COVID-19 Information

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING - July 16th, 2020 Whitebead Virtual Learning and COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 Update - School Opening
Learn more in the below videos!
A day in review. Whitebead School District has assessed and prepared our facilities for social distancing to the best of our ability. The district is planning for personal protective equipment for staff and strongly encourages students to wear masks when outside of their classrooms. The district has established cleaning and disinfecting protocols that meet CDC guidelines and has prepared for the safe operation of transportation and meal service. Training and signage to support hygiene practices and social distancing will also be incorporated throughout the district where possible. Daily temperature checks for every student and staff member will be required—screening of all visitors via health questions and temperature checks. Nonessential visitors will be limited. All visitors will be highly encouraged to wear a mask. Individuals with a temperature of 100.0 or higher will not be allowed into the school. Those sent home due to temperature must remain home until fever-free, without any fever-reducing medication, for at least three days after receiving a negative COVID-19 test or ten days if no COVID-19 test is done. Daily deep sanitation of the school, high touch areas, and buses will happen. Hand sanitizer will be located on all buses and in every classroom. Procedures and protocols have been established to increase physical and social distancing on buses, in classrooms, at lunch, at recess, and during arrival and departure times. We are encouraging hand sanitizing every two hours and when entering and exiting classrooms. Other strategies to assist the safety of students and staff: We are marking one-way routes in hallways, more bathroom monitoring to avoid overcrowding and the installation of plexiglass dividers in the front office areas. Within educational settings, it is recommended to avoid the use of shared supplies. We will do our best to have individual supplies for students. Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available near shared equipment. Backpacks will be stored in lockers and not carried around the building. Drinking fountains are being replaced with bottle refilling stations. The CDC encourages staff and students to bring their own water bottles. There will be an increase in the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting throughout the school. The air units on our HVAC systems have been checked regularly to ensure proper ventilation. Recess will be staggered and limited at any one given time. The district will emphasize staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes appropriately.

Whitebead Public School 2020-2021 Return to Learn FAQs:


How does the COVID-19 virus spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Will my child be required to wear a mask for in school face to face instruction? 

Face Masks have shown to have a positive impact on preventing the spread of COVID-19.  As many students and young people can be carriers of the virus and not exhibit any symptoms, it is important to try to protect teachers, staff, bus drivers, and other students as they may have a predisposition to the infection. 

How will my child be protected at school, during this pandemic? 

  1. Temperature checks will be taken before students leave a car from the car drop off area; temperature checks will be taken before a student is allowed on the school bus. Any fever at or over 100 degrees Fahrenheit not be permitted to be on the bus or allowed in the school.  If a parent is not home, the child will sit away from other students on the bus with their mask on.  Upon arrival at school, the student will be isolated and parents will be called.  Social distancing on the bus cannot be guaranteed.  
  2. All students and school staff will wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth while in school.
  3. Students will routinely wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating food.
  4. The use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol, will also be encouraged every two hours. 
  5. Social distancing will be part of the daily structure throughout the school. 
  6. If a child becomes ill at school, we will have an isolation area after

they have been assessed for fever and COVID-19 symptoms.  We       will provide a safe place for isolation for students to remain until  parents can pick up their child. 

How will my child’s school clean the classrooms inside the school building?

  1. All classrooms will be disinfected with a disinfectant fogger throughout the day while students are at recess and out of the classroom.
  2. Any area that a positive case of COVID-19 is identified will be deep cleaned before it is cleared for occupancy.  
  3. All surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.


Will my child share computers or supplies with other children?

Sharing of devices and school supplies will be limited and minimized as much as possible to prevent the spread of the virus.

How safe are the water fountains for students getting drinks?

Water fountains are not considered a safe option for students and the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, we are installing bottle filling stations instead of water fountains for student and staff use. Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own bottle to utilize throughout the day for hydration. Water bottle filling stations will be cleaned throughout the day.

Can a parent come inside the school building to walk their child to class?

Visitation to the Whitebead School site will be limited to only essential school personnel.  Parents will be asked to drop students off in the front drop-off area only.  Parents are asked to not enter the building for either drop off and/or  pick up times.

