TPS to add extra days to school year

Posted at 3:18 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 16:18:10-04

TULSA Kids wrapped up their first day back at Tulsa Public Schools and teachers were over the moon to see their students.

Teachers lined up with welcome back signs outside of school this morning with smiles as they waited to greet their students.

"We've missed each other and it's good to be back as a family both as a staff and as a whole school community," Marshall Elementary kindergarten teacher Ali Pepper said.

These kids hopped out of the car and eagerly ran to the line of teachers who were ready to give out high fives and hugs.

"We've got lots of love every day and we've got two weeks worth of hugs to give out today so it's been great," Pepper said.

And the kids were equally excited.

"Oh my gosh! She got up at 6:25 a.m., got dressed, and ate her breakfast," father Tad Kikugawa said. "It was the first time in a long time. She's been crying every night for her teacher."

Teachers, staff and students are back together as one family at Marshall Elementary.

"I am so proud of our school and the faces they put on these last few weeks," Marshall Elementary PE teacher Michelle McKinney said. "We've had five of these teachers that did the 110-mile march and were standing on that stage and fighting very hard at the capitol these last few weeks. I'm very proud of them."

Tulsa Public schools announced they will have to extend their school year by a week to make up for time lost.

Teachers say they figured that would happen, but it just gives them more time with their kids.

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