As you know, Mustang Public Schools utilizes our revised Return To Learn Health/Safety Protocols which stress the importance of local data in the decision-making process about our learning model(s) and the considerations outlined in our Health/Safety Plan. During the last three weeks consisting of Distance Learning and Thanksgiving Break, we have urged our staff and families to continue to report incidents of COVID-19 exposure, positive tests, etc. We have been closely monitoring the cases per 100,000 individuals in Canadian County which informs the Oklahoma State School Boards Association/Oklahoma State Department of Education COVID-19 Community Spread/Risk Map. We have also closely analyzed the data for Canadian County, broken down by zip code to drill down to truly local data. Lastly, we have been in close consultation with our local and state health experts on plans moving forward. Given all of this, we are preparing to welcome students back into our buildings. I understand that many of you will feel trepidatious, and I understand. This has been the toughest decision of my career. Ultimately, school is still one of, if not the, safest place that most of us will visit each day. Let me assure you that we will continue to monitor this situation daily and adjust course if necessary.
Beginning Monday, December 7, 2020:
Mustang High School Traditional & Blended students will return to an in-person A-B Schedule;
Elementary, Intermediate & Middle Schools (PreK-8) will return to 5 days of regular in-person instruction;
All Mustang Virtual, including Middle School Virtual +OSSAA, will resume as prior to Distance Learning.
This is a “return to our new normal” that we knew prior to the transition to Distance Learning. This decision reflects our belief in the value and importance of in-person instruction, especially during the final two weeks of the semester.
Your school principal(s) will follow up soon to provide more detail on our “Return To The New Normal.”
We will continue to evaluate this situation daily. As of now, our plan is to maintain this model through the end of the semester (December 18, 2020) and continue with it when we return from Winter Break on January 5, 2021. These decisions could change, but as much notice as possible will be given should this become necessary. A successful continuation of in-person learning will require a concerted effort on the part of everyone to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It is vitally important to wear face-coverings/masks, stay six feet apart from others, and regularly wash your hands. These mitigation strategies are just as important outside of the school environment as they are inside of our buildings.
We will continue to follow all COVID-related safety procedures as indicated in our Health/Safety Plan which is continually updated based on the latest guidance from the CDC and local/state health officials. During this time, as always, please monitor yourself for possible COVID-19 symptoms and continue to conduct a self-check each day as referenced in the MPS Daily Symptom Check. If you exhibit symptoms, please contact your medical provider immediately for advice/guidance.
Additionally, we ask that all of our staff, students, and families continue to utilize the [email protected] email to report positive tests, close contacts, exposures, and/or quarantines (even during breaks, Distance Learning, etc.).
Information reported here will be viewed by the MPS COVID-19 Response Team and used for monitoring and contact tracing only. No names will be made public.
We sincerely hope that the transition to Distance Learning was as smooth as possible for our families, and we thank you in advance for your efforts to make this transition back to in-person learning equally as smooth. We greatly value our partnership in your child’s education, and thank you for your families’ flexibility, patience and support as we navigate the challenges of the 2020-21 school year.
Charles Bradley, Superintendent
Mustang Public Schools
For questions related to COVID-19, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID Resources site or call the Oklahoma Department of Health COVID-19 call center: (877)215-8336 or the Canadian County Health Department at (405) 262-0042. You are a valued member of the Mustang Family, and please know that we will make it through this challenging time together. Thank you for your continued support.