TULSA (AP) — The city of Tulsa has decided to remove a massive “Black Lives Matter’’ sign painted on a city street following a request from a group of local Republicans seeking permission to paint a “Back the Blue” sign.
total of 747 new cases of A COVID-19 were reported on Friday morning, according to daily filings from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The number of cases stands at 36,487, up from 35,740 on Thursday.
A FIRE WAS reported Friday morning at 866 Kelley Avenue, east of Ponca City. Osage Cove Fire Department and the Ponca City Fire Department handled the fire. The fire departments were able to contain the fire to mostly the carport and garage area of the residence. The residents of the home said the fire likely started under the carport where a vehicle was parked. All occupants inside the home were able to escape without injury. (News Photo by Jessica Windom)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced that 175 Oklahoma school districts have been awarded mobile internet access and devices through 50,000 Verizon Unlimited 4GE data plans and Jetpacks, following a competitive grant process. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) grants leveraged a portion of the agency’s setaside monies from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund created by the federal Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help ensure all students have connectivity to access online learning if community spread of COVID-19 requires districts to use distance or hybrid learning models.
Ponca City Superintendent Shelley Arrott said the decision to mandate face coverings for all public school students was a difficult decision. The decision came after a special meeting with the Ponca City Board of Education on Wednesday where they adopted safety protocols for instruction, health and activities.