If I decide to enroll my child into the Whitebead Public School Virtual Learning Path, can my child still participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports, cheerleading, academic team, spelling bee, or any other form of competition?

Yes. Families will have more flexibility than ever before in determining what instructional delivery model will work best for their child, while allowing them to continue to participate in school activities, athletics, as well as other competitive events, and ultimately be a Whitebead Chief.  

What instructional learning options are available through Whitebead School?

Traditional- This is face to face instruction on campus that will be enriched with online instruction through Google Classroom, Seesaw, video lessons from each student’s teacher, and Edmentum/Exact Path. Teachers will guide instruction as usual. 

Virtual- Instruction is delivered through Google Classroom, Seesaw, Edmentum/Exact Path, and video lessons from each student’s teacher.  Students will have access to additional help from our virtual learning co-teacher.  

The state of Oklahoma has a mandatory standard for whether a public education student in a virtual or blended learning school is in attendance.  This is important because if students are not viewed by the state as being in attendance, they are considered truants and Whitebead School must withdraw them.  

To be classified as being 100 percent in attendance a student must complete a minimum of 40 assignments every nine weeks Students who have an attendance rate of 75 percent or below (less than 31 assignments)  will be withdrawn from the virtual school platform and  need to attend school in person.  Full attendance is not to be confused with a student’s grade; it just means the student is viewed in the eyes of the law as being in public school attendance and not truant.  For example, a student in a brick and mortar school might attend school and have 100 percent attendance but still fail to submit work or submit inferior work and, as a result, receive poor or failing grades.  

All Whitebead Virtual students should strive to be 100 percent in attendance AND complete all assignments.  Not completing all assignments will be detrimental to students’ grades and mastery of their grade level.

Student progress shall be monitored on a weekly basis by the virtual co-teacher.  Attendance/participation in our virtual platform shall be monitored in accordance with Whitebead School district policy and determined by documented student/teacher/course interaction that may include, but is not limited to, online chats, emails, posting/submission of lessons.  The student may be counted “present” or “ in attendance” when the supplemental online course provider provides evidence of student/teacher/course interaction that demonstrates student progress toward learning objectives and demonstrates regular student engagement in course activity.  Supplemental online course providers shall make available to students, parents, and the school district reports that reflect daily attendance/participation, progress reports, and grades.  Such attendance/participation reports, progress reports and grades shall be provided on a regular weekly basis to parents and the school district via electronic format.  The district will review progress reports and grades twice per month.  

A student must maintain online virtual enrollment for a 9 week period.  Parents who choose this option, must complete district forms, visit with the school administrator and our virtual learning co-teacher. At the end of the 9 week virtual learning period, parents and the virtual learning co-teacher will evaluate how the student performed in the online environment.  A decision will be made as to whether the student will continue to be a virtual student or return to the traditional classroom environment.   

Will the Whitebead School close and begin learning online?

While it is our intention to open and hold school in the fall like any other year, we know that there will be some differences. We are focused on providing a safe environment that limits exposure and maintains student learning at a high level. Returning to the Whitebead School campus will bring an increased risk of exposure.  Disruptions of school are to be anticipated.  We are partnering with the Garvin County Emergency Management.  We have various plans in place for various exposures. It is to be expected that we may need to close school for deep cleaning from infected areas, a major percentage of our school population has been tested for COVID-19, resulting in positive test results, or mass Oklahoma school closures during this pandemic.  We will also make plans to practice virtual days with students during daily/weekly face to face instruction to better prepare them for school Covid-19 closures.

What is the deadline for enrolling in the online virtual learning, through Whitebead School?

Parents must make a decision to select the learning pathway (face to face or virtual) for their student(s) by July 30, 2020. We will organize the information and our virtual learning co-teacher will contact families electing the online pathway on August 3, 2020, in preparation to open school on August 13th, virtually.


How long will my child be enrolled in the online virtual learning program, through Whitebead School? 

