First Day Of School For TPS Anything But Normal


Monday, August 31st 2020, 5:21 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper


TULSA, Okla. -

Students and staff returned to class on Monday, but the start of school in 2020 is anything but normal for Tulsa Public School families.

"We're all learning and getting to know what's happening and what's going to happen next," said Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist.

On Monday, students and parents district wide picked up supplies, textbooks and meals so they can learn away from the in-person classroom. For at least the next 9 weeks, most students will be learning virtually.

"While in so many ways, nearly every way, it doesn't look at all like our first day of school usually looks, in other ways it's very similar," said Gist.

Dr. Gist said they'll be working together to solve problems and make this the best experience for parents, teachers and students. She said their goal is to still get back to normal, in-person learning once they feel it's safe to do so.

"We want our children back in school,” said Gist. “We want them back in school desperately. Our teachers miss them."

Over at Patrick Henry Elementary, some teachers saw their students through car windows handing out supplies. Others held virtual meetings to meet their students.

Principal Jene Carpenter said they've been preparing for weeks and even though it'll look different, they're excited to get started.

"We're all in this together to make this work for the kids here at Tulsa Public Schools," said Carpenter.