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On Wednesday, March 25, the state Board of Education voted that Oklahoma students should not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year, as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. The board has recommended a continuous learning plan that will allow students to complete the school year at home. This also means that all extracurricular activities and special events are canceled as well. 

We understand this action presents hardships and burdens for many families, but we believe it is the right thing to do for our students, our staff, and our community.

We do have good news: Covington-Douglas has is quickly developing plans to ensure your child will continue to have opportunities to learn and to grow academically, especially with parental support.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the time-line for continuous learning? 
    • Beginning on April 6th, new content lessons will be made available by each teacher. These lessons will become available a week at a time, through May 8. You don’t have to teach these lessons, just facilitate them. The lessons are based on the most essential skills that would have been taught to your child during the fourth quarter/second semester.  
  2. How much time each day should be spent on continuous learning?
    • Every family is different, but there is no expectation that a student should spend 5 to 6 hours on a device or working on lessons daily.  
  3. Why should my children participate in distance learning if they are not going to receive a grade for participating? 
    • To stop learning now would likely mean a regression in skills that would have to be relearned next year. By participating in distance learning, students will continue to learn and grow academically and will be better prepared for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
  4.  What if my child can't access the lessons sent?
    • If that is the case, please contact an administrator or your child's teacher and we will work together to make the best arrangement.
  5. Since state testing is waived, how will my third-grade student meet the requirements of the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA)? 
    • As a result of the cancellation of the third grade ELA test, the district will be using data collected from screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring assessments prior to March 16, 2020, to make promotion and retention decisions. For students who do not qualify for automatic promotion based on prior assessments or under a good cause exemption, a Student Reading Proficiency Team (SRPT) will be convened virtually to make decisions about promotion or retention.
  6. I have an 8th-grade student. How will they receive their letter of English proficiency so that they can obtain their driving permit?  
    • While Oklahoma law requires students to successfully complete the reading portion of the eighth-grade English language arts (ELA) assessment in order to apply for a driver license or permit, the State Board of Education voted on March 25, 2020, to allow the state to provide a medical exemption for this requirement. At this time it is our understanding that this exemption will satisfy the requirements of the law.

      Students wishing to take the driver exam should be aware that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has instituted the following restrictions: all driving skills tests have been canceled; only 10 customers are allowed in an office at one time, and every customer must have an appointment. For further information, call the DPS.

  7. Will my child still receive Special Education/504 Services?

    • Individualized Education Plans (IEP)/504s, will be followed to the greatest extent possible.

    •  Related services will be coordinated by the respective therapist.

    • Individualized packets will be mailed to individual students.

    • IEP, 504 meetings, and Therapy will be held through phone or video conference according to the current timeline.

    • All IEP/504 team members are required to participate.

  8. Will my high school junior be required to take the U.S. History test?

    • No, the state Education Department has received a federal waiver for state standardized testing.

  9. Will my child be taking any state tests?

    • No. Waivers have been approved at the federal level to eliminate state tests this school year.
  10. Will my child still be able to take the free ACT offered to all juniors?

    • All state-required testing has been waived for this year.  No state testing including the free ACT is going to be given.  Keep in mind, if you qualify for free and reduced meals, you can qualify for free ACT testing on the National testing dates.  If you need more information on this, email your child’s high school counselor.

  11. Will classes continue at Autry Technology Center? 

    • We will forward any communication we receive from Autry to our parents as we receive it. So far, this is what we have received.  Autry Distance Learning Plan

  12. Will graduation ceremonies be held?  

    • Assuming this situation continues into mid-May, conversations are in progress to arrange a unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. More information on graduation 2020 will be available soon.

  13. How do I get my personal belongings from the school?  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    • We will provide a specific date and procedure allowing students an opportunity to come to the building to pick up all locker belongings and other personal items at a later time. During this unique time of school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our school buildings will remain closed.

  14. How do I return things I have that belong to the school?

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We will provide a specific date and procedure allowing students an opportunity to come to the building to ​​​​​​​return textbooks, library books, athletic items, etc.

  15. How can I best prevent the spread of COVID-19?

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The CDC recommends the following healthy best practices to prevent the spread of both COVID-19 and the flu:

      ·        Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

      ·        Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

      ·        Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

      ·        Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.

      ·        Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

      ·        Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

      ·        Stay home whenever possible.

      ·        When you must leave your home, practice social distancing with at least six feet of distance between you and others.

      Additional information is available by visiting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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