Dear Inola Parents:
Today, the State Board of Education announced that Oklahoma students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year. They instead recommended a continuous learning plan beginning April 7th that will allow students to complete the school year at home. This also means that all extracurricular activities and special events will be canceled as well.
We do have good news: Inola is developing a plan to ensure your child will continue to have opportunities to learn and to grow academically, especially with parental support. Because we are unable to safely gather together, these lessons and activities will primarily be delivered and communicated online. Next week we will be handing out Chrome Books to all 5th and 6th graders. We will have them available for all 3rd and 4th graders the following week. If you do not have internet access at your house, we are setting up ‘Hot Spots’ on both the High School Student Parking Lot and the main Elementary Parking Lot (you will be able to drive onto the lot with your computer and download the lessons there). We will also be preparing ‘take home packets’ to be picked up if needed. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. We will spend the next two weeks planning for this effort and will share details with your family as soon as they are available. Teachers and support staff members will hear from their principals soon as they gather input regarding the next phase of the school closure.
For students, it likely will 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 an especially difficult time. They didn’t know that the last day before Spring Break was actually their last day of High School. We will do everything possible to ensure their efforts are recognized and celebrated in special and unique ways. This is an unfair situation, but please reassure them that it does not diminish their achievements.
We have posted numerous resources on our website, including information about free breakfasts and lunches for students under the age of 18, which will continue Tuesday through Friday.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. We can still take care of Inola’s students, though. This is a community that sticks together in challenging times, and we know this experience will be no different. As soon as we identify our next steps, we will share them with you.
Please stay safe. As always, we appreciate your support.
Dr. Kent Holbrook Superintendent