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Tulsa Public Schools Prepares for Summer of Distance Learning


Tulsa Public Schools has announced its plans for online summer school.

There will be virtual programs starting next month for high school seniors a few credits away from graduating; freshmen, sophomores and juniors who need to stay on track to finish high school; and third-graders who need help catching up on reading skills.

Other students will have learning opportunities, too.

"Many of our community partners have stepped up to prepare programing for students this summer for virtual camp options that they'll be able to do at home while experiencing the arts, experiencing STEM, experiencing debate and so many other fields this summer," said TPS Deputy Chief of Academics Danielle Neves.

TPS will also continue meal service in the summer with grab-and-go pickups at 40 school sites and around 170 bus stops throughout the city.

Superintendent Deborah Gist said TPS officials will spend the summer figuring out how classroom settings must change for students coming back next school year if COVID-19 still makes physical distancing and other precautions necessary.

"And then we also know that we have to provide for distance learning, either for families who don’t feel comfortable coming back or for the moments in which either a site needs to close because of a case or we’re systemwide because of community spread that we have to close," Gist said.

Oklahoma schools have been closed since late March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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