TPS school board votes to return to in-person learning

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Public Schools school board has voted in favor of students returning to in-person learning starting on Feb. 23.

Four board members voted for the measure, and three voted against it.

This measure applies to all students, but students will return at different times.

Here’s a list of student return dates:

Tier 3 and Tier 4 students with special needs: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Elementary Schools

Grades 4, 5, and 6: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Pre-K - 3rd grade: Thursday, Feb. 25

Middle Schools*

6th grade: Tuesday, Feb. 23

7th* and 8th grades: Thursday, Feb. 25

Junior High Schools

7th grade: Tuesday, Feb. 23

8th grade: Thursday, Feb. 25

High Schools

9th grade: Tuesday, Feb. 23

10th, 11th, and 12th grades: Thursday, Feb. 25

At the meeting, Dr. Gist recommended that students start their return next week.

The CDC also recommends that students return to in-person learning citing a decrease in the community spread in schools when social distancing and mask-wearing policies are followed.

The district faced sharp criticism from Gov. Kevin Stitt earlier this year about how long students have been distance learning. Read more about that here.

FOX23 reached out to Stitt’s office for a reaction to the announcement:

“Governor Stitt is pleased that students will soon be able to return to their classrooms and appreciates all who made it happen.”

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