School districts across the state are trying to figure out what the upcoming school year will look like for students.
Many districts are trying to figure out what health measures need to be taken and if kids come back to class or continue virtual learning.
Union Public Schools just wrapped up a survey, asking parents and teachers how distance learning went.
"We are hopeful that we are going to have kids back in school, in person, that is what we would all love to see but we really do have to plan in the event that there is another outbreak we need to have a plan b in case we need to do distance learning," said Chris Payne with Union Public Schools.
The results of the survey will be used to figure out what needs to change and what can stay the same, if school moves online again in the future. Now they are getting ready to start a new survey, asking parents how they feel about sending their kids back to school this fall.
"We are really trying to take everything into account. Our goal is by doing this survey we will know what parents want. We will know if we have served them well or not and then this is going to allow us to allocate resources where they think they are important," said Payne.
They are in preparation mode, trying to figure out what the Fall 2020 school year will look like and what needs to happen to make it as safe as possible for students and staff.
Jenks sent out a letter to parents saying:
“As we move toward the beginning of a new school year, the District is working tirelessly to establish plans and safety protocols for a return to learning. In a district of our size, there are many facets to examine and many possibilities to discuss. Every conversation about starting school is framed by the commitment to keeping our students and staff members as safe as possible.
The goal is to finalize plans for both face-to-face and virtual learning options in conjunction with operational plans for presentation to the JPS Board of Education on July 13. Once the Board members have an opportunity to listen and evaluate, all the details and information will be communicated with you.
Thank you for your continued patience during this time. As guidance from our state and local agencies changes, and as more is learned about the spread and prevention of COVID-19, we will continue to adjust and adapt our practices to ensure we are acting in accordance with the very latest recommendations.”
Tulsa Public Schools has set up a webpage with updates on the new school year plans saying:
“We know that Tulsans have a lot of questions about what school will look like next year: How will we manage social distancing? Will there be more COVID-19 related closures? When will the year start and how will we safely and effectively return to in-classroom learning? We are working through those questions and many others to figure how to safely ensure that we are together in-person as much as possible. This page will serve as a hub for information and updates about the 2020-2021 school year.”
TPS is also surveying parents.
You can find those updates here.
“With the information outlined above, there are likely still thoughts about “What if?” We know, from observing conversations among health professionals and government leaders, that there may be a chance in the fall that schools could be affected by COVID-19. This could mean any window of time where school could be interrupted due to illness. While planning on a traditional start, we will also be prepared for multiple scenarios so that we can pivot as needed to be sure high-caliber education continues for your students.”