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Tulsa Public Schools to discuss district's future in special meeting

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Posted at 3:42 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 15:23:17-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education is having a special meeting Monday as the district enters week five of distance learning.

The board may discuss the future of the district in regards to distance learning versus in-person learning for students. However, a decision will not be made.

Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist and the board will decide, together, if the district will remain online or switch to in-person by October 13th. Gist said the decision will be made with the help of other school districts, case data, and recommendations from the CDC.

Ultimately, the district said they won't send students and staff back into the buildings until it's safe. “Unfortunately, Oklahoma, when you look at the risk level maps, it gets more and more, and more red," Gist said. "Which is the highest risk level. The county by county is just getting higher and higher. I do worry in the longer term if we as a state don’t get a hold on the virus, it could begin to affect us here in Tulsa County.”

If Tulsa Public Schools returns to in-person learning, they are looking at safety measures, like ventilation throughout buildings, in addition to the requirement of wearing masks at all times with some breaks.

The district's primary goal is for the children to be back in school as soon as possible, but only when it's safe.

For info on the special meeting, click here.

To watch the meeting live at 4pm, click here.

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