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Tulsa County Parks offers 'School of Rec' for kids in distance learning

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 11:13:32-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa County Parks is launching a program for virtual and distance learners called School of Rec.

The program, open to students ages 6-13, is in session Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to the The Tulsa County Parks Department.

School of Rec begins Monday, Oct. 4, with the semester ending in December.

Tulsa County Parks officials said face coverings and hand sanitizer will be provided to the students.

However, students must bring the following:

  • their own laptop/tablet with charger
  • headphones
  • school supplies
  • sack lunch
  • water bottle

Officials said the program is following all guidelines and protocols by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including social distancing and sanitizing surfaces.

The daily burden today’s parents are facing is tough enough. Child care issues shouldn’t be one of those. School of Rec provides County parks locations that parents can turn to when their children need a trusted, safe and clean place to distance and/or virtual learn while parents focus on their regular jobs.
Tulsa County Parks Director Vince Trinidad

The cost is $50 a week and it's limited to 20 students per location, officials said. For enrollment, parents and guardians must call the location of their choice. Tulsa County Parks School of Rec locations include:

  • Chandler Park Community Center, 6500 W. 21st St., 918-591-6053
  • Bixby Community Center, 211 N. Cabaniss Ave., 918-366-4841
  • SoCo Recreation Center, 13800 S. Peoria Ave., 918-746-3780
  • LaFortune Park Community Center, 5202 S. Hudson Ave., 918-496-6220

“Do these programs replace school? Not at all, but for many families with working parents this is a better and safer choice,” said City of Tulsa Parks Department Director Anna America. “Forcing parents to choose between work and their children is a no-win situation for all of us. Providing safe and secure opportunities for our community is a natural fit for any park department and we’re proud to be able to offer it along with the County.”

There is a similar program at the City of Tulsa Parks Department, Tulsa Parks School Support Camps, that is also currently accepting students at various locations. Information on their program and locations, click here.

Both School of Rec and Tulsa Parks School Support Camps are made possible through Tulsa County’s CARES Act funding.

Learn more about Tulsa County’s CARES Act programs, click here.

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