Lawton Public Schools gets parents thoughts about reopening

Lawton Public Schools wanting parents voices to be heard

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, officials with Lawton Public Schools are going above and beyond to make sure students are safe when schools reopen.

Student’s safety is Lawton Public Schools’ top priority. Superintendent Kevin Hime said they received more than four-thousand responses from a survey that was sent out to parents.

“We say about fifty percent of the parents are ready for there kids to come back to school as long as we are reasonably safe. There’s about another twenty-five percent that want to come back to school as long as they know we are washing hands, hand sanitizer, and some serious practices. Probably fifteen not sure yet about what they think and ten percent virtually,” said Hime.

Macarthur High School parent Frank Myers said he was impressed with the survey.

“For LPS to be looking for different options and thinking outside of the box whether that means doing virtual, hybrid, or traditional school. All the different families in this community have different abilities to do different things so they are trying to be really flexible and making sure they know what those families need,” said Myers.

Hime said the district needs to be ready to adapt to any situation that could happen when students return.

“If a kid test positive at a school you may have twenty to thirty percent of the parents in that school decided they want to keep their kid home for a could weeks. We have to be prepared to meet those needs we can’t just say you stay home for two weeks and not educate you,” said Hime.

One on one learning is something LPS will lean on this year so students won’t have to share devices.

“We are trying to get enough chrome books on hand. We’ve ordered the chrome books and ipads as long as the companies get them to use we’re going to have enough devices that every kid will have their own device,” said Hime.

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