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Distance Learning 2020-2021

We will have a tiered shift back into in-person learning during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. This return to in-person learning would be dependent on current COVID-19 health data and levels of community spread in mid- to late-January.

  • Students in all grades will continue with distance learning through the end of the first semester on Friday, Jan 15.
  • Students in grades pre-kindergarten - third grade will return to in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 25.
  • Students with special needs who are receiving tier three or tier four level services will return to in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 25.
  • Across the month of January, school teams will be working to provide orientations for students in grades 4-12 to help them prepare for in-person learning.
  • Students in grades 4-12 will return to in-person classes on Monday, Feb. 1.

 Students will have in-person classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. All students will engage in distance learning on Wednesdays. Parents will continue to have opportunities to choose whether their child will return to in-person classes or stay in distance learning.

  • The deadline for making a change to your child’s learning mode in the second semester is Tuesday, Jan. 12.
  • You can choose to keep your child in distance learning by logging into SmartChoice at enroll.tulsaschools.org and updating your child’s commitment form.
  • If you have already updated your child’s commitment form to choose distance learning in the first semester, you do not need to update it again unless you want to move your child to in-person learning.
  • If you have not made any changes to your child’s commitment form, your child’s school is expecting them to return in person.

Students who are registered for Tulsa Virtual Academy will not return to in-person classes; Tulsa Virtual Academy students will continue in the distance learning mode through the end of the school year.

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Tech Support

Tulsa Public Schools is providing each student with a Chromebook in order to successfully engage in distance learning.

If your child's district-issued device is broken, you can exchange your device Monday through Thursday from 2pm-6pm at the Enrollment Center east dock. 

While this service is housed in the Enrollment Center building, the staff at the Enrollment Center CANNOT support families with technology needs. They will be unable to answer any technology related questions. Please call 918-833-TECH between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. for tech help.

Please note: Elementary students who remain in distance learning will return their broken devices to their schools to receive replacement devices. TVA students will continue to get their devices repaired at the Enrollment Center.

Grading and Attendance

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While our schools are in distance learning, attendance will be based on students logging into Canvas and doing their assignments. Attendance will be taken weekly using assignments completed between Monday morning and Sunday night.

  • Elementary students will need to complete a minimum of one assignment per half day of school to be counted present (10 assignments per week in a week with no holidays); and
  • Secondary students will need to complete a minimum of one assignment per day per course to be counted present (5 assignments per week per course in a week with no holidays).

If students complete the required number of assignments for attendance for their grade level (10 per week for elementary, 5 per course per week for secondary), they will be marked as present for the week. If students complete part of their number of required assignments for attendance, they will be marked present for part of the week.

All assignments will be tracked and recorded in Canvas. Students must mark assignments in Canvas as completed.

Examples of Partial Attendance:

  • Elementary: a student who completes 5 assignments by Sunday night would be marked present for 2.5 days of school.
  • Secondary: a student who completes 4 assignments in a course by Sunday night would get credit for 4 days of attending that course.

We hope that every student can participate in “live” classes during distance learning, but we know that our families need flexibility. Students can watch recorded "live" lessons and work on assignments in the evenings and on the weekends.

Excused Absences

The excused absence policy has not changed: parents or guardians must provide written or verbal explanation to the school.

Student Grades

Tulsa Public Schools will return to regular grading in the 2020-2021 school year. Parents can use PowerSchool at www.tulsaschools.org/grades to view their child’s grades.

Support for Families

Tulsa Public Schools and our community partners committed to providing a wide variety of supports to families. For information about wellness resources, click here. For meal site locations, click here. Additional support information will be added here as soon as it becomes available.

Exceptional Student Support

We believe that:

  • Providing special education and related services in any setting is essential to improving outcomes for our children.
  • Continued support and services are critical to the ongoing development of our most vulnerable population of students.
  • Our exceptional students need a very intentional plan on how to address potential learning loss and acceleration needs due to traditional school abruptly ending in the Spring.
  • Providing the support and services, given the parental choices for learning environment and the current status of COVID concerns within our community, is critical to the safety and security of parents and family members.
  • Investing in professional learning and flexible instructional tools to assist teachers in achieving high levels of student engagement regardless of the teaching environment.

Access, resources and supports will be considered as IEP teams review plans for individual students including:

  • Student’s access to technology
  • Student’s access to academic skills necessary to engage with instructional materials
  • Student’s access to executive skills necessary to participate in distance learning
  • Student’s cognitive needs that may impact access to distance learning
  • Student’s access to communication to support engaging with virtual curriculum (e.g. verbal/written communication skills)
  • Student’s behavior and social/emotional supports required to access virtual curriculum.

Our Exceptional Student Services team will work with the family to ensure that the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed in a way that reflects the appropriate modifications and/or accommodations in order to meet the requirement for a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The development of services designed at Tulsa Virtual Academy will be on a student by student basis as determined appropriate by the student’s IEP Team.

Level One Services

  • Services include monitoring, Collaboration, and/or Co-Teaching
  • Utilize the general education curriculum
  • General education teacher is considered the Teacher of Record
  • For Monitoring or Collaboration, the Special education teacher will regularly check in with parent, student, teacher via conference call or through technology platform to document progress of individual IEP goals.

Level Two Services

  • Services include Direct Instruction in addition to all Level One Services.
  • Utilize the general education curriculum
  • For Co-Teaching, virtual services are provided by both the general education teacher and the special education teacher
  • For Direct Instruction, virtual services are provided by the special education teacher
  • For both level 1 & 2 Services, modifications and accommodations are critical to student success.

Level Three Services

  • Students will have the option to be supported in person at least four days per week.
  • Services are provided by the special education teacher in a small group or 1:1 fora reduced number of minutes through Zoom.
  • Paper packets with activities will be distributed for students who are not able to engage with technology.

Level Four Services

  • Students will have the option to be supported in person at least four days per week in these programs.
  • Students will engage with general education curriculum as well as specially designed curriculum to address social emotional and adaptive needs.
  • Regular check-ins will occur to monitor student progress with assigned tasks
All students who are eligible will receive appropriate related services that meet their individual needs.