Mustang Public Schools, Deer Creek Middle School, and Little Axe Schools are changing their learning plans Monday because of COVID-19.
Mustang schools said high schoolers will be back in class on a staggered A-B schedule Monday while elementary and middle schoolers will be in class five days a week.
For the first time in the state, the district said high schoolers who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be in quarantine inside their own wing of the school. News 9 is working to confirm the start date of the new program.
Health officials said this system will be used as a barometer to see how the virus spreads in schools.
“No student is being forced to, or being asked to be part of this program,” said Mustang Superintendent Charles Bradley. “It’s voluntary.”
Some epidemiologists tell News 9, now is not the right time.
“If we get through the peak and get into a part where we get the vaccine, then I think in a couple months we’ll be in a much better position,” said former Interim State Epidemiologist Aaron Wendelboe.
Deer Creek Middle School said students are switching back to distance learning this week because too many of its staff members are in quarantine.
The district said all after-school practices, activities, and rehearsals both home and away are canceled.
Deer Creek plans to restart it’s A-B schedule on December 14th.
Little Axe schools said its students are also returning to in-person classes Monday.
**News 9 mistakenly reported Monday morning that Mustang was allowing students that have tested positive for COVID-19 to quarantine inside the school. This story has been updated with the corrected information.