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COVID cases prompt some area schools to switch to remote learning

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - Several area schools are transitioning to virtual learning due to the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. At this time, the following schools have reported transitioning to virtual learning: Sallisaw, Gans, Vian and Roland.

Sallisaw Public School announced Tuesday that they will move to virtual learning beginning Wednesday, January 12 and will resume in-class learning on Tuesday, January 18.

Sallisaw Public Schools sent out a notification to parents via text which stated, "We will continue to have class virtually through Google Classroom for the remainder of the week. Your child needs to log on and complete assignments daily in order to be considered present and not counted absent. Teachers will be available from 8:30 to 2:30 to answer questions and assist with online learning. Meals will also be available for pickup at Liberty Elementary and the Middle School from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m."

Gans Public School also announced Tuesday that due to COVID exposures and illnesses, they would also be transitioning to virtual learning beginning Wednesday, January 12, and will resume in-person learning on January 18.

The district sent out a letter to parents that stated, "We will be sending home learning materials, packets, and Chromebooks for students to complete their school work for the remainder of the week. Teachers will be at school, so you may contact them via email or by phone with any questions that you may have concerning assignments or virtual learning."

In addition to virtual learning, all school activities, including sporting events, will be canceled until in-person learning resumes. Breakfast and lunch services will be available through the school cafeteria and can be picked up from the cafeteria between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Deliveries may also be scheduled for students who may be at home with no transportation. To schedule meals for pick-up or to order meals for delivery, call 918-775-2236 ext. 236 before 8:00 a.m. in the mornings. Be sure to leave the number of students and the address where the meals will be delivered.

Students and parents will need to check their email, school website, and school Facebook page for new information or changes to this plan.

Vian Public Schools announced on Monday that they would be transitioning to virtual learning beginning Wednesday, January 12, and returning to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18. Vian reported that these days will count as regular school days. Technology and/or learning packets and books will be provided for students. Meals will not be available during this time due to limited kitchen staff.

Roland Public Schools also announced on Tuesday that due to the increasing number of students and staff who are sick or under quarantine due to COVID and other illnesses, they will switch to virtual learning from Wednesday, January 12 through Friday, January 14.

Students were already scheduled to be out of school on Monday, January 17. Therefore, students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18.

Officials with other county schools stated that they will continue to monitor the situation and make the switch to virtual learning should it be deemed necessary.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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