JPS Superintendent issues statement after schools close

JPS Superintendent issues statement after schools close

Oklahoma schools will be shut down until through April 5 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jenks Public Schools has alerted that they will be shut down as part of this. Superintendent Dr. Stacy Butterfield commented on the rapidly changing subject.

“This is an unprecedented situation for our entire world and so much is changing every hour of every day,” Butterfield said. “No one could have predicted where we would be today with the closure of all Oklahoma schools. We are certainly grateful to our local and state agencies for their guidance and recommendations as we all come together to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“Education is important, but the health and safety of our students and staff members must take priority at this time. I want to reassure our students, parents, and employees that we will keep them informed as decisions are made, and we will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.”

Jenks students are currently on spring break. It is unknown whether school will resume after April 5.

Jenks Athletic Director Tony Dillingham told the Jenks Tribune Monday that all athletic meetings, contests and practices are canceled until “at least” April 5. Dillingham said the athletic department will evaluate the conditions moving forward.

Jenks boys basketball was set to take on Edmond Memorial in the first round of the state tournament last Thursday before the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association postponed the event 90 minutes prior to tip off.

Jenks baseball was set to travel to Phoenix this week for the Coach Bob Invitational.

Hayden Tucker

Hayden Tucker is the Sports Editor and Director of Media for the Jenks Tribune. He has three years of experience in newspaper journalism before joining the Tribune. Tucker was born in McAlester, then moved to the Oklahoma City area in 2010 where he lived for nine years prior to moving to Jenks.

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