Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist says she believes that students return to in-person learning before the end of February. She said she is not making a recommendation.
"Based on our current COVID trajectory, and of course subject to board approval, I believe we can bring our students back to in-person learning before the end of February," said Gist on Monday.
Dr. Gist cited data that shows a downward trend for infection rates within the district saying that it the longest sustained decline since the pandemic began. Gist also announced a plan for expanded Summer learning programs for students. Dr. Gist did not provide a specific date for return, with that decision being in the hands of the school board which will meet Monday night.
"No matter what the political pressures, no matter the uncertainties, we always lead with data and science followed with the guidance of our health professionals and we will make on decisions based on that and based on the information that is best for our children, our family, and our team," said Gist.
TPS has recently been a target for Governor Kevin Stitt as he argued for parents to have a choice in whether their student learned from home or went to school.
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