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Tulsa Public Schools to consider changes to COVID-19 policies

Posted at 4:34 PM, Nov 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 21:37:58-05

TULSA, Okla. — Update:

According to Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist, TPS will continue to recommend that adults and children -particularly those who are unvaccinated - wear masks indoors and when in the presence of others.

According to Dr. Gist, these changes are contingent on our continued monitoring of the COVID-19 case rates in our county, the state, and around the world. We are also working with health professionals and the Tulsa Health Department, according to Tulsa Public Schools.

According to TPS, Starting on Monday, Nov. 29, we will no longer expect masking in buildings where individuals have been eligible for vaccination for
several months - this includes our stand-alone high schools and district office sites. We are also hopeful that starting on Tuesday, Jan. 4, we will no
longer expect masking in any of our buildings - this includes elementary schools, middle and junior high schools, and 6-12 school sites.

Confirmation of that change will come before winter break, according to TPS. We will continue to follow the federal mandate for masking on
public conveyances, so bus riders (and drivers) will wear masks traveling to and from school.

The rest of the changes can be found here:


Tulsa Public Schools is planning to discuss its COVID-19 protocols at their next Board of Education meeting.

TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist sent a letter to parents and families on Thursday to share an update on the district's mask and safety rules.

Gist cited the countywide decrease in virus cases and increase in vaccination rates — as well as vaccines opening up to children ages 5-11 — as reasons to revisit the district's safety plan.

The board meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. and can be live-streamed here.

See Gist's full letter here.

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