Local and area kids are back in school today, LPS (Lawton Public Schools) have reopened their doors and campuses for in-person learning starting today (01-18-22). The news broke early last week on Tuesday (01-11-22) that all Lawton Public Schools were going to shut down temporarily due to COVID-19. Students finished out the week with virtual classes and it gave schools the opportunity to do some deep cleaning and sanitation. The new COVID-19 variant Omicron has severely impacted our local and area schools.

Due to the virus, there were a lot of absences for both students and teachers alike which made it difficult to remain open. Hopefully, things have and will continue to improve over the next few weeks. LPS is doing all they can to help stop and/or slow the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Evidently, this new Coronavirus strain is more contagious and is easily spread which makes it more difficult to battle. LPS Superintendent Kevin Hime issued a statement/letter about the return to in-person learning:

LPS Family:

Tomorrow, we will return to Face to Face learning. In doing so, I urge you to keep your student home if ill or not feeling well to ensure the health of all students and staff. This will help mitigate the chances of having to go remote for longer periods of time. Please be sure to communicate with your school if your student will be out.

Also, if your student is showing COVID symptoms, we do have COVID testing sites throughout the district. That information can be found on our website. 

We can't wait to see our students tomorrow. I want to thank you for your continued support and grace as we navigate through this pandemic. We will get through this together.

You can get more details on the official LPS website by clicking here. LPS has also updated its COVID-19 testing schedule for all LPS students and staff members. See the release below for all the details:.

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The testing listed above is for LPS students and staff members only. Between the shutdown last week and the new COVID-19 testing schedule it will help slow the virus down and keep the levels of infections from rising. You can stay up to date with all the latest news by visiting the official LPS website.

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