Tuesday, Bixby students had their first official day back in class. For the past two weeks, some students were at school, but others were learning from home, depending on their last name. Teachers said by splitting up the students in the first two weeks of classes it ensured a smooth first day of all the students back in class again.
“So we’ve had to space them out as best we can with the space so we’ve gone to a more traditional look in our classroom having the students all face the same direction," said Stephanie Parker.
Parker is a first grade teacher at Bixby North Elementary School and said she's spread the desks around the room to physically distance the students.
“Part of the reason for our cohort model was to get some real hand experience with how many cases are we going to have or how is this going to spread or are we going to have issues that are unmanageable," said Bixby Superintendent Rob Miller. “Our experience within the school was that it was manageable and we were able to isolate and quarantine those individuals that were positive or were in close contact and continue their education while keeping school open."
The district is asking parents to check their kids' temperatures daily and students are wearing masks in class. Parker said she's just excited to see the students back in the classroom again.
“It’s kind of been a fine balance to find you know working with each other, but finding some social distance. So they’re learning some new social distancing rules also," said Parker.