TULSA, Okla. — As April 6 approaches, school districts across Oklahoma will prepare for students to switch to remote learning. The adjustment is bringing challenges those district may not be ready for, but are working to overcome.
Tulsa Public Schools will rely on online learning for the rest of the semester, and administrators are working to help students without computer or Internet access at home.
TPS is working to create a computer check-out process, which will give priority to high school juniors and seniors to stay on track to graduate.
Different schools will take different approaches to learning, and schools will provide online work as well as physical in-hand work for students with different needs, according to TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist.
“It’s just going to look different at every school. We’re going to provide some support at the district level for everyone, but it will look different,” Dr. Gist said. "There won’t be one way in which the district is tackling learning; we will be differentiating across schools and of course across grade levels.”
TPS families will be able to get 60 days of Internet free from Cox for the remainder of the semester. They will need to sign up, and have the right equipment at home to be able to hook up to the Internet.
Muskogee Public Schools have implemented Chromebooks and T-Mobile hotspots for students, so they’re ready to go completely online. The schools will have to adjust their curriculum to online learning, which school officials say will take time.
Jenks Public Schools will transition to distance learning, and adjust their curriculum accordingly. The school district is working with the State Department of Education on those adjustments, and will be updating parents over the next week on what that will entail.
The district will also be extending its grab-and-go meal program through the end of the year.
Broken Arrow students from sixth through twelfth grade will be turning to their Chromebooks for assignments, and will get video instruction for a portion of their learning.
Broken Arrow administrators are asking teachers to be flexible with their students, and not pile on assignments throughout the day.
Teachers will email assignments for elementary school students, and they can work with parents to utilize Zoom or FaceTime to keep in touch with students.
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