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Safety Updates for Students

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Dear parents and families,

It has been wonderful to have our students, teachers, and support professionals back in school together this year! 

We are continuing to work closely with local health officials and pediatricians to ensure that our safety protocols reflect the latest facts and science about COVID-19. Keeping our students learning safely in-person is our priority, and I want to make sure you are aware of the plans we have in place to protect your child during the school day. 

How will Tulsa Public Schools keep your child safe?

We have detailed COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place that include:

  • Masking for students and adults indoors and outdoors when in the presence of others;

  • Rapid testing to maximize the safety of students by identifying and isolating positive cases early; and

  • Air filtration and/or ventilation systems at every school to protect students and team members by minimizing potential airborne transmission. 

How can parents and families protect their children?

Parents and families play an important role in supporting safe and healthy learning environments for their children. Here are some ways that you can keep your child safe:

  • Get your child vaccinated if they are age 12 or older; the COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the FDA and will protect your child from Delta and more dangerous variants of COVID-19. 

  • If you, your child, or anyone else in your family is not yet vaccinated, please talk to your doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Help your child follow our safety protocols by sending them to school with a mask and by opting your child into rapid testing at

You can always find up to date information - including how to request an approved exemption from mask-wearing - on our website at

Thank you for doing your part to keep all of our students safe and healthy. Be sure to wear your mask, wash your hands often, and watch your distance!


Signature of Deborah Gist

Deborah A. Gist