TPS Mother, Librarian Speaks Out On District's Decision To Restart In-Person Learning

TPS Mother, Librarian Speaks Out On District's Decision To Restart In-Person Learning

TPS Mother, Librarian Speaks Out On District’s Decision To Restart In-Person Learning A librarian is speaking on both sides of the debate on the return to in-person learning at Tulsa Public Schools. McClain High School Library Media Specialist Michelle Stevenson said she has a unique perspective as a TPS mother and employee for almost a decade. Stevenson said she is still in shock following Tuesday's decision by the board of education to bring Pre-K and elementary students back in-person four days a week with distance learning on Wednesdays starting Nov. 9. First through third grade students would return on Nov. 16. The board later added that 4th, 5th and some 6th-grade classes (if 6th-grade classes are held in an elementary school building) would return on Nov. 30. Stevenson, a mother of three children herself, said in-person is better due to kids having more social interaction, one-on-one instruction and, in some cases, more food security. "There is every reason in the world to want to go back. It’s just not the time," Stevenson said. "I understand parents wanting to go back because in-person (learning) would certainly be better. My son said it himself: He doesn’t like online. In-person is better, and I agree with him, but we have to do it when it’s safe. We have to have the right precautions in place, and we don’t have that right now.” Due to the Tulsa Health Department’s numbers indicating COVID-19 cases in the county are on the rise, Stevenson said ...
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