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Jenks Public School District Cancels Study Abroad Program Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Posted at 7:07 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 21:35:10-05

JENKS, Okla. — While the Oklahoma State Department of Health is monitoring two more people in Oklahoma for the coronavirus, It's causing some local school districts to reevaluate their international programs.

Administrators at Jenks Public Schools have canceled their Chinese Immersion Program, which sends high school students over seas, amid concerns about the coronavirus.

"This year, it just wasn't feasible with the warnings from the Center for Disease and Prevention and the World Health Organization. It just didn't feel right about kids going to China given the corona outbreak," said Robert Loeber, the media relations coordinator at Jenks Public Schools.

The Jenks Public School District usually swaps about seven high school students with a school in the Chengdu, Province where the top three academic preforming high schools in math and science are.

But right now, representatives from the World Health Organization says that area is under strict quarantine.

The seven students and two faculty members originally set to head to China say they'll just have to wait and see about the trip next year.

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