JPS Closed for Remainder of 2019-20 School Year - Distance Learning to Begin on April 6
March 25, 2020
As our state continues to combat the spread of COVID-19, the State Board of Education has voted to authorize the closure of all public schools in Oklahoma for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
Jenks Public Schools will be transitioning to distance learning beginning April 6 through the end of the school year. All JPS school buildings and facilities will remain completely closed until further notice. All activities, athletic events, club meetings, school sponsored trips, and childcare programs are canceled for the 2019-20 school year. The Jenks Early Childhood Center is closed until further notice and all Community Education classes and programs are canceled.
Although no instruction will take place prior to April 6, the State Department of Education has authorized districts to institute distance learning programs for the remainder of the school year. JPS administrators are working diligently on plans for a district-wide distance learning program, however, the details of the program will not be released until we are in compliance with all of the guidance from the State Department of Education. Please be patient over the next week as these plans are finalized. As soon as more information is available, you will be notified.
The time being missed due to the coronavirus-related closure will not have to be made up. Summer will not be shortened and as of now, the start of the 2020-21 school year will not be delayed.
The Trojan Take-Out program will be extended, and FREE meals will be available to students for the remainder of the school year. Breakfast and lunch items are available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Jenks High School Dining Hall. Children must be present in the car to receive these grab-and-go meals for JPS to be compliant with USDA guidelines.
State testing will not take place this year. For students in AP classes who plan on taking AP exams, Jenks High School will provide more guidance to accompany information you received earlier in the message released by the College Board.
We completely understand the uncertainty of this unprecedented situation. We recognize the disappointment and difficulty this closure is causing our students and families. Our thoughts go out to our senior class knowing they will not have the opportunity to walk across a graduation stage in front of their family, friends, and peers. Please be assured, we will find a way to honor our seniors and recognize their achievements. We know there are still so many questions to be answered. Please be patient in the coming days. As we receive more guidance from the State Department of Education on distance learning and many other services, we will notify you as quickly as possible.
Please continue checking your email and visiting www.jenksps.org for the very latest information, as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
None of this is easy but despite our distance, we are still one Trojan family. We will continue to love and support each other. We will always make decisions based on what is best for our students. Thank you for your trust. You will hear from us very soon.