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Public schools' reopening plans in Tulsa metro this school year

COVID-19 remains big concern
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Posted at 1:16 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 14:41:45-04

TULSA METRO, Okla. — With a continued spike in COVID-19 cases across Oklahoma, many public school leaders are considering whether or not it is safe to reopen this fall.

One of the biggest challenges districts across the state will face is ensuring that students social distance.

While the situation remains fluid amid the pandemic, many districts have come up with tentative plans for the new semester.

Here they are:

Bixby Public Schools

  • Considering three types of instruction: in-person, blend of in-person and remote learning or virtual full-time
  • Determining what type of safety measures to implement such as routine screenings, masks and social distancing
  • Getting input from parents via online survey

Jenks Public Schools

  • Still in the planning stages
  • Keeping up with the latest guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Education

Sand Springs Public Schools

  • All school sites will operate with face-to-face instruction as normal
  • Will offer virtual or blended instruction for pre-K through 12th grades
  • Virtual Academy has been expanded and is expecting an uptick in enrollment
  • Making contingency plans in case of intermittent disruptions

Sapulpa Public Schools

  • Still in the planning stages

Tulsa Public Schools

  • Considering three calendar options
  • Planning on three types of instruction: learning in-person, mix of in-person and distance learning and distance-only learning
  • Planning to offer virtual-only option for families and students who are at a high-risk for coronavirus infection or those who prefer their children stay at home
  • Continuing to work closely with Tulsa Health Department for guidance

Union Public Schools

  • Working behind the scenes to determine protocols and safety measures
  • Making plans to step up distance learning in case students would need to be learning from home
  • Surveying parents to determine willingness to send kids back to school and whether they are comfortable putting them on buses

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