Some Moore Parents, Citizens Call For More COVID Safety Measures Ahead Of Return To School

Monday, August 10th 2020, 10:50 pm
By: Sylvia Corkill

MOORE, Okla. -

Moore Public Schools is just 72 hours away from starting their school year amid a pandemic.

Despite offering in-person, blended and fully virtual options, some parents and citizens are calling for more safety measures.

Ahead of Monday night’s school board meeting a crowd armed with signs, a megaphone and plenty of passion lined the sidewalk.

“My daughter is a teacher and I'm scared to death she'll die going to school to teach kids,” said concerned citizen Kathy Qualls.

“I don’t want to take any risks and I've already signed my son up for homeschooling because he has allergy problems,” said concerned parent Talita Latham.

“I want my kids to go to school as badly as anyone else. I am tired of the long spring break so I understand opposition, but we can't do it until it's safe for everybody,” said concerned citizen Leslie Bonebreak.

And while some are critical of the district, even calling for a delay in the school year, others said they have no complaints.

“I’ve been a citizen of Moore for 43 years and I firmly believe we do have the right to choose,” said Moore resident Stephanie Christie.

“I think this district has done an outstanding job of providing parents the options to be able to decide what they want to do with their children,” said supporter of the district Tommy Lawrence.

Moore Schools Superintendent Robert Romines said over the past several weeks the district received thousands of emails and phone calls.

He said all concerns were weighed, the district ultimately deciding to offer in-person, blended and fully virtual options.

“When making decisions based on 25,000 plus students over 2,500 employees and almost 48,000 parents it gets daunting and tasking. We're doing our best to make sure we make the best decisions possible,” said Romines.

According to the district, 6,000 students have opted for virtual learning. Currently, approximately 25,000 students are enrolled.