Tulsa Public Schools shifting all students back to distance learning

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools announced Monday all of its students will shift back to distance learning.

The district made the decision as several other Green Country school districts adjusted their in-person learning schedules after the Thanksgiving holiday break.

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Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist sent a letter to parents and families Monday afternoon announcing the decision.

“I have made the difficult decision to shift all of our students in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade back to distance learning through the last day of classes before winter break, Friday, Dec. 18.”

Find the full update here.

Students who have been in class are scheduled for one more day of in-person learning on Tuesday, Dec. 1 before shifting back home.

The shift of students back home will include those in the district’s special education programs.

The students in 4th through 6th grades, as well as all students at Tulsa middle, junior high and high schools, will also stay in distance learning until Dec. 18 when winter break begins.

Students will continue to be allowed to participate in winter sports.

Gist says the district’s board of education plans to have a work-session later Monday to go over COVID-19 health data.

She cited the following reasons for making the change to distance learning:

  • Tulsa County’s 7-day rolling averages have significantly increased and are expected to continue to increase following the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Nearly all Tulsa zip codes are in the Tulsa Health Department’s “red” zone.
  • The Tulsa Health Department has advised local school districts that “it is extremely risky to conduct in-person learning.”

The Board of Education’s work-session begins at 4 p.m., and anyone can watch the livestream of the meeting at tpstv.viebit.com.

The district plans to continue to provide breakfast, lunch, and supper meals for all Tulsa children ages 18 and under with “grab-and-go” meals at all school sites on weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Mobile Meals bus stop services will continue as well.