With these objectives in mind, we are announcing our plans for the 2020-2021 year regarding: school operations, health and safety, program delivery, and student support. Scroll down to see the information below that provides key details for students to prepare for the coming school year. Additional information will be provided by the student's specific program during orientation.
(Published: July 20, 2020)
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Francis Tuttle will be providing on-site instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Each program will be able to provide some flexibility to students to work on the curriculum through distance learning; however, due to the nature of Francis Tuttle's programs, students will be required to complete the hands-on components on-site. A districtwide transition to distance learning may be necessary throughout the school year should the pandemic warrant such a response.
Francis Tuttle will be following the traditional school calendar and normal morning, afternoon, and evening session start and end times. Regular classes will begin on August 17. Some adult programs may have a different start date. Please refer to your specific program information for more details.
High school students who will be riding a bus to and from their high school will follow the guidelines provided by their school district.
Health & Safety Guidelines
We will follow the best practices advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oklahoma County Health Department
As part of the district's responsibility to keep students and employees safe, the following protocols will be implemented for daily on-site instruction:
- Daily temperature checks of students, faculty, and staff upon arrival
- Face coverings will be required
- Social distancing (at least 6-feet between individuals) will be emphasized
- Regular cleaning of learning environments, labs, and restroom facilities
In addition, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and to use the many hand sanitizer stations strategically placed in campus buildings.
In the event a positive COVID-19 case has been identified on campus, the following will take place:
- That individual will remain away from all campuses and self-isolate for a period of no less than 14 days. Contact tracing will occur and anyone who has had close contact (within 6 feet for a period of 15 minutes or more) with someone positive for COVID-19 will also stay home for 14 days after the time of suspected exposure. This is based on the time it takes for the illness to develop.
- Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms may return to school only after three days with no fever and diminished respiratory symptoms and 10 days since symptoms first appeared. Two consecutive negative COVID-19 tests given 24 hours apart would also indicate that a student may return to school. The negative test results should be provided to the district upon return.
Francis Tuttle teachers and instructional leaders will be communicating with students prior to the beginning of school to provide a comprehensive orientation.
Students will have the opportunity to complete a questionnaire before the start of class. Information from this questionnaire will be used by Francis Tuttle instructional leaders and teachers to develop a Personalized Learning Plan for each student. The Personalized Learning Plans represent our commitment to ensure each student has the opportunity to be successful.
The Canvas learning management system will be used by teachers to communicate program-related items, deliver curriculum, and create a positive and supporting learning community. Additionally, Canvas will be used for welcoming students to Francis Tuttle before the start of school in August.
Our attendance policy will be revised for the 2020-2021 school year to accommodate the unique circumstances and challenges brought on by the pandemic. These changes will be communicated to students (and parents if applicable) in detail before the start of class. Attendance and curriculum progress requirements for adult students receiving federal financial aid will also be explained before the start of class.
The hands-on aspects of our programs remain a vital component for students to develop skills and demonstrate proficiency. Labs will continue to be a focal point of our programs and we will be taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of students and teachers.
Licensing programs have unique requirements for hands-on training at clinical sites. We are working with the licensure governing boards and our clinical partners to ensure students have the opportunity to participate in these critically important worksite experiences and complete their programs.
We maintain a comprehensive list of resources to assist students with the completion of their program.
Additional resources may be available through counselors. Contact the counselor for your program for more details.
Students will have the opportunity to complete a support questionnaire before the start of class. Information from the questionnaire will be used by Francis Tuttle instructional leaders and teachers to develop a Personalized Support Plan for each student. The personalized support plans represent our commitment to ensure that each student has the support they need to be successful.
Many of our programs are eligible for federal financial aid. We provide guidelines for adult students receiving federal financial aid during the 2020-21 school year.
Francis Tuttle will be prepared to transition to distance learning format should the need arise. The student surveys will be used to ensure we have the technology necessary to support students during a transition to a distance-learning format.