BIXBY, Okla. — Bixby Public Schools is moving all North Elementary grades and the 6th graders from East Intermediate to distance learning for Thursday and Friday.
A decision on reopening next week will be made based on an evaluation of data on Friday afternoon, according to a statement by Superintendent Rob Miller. All other Bixby schools and grade levels are going to remain open for in-person instruction.
The decision to move specific grades to distance learning comes as the district experiences another surge of COVID-19 cases.
"As of noon today, nearly 10% of Bixby students are currently under isolation or quarantine, with many more being sent home with COVID-related symptoms," Miller said. "Over 350 students and staff have been added to these lists since Saturday. These are troubling trends, particularly since we are starting to experience increasing numbers of cases with younger students and more evidence of possible transmission in our classrooms."
Miller said the district would continue to make instructional decisions on a site-by-site basis based on current case numbers, the ability to cover staff absences with qualified substitutes, and meet students' learning needs.
"Additional school sites may also have to transition to distance learning if these negative trends continue," he said. "Families should plan accordingly for potential disruptions to school over the next few weeks. We regret the challenges these decisions pose for our families and hope for a quick return to more manageable COVID conditions."
For more information regarding Bixby Public Schools response to COVID-19, click here.
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