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Oklahoma’s State Board Of Education To Discuss Schools’ COVID-19 Protocols

A display of typical school supplies and electronic devices being distributed to Oklahoma City Public School students is pictured at Eugene Field Elementary School, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
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A display of typical school supplies and electronic devices being distributed to Oklahoma City Public School students is pictured at Eugene Field Elementary School, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education will meet Thursday to talk about schools’ COVID-19 protocols. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports the board will discuss how reopening has gone across the state during the first few weeks of classes. 

 

Last month, the board passed on mandating masks in most Oklahoma schools. And they will certainly discuss the results of that decision in their regularly scheduled August meeting.

A StateImpact investigation with The Oklahoman newspaper revealed that in rural, hot spot counties about a third of school districts have instituted mandatory masking policies. State guidelines - which could’ve been requirements - say those schools should all be engaged in distance learning, but only six had done so to start the year.

There are at least 80 Oklahoma school districts that have had a positive case of the coronavirus so far this school year.

The meeting agenda shows members will discuss and take possible action on health protocols and guidance, as well as a teacher and support personnel COVID-19 testing plan.

 

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