Moore Public Schools was the only large district in the metro to continue five days a week learning in person throughout the pandemic last year.
"Last year, there was a mental health component that we had to look at and consider for our students and staff," said Robert Romines, the superintendent of Moore Public Schools.
Superintendent Robert Romines said his community needed and wanted stability last school year.
He cites the mitigation strategies they quickly put into place as a significant reason they could keep students in the classroom, including air filtration systems installed in schools, temperature checks at the door, and an option for virtual learning if students wanted.
The same prevention plan will be in place for the new school year, minus the required masking.
Superintendent Romines said he's encouraged by the number of staff throughout Moore Public schools who are vaccinated about 75%.
Each school, with the help of nurses, will continue contact tracing.
The district has also hired additional staff and brought in resources to help students who might be struggling academically, socially, or emotionally with the pandemic.
Romines said about 5,000 of their 25,000 students opted for online learning last year, but this year. That number has dropped significantly.