Letter from Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall
I hope you are doing well as you practice social distancing while enjoying Spring Break.
These last few days have been unprecedented in my career as an educator. Things have changed by the hour surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
I first want to thank our teachers for their preparation last week. I particularly want to thank you for your quick turnaround to prepare assignments to go home with students in case virtual days were declared following spring break. This was to be overly prepared for the many potential scenarios that could have come out of the Governor’s press conference Thursday afternoon.
Out of an abundance of caution Thursday evening I closed our schools for Friday, March 13, 2020, to provide our staff an opportunity to clean and disinfect our schools.
As you know by now, the State Board of Education voted Monday afternoon to close school operations including instruction. I fully support our State Board of Education in this decision to close schools across the state in an attempt to “flatten the curve” in the spread of COVID-19.
We are encouraging families to use the work sent home as a learning enhancement over the two weeks that school is out to decrease the “Spring Break Instructional Slide.” The district has also shared educational links on our website for the use of our students and families looking to remain educationally engaged during this timeframe.
These two weeks out of school are NOT virtual days.
Many have asked and will continue to ask about having to make up these two weeks and we do not know the answer to that question. I will work to continue to inform you and our community as I gather more information.
I’d like to take an opportunity to thank our custodial, transportation, and front office staff that worked Friday in cleaning our schools, buses, and high touch areas. Their work is greatly appreciated and is definitely noticed!
I hope you stay safe and healthy in the coming weeks, continue to wash your hands, don’t touch your face and practice social distancing. Check on your neighbors, especially those that are most at-risk of infection of COVID-19.
Take Care and Enjoy Spring Break!
Jarod Mendenhall, Ed.D.
Muskogee Public Schools