OKCPS To Suspend Sports, Move More Virtual After Rise In County Infection Rate


Friday, September 25th 2020, 10:44 pm
By: Barry Mangold


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The administration of Oklahoma City Public Schools announced Friday several measures to move more students and teachers to virtual courses after a rise in the local COVID-19 infection rate. 

“Everything right now goes remote,” said Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel. 

Special education students, who have been meeting for in-person instruction, will move to remote learning next week. All sports and extracurricular activities will be suspended starting Monday, and some teachers will begin teaching from home instead of their classrooms. 

To read the full announcement, click here.

The changes come after the state department of health reported Oklahoma County’s infection rate has jumped up to 26.2 cases per 100,000 people. Last week, the rate was at 15.8. 

McDaniel said that the district will consider reversing these changes after the county’s infection rate drops below 25 for multiple weeks. 

Earlier this month OKCPS said it plans to transition pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to a split schedule with both in-person and online learning on October 19, with higher grades following in November. As of Friday, that plan remains in place but could change if COVID-19 spread does not slow. 

“If we do not get two consecutive weeks at a lower level, then we will have to navigate accordingly,” McDaniel said. “We will push October 19th into the future so that we have time to have two full weeks at a lower level.”