Oklahoma City Public Schools has released its return to school plan for the second semester.
In a letter sent to OKCPS families, students and staff on Friday Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel said students will continue distance learning for the first two weeks of the second semester.
Students will gradually return for in-person classes on the A/B schedule beginning January 19 with the younger students returning first, McDaniel said.
“These are hard decisions because every option has serious consequences. From the beginning we have said we would do what is safe and responsible, and OKCPS has never wavered from the health and safety of our students, families and staff being our top priority,” McDaniel wrote.
The district said it is tentatively planning to bring students in grade 5-12 back for in-person classes on February 1.
McDaniel said the district is working closely with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department to bring students, teachers and staff back safely.
The letter said in part:
“We will be in consultation with OCCHD on whether we can move forward with this plan based on the outcomes of the choices we make as a community over the next month. We will not consider a full-time return for students until it is safe to ease up on physical distancing in our classrooms.”
OKCPS has developed a six-point safety plan in preparation for the return to school buildings.
For the full return to school campus plan, click here.