TPS Encouraging Parents, Students To Take Survey About Upcoming School Year

Thursday, June 4th 2020, 5:39 pm
By: Amy Slanchik

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Public Schools is asking parents and students to fill out an online survey to help the district figure out plans for the next school year.

The online survey asks questions about distance learning - what worked and what didn't, including curriculum, technology support and communication with the school.

"It's really important for us to understand what is front of mind for those in our community,” TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said.

It also asks about what challenges families expect if distance learning must continue in the fall, things like food, mental health and internet access. Another question asks parents and students if they would consider any amount of in-person learning at all.

Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said the goal is to be back full-time, but the district is preparing for any scenarios in light of COVID-19.

"We don't want our only options to be in school or out of school,” she said.

The State Board of Education just released a 74-page document, with recommendations for districts across Oklahoma.

"We need to be ready for whatever happens next year,” State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.

It will be up to each district across the state to figure out a plan, and those plans could include using cafeterias as classrooms, virtual field trips and going to school on Saturdays.

Hofmeister said PPE is a factor, too.

“We may need to invest in face shields for teachers so that the children can see their full face,” Hofmeister said.

As for Tulsa Public Schools, the first day is scheduled for August 19, but the calendar could change. Dr. Gist said it is possible TPS may have a longer school year, with longer breaks throughout.

Parents and teachers who want to give feedback have until next Friday to complete the survey.

You can find the survey here. The district said it will ask teachers and staff for their feedback in a separate survey.