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IMPORTANT HIGH SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL ELEMENTARY JOM
March 26, 2020
Dear Henryetta family:
The state Board of Education announced that Oklahoma students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year, as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. They will instead recommend a continuous learning plan that will allow students to complete the school year at home. Distance Learning is going to look different for each district. The State Department of Education is creating a distance learning framework to guide all districts in creating a plan for the next 5 weeks.
We are sharing this information with you so that you can begin to prepare accordingly for your family. We understand this recommendation is in the best interest of everyone’s health, which is our greatest priority as a district. This also means that all extracurricular activities and special events will be canceled as well. Making these difficult decisions, we believe, is simply the right thing to do for our students, our staff and our community.
We do have good news: Henryetta is developing a plan to ensure your child will continue to have opportunities to learn and to grow academically, especially with parental support. Because we are unable to safely gather together, these lessons and activities will primarily be delivered and communicated via www.henryetta.k12.ok.us. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. Henryetta will spend the next two weeks planning for this effort and will share details with your family as soon as they are available. Teachers and support staff members will hear from their principals soon as they gather input regarding the next phase of the school closure.
For students, it likely will be sad and disappointing to learn that school as they know it will not resume this year. Please give them a safe place to express their feelings and to vent about the changes in their life. All extracurricular activities have been suspended as well. As the way things stand today, all spring sports, Jr/Sr Prom, Traditional Graduation are cancelled. For our seniors and their parents, we know it is an especially difficult time. We will do everything possible to ensure their efforts are recognized and celebrated in special and unique ways. This is an unfair situation, but please reassure them that it does not diminish their achievements. In fact, it will become one more example of how they demonstrated their strength as a Knight.
We will be posting numerous resources on our website including information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding the school closure. You can find these details and more by visiting www.henryetta.k12.ok.us. The site also includes recommendations from the CDC about protecting your health and the health of your loved ones. We ask you to please follow their advice by: (1) washing your hands regularly; (2) staying at home, if you can; and (3) practicing social distancing of at least six feet from others.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. We can still take care of Henryetta's students, though. This is a community that sticks together in challenging times, and we know this experience will be no different. As soon as we identify our next steps, we will share them with you.
Please stay safe. As always, we appreciate your support of Henryetta.
Henryetta Public Schools will NOT be in session until April 6.
HPS will offer a drive through grab and go lunch option behind the High School Cafeteria. You will drive in from the west and exit by the tennis courts. Remain in your car and take meals for each of your children 1-18 years old. We will serve lunches between 10-11:00 AM, M-F March 23rd- April 3rd. Food delivery via bus routes will not take place. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are navigating through uncharted territory.
The Henryetta School System does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, national origin, sex, age, qualified handicap or veteran.
Contact Info for Title IX, Section 504 or Title II, ADA
Sally Moore - 918.652.6587 ext. 2201
Special Education Child Find
With changing times in education, the Oklahoma State department of Education would like to inform parents about child find opportunities. "All children with disabilities, residing in the State, whether attending public or private schools, should be identified, located, and evaluated.” In Oklahoma we require that child find apply to all children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education.and related services. We want to make everyone aware of this service that is provided to children with disabilities free of charge throughout the State of Oklahoma. If you would like more information on child find, contact:
Henryetta Public Schools
(918) 652-6587 ext. 2201
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Special Education Services
Help to find our children the education they deserve.
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