February break from Monday, Feb. 21-Friday, Feb. 25
There will be no classes next week (Monday, Feb. 21 - Friday. Feb. 25), and classes will resume on Monday, Feb. 28. As you may know, each year Tulsa Public Schools convenes a committee of educators and parents to work with our team on the school calendar for the following year. The calendar is designed and then presented to the Tulsa Board of Education for approval.
Our 2021-2022 calendar, like those for each of the two prior years, was designed to exceed state requirements while also supporting learning and minimizing student absences by avoiding short weeks. We created intersession weeks with the goal of providing optional enrichment activities. The disruption of the omicron surge and our continued staffing constraints have not allowed us to provide those enrichment opportunities as planned. We look forward to coming years during which COVID-related disruptions are few and far between.
We are now in the process of working with our calendar committee to develop the 2022-2023 school calendar. We do this with a calendar committee that includes a variety of stakeholders. The current draft of that calendar continues to avoid short weeks. However, while the calendar will include breaks, we are not planning for intersession weeks next year.
COVID-19 data and safety information
Based on the latest information from our local health professionals, Tulsa County COVID-19 rates and the number of positive cases at our schools are showing a pattern of consistent decline across the last three weeks while vaccination rates continue to increase. As of this morning, more than 80% of Tulsans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are grateful that so many Tulsans are doing their part to keep our community safe, and that we are seeing promising results!
Barring any unforeseen changes in community spread across the next week, we anticipate changing our safety guidance to strongly recommending – rather than expecting – masking for all adults and children in our schools and district office buildings. If we make that change, it would take effect when classes resume on Monday, Feb. 28.
We will continue to monitor local COVID-19 data closely over the coming days and share an update to our team and families by Friday, Feb. 25. In the interim, if you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination, we encourage you to visit vaccinate.oklahoma.gov to schedule your appointment. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and available free of charge to any individuals ages five and older - click here to learn more.
Free tutoring supports for students grades 3-12
We are working with FEV Tutor to provide students with homework help! Services are free to students in grades 3 – 12, and are offered weekdays from 7am – 10pm and on weekends from 7am - 8pm.
You can click here to sign up for Weekly Targeted Instruction (Math and English) or email FEV Tutor at email@example.com with your student's name, grade level, subject area needs, and the days/times of week that work best for you. Students can also request an on-demand session for homework help any time through their FEV Tutor App. If you have any questions about this free virtual tutoring program, please contact FEV Tutor directly at: OK@fevtutor.com or call 855-763-2607.
Tulsa Teacher Corps applications are open
Are you interested in changing careers to become an educator? Applications are now open for Tulsa Teacher Corps, a teacher preparation program developed by Tulsa Public Schools to train and place educators in district classrooms. Tulsa Teacher Corps is a program for aspiring teachers that gives you hands-on training in real classrooms and ongoing support and feedback from experienced educators. If you are interested, visit www.tulsaschools.org/tulsateachercorps to learn more. Applications are due by Friday, April 29.
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