CUSHING PUBLIC SCHOOLS Moves to Distance Learning April 6th
On March 25, the State Board of Education amended its first order to direct all accredited public schools to suspend all in-person and extracurricular activities and close buildings for the remainder of the school year. While school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the year for general student and personnel attendance, exceptions include: staff providing nutrition services, facilitating or supporting required delivery of distance learning and essential core services. Essential core services include governance, human resources, billing, maintenance and continuity of building functions, staff to maintain building access control and security measures, and student enrollment.
Distance learning for Cushing Public Schools will begin on Monday, April 6th. Teachers have been working this week (March 30-April 3) to contact parents and students about the distance learning program. Passwords for our single sign on service, Clever (www.clever.com/in/Cushing) have been sent to parents for K-8 students by email. If you have not received your child's password, you can request it using this form: bit.ly/CPSEmail. Cushing Middle School and Cushing High School students should check their school email accounts frequently for information from their teachers.
Effective immediately, all district events and extracurricular activities are canceled until the District reopens or further notice. This includes all athletics, fine arts, clubs, and group events.
We encourage our students and staff to follow recommended social distancing and healthy hygiene habits provided by the CDC and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and work through additional details. As we have more specifics about what services we will be able to provide for families in need during this closure, we will communicate through our website and social media pages.
OKLAHOMA GRATED WAIVER FOR STATE TESTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
The U.S. Department of Education approved waivers requested by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to suspend assessments and Oklahoma School Report Cards for the 2019-20 school year.
The waivers mean Oklahoma schools will not administer academic assessments in English language arts, mathematics, and science for grades 3-8 or to high school juniors.
Similarly, the OSDE will not issue Oklahoma School Report Cards, the state's accountability system that factors in assessments and other indicators.
COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information on COVID-19 or Coronavirus, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.
This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow the advice provided by public health experts.
DISTRICT COMMUNICATION REGARDING COVID-19
OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMUNICATIONS
PRECAUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The District is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:
- We are asking all of our families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment and keep the child home from school. We are also asking staff and visitors to follow these same precautions.
- Our staff follows daily procedures and works diligently to clean our schools thoroughly with hospital grade disinfectant, which kills viruses and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
- We will continue to be in communication with Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff have access to preventive products like disposable wipes and hand sanitizer to use throughout the day to stop the spread of germs. District custodial staff utilize hospital-grade disinfectants and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
- Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care. Sick children should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.