What Families Can Expect When We Return to Learn
Reopening of school is critical when many children and families are experiencing additional economic hardships, social isolation, and stressors. Schools are a critical component of communities and have tremendous impact on the health, well-being, growth, and development of students and families. Education is a fundamental determinant of health because it cultivates life skills, knowledge and reasoning, social-emotional awareness and control, and community engagement, which serve people over the course of a lifetime. Schools themselves also function as tools and resources for public health intervention by addressing core needs such as nutrition, access to health and social support services, and engagement and support of families and the community as a whole.
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is of utmost importance. When the school year begins, on-campus school will look much different than in previous years due to new health and safety measures. District and school administrators are developing plans to reopen schools based on guidance from public health officials and recommendations from the Oxford School District Return-to-School Committee. Plans will be updated as the situation evolves.
It is important to note that the Oxford School District plans will focus sharply on academic instruction to enhance student performance and address learning loss due to school closure this past spring. At the same time, OSD will attempt to maintain extracurricular programs, clubs, and athletics that are so important to the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students.
The following health and safety guidance has been recommended by the Oxford School District for the reopening of schools based on current information and will be updated as the situation changes.