A student must maintain online virtual enrollment for a 9 week period. Parents who choose this option, must complete district forms, visit with the school administrator and our virtual learning co-teacher. At the end of the 9 week virtual learning period, parents and the virtual learning co-teacher will evaluate how the student performed in the online environment.  A decision will be made as to whether the student will continue to be a virtual student or return to the traditional classroom environment.   

What if a parent and child decides three weeks into the online virtual learning, that this isn’t working for either of them.  Can the student enroll in the face to face instruction?

Enrollment in the online virtual learning programs is for a completed 9 week period.  A decision will be made as to whether the student will continue to be a virtual student or return to the traditional classroom environment.   

 When can my child return to school if they have been diagnosed with a positive COVID-19 test?

 Any child who tests positive or has СOVID-19 symptoms may return to school after all respiratory symptoms are diminished, ten days since symptoms first appeared, and the child has been three days with no fever (without medication).  *Retesting is encouraged (but not required-follow the advice of your healthcare provider)-two consecutive negative COVID-19 tests given 24 hours apart would also indicate that a child may return to school. The negative test results should be provided to the school upon return. Whitebead School will respect the diagnosis and instructions of the child’s physician.  


What is the protocol for when my child can return to school if they have a fever related to a cold, sinus infection, strep, or the flu? 

A child that has a fever that is not COVID-19 related may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. We will respect the diagnosis of your medical doctor and follow their direction as to when your child may return to school. 

Will my child be able to sit anywhere they choose on the school bus?

Seating charts will be used on each bus. This will assist with contact tracing if necessary. Students will be seated in various manners to follow the guidelines of social distancing between students (social distancing will be limited due to the size and available seats on the bus). 

Will students be eating in the school cafeteria for breakfast and lunch?

 Students will be eating breakfast and lunch in their classroom. Whitebead Public School cannot promote nor provide social distancing from other classes in the cafeteria.

Will I be allowed to check in and eat with my child?

Visitors for lunch will not be allowed at this time. Students will be eating breakfast and lunch in their classroom. 

Will students be given a recess after lunch?

We must strategically schedule class recess periods.  Students will not be able to interact with other students outside of their homeroom class. Whitebead will assign designated areas for teachers and students for recess.


I am concerned about playground sanitation.  How will this be handled?

Playground equipment will be sprayed with disinfectant after every recess period.  

What do distant learning days look like?

Distant learning days are when students remain at home and learn virtually. Teachers can provide a schedule of what a good virtual learning day should look like according to the age of the student.   

If I do not have internet or a device, can I choose paper packets like we did in the spring?

 All learning will occur either face to face or virtually. Paper packets do not provide for an equitable education. Paper packets are good for review but not for new learning.    

If I elect to enroll in the online virtual learning program through Whitebead School, can I checkout a computer from the school?

Students electing a full virtual remote learning format must provide their own device and internet to choose this learning path.

If I have a child with special needs, mild to severe, can they enroll in the online virtual program and still have access to their teacher and extra resources that are provided by the school, such as PT, OT, and speech?

Yes.  However, access to a Whitebead teacher may be in a video chat or a phone call.  Additional services will continue to be served to the best of the group’s abilities.  It would be in your best interest to call and discuss your options.


If my child tests positive for COVID-19, and are sent home for the quarantine period, how will they complete their face to face instructions?

A student should not attend school if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. During a time of absence from a positive test, students will begin online virtual learning and continue to complete assignments as they are assigned.   

Our family is on the free and reduced meal program at Whitebead.  If we enroll in virtual learning through Whitebead, will we have breakfast and lunch delivered to our home for our kids to eat? 

 Meals can be picked up at the school.  At this time we cannot deliver meals.  Child Nutrition Services can provide your students with meals free of charge or at a reduced rate if they qualify. It is simple to fill out an application and information remains confidential. Please contact Whitebead Public School, for more information, at (405) 238-3021. 

When students in the face to face instruction are engaged with learning, will they be distracted by the students at home on the virtual program? Will they hear dogs barking, music playing, or people talking? 

