Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent proposes a phased re-entry for the second quarter

The school board will vote next week to implement the changes

TULSA, Okla. — During a Monday meeting, the Tulsa Board of Education heard recommendations from the superintendent which she hopes will lead to students returning to classrooms for at least part of the week during the second quarter of the year.

If the infection rate remains stable or improves, they will implement a phased approach to return kids to the classroom by end of November.

“We are very concerned about the health and safety of everyone in our community, and that includes the physical, mental, social, and emotional health of the children and families we serve,” said TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist.

“These are incredibly difficult decisions, and we are listening to all of the perspectives we’re hearing, we’re reviewing the research, we’re engaging with health experts, and we are working to understand the full scope of the public health implications of this pandemic even as conditions change almost daily.”

Dr. Gist gave three potential scenarios during the Monday Board of Education meeting, all dependent on the COVID-19 conditions.

These recommendations will need to be approved by the Board of Education.

The proposed changes would look like this:

Should COVID-19 conditions remain stable or improve, Pre-K and Kindergarten students would return with hybrid schooling, with in-person learning for 2 days a week and 3 days of distance learning, on November 9th.

Then on November 16th, grades 1-3 would return in hybrid, followed by grades 4-12 in hybrid on November 30th.

If COVID-19 conditions worsen, the district will remain in distance learning.

Families will have the option to continue distance learning with some changes.

The Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education will vote and make a final decision about how the district will return to learning in quarter two at the next meeting on Oct. 13th at 6:30 p.m.

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