BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow Public Schools announced Thursday, students at BAHS, Freshmen Academy, Centennial Middle School, and Liberty Elementary are moving back to distance learning.
The decision comes as the district moves into the “orange phase” of its COVID-19 response plan, meaning it is experiencing more than 14.39 daily new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of the population.
Affected students will be in distance learning starting Friday until Feb. 2.
The district says 196 students and staff had recently tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1,600 were in quarantine.
The buildings will remain open, and teachers will be available for tutoring on-site for any student not on mandated quarantine.
School lunches will continue to be served outside each closed site from noon to 1 p.m. during the weekday.
The decision comes less than two weeks after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt praised BAPS for its ability to keep children in classrooms during the pandemic.
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