Our Whitebead teachers will have some video recording of taught lessons and some live streaming.  Most likely, they will upload this to their school website, in their class site.  The upload may take a bit, due to the teacher teaching and assisting classroom students.  Once teachers get structured, our plan is to be completely seamless to help your child feel as if they are in the actual room.

Is there a mandatory requirement on the type of face mask that my child is required to wear while at school?

No.  As long as the mask covers the nose and the face from respiratory droplets produced when an infected person is coughing, sneezing, or talking. 

What is the necessary wifi strength/bandwidth needed to appropriately run Zoom (or other programs needed for virtual learning) 

The necessary wifi strength/bandwidth needed to appropriately run Zoom is 2.0 mbps for a single screen.  

Are there any funds available for those of us that don’t currently have internet services?

Whitebead is currently applying for a grant for hot spots and discounted internet services.  We truly hope that we can receive some assistance for our families that need it.  

Are there set days in the calendar as specific days when the whole school will be off for virtual learning?  

We will continue to follow the Board approved calendar that can be found on our website.  There will be practice virtual days when students are at school so that if the school has to close, students can seamlessly transition to virtual learning.  

Could a student complete the daily assignments at home if they are out sick?

Absolutely.  If a student is out sick they can certainly log on to their virtual platform and complete that day's assignments.  

Can the masks be homemade or do they have to meet any certain requirements. 

The only requirement is that the mask covers the nose and mouth of the student.  The mask should fit securely on the face.

Should my child become sick, over the weekend and run a fever, seek medical treatment and be diagnosed with an ear infection (or any type of illness that could cause a low grade fever and not be COVID) receive antibiotics and remain fever free 24 hours before Monday morning; would he be able to return to school without having to have a covid test or quarantine for 3 days?

We will honor your physicians directions.  

Will homemade lunches still be allowed or will this be a hindrance to the new lunchtime procedures?

Homemade lunches will be allowed.  Sharing of food is strongly discouraged.  Please do not allow your child to bring large bags of snacks to share with others at lunch or recess.  

If my child is sent home due to a low grade fever, is it fever free for three days with a negative COVID test or three days after receiving a negative on a COVID TEST?

We will honor your physicians directions.  

Is the virtual learning going to be like it was after spring break or are they going to be following the same curriculum that the class is?

When we return to school, virtual learning will be vastly improved over what our student had after spring break.  Teachers will do their best to provide an equitable education for all students.  

Will it be one teacher doing all virtual students or will they be assigned a teacher just like if they were returning to the building?

At this time we have one co-virtual teacher.  If we have a large enrollment of virtual students we will be adjusting to accommodate.  Each virtual student will have a homeroom teacher and a co-virtual teacher.

Will assignments be posted and due daily or all at once and due Friday? 

Please refer to the section that talks about attendance.  

What restrictions will sports have?

Virtual students will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.  More information can be found above.  We are following guidelines of ORES. 

If a student starts as a distance learner, will they be allowed to return to in person learning if things change?  Or be required to complete the full school year as a distance learning student?

We are asking that if a student signs up to go virtual at the beginning of the year - that they remain a virtual student for a nine week period.  At the end of the nine weeks we will be asking parents to evaluate and decide if they want their child to remain virtual or return to the regular classroom.  

If students choose the virtual learning plan, can they work ahead and complete assignments before they are due, as they would through any other online education plan?

Yes, please see the section about attendance.  

If my virtual learner completes all of his/her assignments for the week, will they still be required to login daily for attendance? 

No, please see the section about attendance.  

What will bathroom breaks be like in school, if a child needs to go, individually, to the bathroom after a class break?

Students will be allowed to go to the restroom.  

What is the plan for learning if students and or an entire class have to be absent for 10 day?  Will they transition to virtual learning or will they be another process?

Students should be able to seamlessly transition to virtual learning due to teachers working at least one day per week instructing students on how to be virtual learners.

Is the curriculum for in person the same as for virtual?

Equitable education for all students virtual or face to face.  Teachers have been working very hard to plan for virtual learning and face to face learning.  

