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Tulsa Public Schools delays students return to in-person learning until March 22

Posted at 11:16 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 16:41:28-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools are delaying students return to in-person learning until March 22.

According to a tweet by Tulsa Public Schools, the district held a special meeting to discuss COVID-19 data on Friday, Jan. 15.

The board made the decision for students to return to in-person learning on March 22 due to the data and the district's assessment of the health and safety conditions.

The announcement comes after Governor Kevin Stitt recently introduced new quarantine guidelines for schools, but some educators and doctors raised some questions and concerns about the data he cited.

READ MORE: Questions about data cited in Oklahoma's new school quarantine policy

In a statement, Gov. Stitt said he's "heartbroken" over the decision to delay in-person learning for TPS students.

As governor, I join the thousands of parents, students and teachers in Tulsa who are heartbroken to learn that they will continue to be denied the option to be together in their classrooms for at least 374 days. Sadly, this decision is based on politics instead of the data which clearly shows that schools can be reopened safely.

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