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Bartlesville Public Schools first day back to school in-person

Posted at 4:44 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 08:56:36-04

TULSA, Okla. — Bartlesville Public Schools district is back-to-school today.

Teachers and staff at Bartlesville high, middle, and elementary schools are welcoming students back, in-person.

Twenty percent of the public school students are online, leaving the remaining 80 percent lining halls and classrooms together.

BPS Superintendent Chuck McCauley tells 2 Works for You, last spring the district created four committees to handle the safe return to school for the 2020-2021 school year.

A total of 80 people spent months putting together a plan to be in place by the start of the school year.

READ MORE: Bartlesville Public Schools release 2020-21 reopening guidelines

That plan was released months ago to parents.

The plan includes daily temperature checks for all staff and personal protective equipment ready for every staff member and student, including masks, face shields, and more. The district plans to social distance as much as possible in hallways, classrooms, and during mealtime. In case things change, or an outbreak occurs, leaders are ready to pivot.

We have no doubt there will be some bumps in the road, more as we see how the quarantine process works for students and staff, we know there will be times where it won’t be safe for students and staff to be at school.
BPS Superintendent Chuck McCauley

For families going digital this year, the district is providing hot spots for those with no WiFi.

Also, every online student is matched with a teacher to make sure they don't fall behind this year.

Twenty elementary teachers were moved to full time virtual-only instruction, and 60 teachers with middle and high school students are going online.

One BPS parent said the district is prepared to protect their family, no matter what happens.

“I just hope everything goes well, they’re able to look at how the kids are doing, if things are working, if they are not. I have a lot of faith that they will be able to work on that quickly, see what’s working and what’s not,” Michael Bostwick said.

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