Will virtual be a live stream or will it be recorded videos?  If parents are working they may not be able to be with their children during the day to assist with logging in, completing work etc.

Teachers will be recording some of their teaching lessons and some will be live.  Our teachers are very willing to work with our parents and students to make this a good experience.  

Has the Whitebead attendance policy been updated to accommodate the increased number of absences that will be likely this year?  If so, will parents be receiving a copy of this new policy?

Whitebead Board recently updated the attendance policy to include virtual learning.  If a student is out of school for an illness, they will have the opportunity to work virtually.  

What is the system for notifying parents if a teacher/student tests positive?

Letters and notices have been prepared and will be sent out as needed.  Due to HIPPA and FERPA laws we will not be sharing the name of any staff or students who test positive.

If a traditional learner and their family decide that face to face instruction is too restrictive, can they change to virtual immediately or do they have to wait on the 9 week period?

If my child is enrolled as a face to face learner, and things out of my control occur such as:  he/she becomes ill for a long period of time, or the school has to close for widespread COVID-19, who will supply my child with a computer for virtual learning?

State Board of Education closes school campuses for the remainder of the school year.
Letter from Whitebead Superintendent
March 16th, 2020
Dear Whitebead School District parents and staff:
This afternoon, the state Board of Education voted to close all Oklahoma schools, effective immediately, until at least April 6 in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This includes the Whitebead School District. Additionally, there will be no school activities during this time.
While state officials mandated schools to close for two weeks following spring break, they also encouraged administrators to prepare for the possibility of longer-term closures, if it becomes necessary. At least 35 other states across the country also have made the decision to close schools statewide in the interest of public health.
Oklahoma schools are not expected to be required to make up the missed days. At this time, schools have been instructed by the state Department of Education not to provide online, home-based, or distance learning for students.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it continues to evolve by the hour. We know this uncertainty can cause anxiety and worry, but we want to assure you that Whitebead School is doing everything possible to ensure the needs of students and employees will be met during this unique time. We will be closed for classes, but - as a district - we will continue to serve our community while abiding by the healthy best practices that have been recommended by the CDC. Employees will receive information about their responsibilities during the school closure over the next few days.
We encourage you to comply with what health officials recommended as well. If you can, please stay at home and enjoy family time. If you must go out, please practice social distancing, allowing at least six feet between you and other individuals. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your medical professional or the county health department. You also can learn more about how to prevent the illness by visiting
Communication will be key during the next two weeks. It is our hope that accurate and up-to-date correspondence will combat fear and panic, as well as help you make well-informed decisions for your family. As a district, we will be sending correspondence to you by text, phone call, email, and Facebook. You also can get the latest information by visiting the Whitebead School District Website There, we will be posting answers to frequently asked questions as soon as they are available, including those about child nutrition services, employee payroll, end-of-year activities, and more.
For Whitebead, there is nothing more important than the safety and health of our students, staff, and community. We want you to be safe, and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding. Garvin county and Pauls Valley are strong, and we will get through this together.
Lou Ann Wood
Carta de la superintendente de Whitebead
16 de marzo de 2020
Estimados padres y personal del Distrito Escolar Whitebead:
Esta tarde, la Junta de Educación del estado votó para cerrar todas las escuelas de Oklahoma, con vigencia inmediata, al menos hasta el 6 de abril en un esfuerzo por minimizar la propagación de COVID-19. Esto incluye el Distrito Escolar Whitebead. Además, no habrá actividades escolares durante este tiempo.
Si bien los funcionarios estatales ordenaron a las escuelas cerrar durante dos semanas después de las vacaciones de primavera, también alentaron a los administradores a prepararse para la posibilidad de cierres a largo plazo, si fuera necesario. Al menos otros 35 estados en todo el país también han tomado la decisión de cerrar las escuelas en todo el estado en interés de la salud pública.
No se espera que las escuelas de Oklahoma repongan los días perdidos. En este momento, el Departamento de Educación del estado ha ordenado a las escuelas que no brinden educación en línea, a domicilio o a distancia para los estudiantes.
Esta es una situación sin precedentes, y continúa evolucionando por horas. Sabemos que esta incertidumbre puede causar ansiedad y preocupación, pero queremos asegurarle que Whitebead School está haciendo todo lo posible para garantizar que se satisfagan las necesidades de los estudiantes y empleados durante este tiempo único. Estaremos cerrados para las clases, pero, como distrito, continuaremos sirviendo a nuestra comunidad, respetando las mejores prácticas saludables que han sido recomendadas por los CDC. Los empleados recibirán información sobre sus responsabilidades durante el cierre de la escuela en los próximos días.
Le recomendamos que cumpla con lo que los funcionarios de salud también han recomendado. Si puede, quédese en casa y disfrute el tiempo en familia. Si debe salir, practique el distanciamiento social, permitiendo al menos seis pies entre usted y otras personas. Si tiene preguntas sobre COVID-19, comuníquese con su profesional médico o con el departamento de salud del condado. También puede obtener más información sobre cómo prevenir la enfermedad visitando…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
La comunicación será clave durante las próximas dos semanas. Esperamos que la correspondencia precisa y actualizada combata el miedo y el pánico, y que también lo ayude a tomar decisiones bien informadas para su familia. Como distrito, le enviaremos correspondencia por mensaje de texto, llamada telefónica, correo electrónico y Facebook. También puede obtener la información más reciente visitando el sitio web del Distrito Escolar de Whitebead. Allí, publicaremos las respuestas a las preguntas frecuentes tan pronto como estén disponibles, incluidas aquellas sobre servicios de nutrición infantil, nómina de empleados, actividades de fin de año y más.
Para Whitebead, no hay nada más importante que la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad. Queremos que esté seguro, y apreciamos su flexibilidad y comprensión. El condado de Garvin y Pauls Valley son fuertes, y lo superaremos juntos.
Lou Ann Wood Superintendente
Breakfast and Lunch Information
Información de desayuno y almuerzo
If your child/children need to receive breakfast or lunch while our school is closed, please email our superintendent at We are working hard to keep you informed and our children are taken care of.

