UPDATE: Distance Learning Closures for BAPS (11/11/20)
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:57 PM CST
Parents, Teachers and Staff of Broken Arrow Schools,
First of all, I want to sincerely thank all of you for helping us make it through our first nine weeks of school with no closures. This speaks volumes about how much our BA family values in-person learning and the profound influence our teachers have on our students.
Unfortunately, current COVID transmission in Broken Arrow is at an all-time high, making it impossible to manage employee absences, specifically our bus drivers and classroom teachers. What we are experiencing mirrors the significant uptick of local community spread that has resulted in major increases in positive cases and quarantines for our students and staff— currently a combined total of more than 700 districtwide. The sudden swift increase in the community and district COVID cases has led us to some important decisions.
Out of an abundance of caution and safety, we have decided to move all 9th through 12th grade students to distance learning starting Monday, Nov. 9, and concluding Friday, Nov. 20. This time period will precede the Thanksgiving holiday break previously scheduled from Nov. 23-27. Students will return to regular instruction on Monday, Nov. 30.
And as of Tuesday, Nov. 10, students at Centennial Middle School and Sequoyah Middle School will also be moving to distance learning through Friday, Nov. 20. Those students will return to regular instruction on Monday, Nov. 30, as well.
And as of Thursday, Nov. 12, students at Oliver Middle School, Oneta Ridge Middle School and Childers Middle School will also be moving to distance learning through Friday, Nov. 20. Those students will return to regular instruction on Monday, Nov. 30, as well.
And as of Wednesday, Nov. 18, students at Aspen Creek Elementary will also be moving to distance learning through Friday, Nov. 20. Those students will return to regular instruction on Monday, Nov. 30, as well.
Students in all other grades and school sites across the district will continue in-person learning, unless directed otherwise by your site principal. Aspen Creek Early Childhood Center will continue to be on distance learning as well. All staff will continue to report to work as normal, unless under quarantine.
Child Nutrition will continue to provide meals daily during the work week outside of the school sites from noon to 1 p.m.
In most cases, students who are involved in seasonal sports and activities will be able to continue participation in practices and competitive events. Individual coaches and activity coordinators will contact their students with additional instructions and guidelines tomorrow.
We are disappointed that the increase in COVID absences has crippled our ability to safely transport students and conduct classes at several sites, however, we did plan for this situation extensively as part of our Re-Entry Plan, thus making it a bit easier to make the transition to distance learning. Hopefully this break from in-person learning will help us to hit the reset button so we can go forth with a strong finish to the semester.
I want to thank students and parents, for consistently doing the right thing by coming to school in masks, practicing social distancing inside and outside the classroom and adhering to guidelines set forth by the Tulsa Health Department and the CDC. It’s those practices that will keep us in school and thriving over the months to come.
Dr. Janet Vinson
Broken Arrow Public Schools