Edmond Public Schools will soon be spending more days in the classroom.
The district began transitioning elementary school students to four-day school weeks on Thursday. Middle and high school students will move to a four-day week upon returning from Spring Break on March 22.
EPS decided to bring the younger students back two days before the break to help them adjust to a new world with double the students.
Safety protocols for students such as masks and social distancing will still be enforced.
When the decision was announced on March 1, Edmond Public Schools superintendent Bret Towne said a four-day week would allow teachers one day to put together a virtual lesson plan for students unable to attend.
Towne also said doubling the number of students in the classroom will likely mean an increase in the number of students in quarantine.
The school board’s decision to expand in-person learning was based on new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, increased teacher vaccination and a steady decline in virus transmission.
March 22 marks the beginning of the final quarter. The district saw it as a natural date for its transition to in-person learning.