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TPS school board votes to send some students back to in-person learning

Posted at 6:45 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 20:47:43-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Public School board voted to send some students back into the classroom next month.

In a meeting that started around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and ended early Wednesday morning the board decided some TPS students will return to the classroom starting Nov. 9.

Superintendent Deborah Gist originally presented three options for return to school based on COVID-19 numbers in Tulsa. Her recommendation included three different options, all depending on if COVID-19 cases get better, remain stable or get worse.

CLICK HERE to see the three scenarios, depending on COVID-19 numbers, Dr. Gist recommended to the board.

The board voted on the following return to school dates:

  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten return to in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 9.
  • Elementary students in grades 1-3 will return to in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 16. Elementary students in grades 4 and 5 will return to in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 30. Students who are in the 6th grade at an elementary school will also return on Monday, Nov. 30.
  • Wednesdays will continue to be distance learning days for students.

Discussions about the mode of learning for students in middle, junior high, and high school is going to be discussed at the next school board meeting Monday, Oct. 19.

Tulsa Public School officials posted about the meeting on their Facebook page and said they will continue to monitor conditions around health and safety in schools both during this shift and continuously across the year.

Officials said parents who want to keep children home can continue in the distance learning mode. Students registered in Tulsa Virtual Academy may also remain in distance learning for the rest of the school year.

READ MORE: Tulsa Public Schools' COVID-19 safety plan

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