OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City school district is set to resume some in-person classes for the district’s youngest students and those in alternative education, Superintendent Sean McDaniel said Saturday.
Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade students and those in alternative education will begin returning Tuesday for alternating in-person and in-person classes while students in grades 5-12 are scheduled to return on Feb. 1.
The state health department on Saturday reported 3,621 new coronavirus cases and 27 additional deaths for totals of 351,665 cases and 2,952 deaths since the pandemic began, leading to some schools going to online classes and others adopting a blend of remote and in-person teaching.
Oklahoma ranked fourth in the nation Saturday in the rate of new cases per capita with 1,448.3 per 100,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases in the state has increased from 2,626 per day on Jan. 1 to 3,922.5 on Friday and the rolling average of deaths rose from 23 deaths per day to 31.7, according to the data.