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Rivers Elementary students, staff safely ‘Return to Learn’

Back to school at Rivers Elementary.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Francisco Bolanos, the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron logistics noncommissioned officer in charge, and his son sit in front of Rivers Elementary School August 17, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The COVID Alert Risk Management System level is utilized throughout the district, sharing weekly COVID-19 threats within Jackson County. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Back to school at Rivers Elementary.

The Presha family stands outside Rivers Elementary School on the first day of the 2020 school year August 17, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Altus Public Schools have implemented a Return to Learn protocol in order for students and staff to return to school safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Back to school at Rivers Elementary.

Stephanie Tucker, a teacher at Rivers Elementary School, takes the temperature of a military child before entering the school August 17, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Altus Public Schools are currently at COVID-19 alert level orange, meaning there is a moderate threat within Jackson County, allowing the school year to begin with in-person learning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Back to school at Rivers Elementary.

Military children start their first day of the 2020 school year at Rivers Elementary School August 17, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. In alignment with the Altus School District’s adopted protocols, masks are required for all students and faculty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Back to school at Rivers Elementary.

The Songe family says goodbye to their children as they attend their first day of school at Rivers Elementary School August 17, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Every Friday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health will release the COVID-19 Alert levels for the upcoming week in Jackson County. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Back to school at Rivers Elementary.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Jolikko, a Security Forces Journeyman assigned to the 97th Security Forces Squadron, takes temperatures of students before they go into Rivers Elementary School August 17, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. In alignment with APS protocol, school visitors will be restricted from visits, extra-curricular activities will require social distancing, and masks are required to be worn by all students, faculty, and staff members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Back to school at Rivers Elementary School.

Military children line up to get their temperatures taken before going to school at Rivers Elementary School on August 17, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. After the Oklahoma State Department of Health releases the COVID-19 Alert levels, parents, employees, and community members will be notified of the new alert level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

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Rivers Elementary School began their school year, August 17, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Altus Public Schools implemented a protocol known as Return to Learn for students and staff.

The COVID Alert Risk Management System level is utilized throughout the district, sharing weekly COVID-19 threats within Jackson County. APS are currently at COVID alert level orange, meaning there is a moderate threat within Jackson County, allowing for the school year to begin with in-person learning. In alignment with APS protocols, school visitors will be restricted from visits, extra-curricular activities will require social distancing, and masks are required to be worn by all students, faculty, and staff members.

Additionally, every Friday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health will release the COVID Alert levels for the upcoming week in Jackson County. APS will then notify students, parents, employees and community members on Friday afternoons of the alert level for the following week. To learn more about the Altus Public Schools Return to Learn protocols, visit http://www.altusps.com/district/

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