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Record-breaking COVID-19 cases statewide as some Tulsa Public Schools students return to school

Posted at 12:23 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 23:44:08-05

TULSA, Okla. — Some Tulsa Public School students returned to the classroom for the first time since March.

Kindergarten and Pre-K students are the first wave of students in the district’s “staggered” approach in returning to the classroom safely.

Before parents take their child to school, they will complete a Student Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents must keep their child at home if they answer “YES” to any of the screening questions.

Parents are required to make sure their child is wearing a mask covering their nose and mouth before they arrive on-campus; that includes on school buses.

Parents are asked to remain inside of their cars when they drop their students off. During the first week, teachers and staff will meet students at the entrance and escort them to their classrooms. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building.

In the classroom, students will be assigned to a “pod” with 3-4 other students and will stay with their “pod” throughout the day. Students will only be allowed to remove their mask to eat breakfast in the classroom. After breakfast, students will put their masks back on and begin learning.

At the end of the day, parents and guardians will pick-up their child from the designated area; drivers should stay in the car.

The district’s safety precautions are to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The district is also encouraging parents to talk to their child about the importance of wearing a mask and washing their hands.

Students are returning to the classroom as the state sees a record-breaking number of cases over the weekend.

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