Jenks Public Schools Announces ‘Return To Learn’ Fall Plan

Monday, July 13th 2020, 8:47 pm
By: Erick Payne

TULSA, Okla. -

As many students prepare to begin the new school year next month, more school districts are releasing their plans for re-opening.

The Jenks Public Schools Board of Education announced Monday night what the fall semester will look like for their students.

The district said they will require masks be worn by all staff and students between 3rd and 12th grade. They'll also require everyone to wear masks on school busses.

Jenks Public Schools said they'll work with families to make sure those with financial needs have masks.

Board members said tonight their "Return to Learn" plan include three options. Those are 'all at-school learning' for Pre-k to 12th grade, 'all-virtual learning' through Trojan Connect from Kindergarten to 12th grade, and 'blended learning' from 7th-12th grade.

Staff said they will do things differently in classrooms to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, like ramping up cleaning and increasing social distancing.

They're also replacing standard HVAC filters with new filters designed to capture COVID-19 droplets.

"We are committed to mitigating as many risks as possible, and unfortunately all of us know we can't eliminate all of the risks, or if we could, we would. But we need to focus on what's practical, what's feasible, what's acceptable and what's affordable," Jenks Schools Superintendent Stacey Butterfield said.

As many schools have emphasized already, Jenks school leaders said things could change depending on how the COVID-19 situation continues.