All Pre-K through 12 grade students will be moving to distance learning tomorrow, Friday January 14th. Our staff has worked hard and covered for each other all week but we are to the point we cannot provide adequate supervision and we do not want to jeopardize student safety. As of this moment we have 94 staff members out with various illnesses. We will use Friday to provide support for distance learning instruction and deep clean our school sites. Thank you for your understanding. Please know it is our goal to maintain in-person learning. We have kept students in class as long as we could this week but staff absences are unmanageable at this point.
Meals will still be served by curbside tomorrow, Friday January 14th, at Cherokee Elementary from 12:00-1:00, and by delivery to Fox Mobile Homes and Gardenwalk apartments from 11:30-12:30.
As you know COVID cases are climbing in the state and the county. Our approach is to keep kids in school as long as we have the staff available to safely supervise them.
We currently have a large number of staff out due to illness so the decision to keep our schools open or go to distance-learning may have to be made soon.
We have started preparing students in the event that we have to go to distance learning. No decisions have been made at this moment but a period of distance learning is a possibility if available staffing numbers continue to decline.
District – Professional Development (No School)
All Sites – Students Return to School
THS – HS Basketball @Home 4-9pm
TMS – Jr High All State Practice TMS Choir Room 3:15-4:15pm
TMS – MS Basketball v Skiatook @Home 5-9pm
JANUARY 6 - 8
TMS – Jr High All State in OKC
THS – 1st Semester Report Cards Go Home
Heritage – JA Biztown 5th Gr. Field Trip
JANUARY 7 - 8
THS/TMS – EDBDA Band Clinic@ PAC
JANUARY 7 - 9
THS – HS Wrestling Tournament @Inola TBA
As per the State Department of Education, we will now post our capacity for the district on our website at tahlequahschools.org. Once on the webpage, you will hold your cursor over the district tab and choose the Enrollment sub-tab. This will take you to the breakdown of our Capacity, the revised Student Transfer policy #6025, and all other information you would need to apply for a transfer.
We have become aware of a troubling post that is being shared this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17. The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.
Additionally, the district has been in contact with the Tahlequah Police Department regarding the trending post. We may have an increased security presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution.
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online. Students need to be aware such threats can lead to school discipline as well as criminal charges.
If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.
Tahlequah PS Superintendent
Good evening, Tahlequah Families
We at Tahlequah Public Schools were recently made aware of some Instagram posts being circulated which contained some images that could be construed as threatening. As we take all threats seriously within our district, we have tracked down the individual who posted these pictures and as there were never any specific threats toward anyone, and after talking to the individual, we don’t feel like there is a credible threat at this time.
This situation will be handled in accordance with Tahlequah Public Schools policy and procedures. We as a district will continue to work toward providing the safest environment possible.
Hello Tahlequah Families
With the decreased number of COVID cases at the schools and the availability of vaccines, Tahlequah Public Schools will be ending the current mask mandate on January 3, 2022.
Beginning January 3, 2022, masking will be optional for all staff, students, and visitors. Previously, anyone who wanted to opt-out could do so. Starting January 3, 2022, anyone who wants to continue wearing a mask has that choice as well.
We recommend and encourage everyone to wear a mask, but it will no longer be required.
We now will be keeping you updated on our Covid totals weekly.
If you would like to check out the totals for this week, please click the link below: