Parents, Teachers Prepare For Spring Semester At Green Country School Districts

Friday, January 1st 2021, 9:42 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

Many Green Country school districts are heading back to school on Monday. Some are waiting, and others are staying virtual for the time being.

Gone are the days of learning from a screen as Kimberly Buchanan's kids get to go back to the classroom starting Jan. 11.

"I trust our administration," Buchanan said. "They've done a great job, and I hope our community can keep things under control."

Buchanan's kids attend Bixby Public Schools and were in distance learning for several weeks before the holidays.

For her family, learning in-person is the best for Buchanan’s work schedule and her children’s mental sanity.

"I'm a full-time working mom, so it has been challenging,” Buchanan said.

"I'm excited for him to get back to in-person learning. That's just where kids thrive," Tulsa Public Schools first grade teacher Ryan Gantt said.

Gantt’s son is an eighth grader at Broken Arrow Public Schools.

BAPS is going back to in-person learning on Tuesday. Gantt said that's the best for her son's social skills.

"I'm trusting as a teacher and parent that the school has implemented the policies to keep him and the kids safe,” Gantt said.

As for Tulsa Public Schools, where Gantt teaches, the district is returning to in-person learning on staggered dates based on grade level later this month. Distance learning will restart on Monday.

Gantt is also excited to begin teaching in-person again because she said it's easier for her young students.

"I cannot wait to have them back," Gantt said.

Some parents told us on Facebook their kids will be staying virtual.

"Virtual for my grandson…I'm 70," commenter Vicki said.

"I think they need to stay home for a little longer,” commenter Janice said. 

Other districts like Coweta, Wagoner and Okmulgee Public Schools are using this week for distance learning and then going back in-person next week.