Owasso Schools Returning To In-Person Learning Thursday Morning

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 4:53 am
By: Cal Day

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Owasso schools are re-opening for students learning in person Thursday morning.

Owasso started the year in its pivot to home plan on August 24, so instead of calling today the first day, Superintendent Dr. Amy Fichtner calls it “the next chapter.”

20 percent of students are enrolled in the virtual option, meaning the rest will return Thursday morning with new measures in place.

Masks will be required for everyone in schools and on buses.

Dr. Fichtner tells said the district is well-equipped with PPE and a mask will be available to every student and teacher.

The operations team has been looking into the best practices to use resources the best way, according to Fichtner.

Dr. Fichtner added that distancing will look different depending on the area, but she is not making six feet  of space a guarantee. Instead she said the district will try to limit long periods of close interactions.

The decision to start with pivot to home was based on health trends at the time and said that option was all a part of the district’s plan.

“We’ve really had the same plan, we’ve just had to enact different parts of it depending on the circumstances related to COVID-19. So sometimes we hear people say you’ve changed your plan, we’re just utilizing the various parts at different times, said Fichtner.

The district says the decision to post the status of COVID-19 in the district is still under consideration.

Classes will be underway starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday Morning.