Jenks announces plan for 2020-2021 school year, gives parents options

Jenks announces plan for 2020-2021 school year, gives parents options

In a special meeting Monday, the Jenks Public Schools Board of Education listened and discussed a presentation of the “Return to Learn” plan for the 2020-2021 school year for the Jenks school district.

 The presentation was made by Jenks Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stacey Butterfield, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lisa Muller, Administrator Shan Glandon, Administrator Rose Pixley, Administrator Roger Wright, Administrator Dana Ezell, and Administrator Bonnie Rogers.

The “Return to Learn” plan consists of three options parents of students at Jenks Public Schools will have to make by July 31.

Once a decision is made, that student is locked into that plan for the entirety of the fall semester. If a parent wants to make a change, they must wait until the semester is complete.

The first of the three plans is the “All At-School Learning” plan, which is designed for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

In this option the student will:

-Remain enrolled in Jenks Public Schools

-Attend school daily in a face-to-face classroom environment

-Engage in a variety of learning experiences with teachers and peers

-Continue to access educational technology supports

-Continue to access guidance and counseling, media, and other student programs as needed

The second of the three plans is the “All Virtual Learning Through Trojan Connect Program” plan, which is designed for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

In this option students will:

-Remain enrolled in Jenks Public Schools

-Access learning activities via an online platform (Calvert Learning for Kindergarten through sixth grade and Edgenuity for seventh through 12th grade).

-Have their progress monitored by a certified Jenks Public Schools teacher

-Receive supplemental instructional support for coursework from a certified Jenks Public Schools teacher

-Require at-home parental guidance and support during learning activities in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade

-Access guidance and counseling services, media centers, and other student programs as needed

-Receive technology device and internet access support as needed

The third of the three plans is the “Blended Learning” plan, which is designed for students in seventh through 12th grade.

In this option students will:

-Remain enrolled in Jenks Public Schools

-Attend school daily for a portion of the school day, while completing remaining courses via the Edgenuity online platform

-Interact directly with teachers and peers

-Engage in a variety of learning experiences

-Be eligible to participate in school-sponsored activities and athletics

-Access guidance and counseling services, media centers, and other student programs as needed

-Receive technology device and internet access support as needed

To sum it up, students in Pre-K, who are enrolled in Jenks Public Schools, must attend face-to-face school, students from Kindergarten through sixth grade have to choose between face-to-face school or virtual school and students from seventh through 12th grade can choose between face-to-face, virtual or a blended learning format.

Any student in third grade or higher, who attends face-to-face school, must wear a mask at all times. Students in second grade or younger, who attend face-to-face school are not required to wear masks. Students of all ages, who ride the buses to school must wear a mask at all times.

All faculty and staff at JPS are required to wear masks at all times.

All the normal bus routes will run as usual once school begins.

The 2020-2021 school year for Jenks Public Schools is scheduled to start Aug. 19 and that date has not changed.

Parents and students must decide on how they prefer their child or children are taught this year by July 31. If the deadline is not met, the school district will move to its default mode, where the student will be required to attend face-to-face school.

The JPS School Board also voted to authorize Dr. Butterfield to adjust instructional delivery between school/in-person and distance learning, as well as employee work schedules as necessary for COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 school year.

Dr. Butterfield said in Monday’s meeting that these plans are subject to change, as the pandemic could change drastically prior to the beginning of school in mid-August.

Kyle Salomon

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