Jenks Public Schools returns to in-person learning Thursday

VIDEO: Jenks students return to in-person classes

JENKS, Okla. — After starting the year with distance learning, Jenks students are heading back to the classroom Thursday.

Students heading back will see spaced out desks and a lot of extra cleaning. Students in 3rd through 12th grade will also be required to wear masks.

“It’s time for us to get back to in person,” said Rob Loeber with Jenks Public Schools. “It’s time for our students to return and to try to put those safety protocols that we have in place to try to put those strategies to good use and to enforce those things and create that safe learning environment.”

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The president of the Jenks Classroom Teachers Association said they spent the past weekend getting prepared and pivoting to in-person learning two weeks after they started school online.

“They will move heaven and earth and they will get it done and they will be there welcoming students on the 10th,” said Michael Horn, president of the Jenks Classroom Teachers Association. “It’s just a burden I don’t think they should have to bear.”

As of Thursday morning, two staff members and four students have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a coronavirus dashboard on the school district’s website.

There are also 28 combined students and staff members who are quarantined after being in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case.

Jenks Public Schools said they made the decision to go back to the classroom after a steady and declining number of cases across Tulsa County, along with checking what surrounding school districts were doing.

VIDEO: Jenks Public Schools updates the decision to head back to in-person learning
VIDEO: Jenks Public Schools updates the decision to head back to in-person learning
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