March 25, 2020
Meeker Staff, Students, and Parents:
Today, the Oklahoma State Board of Education voted unanimously to close Oklahoma schools for the remainder of the school year as the State continues to fight the spread of COVID-19 virus. Students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year and all extra-curricular activities and special events will be postponed. State Superintendent, Joy Hofmeister recommended a continuous learning plan that will allow students to complete the school year at home. The dates for the distance learning program will begin April 6 and end May 14.
This information is being shared so that you can begin to prepare accordingly for your family. The recommendation was based on the best interest of everyone’s health, which is the State’s greatest priority.
Meeker is developing a plan to ensure your child will continue to have opportunities to learn and to grow academically, especially with parental support. These lessons and activities will be delivered and communicated through distance learning resources approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. Meeker will spend the remaining time planning for this effort and will share details with your family as soon as they are available. Teachers and support staff members will hear from their principals when plans for distance learning are finalized.
The district has posted resources on the website, including information about free breakfast and lunch available for students. The district will continue to make this service available and evaluate, making any changes within the parameters of the USDA school lunch program. The district will continue to provide updates in reference to COVID-19 when they become available.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. This is a community that sticks together in challenging times, and know this experience will be no different. As soon as the district identifies the next steps, we will share them with you.
Stay safe and take precautions to protect your family.
Jeff Pruitt, Superintendent