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Project Safe Schools: Broken Arrow first day back into the classroom, online

Posted at 3:45 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 10:08:24-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow Public Schools return to the classroom, and online, Thursday with a detailed plan to keep staff and students safe.

After months of preparation for staff and students, the district is focusing on a big part of their plan, the color-coded phases: red, orange, yellow and green.

Each color comes with its own set of rules and guidelines to be followed should the district reach a specific number of positive COVID-19 cases for staff or students.

For example, in the green phase, if one person tests positive for COVID-19, the district would remain in-person with certain guidelines.

Whereas, in the red phase, if more than 14 people test positive for COVID-19, out of their total population, the district would move to distanced learning for 14 days.

All phases include certain guidelines like mask wearing, social distancing and temperature checks.

2 Works for You spoke with veteran teacher, Lesa Dickson, about preparing for the first day. Dickson said she's grateful the district pushed back the start date because it allowed the staff more time to prepare.

“This extra time has given us some advantages on two fronts," Dickson said. "First of all the safety and priority of our kids is number one. We all want to be here, the kids want to be here, but The only way we will be able to stay here is to see them safe.

Broken Arrow students were given several options to return this school year: in-person learning, full time virtually, or blended. Each option with a different set of rules and guidelines.

CLICK HERE for BA's full back to school plan.

Here are the results of a survey conducted by the district for parents to decide how to return this school year.

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