TPS recommends starting school year with distance learning

TPS superintendent recommends starting school with only-only classes

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public School officials say they are preparing to suggest that the district starts their school year with distance learning for the first nine weeks.

TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist says she will make the recommendation on Friday.

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The board will decide on the recommendation on Monday, August 3 during their regular meeting.

In a statement, Gist says that there are concerns about the continuous rise of COVID-19 numbers in the area.

With the newly-approved Oklahoma State Department of Education COVID-19 Alert guidance for schools, she believes the right option for the district’s team, students, families - and all of Tulsa - is to delay a return to in-person learning.

The district says they are working on a plan to support families and caregivers during the upcoming months

Here’s the full statement from Gist:

“Dear parents and families, We are excited for our students, teachers, families, and staff to return to teaching and learning on Monday, August 31. I know that Tulsans are eager to know what school will look like this year, and I want to update you on our plans. On Friday, July 31, I will submit a recommendation to our Board of Education for Tulsa Public Schools to begin the school year in distance learning. Our Board will consider and take action on that recommendation on Monday, August 3 during our regular meeting. Over the last five months, we have continued to work closely with health professionals to follow conditions around COVID-19 infections in our city. At this point, COVID-19 data for Tulsa County is not showing clear signs of slowing down. Additionally, using the newly-approved Oklahoma State Department of Education COVID Alert guidance for schools, the right option for our team, students, families - and all of Tulsa - is to delay a return to in-person learning. We understand the challenges that this recommendation will create for everyone in the Tulsa Public Schools family, particularly our parents and caregivers. I want you to know that we are working with school and district teams and with community partners across the city to provide as much support as we can over the coming months. We will present a detailed recommendation to our Board of Education on Monday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. If you are able, I encourage you to join the live-stream of the meeting on our website at https://tpstv.viebit.com/. I will be in touch with more information at the end of this week and again on Monday evening, August 3. We are also continuing to post information and updates at www.tulsaschools.org/back2school. "