COVID-19 Information for Parents for the 2021-2022 School Year
All Measures Effective Until Further Notice
Student health and safety continues to be a top priority as we return to more normal school operations.
The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) released information Friday afternoon, four days prior to the opening of our school year, directing how the quarantining and isolation of students will be conducted in schools across the state of Florida. Based on this information, we have made some adjustments to our plan that was released to schools and families on July 28th. Our plan continues to emphasize keeping healthy students in school, maintaining enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices, protecting medically fragile students, and providing continuity of academic services for students who miss school due to COVID-19 quarantine or isolation mandates from the Department of Health.
Student health and safety includes not only physical health and safety, but also academic health, mental health, and social-emotional well-being. A recent survey of school districts across the country found that 74% reported multiple indicators of increased mental health stresses among students during the pandemic. In Okaloosa County, we have also seen learning loss among students who have been disconnected from school the past sixteen months.
Being in school is critical for the overall well-being of our students. Our plans for this year strike a sensible balance that emphasizes your student’s success at school while also being mindful of the steps we need to take to keep our school environments safe.
Teachers, administrators, and support staff have been preparing this summer for a return to more normal school operations. The first day of school is August 10th, and we are excited to welcome our students back! We will retain critical practices that were established last year to keep our schools clean and sanitized.
Below are answers to questions that parents have asked this summer and will help you plan for the upcoming school year. Families may contact their child’s school if they have additional questions or visit our website (www.okaloosaschools.com) throughout the school year for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
The ELLUME at home COVID-19 test is the ONLY test currently recognized by the DOH for return to work and school of an asymptomatic individual with a negative test on or after day 5. All other at home COVID-19 tests are recognized for positive results only.
Please review the Q&A below for updated safety measures:
- COVID-19 Q&A for Parents (Updated 9/13/21) / Translated COVID-19 Q&A for Parents (Updated 9/13/21)
- COVID-19 Q&A for Parents (Updated 8/19/2021) / Translated COVID-19 Q&A for Parents (Updated 8/19/2021)
Voluntary Vaccine Clinics Available at School
Okaloosa County Schools has partnered with Health Hero Florida to provide a VOLUNTARY COVID-19 vaccination clinic at our secondary schools for students 12 years and older. If you would like for your student to receive a vaccination, please contact the schools for specific dates and times.