Posted Date: 10/09/2020
While Tulsa Public Schools considers a phased return to school by December 1, other large districts like Union Public Schools have had students in class for weeks now.
Union Public Schools started the year in-person, with masks required. They believe they’ve managed to continue school by taking simple precautions that work.
Other than masks on everyone and less crowded hallways, things look normal at Union High School. In one 10th grade Pre-AP English class, every student was wearing a mask. The room isn't big enough to fully separate them, and some desks are empty because the students are home in quarantine.
Union's Director of Secondary Education John Federline said they've increased cleaning, mandated masks, and carefully traced positive cases to isolate the people around them.
"Our community, our parents and kids have been so cooperative with that," Federline said. "We've had several instances where we've asked kids without symptoms to go home and quarantine and several days later they've tested positive, so in that sense, our system is working." Continue