
  • Staff needs to wear a district- provided N95 mask if a student requires an aerosolized procedure (nebulizer).
  • Oakland County Health Guidelines will be implemented.
  • Symptomatic students must be kept home until they have tested negative for COVID-19, or have been released from isolation/quarantine according to Oakland County Health Department guidelines.
  • Families/staff will be notified of any positive laboratory test or clinically diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the classroom and/or school to encourage closer observation for any symptoms at home while still following privacy laws stipulated in HIPAA and FERPA.
  • A building administrator will notify Mrs. Lemond of the symptomatic student.

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OCS Return to School Website

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Oxford High School

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