Dear EPS Family,

This afternoon, I participated in a conference call with more than 1,000 school administrators from around the state and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister. She plans to propose to the state Board of Education at its March 25 meeting to close public school buildings through the remainder of the school year and continue education with distance learning in an effort to safeguard the health of all Oklahomans.

 

I understand that this news, while not entirely unexpected, is devastating to learn. Please know that I share your apprehension and anxiety.  Our first concern must continue to be the health and welfare of our students, families, fellow employees, and community. Beyond that, our thoughts naturally turn to loss: of instruction; of connection; of memories yet to be made (especially for our seniors).

 

I know there are many questions still yet to be addressed. Students and parents are concerned about grades, graduation, missed instruction, etc. I  know you share their concerns and have additional worries such as compensation and the degree of student instruction and engagement that is expected moving forward.

 

We will be able to better address these questions following Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting.  Please know that the district will do everything within its power to ensure that the redesign of the rest of the school year goes smoothly and provides the resources administrators, teachers, students, and staff need to be successful.

 

This COVID-19 pandemic is historical and unprecedented, but we are resilient and we will get through this together.

 

I certainly appreciate you!

 

Sincerely,

Bret Towne