Jenks secondary students return to distance learning through Dec. 7
Jenks Public Schools’ students in grades 7 through 12 will go back to distance learning beginning Monday through Dec. 7.
In a statement on its Facebook page earlier Thursday, Jenks Public Schools said, “With a rising number of JPS staff members and students in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, Jenks Public Schools will transition all secondary students (grades 7-12) to distance learning beginning on Monday, November 16. Those students – at Jenks Middle School, Freshman Academy, Alternative Center, and High School – will resume in-person learning on Monday, December 7.”
In person learning will continue for students in grades Pre-K through 6th and all elementary and intermediate sites will stay open.
“The decision to only transition secondary students into distance learning is due primarily to a lack of adequate staffing,” the Facebook post read. “As more employees have been placed in isolation or quarantine, it has become difficult to find enough substitute teachers or other personnel to cover classrooms. Without proper staffing, it is becoming increasingly difficult for JPS to maintain an optimal learning environment.”
Athletics and activities will continue during distance learning. All safety protocols for games, practices and events will remain in place.
Friday’s home playoff game against Moore for the varsity football team is still on as scheduled.
Free meals will continue to be provided for all students in grades 7 through 12, while secondary schools remain in distance learning. Meals are available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the north side of the central campus dining hall, located on the campus of Jenks High School.
“The move to distance learning for this three-week period will provide more consistency for students as they will be able to interact with their own teachers on a regular basis,” JPS in its Facebook statement. “In addition, classified staff members and substitutes working at the secondary level can be temporarily reassigned to elementary and intermediate sites where they can provide effective relief and support.”
To close, Jenks Public Schools urged safety precautions for its students.
“Please continue to monitor your students for symptoms of COVID-19. If your student tests positive, displays symptoms, or has been in close contact with an individual who tested positive, please notify the attendance office of your student’s school site. You play a part in helping reduce the spread of the virus. Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands frequently throughout the day. You can help our district increase the chances of returning to school, and staying in school, as long as possible.”