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Updated FAQ's on School Closure


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3-26-20

Questions Regarding Friend School Closure 

Updated March 26, 2020

 

Is Friend going to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year?

The Oklahoma State Board of Education met on March 25, 2020, and approved a proposal to close all public school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All activities in school buildings including in-person instruction, athletics, and extracurricular activities are canceled.

 

What about instruction for students?

Student instruction will resume through distance learning on April 6, 2020.  The plan now is to end school on May 14th.  

 

What is distance learning?

Distance learning can be done in a variety of ways.  For example, it can be online, it can be done through public broadcasting such as OETA, or student activity packets can be utilized.  It will look different from school to school and even from grade to grade.  

 

What happens between now and April 6, 2020?

This is time for our school teams to plan for distance learning.  Friend has a dedicated team of teachers who have already been thinking about this opportunity to reconnect with students and to provide opportunities for their learning to continue while trying to keep them as safe and healthy as possible.   The Oklahoma State Department of Education is putting a framework together to assist schools. A poll was taken yesterday to help us with information on connectivity with students. We want to create a plan that will best meet the needs of our Friend students and families.  

 

When will we get more information about distance learning?

We will be working over the next week to put together the plan.  As we have more information, we will continue to update you. It is our desire to make this a user-friendly plan that will help provide some structure for academic opportunities while students are at home, and a way to continue practice as well as to provide enrichment.

Thank you for your patience as we plan.  Please know we are aware of the many challenges everyone is facing at this time.  It is our desire to make this a positive experience for our students and families as we finish the year. 

 

How about Oklahoma State Testing?

State testing has been suspended this year in Oklahoma schools.

 

Will the meal service continue?

Yes, we will continue Grab and Go.  Meals may be picked up between 9:30 and 10:30 Monday through Friday mornings in front of the Auditorium.  

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has a great deal of information on their website, and have worked hard to answer many questions for schools. The Oklahoma State Department of Health and the CDC websites are being updated on a continuous basis as well.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is priority one. The Friend community is a strong one, and we will get through these challenging times together.

 

   Thank you for your support.  Please stay safe and healthy.

Friend School1307 County Road 1350Chickasha, OK  73018

405-224-3822

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