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OSSD's COVID-19 Guidelines

Introduction:
As a public school district responsible for the health and safety of thousands of students and educators, Ocean Springs School District is expected to follow standards and guidance much more thoroughly than other workplaces or businesses. The Ocean Springs School District is committed to following the recommendations of both the Center for Disease Control and the Mississippi Department of Health, thus, creating a safer environment for our educators and students. This page outlines the different guidelines that have been recommended by the CDC or MSDH, and have been adapted by OSSD for use on a daily basis.
 

UPDATED OSSD GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19,

VACCINATED EMPLOYEES/STUDENTS PROTOCOL

Effective: March 29, 2021

Summary of Recent Changes

  • Students in K-6 may now eat lunch in the cafeteria with their cohort, with at least 6 feet of distance between cohorts.
    • Only applies to lunch. Breakfast will continue to be eaten in the classroom.
    • Due to space limitations, this will not apply to OSMS & OSHS students. 
  • Students in K-8 may now travel to special area classrooms with their cohorts, i.e. library, PE, etc.
  • Hybrid schedule at OSHS will be discontinued March 29th.
    • The Greyhound Virtual Academy will be reopened for three days to allow students in grades 9-12 to enter GVA for the remainder of the year. 
      • Application opens: Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
      • Application closes: Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
      • Parents will be notified of acceptance by 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Guidance for Vaccinated Employees

Individuals are not fully-vaccinated until at least two weeks have passed since their 2nd dose of a Pfizer/Moderna vaccine, or their 1st Johnson & Johnson dose.


Fully-vaccinated employees may:

  • Visit with other fully-vaccinated individuals indoors without physical distancing 
    • (masks are still required at all OSSD facilities)
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
  • Refrain from completing the COVID-19 Employee Exposure form.

 

Guidance for Vaccinated Students

Students ages 16+ are not fully-vaccinated until at least two weeks have passed since their 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine.


Fully-vaccinated students may:

  • Visit with other fully-vaccinated individuals indoors without physical distancing 
    • (masks are still required at all OSSD facilities)
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from completing the COVID-19 Student Exposure form.

Everyone, including fully-vaccinated people, should continue to:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • Practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks while at any OSSD facility. 
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person meetings or gatherings
    • End-of-year events and activities are permitted but must follow state guidelines for indoor gatherings. (i.e. 25% capacity)
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow proper hand washing guidance
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

More Information:

  • For more information from the CDC regarding the operation of schools during COVID-19, click here.
  • For more information from OSSD on our COVID-19 procedures, visit the Health Alerts Portal here.
Quarantine/Isolation Periods:
Guidelines are passed down from the Center for Disease Control and encouraged for use by the MSDH.
Effective: January 5th, 2021
 
Keywords:
Quarantine - keeps you away from others if you may have been exposed (direct contact) to COVID-19. 
Isolation - keeps someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 away from others.
Direct Contact - an individual who has been in close contact (within 3 feet for 15 minutes or more) with another who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Isolation - keeps someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 away from others.
 
Student Protocol
 
Quarantine can end after day 7 IF the person tests negative for COVID-19 on days 5, 6, or 7 (PCR test only), and no symptoms have developed.
 
Rapid and Antigen tests are not accepted, however, some facilities may use a Rapid PCR Test, which is acceptable.
Quarantine may end at day 10 without testing and IF no symptoms have occurred during the quarantine period.
Isolation may end after at least 10 days since your symptoms began (or since your positive test, if you have no symptoms), and it has been at least 24 hours since you last had a fever, without using fever-reducing medication.
7-Day Quarantine 10-Day Quarantine 10-Day Isolation for COVID Positive
 
NOTE: The day count begins on the date of exposure, not the day it was reported.
 
Student quarantine graphic
 
 
EMPLOYEE COVID-19 QUARANTINE PROTOCOL
 
Mask Requirements:
Mask guidelines are passed down from the Office of the Governor and encouraged for use by the MSDH and CDC.
Effective: August 5th, 2020 - Updated: March 2nd, 2021
 
Per Executive Order #1549, masks are required to be worn by students and employees in schools whenever social distancing is not possible. This E.O. also requires that masks be worn while walking around at extracurricular activities. Click below to read the E.O. from Governor Tate Reeves.
 
 
 
Social Distancing On Campus:
OSSD makes every effort to ensure that our students remain as socially distanced as possible. Some examples of our efforts can be found below:
 
Lunch Breaks: Lunch breaks are staggered and students eat in the classroom to limit the number of direct contacts to a student or staff member.
 
Changing Classes (Where Applicable): In elementary classrooms, special area teachers now travel to the class, to ensure students remain static throughout the day. In middle school, the teachers change classrooms instead of students to also keep the number of direct contacts to a minimum. In high school, students change classes by walking in the same direction on each side of the hallway, similar to how a car travels on a road. 
 
School Functions/Extracurricular Activities: Attendance at school functions are limited by the Office of the Governor. Selected seats are marked off to assist with social distancing. Masks are required for everyone entering the facility.
 
District Transportation: Students and parents are encouraged to use private transportation to assist with social distancing on school busses. All students riding district transportation are assigned seats to assist with contact tracing. Masks are required to be worn by students and bus drivers.
 
Temperature Screenings:
All students, staff members, and visitors receive a temperature screening prior to entering campus.