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Jenks, Owasso parents create petitions to open schools instead of distance learning

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 14:32:17-04

As coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state of Oklahoma and around Tulsa, several school districts announced the move to distance learning to start the year.

READ MORE: Green Country school districts release 2020-21 plans amid pandemic

Some parents from Jenks Public Schools and Owasso Public Schools are upset at the decision and have started petitions.

Both Change.org petitions say the parents choose to take daily precautions and send their children to school.

The Jenks Public Schools parent petition said, "We do not accept what has been chosen for us." The message continues by saying that children thrive in the classroom. It said children, "work harder, learn more and thrive off the push of their peers, teachers and support staff that surround them.

The Owasso Public Schools parent petition said parents have the right to choose what they feel is best for their kids and their kids' education.

We DO NOT ACCEPT what has been FORCED upon us.
Owasso Public Schools parent petition | Change.org

The OPS petition said children were not employees, and by remaining isolated they could experience an impact to their health and wellbeing.

Currently, over 800 people have signed the Jenks Public Schools petition, and over 2,300 people have signed the Owasso Public Schools petition.
Below are the 2020-21 school plans for both districts:

Jenks Public Schools release guidelines for 2020-21 school year

Owasso Public Schools release 2020-21 information, FAQs

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