An announcement this afternoon from Sapulpa Public Schools says that although the change in cases has moved the school into Orange Level 2 territory, they will not be moving the students to virtual schooling next week.
The school says that even though the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Creek County has risen from 24.4 per 100,000 to 46.1 per 100,000 cases this week, the number of cases in the school has decreased.
SPS says they understand that many other schools have made the decision to transition to virtual learning until after Thanksgiving, and that they are considering such a move, but will be basing it on several factors, “including but not limited to the number of students and staff in isolation and/or quarantine, as well as the rising number of cases in the county and city.”
Area schools that are moving to Distance Learning include the following:
- Bixby Public Schools
- Broken Arrow Public Schools
- Glenpool Public Schools
- Jenks Public Schools
- Sand Springs Public Schools
- Union Public Schools
See a full list at newson6.com
The full announcement is as follows:
An increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Creek County has been reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The number has grown from 24.4 to 46.1 this week. This increase moves our school operations into Orange Level 2. This DOES NOT automatically move us to Distance Learning. We will be in-person next week and then break for Thanksgiving.
We are aware that other school districts have moved to Distance Learning. We are considering doing the same. We will make a decision about Distance Learning that is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community. The decision will be determined based on several factors including but not limited to the number of students and staff in isolation and/or quarantine, as well as the rising number of cases in the county and city. If we move to Distance Learning, we will announce it as soon as possible to give everyone time to prepare.
Within Sapulpa Public Schools, there are currently 20 positive cases of COVID-19 (12 students, 6 teachers, 2 support employees). That is a slight decrease from last week. Unfortunately, the county is continuing to see a dramatic increase in its positive numbers. Throughout the school year, we have reminded everyone to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep our schools open. We are urging everyone to do your part. Wear a mask. Stay 6 feet from others. Don’t attend gatherings where you cannot spread out. We need your help so that our schools can continue to stay open.
We will remain in Orange 2 through at least Nov. 20th. Again, our schools will be open next week.