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Broken Arrow Public Schools announces plan for students following Thanksgiving break

Following Thanksgiving break, Broken Arrow Public Schools students will utilize the following schedule: 

Students in grades Pre-K through 5

  • In-Person Learning: Nov. 30 to Dec.11 unless a site-specific building closure occurs
  • Distance Learning: Dec. 14 to Dec. 18

Students in grades 6 through 12

  • Distance Learning: Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 
  • In-Person Learning: Dec. 14 to Dec. 18 unless a site-specific building closure occurs

Winter break will take place Dec. 21 to Jan. 1 for students.

“The ZIP codes within our district are continuing to experience a significant rise in COVID-19 numbers, which means we are seeing an increasing number of students, teachers and staff being impacted by the virus,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Vinson said. “When we combine these numbers with a shortfall of substitutes, bus drivers and key personnel, we must continue to wisely utilize our resources as we try to mitigate and manage through the spread of the virus.” 

As of today, the current number of student positive cases in the district is 42, with 796 quarantined due to close contact. For staff, there are 36 positive cases, with 140 quarantined due to close contact. In order to keep elementary students in school, we’ve had to utilize the secondary support staff to shift to the elementary levels to fill in the gaps left open by elevated absenteeism and a shortage of substitutes. We have also adjusted bus routes to the schools that remain open so that we can continue service with our limited number of drivers.

All staff will report to work as normal, unless under quarantine.

Child Nutrition will provide free meals to students ages 1-18 during the work week outside of closed school sites from noon to 1 p.m. 

Should students need in-person support while distance learning, they are encouraged to visit their school site/teacher at any time during normal school hours.  

“Our administrators and teachers WANT to help during this difficult time, so we want any student who is struggling academically while at home to please visit with their teacher. We want to do everything we can to make sure students are continuing to succeed,” Vinson said. “In addition, a new routing plan will be announced Dec. 3 to help offset our bus driver shortage to hopefully get everyone back in their classrooms for the second semester. This will also aid in preventing late arrivals or a complete shutdown of our entire transportation fleet. As always, thank you for your patience as we continue to move forward during the pandemic.” 

This plan of action is subject to change based on current data after we return from break. For more information, please contact your child’s school site or teacher.