Oklahoma City elementary schools are on track to reopen Tuesday for the first time in two months.
Students in pre-K through fourth grade who are not enrolled in the e3 virtual curriculum will return to in-person classes, separated into either Tuesday-Thursday or Wednesday-Friday schedules. Rogers Elementary — which serves fourth, fifth and sixth graders — also will reopen.
Small groups of special education and alternative education students begin meeting on Tuesday, as well.
Oklahoma City Public Schools is considering having fifth through 12th grade students return Feb. 1 in the same A/B schedule, but district leaders say that date is not set in stone. These students are to remain fully in virtual learning until administrators finalize a time to return.
While Oklahoma City elementary schools reopen, Tulsa Public Schools will keep its doors closed. Tulsa schools announced Friday morning it would delay in-person learning until March 22.
In Oklahoma City, Superintendent Sean McDaniel has said he believes the district can conduct face-to-face classes safely with mask wearing, distancing and hand washing combined with new layers of safety.
The district installed ionization systems into the HVAC system of every elementary school, pre-K center and alternative school. Ionization will filter the air of every classroom and workspace by removing or destroying airborne viruses, bacteria and particles.
All middle and high schools will have ionization systems by Feb. 1, McDaniel said on Friday in a weekly COVID-19 update. Every other month, the district will have each school site sprayed with an antimicrobial shield that lasts 90 days.