Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Links During COVID-19 School Closure
Please check this page often as more information and answers will be posted throughout the duration of the school closure.
Updated: April 17, 2020
When is the last day of school?
With the closure of all schools due to COVID-19, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is allowing districts to change the last of school. Based on guidance from the OSDE, the last day of instruction for all JPS students will be Friday, May 15. The JPS Distance Learning Plan will continue through Friday, May 15.
When can my child's medicine or medical supplies be picked up?
All student medication has been consolidated to a single location. If you would like to pick up your child's medication or medical supplies, you will be able to do so at the Jenks Math & Science Center (located on the High School campus) on one of the following dates:
Friday, April 24 | 9-11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 29 | 1-5 p.m.
Even if your child attends an elementary site, intermediate site, or Jenks Middle School, the Math & Science Center has been designated as the only pick up location. Parents or a designated representative will be allowed to pick up supplies in the drive through lane on the east side of the Math and Science Center. Only the east side of the building will be open, the west entrance will not be accessible. Per district policy, medication or supplies that are not picked up will be discarded.
How will distance learning be implemented on Monday, April 6? What are the instructions for students and parents?
A message from Dr. Stacey Butterfield, JPS Superintendent, was sent to all JPS families on April 1. Click here to view the letter with full explanation of the Distance Learning Plan including instructions and expectations for each grade level.
How will distance learning affect students’ grades?
During the time the Distance Learning Plan is in place, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning activities. These activities are designed to be engaging and to maintain and deepen previous learning, while introducing key concepts from the fourth quarter curriculum. However, no student will be penalized as a result of work assigned after March 13. Students will receive semester grades that reflect either their grade based on assignments as of March 13 or their grade at the end of the semester, whichever is higher.
Will teachers be responding to questions from students and parents?
Yes. Teachers will send out office hours to their families and students indicating the time(s) of day they will be checking and responding to email.
Will districts have to make up missed instructional days? Will the summer be shorter?
No. The State Board of Education approved a waiver on March 25 that removes the need for school districts to make up instructional time lost during coronavirus closures. The summer will not be shortened, and as of right now, the 2020-21 school year is scheduled to start on time.
What if I do not have internet access in my home? Is there an option for free or affordable internet service?
If you do not have internet access in your home, please click HERE for a list of companies offering discounts and other special incentives on internet connection. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has requested telecommunications and internet service providers nationwide sign the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. The companies listed in the link above have responded to the pledge. The list is informational only and not intended to endorse any product or company.
For students in Pre-K – 6th grade who do not have internet access and need to pick up a paper copy of the choice boards, those copies will be available every Monday from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the east entrance of the Jenks Math and Science Center located on the campus of Jenks High School.
Students are also able to access the District internet for a short amount of time by parking next to a school building and connecting through their Chromebook. Please remember CDC guidelines concerning social distancing and gatherings. Keep a distance of six feet between people and no more than ten people in one area. The same guidelines will be enforced at the TSI office.
What about major events like graduation?
Right now, Jenks High School is planning a virtual graduation ceremony for Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m. with more details to be sent to senior students and families as the date approaches. A traditional graduation ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University. Our sincere hope is to honor the Class of 2020 and provide them with as many memorable experiences as possible. However, the safety and security of our students and staff members remains the top priority. Many of these events can only take place if we are in compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines on social gatherings and social distancing.
Will parents of special education students or students with special needs be receiving additional guidance during the distance learning process?
Yes, parents will receive additional guidance from the special education teacher, for students who receive instruction in the special education classroom. This guidance will be provided in order to ensure students receive services consistent with their individual education program (IEP). Parents should also feel free to email the teacher responsible for their child’s IEP with questions or concerns regarding their child’ educational program.
Is summer school going to happen or has it been canceled?
At this time, the district is evaluating options for summer school programs. Summer school options will be governed by CDC Guidance as well as state and national restrictions on group gatherings. Some summer school offerings may be delivered virtually.
Are JPS playgrounds and other recreational areas such as tennis courts still open to the public?
No. All JPS playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, tracks, and other facilities are closed until further notice. Please refrain from accessing these sites. Jenks Public Schools is committed to following the “Shelter in Place” order from the City of Tulsa, as well as guidance from the State Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control, and other state and local agencies in the effort to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Will AP exams still take place?
Yes. AP tests are still happening. There is valuable information on the College Board website for students involved in AP classes and for those planning to take an AP test. College Board is providing live and on-demand AP courses for free. College Board is also developing a new at-home testing option.
Are all state tests canceled?
Yes. State tests will not be administered for this school year and tests will not be made up at a later date. The state-provided ACT for juniors is also canceled. With no state testing, schools in Oklahoma will not receive a yearly report card from the State Department of Education for 2019-2020.
Will JPS provide meals for students while the District is closed?
Yes. Free grab-and-go meals are available for any JPS child 18 or under in need of a meal. These meals are available every weekday through the end of the school year. Breakfast and lunch to go is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Jenks High School Dining Hall (205 E. B St. Jenks, OK 74037). CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE A MEAL. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU IN THE CAR TO RECEIVE A MEAL. JPS is making this request in accordance with USDA guidelines.
Is the District asking for volunteers or donations of any kind?
Not at this time. Although JPS is grateful for the offers, we are trying to limit the number of people involved in making and distributing meals in order to maintain effective social distancing and reduce person-to-person contact as much as possible. If volunteers are needed or donations from the community are required, we will send additional messages. Your offers to help are greatly appreciated.
What if my child has a disability? What will happen to my child's services during a school closure?
Families of students with disabilities should refer to the guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, HERE.
Will any athletic events or practices take place during the closure?
No. All Jenks athletic teams will operate under the same conditions as the yearly OSSAA mandated dead period. This means no games, no practices, and no access to facilities for student-athletes.
What if my student is scheduled to go on a school-sponsored trip during the closure dates?
All school sponsored trips through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year are canceled.
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