Oklahoma students protest in-person classes

Oklahoma students protest in-person classes

The debate continues on whether it’s safe to return to in-person learning full time.Norman Public Schools updated its plans to send elementary school students back full time and in person starting Tuesday, and middle school students started a blended schedule. High school students will soon follow, but some students say it’s not safe to return.High schoolers are on remote learning and their fall break is next week. They will be on a blended schedule and then transition to in-person learning full time.A Norman North High School senior told KOCO 5 that she doesn’t think it’s safe to return to the classroom yet.“After Norman Public Schools released their new plan, we feel like it’s not the best idea,” Hope Anderson said.Anderson and other seniors at Norman North High School are currently learning remotely full time. The district is in orange level two, so Anderson and her peers will transition to a mix of in-person and remote learning based on state guidelines.But that’s just temporary.“Every school, every person will be back at school October the 12th,” Anderson said.The teen said the district’s plan does not go based on the current COVID-19 situation.There are seven new student COVID-19 cases at Norman Public Schools – three at Norman High School, three at Norman North High School and one at McKinley Elementary School – and 400 staffers and students across the district are in quarantine. At Norman North High School alone, six staffers and 91 students are in quarantine.“We and other students really want to go based on what’s happening at the time,” Anderson said. “If cases are super high and we’re at an orange level 2 or red, we want to stay home. If it’s now into the orange level one or yellow, a lot of us would like to do the split schedule.”Students plan on having a protest Wednesday to ensure their voices are heard.“If we’re going to go back, we have to do it safely,” Anderson said. “We’re not currently doing it safely.”“We absolutely understand if students have concerns with returning to school, which is why we have continued to provide options for students and families,” Norman Public Schools officials said. “They may choose to participate in a blended program or one of our full-time virtual programs, which are designed to serve students and families who do not wish to have students in our school buildings.”The student protest is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Norman Public Schools administration building.

The debate continues on whether it’s safe to return to in-person learning full time.

Norman Public Schools updated its plans to send elementary school students back full time and in person starting Tuesday, and middle school students started a blended schedule. High school students will soon follow, but some students say it’s not safe to return.

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High schoolers are on remote learning and their fall break is next week. They will be on a blended schedule and then transition to in-person learning full time.

A Norman North High School senior told KOCO 5 that she doesn’t think it’s safe to return to the classroom yet.

“After Norman Public Schools released their new plan, we feel like it’s not the best idea,” Hope Anderson said.

Anderson and other seniors at Norman North High School are currently learning remotely full time. The district is in orange level two, so Anderson and her peers will transition to a mix of in-person and remote learning based on state guidelines.

But that’s just temporary.

“Every school, every person will be back at school October the 12th,” Anderson said.

The teen said the district’s plan does not go based on the current COVID-19 situation.

There are seven new student COVID-19 cases at Norman Public Schools – three at Norman High School, three at Norman North High School and one at McKinley Elementary School – and 400 staffers and students across the district are in quarantine. At Norman North High School alone, six staffers and 91 students are in quarantine.

“We and other students really want to go based on what’s happening at the time,” Anderson said. “If cases are super high and we’re at an orange level 2 or red, we want to stay home. If it’s now into the orange level one or yellow, a lot of us would like to do the split schedule.”

Students plan on having a protest Wednesday to ensure their voices are heard.

“If we’re going to go back, we have to do it safely,” Anderson said. “We’re not currently doing it safely.”

“We absolutely understand if students have concerns with returning to school, which is why we have continued to provide options for students and families,” Norman Public Schools officials said. “They may choose to participate in a blended program or one of our full-time virtual programs, which are designed to serve students and families who do not wish to have students in our school buildings.”

The student protest is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Norman Public Schools administration building.

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