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TPS' Carnegie Elementary closed 'due to staff absences'

Tulsa Public Schools
Posted at 8:52 AM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-26 17:14:59-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools' Carnegie Elementary is closed for in-person learning on Thursday and Friday "due to staff absences."

Here's what the school principal said:

"A critical factor in decisions around whether schools or classrooms shift to at-home learning is our ability to sustain teaching and learning. As of this morning, we were notified by seven teachers they would be absent today. We do everything we can to ensure that our classrooms will have coverage if our teachers are not able to come to school in-person. Our team spent the morning trying to find substitutes and determining if adequate coverage could be provided. Unfortunately due to these unforeseen staffing absences, we had to make the tough decision to suspend in-person learning for all students on Thursday, August 26 -- notifying parents as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing our students back on campus again soon and we will continue to update families about plans for returning to in-person learning."
Principal Krista Blanche

In their Facebook announcement, schools officials said families can pick up Chromebooks and chargers for their students safely if they believe distanced learning will continue. Students are still eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch meals. School officials say that those can be picked up by appointment only at the Ross Child Nutrition building on 8934 Latimer Street in Tulsa.

The school plans to update parents again on Sunday if they're able to return to classrooms on Monday.

Parents can call 918-833-8670 or email to arrange a meal pick-up time.

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