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21-22 COVID & Safe Return Information

Safe Return Plan Important Information

Dear DPS Family,


We have planned for a traditional school year, but we must continue to be flexible and adaptable to accomplish that goal as we navigate changing COVID rules and situations. School starts August 12, and many of last year’s strategies remain in place, such as cleaning and social distancing when practical.  Masks and quarantine rules have changed this year, but overall, our return to school should be very similar to last year’s.


Here is a summary of what to expect related to COVID for the upcoming school year:   


Masks and Face Coverings

The biggest change from last year: no mask mandate.  DPS cancelled our mandate last year after the Governor rescinded the State of Emergency, and according to new legislation (SB 658), masks are not an option for schools unless another State of Emergency is declared.  Masks are encouraged, however, for any students, staff, or visitors with concerns. DPS can even provide masks for anyone who wishes to wear one, but no one is required to wear a face covering.


Quarantines and Contact Tracing

At this point, we have been advised that the Health Department “will not be issuing quarantine orders.”  The health department still retains the power to quarantine and isolate, however, so DPS will comply with any mandates issued by the health department regarding quarantine, contact tracing, and notifications.    


Social Distancing, Sanitizing, and Screening

As we start the year, we will continue social distancing (when practical), enhanced cleaning/disinfection of facilities, and ample opportunities for hand sanitizing/washing.  We still need staff and students to self-screen every day before arriving at school.  Temperature screening may also occur at school sites.



We encourage everyone to consult your healthcare provider about COVID vaccinations, but DPS cannot require COVID vaccinations or reveal any person’s vaccination status.


For more information, CLICK HERE to review the full American Rescue Plan draft for Duncan Public Schools.  In addition to COVID mitigation, the Safe Return Plan also includes a breakdown of funding categories and uses.


By working together, we defied the odds last year.  Our district remained open all year, and we did not close a single site due to COVID.  While we do not know what to expect in the year ahead, I am confident that the staff, students, and staff of Duncan Public Schools can navigate any storm.  I am proud to be a Duncan Demon, and I am humbled to serve as your superintendent.  Thank you in advance for the great year ahead!


By Grace,

Tom Deighan

Superintendent, Duncan Public Schools