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Tracking distance days: Tulsa area schools adjust to COVID spike

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Posted at 9:10 PM, Jan 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-21 17:59:33-05

TULSA, Okla. — Several Tulsa area public school districts made the decision the week of Jan. 18-21 to return to distance learning.

2 News is tracking closures and will update this list as needed.

Jan. 24-28

Union Public Schools announced Darnaby and Grove elementary students will be in distance learning Jan. 24-25 due to staff shortages. All other schools in the district will be back to in-person learning beginning Monday. Union won't have transportation for grades 8-12 (including Alt. Ed) on Monday and Tuesday. However, all special education transportation will continue.

Jan. 18-21

Tulsa Public Schools announced several schools out Wednesday Jan. 19

Broken Arrow announced the district is moving to distance learning from January 18th through the 21st due to staff absences. In a letter to parents on the district's website Superintendent Chuck Perry said as of 1:30 on Friday the district has "710 employees absent for illness and other various reasons."

Haskell Public Schools Superintendent announced the district will be moving to distance learning from January 18th-21st. Classes will resume on January 24th. Superintendent Luellen detailed information about lesson plans and meal pick-ups in a letter to the parents.

Bartlesville Public Schools announced a move for BHS, Central, Madison to distance learning Jan. 18-19. The six elementary schools will have in-person classes as usual on Tuesday, then distance learning on Wednesday.

Muskogee Public Schools announced that all school sites will be in virtual learning Jan. 18-21, and all activities and athletics are canceled through the end of the week. All teachers and staff will also work from home unless otherwise specified.

Jenks Public Schools says East Elementary and Northwest Elementary will remain in distance learning through Jan. 20 while other sites return in person.

Claremore Public Schools extended distance learning for Will Rogers Junior High from Jan. 18-21.

Sapulpa Public Schools' Bartlett Academy will stay in distance learning through Thursday, January 20.

Union Public Schools has nine schools going back to in-person learning on Jan. 20: Cedar Ridge, Clark, McAuliffe and Peters Elementary and the Early Childhood Education Center, as well as Union 8th Grade, the Freshman Academy, Union High School and Alt Ed. Union will look at adding other schools next Monday

Wagoner Public Schools will move all sites to distance learning for Thursday and Friday.

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