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Jenks Public Schools to start school year virtually

Posted at 4:54 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 14:35:57-04

JENKS, Okla. — The Jenks Public Schools Board of Education is starting the 2020-21 school year with distance learning.

Teachers will come back to school, but students will learn remotely.

Jenks Public Schools moved their first day of school from Aug. 19 to Aug. 24. This change will allow teachers more time to prepare.

During a board meeting on Aug. 3, Superintendent Dr. Stacey Butterfield said the district will transition to at-school learning when it’s safe. First, that means getting out of the orange level, which is considered a moderate risk zone.

With the continued rise of coronavirus cases, Dr. Butterfield wants Tulsa County to reach the yellow level before the district brings students back into the buildings.

READ MORE: State health department launches color-coded COVID-19 map to show risk by county

“The guidance we see from multiple local state and national resources suggests that we’re not ready in Tulsa County for our district to be back in school,” Dr. Butterfield said.

She wants to see Tulsa County in the yellow level for two consecutive weeks before students are transitioned back into the schools and give teachers extra time to prep for distance learning.

Earlier in July, JPS released guidelines with three learning options for students: at-school, virtual, or blended instruction. Masks are also required for all staff, visitors, and students in grades 3-12.

READ MORE: Jenks Public Schools release guidelines for 2020-21 school year

For more information about Jenks Public Schools guidelines, click here.

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