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Clarifying District Expectations During COVID

Clarifying District Expectations During COVID

The past six months have changed our everyday lives in many ways. One of the biggest changes has been on our educational settings. It is more important than ever that our employees and parents are clear on district expectations for protecting staff and students' health. There have always been stories about the “Iron Man” employees and students who never miss a day. A perfect attendance policy is not always a reminder of the importance of education but more likely the reluctance at some point to not be ill. In a pandemic, that logic does not work so well.

If a district has not already explained to parents, students and employees that if you are ill you need to stay home, it is time to have that discussion. Most boards in the state adopted some form of their discussion on keeping school open and remediation steps to take for shutting it down. You may need to remind parents and employees of this policy more often as we move into flu season and as challenges increase in keeping districts open.  

It's important that district leaders help employees understand how their leave will work in quarantine and the importance of protecting everyone's health by monitoring their own. It is also necessary that they understand the district must follow adopted board policy when the pandemic becomes an issue for the district. If an administrator is not following the board's adopted policy, they are working outside their contract and are probably removing themselves from insured protection. If the board fails to follow their own policy, they may not have complete insurance protection either.  

This is a hard time, but if we work together, we can make it through. If you run into an issue that is convoluted and difficult, contact the OK Department of Health. If they don’t give you an answer, keeping asking until you find someone who can.

Andy Evans

Director, Finance

Andy serves as the Finance Director for OPSRC. In this role, he provides help in financial and business-related areas for schools. This includes budgets, managing cash flow, Estimate of Needs, federal programs and general service to aid in the effective use of district resources. Additionally, Andy serves as a resource in customizing budget spreadsheets, projection sheets, and other financial tools essential to administrators in maintaining their district’s financial health.

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