Si su hijo(s) necesita recibir desayuno o almuerzo mientras nuestra escuela está cerrada, envíe un correo electrónico a nuestro superintendente a Estamos trabajando arduamente para mantenerlo informado y cuidar a nuestros hijos.

Teacher and Staff Pay Information
Teachers and administrators shall be entitled to pay for any time lost when school is closed on account of epidemics or otherwise when an order for such closing has been issued by a health officer authorized by law to issue the order.

The OSSBA legal team is in agreement with the state Education Department and other education attorneys that this language applies to the current situation. Districts can rely on this statute to pay certified employees for any contract days lost because of the COVID-19 emergency.

Districts can still direct all employees, including teachers and administrators, to report to work. However, if districts decide not to do so, this statute requires certified employees to continue to be paid.

We know this provision doesn't specifically mention support employees so our team continues to review solutions to ensure support employees can continue to be paid as well.


Hofmeister to request federal waiver suspending state testing for school year


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 19, 2020) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that the State Department of Education plans to pursue a federal waiver to suspend statewide student assessments for the 2019-20 school year.

“Oklahomans, like all Americans, are seeking to 'flatten the curve' of a global pandemic. Our foremost concern is ensuring our students and school communities remain as safe and healthy as possible, which is why the State Board of Education voted earlier this week to cease all school operations until at least April 6, and possibly longer,” said Hofmeister. 

“Our educators and district leaders need to shift their focus from assessments to essential services, including child nutrition and planning to continue student learning through alternative delivery methods. Their priority cannot be with assessments that would be of questionable validity in the wake of a global pandemic. Assessments are very important tools, but they do not outweigh other considerations during this time of uncertainty.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each state to administer academic assessments in English language arts, mathematics and science in grades 3-8 as well as once in high school. The U.S. Department of Education has indicated it would consider waiver requests from states with widespread closures related to the spread of COVID-19. 

The waiver request will also seek suspension of the Oklahoma School Report Card for the current school year. The pandemic has spurred at least 39 states to close schools statewide.