OKCPS Says Students Not Required To Wear Face Masks, Only Encouraged

Tuesday, June 30th 2020, 5:36 am
By: Caleb Califano


Oklahoma City Public Schools has unveiled its plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent Sean McDaniel is planning to host a news conference on the plan at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

One of the biggest changes that parents and students will see this year is the ability to enroll in virtual classes at the beginning of the semester. The choice to go virtual will be available for all students, from pre-k to 12th grade.

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The virtual plan from the third grade and up has already been selected. For the grades beneath that, the district says the process becomes more difficult because more personal involvement with teachers is needed in those classes. 

The district assures that there will be an option when August rolls around.

According to the current plan, all teachers and staff will be required to wear face protection, but students will only be encouraged.

"We didn't want to create a situation where we turned not having a mask into a discipline issue,” said Jason Brown, OKCPS Deputy Superintendent.

However, the district says that policy could be revisited if not enough students wear mask during the year.

Alongside masks, all teachers and students will regularly have their temperatures checked, and social distancing will be constantly encouraged.

Classes are scheduled to officially begin on August 10.