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TPS: Upper elementary students return to in-person learning Jan. 4

Tulsa Public Schools
Posted at 12:43 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 09:46:58-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools voted to delay the return of fourth, fifth and sixth-grade elementary students to in-person learning until Jan. 4.

Those grades were originally scheduled to return Nov. 30. In a meeting Thursday night board members expressed concern with staffing numbers and the district's ability to staff classes after Thanksgiving.

As of Thursday, 22 Pre-K through third-grade classes are in quarantine.

READ MORE: TPS moves 10 Pre-K, Kindergarten classes to distance learning less than 2 weeks after return

Kendall-Whittier Elementary School moved to distance learning on Thursday due to staffing issues and external close contact numbers. It will remain in distance learning until Dec. 2.

During Thursday's meeting, the district said it only has about 140 substitutes at the moment. It also said 40 to 50 percent of substitute requests are being fulfilled daily.

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