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Letter from Mr. Sharp

Covington-Douglas Parents -

Monday, state officials announced they will recommend to the state Board of Education that Oklahoma students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year, as our state continues to fight the spread of Covid-19. They will instead recommend a continuous learning plan that will allow students to complete the school year at home. It is important to note that this decision is not final until the state Board of Education meets on Wednesday and votes to approve the recommendation.

We are sharing this information with you in advance; however so that you can begin to prepare accordingly for your family. We understand this recommendation is in the best interest of everyone's health, which is our greatest priority as a district. If approved, this also means that all extracurricular activities and special events will be canceled as well. Making these difficult decisions, we believe, is simply the right thing to do for our students, our staff, and our community.

Covington-Douglas Schools is developing a plan to ensure your child will continue to have opportunities to learn and grow academically, especially with parental support. Because we are unable to safely gather together, these lessons and activities will primarily be delivered and communicated through distance learning. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. C-D Schools will spend the next two weeks planning for this effort and will share details with your family as soon as they are available. Principals, teachers, and support staff will work together to develop what form of delivery will best suit each grade, subject, and student. This will be a process that requires the support and input from parents.

For students, it will likely be sad and disappointing to learn that school as they know it will not resume this year. For our seniors and their parents, we know it is a difficult time. We will do everything possible to ensure their efforts over the years are recognized and celebrated in special and unique ways. We will find a way to carry out some form of graduation ceremony as that time nears and the Covid-19 pandemic begins to show some clarity.

This letter is a compilation of information from the Oklahoma State School Board Association OSSBA and multiple school superintendents. I am very sorry this letter is not full of answers, but as we can all see this is a situation that seems to be changing by the hour. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher, principal, or myself with questions you might have at (580) 515-6025.

Sincerely,

Darren Sharp

Superintendent

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