Broken Arrow Among Schools Returning To In-Person Learning For Spring Semester


Tuesday, January 5th 2021, 4:48 am
By: Brooke Griffin


BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -

Broken Arrow Public Schools students are heading back to the classroom in person on Tuesday morning. They officially began their spring semester on Monday morning in a virtual setting, but that was only for the day.

BAPS is one of the larger districts in and around the Tulsa area only after Tulsa Public Schools. TPS is remaining virtual with a phased approach to returning over the next month.

Broken Arrow Public School’s website states they are currently in phase orange, which is tier three out of four on the county’s COVID-19 chart. This means there are currently more than 14 positive cases per every 100,000 people in the county. This tier calls for every student to wear a mask while on campus, physical distancing measures must be kept as much as possible in community areas and in classrooms, and large events are to be canceled.

The district is also asking that students use their own supplies and sit in the same assigned seat every day. BAPS also mentioned on their Facebook page they are asking for patience when it comes to bus routes since they are still short-staffed and have consolidated many routes.

The district said in a Facebook post to “please prepare for delays tomorrow as EVERY student heads back to the classroom. We appreciate your patience as our wonderful bus drivers safely transport students to and from school!”

Find a Full List Of School Return Plans HERE

Their website has a list of guidelines they expect the campuses to follow in order to keep students and teachers safe. Much of that list can be found below or you can Click Here.

Orange Phase - Overall safety guidelines:

  1. Masks are required for students in grades 3 through 12 and required for staff and visitors; masks are recommended for students in grades Pre-K through 2. Students are to provide and be responsible for their own masks.
  2. Teachers will be provided masks and face shields, should they choose to wear both. Face shields cannot be used in lieu of a mask.
  3. Teachers may wear spirit wear and jeans daily for ease of changing and cleaning of clothes.
  4. Social distancing encouraged and practiced as much as possible.
  5. If there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, the classroom will be closed for 48 hours of cleaning, any students within six feet that came into direct contact will quarantine and receive distance learning. Students who did not come into direct contact will attend class in an alternate location on site.
  6. Site principals and counselors will complete the contact tracing course.
  7. Students and staff should conduct the at-home wellness check daily before attending school.