TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools responds to a new petition is asking the district to reopen "immediately."
The Change.org petition calls for TPS to reopen their doors "immediately" because parents have a right to choose what is best for their child's education.
Currently, the petition's goal is 200, and there are 197 signatures, so far.
The person who started the petition said children learn more in a classroom environment and being taught in-person by their teacher. The petition said it's important for children to learn not only academics, but social skills for both their mental and emotional health while at school.
We choose to be leaders and a voice for our kids. We are a voice for our tax dollars. We choose to stand together and demand our school classrooms open with social distancing restrictions in place.
Tulsa Public Schools said they also want student back in the classroom but also have the responsibility to reduce community spread when it comes to COVID-19.
We want our students back in their classrooms with their teachers and peers as soon as possible. We also have a responsibility to our team, students, families, and our city to do all that we can to help reduce community spread. We would make the decision on in-person learning based on data and in close collaboration with local health professionals. After promising declines in our local numbers, we have recently seen increases in COVID-19 cases, particularly among young people. The best way to help get our children back into classrooms is for Tulsans to wear their masks, wash their hands often, and practice safe distancing.
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