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Tulsa Public Schools welcomes students back with distance learning

Posted at 6:42 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 23:27:48-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools is welcoming students back to school on Monday with distance learning.

At the beginning of August, TPS officials announced students would start the academic year in distance learning.

Distance learning is taking place for the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year. After the first nine weeks, which is through the end of October, Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist will work with local health officials to decide a course of action for the second quarter in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 39,000 students are going back to school on their screens and devices in the TPS district.

TPS knows there will be kinks to work out as school begins but they have worked all summer to make sure students have the correct resources they need. One of those resources is internet access, which the money from the CARES Act is allowing 22,000 families to have internet for their students.

TPS is preparing not only their students but parents as well. Parents were provided three online training sessions at the end of August to ensure they were prepared to help their child with distance learning during the year.

READ MORE: Tulsa Public Schools trains parents ahead of virtual first day of class

To help students get to free lunch services, tutoring and internet hot spots, Tulsa Transit is offering students in grades 9th through 12th free rides, seven days a week, until July 31, 2021.

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