Safe Return To In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan

   Okolona Municipal School District
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan May 2021

Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow


  • Teachers will return to school on August 2nd, 2021
  • Students will return to school on August 6th, 2021

  • Students will return to traditional five days of face-to-face instruction

  • Provide After School Program and Summer School instruction to help with learning loss

  • Hire additional personnel (Chief Academic Officer, supplemental teachers, interventionists)

  • Provide instructional coaches for teacher and administrator support

  • Approval through an application process and sufficient internet access is required for virtual only class

  • Issue chrome books to students and teachers for virtual/distance learning

  • Use Canvas to monitor students’ progress

  • Provide parental feedback at the school level


  • School personnel will check student and staff temperature daily upon arrival

  • Require family members to sit together on buses

  • Masks will be required by students and all personnel

  • Clean/disinfect building surfaces and high touch objects frequently

  • Sanitize the bus after morning and afternoon routes each day

  • Clean/disinfect buses after each route

  • Follow the current Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) guidelines for providing meals to students

  • Use school board approved school calendar for 2021-2022

  • Follow guidelines and best practices for cleaning and sanitizing the buildings


  • The Okolona School District will utilize Remind, Canvas, district’s website and School Status to help communicate health and safety issues or necessary changes to the district’s regular operating schedule

  • Use various resources to educate students and their families on proper personal hygiene and sanitation practices


  • Use contact tracing to identify students who have been in close contact with any confirmed positive
  • Provide ongoing professional development for all school staff

  • Collaborate with Mental Health agencies

  • Provide educational materials and resources to address social, emotional, mental health, and other needs of students and staff

  • Provide access to support services (Behavioral Specialist and Counselors)

  • Water fountains will not be available for use. Students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles

  • Replace outdated HVAC systems

  • Add bipolar ionization devices to all HVAC units

  • Replace windows as needed

  • Recommend self-screening at home by both students and staff

  • Check student and staff temperature daily upon arrival

  • Clean/disinfect buildings and high touch surfaces/objects frequently

  • Clean/disinfect buses after each route

  • Adhere to CDC and MSDH mask guidelines/recommendations

  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Implement social distancing strategies for large gatherings (extracurricular/events) based on the CDC and Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) guidelines


  • School District and Chromebooks are provided to all of our students
  • All grade levels will utilize Canvas for both Face-To-Face and Virtual Instruction

  • Provide devices and software to enhance in-person and virtual learning

  • Conduct Needs Assessments quarterly