Update on staff vaccinations, distance learning for Thursday and Friday
Broken Arrow Public Schools will welcome back all students and staff for in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 22. District administrative offices will also be re-opened.
Thanks to Governor Stitt's office in conjunction with state and local health departments, BAPS will be able to offer all remaining employees the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday and Friday of this week with 1,400 doses ready to go. All employees 65 and over, along with all health staff, have already received their second and final vaccination (a total of 150 employees). We could not be more excited to give our teachers the choice to be immunized and back in the classroom, adding to the safe and healthy environment we've been fostering since the beginning of the academic year. Our hopes are that this will either eliminate or greatly reduce the need to pivot to distance learning for the remainder of the school year in classrooms in which masks are mandatory.
Because of these first round of immunizations, students will go to distance learning on Thursday, Feb. 25, and Friday, Feb. 26, in order for any staff member who wants it to receive the vaccine. All staff will continue to work from their sites/departments and will have the flexibility to receive the vaccination when it is scheduled.
While we know this may be an inconvenience for some of our patrons, the dividends it will pay to get us through the end of the school year are immeasurable. We thank our community for all of their patience, support and empathy during a year when pivoting has been the normal.
All schools will be serving lunches outside the sites from noon to 1 p.m., with scheduled tutoring and small groups available to students if needed. All Level 2/3 SPED students will be in-person learning for those two days.
Human Resources will be sending out directives to employees on Monday about immunization schedules and location.