Parent-created petition calls for Tulsa Public Schools to reopen classrooms

VIDEO: Parents sign petition to get TPS students back in school

TULSA, Okla. — A petition created calling for Tulsa Public Schools to let students back into classrooms had almost 2,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

Two weeks ago, a parent created the petition calling for the district of more than 39,000 students to reopen after it began the fall semester with its students learning virtually.

Newly elected District 6 school board member, Dr. Jerry Griffin, says he thinks it’s time to get back to in-person school. Griffin was the only board member to vote for in-person learning this summer.

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Even with students being virtual for the first 9 weeks, TPS reports there are six confirmed staff cases of COVID-19 as of Sept. 18.

Seventeen out of 6,400 employees have had close contact exposure.

Griffin says a gradual reopening seems like a good option with neighboring districts -- including Owasso and Jenks -- opening their doors.

He says the district needs to determine soon if they will allow students to return for the second nine weeks or continue virtually for the entire semester.