Sallisaw Schools go virtual
Following his announcement Friday that Sallisaw Schools would be going virtual due to coronavirus cases, Sallisaw School Superintendent Randy Wood said with the exception of a few issues that need to be addressed, Sallisaw’s virtual and blended classes were otherwise going well on the students’ first day Tuesday.
“We were able to get Chrome books to all the students Friday so that’s good. We’re still having problems with some not having hotspots but it’s something we’re working on. The school can buy it from T-Mobile and provide it to students if they qualify. It’s better than sitting somewhere with wifi access trying to do their school work” Wood said.
As of Tuesday, the high school students were placed in a blended class and sixth grade classes on down to the lower grades were all in virtual classes.
Under the blended format, Wood said students are also allowed to continue their activities such as band and softball as long as there are no COVID cases within the groups and students must also meet eligibility requirements.
“We’ve had a few more COVID cases over the weekend. We don’t have any cases in band or softball but there are a few in basketball,” he said.
Contrary to rumors which have been circulating, Wood said he wanted to clarify the whole school is not under quarantine and classes are still ongoing. Only the football team and staff are in quarantine, he said.
He also said Grab and Go lunches will be provided to all students and may be picked up at the school the student attends. Editor's Note: Sallisaw Schools Superin tendent Randy Wood made the following announcement Friday (Sept. 4) morning.
“Thank you for your extraordinary support over the past two weeks, as we have worked together to protect our community during the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
“Recently, we've had an increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in our school system as well as a significant number of staff and students having to be quarantined.
“To further safeguard our students, staff and families, Sallisaw Public Schools will switch to Distance/Virtual Learning be ginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Students will return to in-class learning on Monday, Sept. 21. If your child exhibits symptoms as of Sept. 21, please keep them home.
“I want to emphasize that we will continue to provide distance learning and expect all students to engage in this process. Our faculty and staff will still be providing daily lessons through Google Classroom. Attendance will be taken, so be sure your child checks in and completes their assignments daily.
“Meals will continue to be provided during this time. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at any school campus cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all students grades pre-K through 12.
When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle and the cafeteria staff will bring the meals to you.
“While we are in the business of educating, our first priority is the safety of our students and our employees. We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this challenging time together.
“Reminder: No school Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day.”
Randy Wood, Superintendent