Tulsa Public Schools welcome students back for new school year

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa students head back to school on Thursday with some changes as they enter the classroom.

New this year are reading programs coming to some school campuses, strengthening partnerships with Tulsa Tech and TCC and new renovations at schools.

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said she wants students to know she’s excited for what’s to come with the new school year.

“I want them to know that we are so excited to welcome them back for the first day of school,” Gist said. “This is my favorite time of year. There’s great energy. We’re preparing for them to come back.”

Gist said the district has long had a number of safety practices in place.

The campuses are secure, the district has it’s own police department and security team. Gist says there is also a growing focus on prevention.

“We’re going to ensure they not only have a safe and productive and educational school experience but also a joyful one,” Gist said.

Gist said the district is still short on some teachers, especially substitute teachers and hopes the community will help fill the need.