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A limited number of Mustang High School students exposed to the coronavirus will have the option to attend class with their peers who may also have the disease.

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No one knows how many cases of the coronavirus are present in Oklahoma schools. But, we do know there are hundreds of cases in every part of the state.

A sweeping new review of national test data suggests the pandemic-driven jump to online learning has had little impact on children's reading growth and has only somewhat slowed gains in math. That positive news comes from the testing nonprofit NWEA and covers nearly 4.4 million U.S. students in grades three through eight. But the report also includes a worrying caveat: Many of the nation's most vulnerable students are missing from the data.

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In-person instruction at Tulsa Public Schools started just a few weeks ago. But by the end of this week, students in the state’s second-largest public school district will be back to learning remotely.

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Mustang Public Schools will allow students exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine together in school.

Oklahoma school districts will now have the option to relax quarantine guidelines that have kept hundreds of students and teachers out of the classroom.

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Centers for Disease Control guidelines for quarantining students exposed to COVID-19 in schools are explicit: if you’re within six feet of someone who has tested positive for 15 minutes or more you must quarantine. But those guidelines are being defied so some Oklahoma students can stay in school.

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Oklahoma state schools’ superintendent Joy Hofmeister believes mandating masks in classrooms is key to slowing COVID-19’s spread.

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Rules surrounding masks have become more and more common in Oklahoma schools as case numbers of the coronavirus explode statewide. But those rules for masking aren’t consistent.

With coronavirus cases climbing across the country, school districts are facing the impossible choice of whether to proceed with reopening plans or keep students at home.

In Philadelphia, 10,000 of the city’s youngest students were preparing to return to school on Nov. 30 when superintendent William R. Hite Jr. reversed course this week. Hite says the district makes decisions based on data from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and guidance from the state Department of Education.

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