TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education voted early Wednesday morning to have Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Elementary students return to in-person learning in November.
The Board made the decision to have students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten return to in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 9.
The Board also decided that elementary students in grades 1-3 will return to in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 16.
Elementary students in grades 4 and 5 will return to in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 30.
Students who are in the 6th grade at an elementary school will also return on Monday, Nov. 30.
Wednesdays will continue to be distance learning days for students.
“We will, of course, continue to closely monitor conditions around health and safety in our schools both during this shift and continuously across the year," says a social media post from Tulsa Public Schools. “Even as the district shifts to in-person learning, families who would prefer to keep their children home can continue in the distance learning mode. Students who are registered in Tulsa Virtual Academy may also remain in distance learning for the rest of the school year.”
The Board decided that middle school and high school classes will remain virtual for the time being, but the plan is to resume talks about those students at next Monday’s meeting.
Board members heard from Dr. Bruce Dart and other medical professionals ahead of their vote Tuesday night.
Dr. Dart said they’ve seen about 500 positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County schools since mid-August. He said most of these cases are in students, but said the number is not as high as he thought it would be by now.
The district says they will begin sending out more information to parents, teachers, and support professionals in the next few days.