Secondary Students (Grades 7-12) Shifting To Distance Learning November 16-December 4
With a rising number of JPS staff members and students in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, Jenks Public Schools will transition all secondary students (grades 7-12) to distance learning beginning on Monday, November 16. Those students – at Jenks Middle School, Freshman Academy, Alternative Center, and High School – will resume in-person learning on Monday, December 7. Returning to in-person learning on December 7 will allow students to review material and prepare for semester tests.
In-person learning will continue for students in grades PreK-6. All elementary and intermediate sites will remain open. Please understand, this is subject to change as COVID cases and quarantine numbers are closely monitored by JPS administrators. If numbers rise and staffing capacity becomes critical at Elementary and Intermediate sites, those sites may also have to transition to distance learning.
The decision to only transition secondary students into distance learning is due primarily to a lack of adequate staffing. As more employees have been placed in isolation or quarantine, it has become difficult to find enough substitute teachers or other personnel to cover classrooms. Without proper staffing, it is becoming increasingly difficult for JPS to maintain an optimal learning environment. The move to distance learning for this three-week period will provide more consistency for students as they will be able to interact with their own teachers on a regular basis. In addition, classified staff members and substitutes working at the secondary level can be temporarily reassigned to Elementary and Intermediate sites where they can provide effective relief and support.
Athletics and activities will continue during distance learning. All safety protocols for games, practices, and events will remain in place. The expectation for students, staff, coaches, and parents to adhere to these guidelines will not change.
Free meals will continue to be provided for all students in grades 7-12 while secondary schools remain in distance learning. Meals are available Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the north side of the Central Campus Dining Hall located on the campus of Jenks High School.
According to their IEPs, some special education students in grades 7-12 may still attend school in-person during this time.
Please continue to monitor your students for symptoms of COVID-19. If your student tests positive, displays symptoms, or has been in close contact with an individual who tested positive, please notify the attendance office of your student’s school site. You play a part in helping reduce the spread of the virus. Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands frequently throughout the day. You can help our district increase the chances of returning to school, and staying in school, as long as possible.
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as Jenks Public Schools continues to make data-driven decisions to prioritize the safety and success of our students and staff members.