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Distance learning or classroom instruction: Green Country school districts survey parents

Posted at 10:27 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 00:27:07-04

BIXBY, Okla. — The classroom may not ever be the same again.

Green Country school district leaders are currently working out what the start of the year will look like and they are reaching out to parents for guidance.

Some of the options on the table are: distance learning, normal in classroom session, and implementing both virtual and in-person instruction.

Bixby Public Schools Superintendent Rob Miller said, “Unfortunately, there are more questions than we can possibly have answers for, at this point.”

How to keep students and staff safe is what they are sorting out.

BPS is surveying parents on three educational options. The first is a regular schedule with safeguards like routine screenings and increased sanitary and medical protocols. Miller said that option is preferred by most families.

“We know that COVID is still going to be present in our community and state, but hopefully at manageable levels,” Miller said.

The second survey choice is blended learning. That means in-person and online instruction.

The third option is going full-time virtual.

BPS has about 1,800 parent responses on the survey.

“What the overwhelming response, so far, is that the majority of our families are ready to come back to school, are relatively comfortable coming back to school but also want to be comforted by the fact that the school is addressing some of these concerns,” Miller said.

Miller adds they are still ironing things out like sanitary protocols, who will wear masks, and social distancing.

“Much of the CDC guidelines are not realistic in a real school setting,” Miller said. “We’re all going to navigate this in a way we think serves our families and community to the best of our ability.”

The Tulsa Public Schools district had two board meetings to discuss plans and will host a third.

In a previous meeting, TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said, “We are 100% committed to being back 100% of the time with our students to the extent that we can safely do that.”

Union Public Schools is also still surveying parents and Inola Public Schools is looking at every option, they say, with nothing decided yet.

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