COVID-19 school shutdown

Sophie Walker, Digital Media Editor

   COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus has gone global. Due to this, the school district has taken some precautions to reduce the spread of this respiratory attacking virus. 

   Superintendent Chuck Mccauley made an appearance on Bartlesville’s KWON to further explain what exactly will happen with this shutdown and how the district will handle school work and student meal plans. 

   Reportedly schools will not be open and there will be no activities until at least April 6 and the district will be waiting for further notice beyond that date. Schools in the district will not be sending assignments home whether it be packets or online until April 6th. Teachers’ pay will not be affected by this shutdown and they will have some essential staff remaining at work such as custodial, child nutrition, some transportation, and some office staff. School days will not be made up and Bartlesville is predicted to still be ending the year on May 21 but Mcculey did say that the district would be flexible and follow the State Board’s recommendations.

   During this time, for students who count on the schools for food, breakfast and lunch will be served at Central and Madison Middle Schools. Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meals are for takeout only. All of this information can also be found on the BPSD website linked at the bottom of this article. 

   Busses will be running bus routes to take food to kids, and the kids do have to be there (at the bus stops) to receive it. This information should be posted this week as well on the BPSD website. 

   Moving past April 6, there is a possibility that schools could be suspended for the rest of the year. The next State School Board meeting will be March 25 and more will be known about what will happen after the meeting. If the shut down does continue after April 6, online instruction will be considered as an alternative to going to school for 6th-12th grade and packets for elementary schools. 

  Students and staff were advised before the break to bring home their chromebooks and chargers, however if this announcement was missed and  someone does need to pick up their chromebook from school on Monday, March 23. Same goes for staff. It is advised that it is an “in and out” policy and that no one should congregate for too long. 

   At the noon meeting for the school board it was asked that the board approve 275 cellular hotspots for the purpose of helping with the digital divide.