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State Superintendent Proposes Distance Learning Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted at 11:18 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 00:18:12-04

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced Monday that she will propose distance learning to the State Board of Education for the rest of the school year.

The continuous learning plan would be expected to begin April 6, according to a statement released by officials.

Hofmeister will discuss the plan during a virtual board meeting on Wednesday, March 25.

She released the following statement:

We are determined to support our Pre-K through high school students as well as English learners, special education students and those who need reinforced skills or additional enrichment. We recognize this reality will present challenges for many families and districts, but these are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures. This coordinated, swift and thoughtful action will help safeguard the health and well-being of our communities, students and professionals in public schools. We must do absolutely everything in our power to reduce transmission of coronavirus.

OETA, Oklahoma’s educational public TV network, will broadcast instructional daytime programming for the state’s PreK-12 students, officials said.

Hofmeister said, the top priority for districts should be ensuring that high school seniors graduate this school year without being negatively impacted by the pandemic.

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