Tulsa middle, junior high and high school students to continue distance learning until January

VIDEO: Tulsa middle, junior high and high school students to continue distance learning until Jan 4.

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education made the decision on Monday that students in middle, junior high, and high school will continue distance learning for the rest of the calendar year and return to in-person classes after winter break on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

Starting on Jan. 4, students in middle, junior high, and high school will return to in-person classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will continue to be distance learning days for all students in the district, Tulsa Public Schools said in a press release.

“During quarter two, we will provide flexibility for families who would prefer to have their children continue fully in distance learning,” the school district said. “Students who are registered in Tulsa Virtual Academy may also remain in distance learning for the rest of the semester or even the school year.”

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The district hasn’t had in-person classes since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Pre-K and kindergarten school students will have the option to return to in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 9.

Students in 1st through 3rd grades will start in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 16.

Grades 4th through 6th at elementary schools will start in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 30.

Wednesdays will be distance learning days for all students.

Tulsa Public Schools says families can keep their children in distance learning if they’re not comfortable returning to classrooms. Students in the Tulsa Virtual Academy will also have that option for the rest of the school year.

The district says it will continue to monitor the health and safety in their schools during this transition and during the rest of the school year.

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