Putnam City Officials Answers Questions On Return To School Plan


Tuesday, October 6th 2020, 5:31 am
By: Katelyn Ogle


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Putnam City Schools is walking students and parents through what in-person classes will look like when kids return to school on a staggered A/B schedule on October 26.

On the A and B model, half of the students will be learning in-person while the other half is learning from home, then they’ll switch.

The district said this model does not eliminate the virtual option and parents will not need to re-enroll their children.

District leaders said they are seriously considering grouping students by neighborhood to help with bus routes and to keep families together.

“We think it would be quite confusing for a family to have multiple children and them to be on a different schedule,” said Putnam City Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Rhodes. “So our goal is to keep families on the very same schedule.”

Putnam City Schools said parents will get an email with their students’ group assignment.

“We’re also working on a widget for our website where families will be able to put in their address and will tell them if they’re in either the A or B group,” said Cory Boggs, the executive director of information technology. “Teachers will also have that information and can provide that to students as well.”

Dr. Fred Rhodes said if Oklahoma County reaches the Orange 2 or Red level on the COVID-19 Alert Map, then the district will go back to distance learning.

“We could find ourselves in a situation where we would need a school or a classroom to go to distance learning, even though we as a school district are following the a-b model,” said the superintendent.

The district said busses will be running on the days school is in session. Students riding the busses will be required to wear masks on the way to school and inside the building.

You can find the full video here.

Editor's Note: The Oklahoma State Department of Education has revised the academic portion of their COVID protocols since the original publish date of this video. The new language allows for Putnam City Schools to continue the A/B schedule even in Orange 2.