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UPDATE: Oklahoma City Public Schools adds another virtual school day

UPDATE: Oklahoma City Public Schools administrators are extending virtual learning through Tuesday, January 18.

Administrators announced earlier this week that all OKCPS schools are transitioning to virtual learning and will return to face-to-face learning on Tuesday.

However, school officials issued a press release on Friday announcing that students will resume virtual learning on Tuesday.

Schools and district offices are closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City Public Schools is transitioning all schools in the district to virtual learning amid a growing number of teachers and staff absenteeism.

Students across the district will not return to in-person classes until Tuesday, January 18.

An increasing number of teachers, staff and students are absent due to the increase in COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant.

“Unfortunately, we continue to see significant numbers of teachers, guidance and support staff, and students across the district because of illness or other circumstances. Even after working to reassign staff at all levels in the district, we have determined that we can no longer adequately maintain a safe and meaningful learning environment for students. our birth. This was a manpower issue, and we simply had no choice,” said Director Sean McDaniel. “While we continue to believe that learning in schools is the best place for children, OKCPS had no choice but to make the difficult decision to move our entire district to asynchronous learning. virtual for the rest of this week.”

The district-wide move comes after the district switched some schools last week and this week from face-to-face to virtual learning.

McDaniel has previously said that a countywide transition to virtual would be the last resort.

“Switching to distance learning – even for a short period of time – is always our last resort,” McDaniel said last week. “As our COVID-19 numbers continue to grow, I would like to take this opportunity to once again reassure you that I have no plans to transform our entire school district into a virtual learning environment. unless or until it becomes absolutely necessary. We know our students learn best when they are together in the classroom and OKCPS will do everything in our power to make this a reality. ”

Students will log into Canvas to complete lessons and assignments.

Teachers can provide reading material, videos, notes, assignments, activities, assessments, or allow time for deep work.

“We believe this will allow our family to be as flexible as possible as students can log in and complete daily assignments voluntarily at any time of the day or evening.” McDaniel said.

Students must log in and complete their assignments each day to be counted.

All district employees who are not absent from work or are in quarantine will report to campus each day during regular school hours.

“If you test positive for COVID-19 or are in close contact isolation but have no symptoms and are able to perform your work duties, you will be able to work from away from home during quarantine or quarantine,” McDaniel said. “If you are at home due to illness or other obligations that keep you from working, please take appropriate leave and work with your colleagues to ensure that your students are taken care of.”

Families can call the OKCPS Help Desk at (405) 587-HELP (4357) between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance if their student they have device or connection problems.

Elementary families are encouraged to log in to a briefing with their child’s teacher each day from 8:20-9 a.m. to discuss expectations for the day and for the teacher to respond to questions. ask.

Curb meal service, including breakfast and lunch, will be provided at no cost to students at all OKCPS schools from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

Students will continue to participate in athletic activities and events, which will follow COVID-19 protocols.

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