TULSA, Okla. — Union Public Schools announced Wednesday it's moving all elementary and secondary students to distance learning beginning Friday, Dec. 4.
Students will remain in distance learning through Dec. 18 and will not return to in-person school until Jan. 4, 2021, according to UPS officials.
The number of adult positive cases and the number of adults in quarantine are the highest we’ve experienced to date. It’s negatively impacting our ability to safely conduct school for students and the safety of our staff. This data, coupled with the recent Tulsa Health Department recommendation that in-person learning is not advised at this time, is why we are pivoting to distance learning for all grades for the remainder of this semester.
Union had 27 staff members positive for COVID-19 and an additional 122 in quarantine due to close contact, according to the district. Currently, 48 students are COVID-positive and in isolation and an additional 443 in quarantine. Across the district, officials said there are 640 staff and students either in isolation or quarantine.
“Please know this has been a very difficult decision to make, but the safety of our students and staff is paramount,” said Hartzler. “I know this transition will be challenging for many. Our teachers, principals and support staff will do their best to provide the support, attention, and care that our students will need as they work to close out the semester. Our Child Nutrition Department will also be working on a plan to ensure our students are provided meals during this time.”
For more information about Union Public Schools response to COVID-19, click here.
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