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Tulsa Public Schools announces 2020-21 school calendar with changes due to COVID-19

Posted at 7:16 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 11:33:23-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Board of Education released a new calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

The school year for students is set for Monday, August 31 through Tuesday, June 8, according to Tulsa Public Schools.

TPS officials said the calendar includes all-district distance learning days on Wednesdays, which allows students to participate in distance learning, and it provides an opportunity for additional in-person tutoring.

These changes come after the district eliminated in school learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also announced precautions being taken:

  • Personal protective equipment: provide all of the protective equipment necessary, and this may include masks.
  • Social distancing: prepared to reconfigure spaces and classrooms to maintain social distancing practices, and work to create plans for social distancing on buses and during arrival and dismissal times.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing: provide additional cleaning procedures that may include hand-washing stations throughout the buildings.
We know that this is a big change, and it is an important one. It provides time for custodians to clean and sanitize classrooms mid-week and for teachers to engage in planning, team collaboration, and professional learning. These distance learning days will also give schools the flexibility they need to provide academic support for those students who need it most.
Superintendent Deborah A. Gist

The district plans to work with community partners to help support families with resources for in-home learning. For distance learning days, the district plans to continue providing meals for breakfast and lunch.

“We recognize the need for child care on Wednesdays and will be working with local community-based organizations, child care, and faith-based organizations to support our families,” Gist said.

For families who may feel uncomfortable sending their children back to school in-person, the district is launching TPS Virtual Academy, a full-time virtual school option this school year.

Tulsa Public Schools announced on Aug. 3 students would start the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year with distance learning.

For more information about the district, visit the TPS website.

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