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Tulsa Public Schools updates COVID-19 policies

Posted at 11:08 AM, Mar 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-01 12:08:56-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools sent a letter to families Monday night with an update on the district's COVID-19 policies.

The letter from Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist noted positive trends in infection rates in Tulsa, resulting in a downgrade from the district "expecting" mask-wearing to "strongly recommending."

Oklahoma's rolling 7-day new case average is 845 as of Tuesday.

"We also want to be clear that we did factor into our decision that some of our pre-k students are under the age of five and not yet eligible for a vaccine," Gist says. "We know that while children are as likely to get COVID-19 as adults, research shows that they are less likely to become severely ill. We also know the impact that wearing a mask during class has on children's ability to learn, and on the teacher’s ability to communicate with students, particularly our younger ones."

The new guidelines took effect Tuesday.

Gist noted a reversal in the current virus trends could result in another reevaluation of the district's safety guidelines.

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