OHS Return to School
Parent & Student Edition
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
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.
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.
Weeks 1 & 2: Student Bell Schedule
Avoid a longer lunch line and congestion...
Purchasing Parking Passes
- 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.
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:
- Class of 2021
- OTEC Students
- 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:
- Class of 2022
- Class of 2023
The South Lot (Stadium side) students and their passengers will enter the building in door 17.
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.
- 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.
- The 200, 300, 400, 500 hallways will be ONE WAY (counter clockwise traffic).
- The areas west of the Media Center will be TWO WAY.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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
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.
RESPONDING TO SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS
- 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.