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Back-to-school Update

7/24/2020

Oakdale Family,

I hope this letter finds you doing well. We wanted to reach out with some guidelines that we will be using to start the school year off safely and efficiently. The first day of school is August 24th and we cannot wait to see our students back in the halls at Oakdale. We will have more information as that time approaches including your schedule, which will be mailed to you just before the year starts. As always, we are invested in taking the best possible care of our students and we are taking all health precautions very seriously.  As you have questions reach out to us by email. Jeff.Hernandez@rpsar.net. This will be another great year at Oakdale. We are here to support, grow and nurture our students to achieve more each and every day.

Rogers Public Schools - Middle School Guidelines

Before School:

Students are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 7:45 AM, and no later than 8:00 AM.
Breakfast will be offered free of charge to all students in a ‘grab and go’ format. 
Students will eat in assigned classrooms with assigned seating beginning at 7:45 AM. 
Students should wear face coverings and social distance once they arrive on campus.

Class periods:

To minimize touching of surfaces a chromebook will be assigned to individual students.
Classroom doors will be propped open, but remain locked between classes.  This minimizes touching. 
Social distance as much as possible and face coverings will be required 
Teachers will monitor the number of students leaving a class at any one time to restroom areas. 
Outdoor instruction and use of larger venues will be encouraged. 
Seating will be spread out to maximum distance possibility based on classroom space.
Face coverings will be worn.
Table shields will be utilized where possible, when students must sit at shared table locations.  
Sharing of classroom materials will be limited.
Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom and students are encouraged to carry their own personal hand sanitizer with them.
Teachers will wipe down desktop surfaces frequently. 
Guests and speakers will not be permitted. 
Pep rallies and large gatherings are prohibited.

Passing Periods: 

Hallway traffic patterns will be taught to minimize congestion. 
Signage will be posted throughout the buildings to help direct.

Lunches:

A staggered release will be utilized to minimize students waiting for food.    
Assigned seating will be used.
Limited lunch selections will be available to expedite the lunch line. 
No visitors will be permitted at lunch times. 

Lockers:

Academic lockers will not be available for this school year to minimize gathering.
PE lockers will not be utilized and dressing out will not be required.
Backpacks will be encouraged for personal belongings.

After School:

Student dismissal will occur in a staggered release format.
Walkers will be released and should leave the building immediately.
Car riders will await pickup outside and should maintain social distancing and continue to wear their face coverings.
Bus riders will be directed to their busses at appropriate times. 

Back to School:

Back to school tours and information will be conducted virtually and be available via school social media.
A mailing from the schools will contain student schedules and individual student information.
Planner pickups, chromebooks and other assorted distributions will occur in the first days of school. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeffrey R. Hernandez

Principal

Oakdale Middle School