Green Country schools adjusting to students getting COVID-19

Green Country schools adjusting to students getting COVID-19
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MCALESTER, Okla. — In the first two weeks for students going back to school in eastern Oklahoma, multiple schools have made announcements when students have tested positive for COVID-19.

McAlester Public Schools announced Monday that a student at Puterbaugh Middle School tested positive for the virus, saying they’ve been working with the Pittsburg County Health Department to contact those who may have been in contact with that student.

Those people will be asked to quarantine.

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Dear Parents, Staff and Community members: Today, we received notification that a student at Puterbaugh Middle School...

Posted by McAlester Public Schools - MPS on Monday, August 31, 2020

“Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members,” McAlester Superintendent Randy Hughes said in the announcement.

“It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. I encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathetic and respectful to those affected.”

McAlester students returned to in-person learning on Aug. 25, separating returning groups of students in two groups to start.

The district asked parents to pick up their high school students if possible on Monday who will transition to short-term distance learning. Parents will be told when their high school students can return to classrooms.

Other schools have had to make adjustments due to staff members also contracting COVID-19.

Beggs Public Schools announced Sunday that due to several students and staff members testing positive for COVID-19, the district’s elementary, middle and high school students will move to distance learning through Sept. 8.

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Schools around Green Country have included in their plans the possibilities of further adjustments to the schedule, and the potential for changes to distance learning depending on the evolving COVID-19 situation.