Our administrators and teachers are working hard to develop a continuous learning plan that will help our students finish the school year strong. As you can imagine, this planning has presented its own set of trials, as most of it has occurred digitally or at a distance so we can protect ourselves just as you are at home. Our students deserve a learning plan that will help them grow academically and we are determined to provide a good plan.
The last few weeks have made me even more proud to be the Superintendent of Tahlequah Public Schools. From delivering meals to writing plans and letters this community has worked to provide children with basic needs, and soon will be calling weekly just to check on students and lift their spirits. All of this has occurred while Tahlequah residents and district employees have also taken the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There’s nothing we can’t accomplish when we work together as a team!
We know you and your child have many questions about what the remainder of the school year will be like. The purpose of this letter is to share what we know and to ask you for your help as we prepare for this significant transition. While this is not how we expected to end the school year, we believe our continuous learning plan will allow us to keep students on track, while also protecting what is most important – their health and well-being.
A change of this magnitude will not occur without bumps in the road; however, with your help, I am confident we can offer the best services possible for our students. There are several ways you can help us at this time:
April 6, 2020 lunch and breakfast may be picked up at Cherokee Elementary. Also check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/ for the latest updates on COVID-19
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our teachers and administrators, we will begin distance learning services to students on Monday, April 6, 2019 using our continuous learning plan. We understand this ongoing instruction cannot be delivered through a one-size-fits-all approach. We hope as you read the information below you can see how we are working to help meet the needs of all students:
Students that have internet and a device will be provided on line learning, others will be given paper packets to complete. Paper packets may be picked up curb site, at each students’ school between the hours of 10 AM – 2 PM, Monday, April 6, 2020.
Student work will be returned, each teacher will let students know how to return the work. In grades 3rd – 12th assignments will only be recorded in the grade book if it increases the student’s overall grade. In other words, from April 6 to May 8, when distance learning ends, no assignment will decrease a student’s grade, only increase the grade.
Teachers will have daily office hours in order that students/parents may contact them for questions or clarifications regarding an assignment. Sites will be posting office hours for teachers on social media. If you do not have access to social media, call the school which your child attends.
Schools are at their best when the community works together, and now is the perfect time for us to shine. You were and continue to be your child’s first and most important teacher. While our faculty and staff will be leading the way, we know you will be encouraging, supporting and teaching your child side-by-side with us.
We miss our students terribly, but we are trying to make the best of the situation for everyone. Thank you for helping us to rise to this challenge. We could not do it without you.
Tahlequah Public Schools Employees: Please take a moment to review your rights under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Click here to view (English/Spanish). These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. You may contact Human Resources with any questions or concerns related to the new FFCRA, 918-458-4190 or email@example.com
It is the policy of the Tahlequah Board of Education District 1035 that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or qualified disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any education programs, activities, services, or in admissions, financial aid, recruitment, consideration, selection or employment whether full-time or part-time, or any other activity for which the Board of Education is responsible.
Due to our rapidly changing situation, we have made changes to our meal service and it’s as follows:
Wednesday, April 1st – curbside pickup @ Cherokee, delivery to Garden Walk and Fox Street only. All other delivery sites are ceased as of today. Students will be given meals to last through Friday.
Monday, April 6th and until further notice – curbside pickup @ Cherokee every week day 11:30-12:30, no deliveries. Students will receive a lunch and a breakfast for the following morning every day.
*** No meals will be served on days that school was scheduled to be out, which are: April 3rd, April 10th and April 13th. ***
Children 18 and below can eat FREE. Child Must be present to pick up the hot meal. Look for a TPS van or bus!
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Good Afternoon Tahlequah Tigers!
Below are a few updates and clarifications I would like to share with you: