Norman students will start transitioning to in-person learning next week. The school board voted on a plan that would have all students back in the classroom full-time.
”It creates a situation where we have to create a barrier around us and then the kids aren't social distanced,” said Dawn Brockman, a Norman teacher.
According to Norman Public Schools, elementary students will be back in the classroom full-time Monday.
Middle school students will be on an alternate schedule for one week, before moving back full-time October 5. That's the same day high schoolers begin their one week alternate schedule. The board said all students will be back in the classroom by October 12.
“We all want to be in the classroom, but we want to be there safely and we want to take care of our teachers as well as students. I don't think that's possible with full student body coming back to the school,” said Brockman.
This plan only applies to students who enrolled in traditional learning. Though some teachers are skeptical, some parents think it's the right decision for their kids.
“Not only just the education, but the mental health,” said Joy Hughes, a Norman parent. “The being with their friends, having communication with people.”
Brockman said one of her main concerns is it's difficult limiting large gatherings inside the school.