OKLAHOMA CITY - The State Board of Education met for an emergency meeting on Monday, March 16, to decide what to do in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The recommendation of the board was to close schools from Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, April 6. The Cessation of Operations for all accredited schools was passed.
State Superintendent Joy Hoffmeister said that this an extended break without instruction. No instruction will occur during this defined break. This includes no grading, no instructions, no trainings no staff development, no conferences, no extra curricular activities, etc. Clerical, maintenance and child nutrition will have the ability to continue.
“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of Oklahomans,” said Hofmeister. “It is critical that we do everything in our power to protect the health of our kids, their families, educators and all vulnerable populations. That need outweighs everything else. The OSDE has been working around the clock, and will continue to do so, to ease the burden of schools during this challenging time.”
“This decision is not made lightly, but it is the right thing to do based on current guidance from the CDC,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “This closure will allow us time to further understand how COVID-19 is affecting Oklahoma and give students and staff a period of time to be protected from further community spread of the virus. We know closing schools has a significant impact on families, and we are committed to doing what we can to lessen that impact as we work to prioritize the health and safety of all Oklahomans.”