Norman Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year through virtual learning.
The announcement was made Sunday evening in a YouTube video by district superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino.
Dr. Migliorino cited the OSDH's COVID-19 alert system as a reason for the change.
Cleveland County is currently considered as an orange, or moderate, risk level area for COVID-19 spread.
"The data we received on Friday, that Cleveland County went to orange, that was really troubling," Dr. Migliorino said in the video. "Speaking with our local pediatricians, epidemiologists and all the other health professions, I have made the tough decision, for the safety of our students, for the safety of our employees and for the benefit of our school district, we are going to need to begin our instruction virtually for the 2020-21 school year."
Dr. Migliorino also said that the first day of school will be moved back a week to August 24.