Glenpool Public Schools requiring students, staff to wear masks beginning Thursday

GLENPOOL, Okla. (KOKI) — Starting Thursday, students and staff at Glenpool Public Schools will be required to wear masks.

The announcement that was made on the school district’s website Tuesday says, they are doing it for the safety of children and the community.

They say the requirement will be for all staff and students in grades 3-12. It will apply to all indoor buildings during school hours.

They say facilities that host events during this time of the year have enough space to social distance, masks will still continue to be strongly encouraged.

A letter sent to parents by the district says, “Within the last two weeks, we have had to move two sites to distance learning and quarantine several hundred students. By implementing a masking requirement we can reduce the number of close contact quarantines, reduce the spread of COVID-19, and increase our chances of maintaining in-person learning without interruption. The safety of our students and staff and maintaining in-person instruction is our highest priority.”

Mask opt-out option forms are available to students and staff online or in person at the Education Service Center. The exemption is available for those who may have medical, religious or strong personal reasons. The option to opt-out does not apply to buses.

For more information on the new mask requirements, click here or the following link,