State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced today that she will ask the Oklahoma State Board of Education to keep school buildings shuttered for the rest of the year. The state superintendent also said she will ask schools to implement distance learning for a month before ending the school year.
OEA President Alicia Priest response:
“The safety of students, educators, and communities must continue to be paramount through these uncertain times. Unfortunately, that means keeping school buildings closed to maintain social distancing and do our part to flatten the curve is the right decision at this time.
“There is no replacement for face-to-face learning. At the same time, OEA is committed to helping provide resources for distance learning so that our children continue to learn and develop despite these difficult circumstances.
“Oklahoma students must not be left behind. That means both providing virtual resources for those who can access them and acknowledging that we must also do everything in our power to provide an equitable education for every Oklahoma child in every zip code. We are responsible for educating all students, including ones without access to the internet.”