Jenks Public School students are getting ready for their first day of the 2020-2021 school year. But unlike years past, students will start the year with distance learning.
The school board voted to push back the first day of school from Wednesday, August 19, to Monday, August 24. The district said it made the decision to give teachers and staff members more time to adjust their lesson plans to distance learning.
Right now, it's unclear when exactly JPS will transition back to in-person learning. District officials said in-person learning cannot happen until Tulsa County is at a yellow COVID alert level for at least two consecutive weeks. As of Monday morning, Tulsa County is in the orange level with about 18 cases per 100,000. Once the county gets down to a yellow risk level, which is about 14 cases per 100,000, JPS officials will start to look at transitioning back to in-person learning.
In the meantime, the district said it is working with families who have students with disabilities. An article published on the Jenks Public Schools website said, "students with disabilities who are unable to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education solely through a distance learning environment and those students who are unable to receive instructional services through distance learning, may receive certain services at a school site that is otherwise closed."
Jenks Activities and Athletics
Jenks Public Schools said students will still be able to participate in extracurricular activities and athletics. Activities and athletics for grades 7-12 will continue with safety protocols in place. All protocols for practices, rehearsals, games, and events will be continually evaluated and are subject to change.
Meals and Distance Learning
Jenks Public Schools said it will provide daily curbside meal pick-up for all students. Starting on Monday, August 24, breakfast and lunch will be available to all JPS students (grades PK-12) for pick-up from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the north side of the Central Campus Dining Hall (off of F Street between Birch St. and 5th St. on the campus of Jenks High School).