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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 SHUTDOWN - ONGOING UPDATES


Posted Date: 03/17/2020

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 SHUTDOWN - ONGOING UPDATES

 

CORONAVIRUS COVID 19

District COVID -19 Ongoing Updates

 

April 3rd, 2020

Continuous Learning Packet Pick-Up Flyer
Continuous learning imag

BLACKWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

Continuous Learning Packets

 

Pre-K                    Home Delivery

Kindergarten       Home Delivery

 

Pick Up- Curbside   

1st Grade             MONDAY at BES 10:00 -11:00 AM

2nd Grade            MONDAY at BES  1:00 - 2:00 PM

3rd Grade           Home Delivery on Tuesday

 

4th & 5th Grades       Home Delivery on Tuesday for Criner, Poulson, Johnson and Tripp’s homeroom kids.

 

Curbside Pick-Up on Tuesday for Kincaid, Sixkiller, Lusk and Rogers’ homeroom kids.  Come during the time that corresponds to the last name of your oldest child. 

 

10:00am to 12:00pm Last names starting with A-M

12:00pm to 2:00pm Last names starting with N-Z

      

BLACKWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Continuous Learning Packets -BMS Parking Lot Pick-up

6th - 8th Grade          TUESDAY at 1:00pm - 3:00pm

 

BLACKWELL HIGH SCHOOL

 

Continuous Learning Packets -BHS Field House Parking  Lot Pick-Up 

*****Only students that need a packet*****

9th - 12th Grade        TUESDAY at 11:30pm - 1:00pm

 

Packets will be returned on May 8th from 11:30-1:00 at the BHS Field House Parking Lot

To BHS students:

● All of your teachers should have contacted you by now. If not, please email them or text your name and your teacher’s name to 405-358-3062.

● You will need to complete all assignments given by your teachers.

● If you are receiving your work via packet, plan to pick up your packet at the field house parking lot on Tuesday, April 7, from 11:30 - 1:00 PM, or make arrangements for someone to pick up your work for you at that time.

● Any paper packets issued will need to be turned in on May 8th, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the BHS field house parking lot.

● Teachers will be communicating with you each week. Please email or text them if you have any questions. If you have problems reaching them text your name and the teacher’s name to 405-358-3062.

● Based on current information from the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), state and local officials, and the CDC, we are not allowing students in school buildings at this time. We will be making plans to allow students who have items in a locker to retrieve them. Please know that the OSDE, state and local officials, and CDC guidelines will determine when and how we proceed with retrieving items in the school.

● While we will make every attempt to hold our graduation ceremony as planned on May 10th, graduation could be postponed to a later date. Depending on conditions and recommendations from the OSDE, state and local officials, and the CDC, it may be necessary to have the graduation ceremony in June or July. BHS will still have a graduation ceremony as soon as the OSDE and CDC informs us that it is safe to have social gatherings of more than ten people again.

● BHS will make every effort to have a prom. It is all dependent upon the OSDE and CDC as to when we can enter the school buildings.

● Graduating seniors will still be required to check-out at the end of the school year. We will be providing more information about this process as it becomes available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at shaskins@blackwell.k12ok.us or text me at 405-358-3062. Thank you for your cooperation during this unsure time.

Sincerely,

Shawn Haskins Blackwell High School Principal

April 1st, 2020

Updated FAQ for Public Schools from OSDE

https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/FAQS%20FOR%20PUBLIC%20SCHOOLS%20-%20COVID-19.pdf

 

 

March 30th, 2020

Continuous Learning Plan – Letter from Superintendent

March 30, 2020 

Dear Parent: 

Our community, state, and nation are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. Life has changed for everyone and we are all working together to deal with these changes. Disruption and change are hard for everyone but can be especially difficult for children. It is Blackwell Public School’s goal to not only provide meaningful learning opportunities for your children, but also provide structure and routine surrounding those learning moments. We know there will be challenges to overcome, but we are looking forward to working alongside you in overcoming these challenges and provide your child/children a loving and caring continuous learning experience.  You may be wondering how we will do it?  First of all, we sent out a survey to each parent to determine if there is access to the internet in your home.  If technology is not available, we will provide hard copy learning packets and guidance over the phone. Your child’s teacher is working hard to meet not only your child’s educational needs, but all the children under his/her care.   It is very important to us that every child receives the same learning opportunities, so whether the instruction is given through the internet, through textbook instruction, paper packets, or by phone, it is our desire to keep students safe while providing learning opportunities that are both equal and appropriate to each child’s ability level.  Our plan for continuing education will have communication between the child’s parent and teacher as it’s foundation.  In that regard you will be receiving calls from teachers to determine your preferred means of communication.  You will also be given office hours when teachers will be available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns.  This is new for all of us, so we sincerely ask for your feedback and help as we complete these final weeks of school. If you have questions at any time about our plans, please email the grade level Principal at the email address given below.

High School Principal, Shawn Haskins shaskins@blackwell.k12.ok.us

Middle School Principal, Becky Miller beckymiller@blackwell.k12.ok.us

Grade 3-5 Principal, Melissa Moore mmoore@blackwell.k12.ok.us           

Grade 1-2 Principal Mellissa Agee magee@blackwell.k12.ok.us

Grade PK-K Principal Jennifer Hankins jhankins@blackwell.k12.ok.us

Sincerely,  

Rod Reese

Superintendent, Blackwell Schools

March 27th, 2020

Updated FAQ for Public Schools from OSDE

https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/FAQS%20FOR%20PUBLIC%20SCHOOLS%20-%20COVID-19.pdf

March 26th, 2020

Continuous Learning Internet and Device Survey

Blackwell Public Schools is about to start a new adventure in public education.  With this new undertaking there will be a huge learning curve requiring all teachers, students, and parents to work together.  With the start on this new journey called “Continuous Learning,” it best serves our children when everyone remains positive and upbeat with the situation that has been dealt to the students and teachers of Blackwell.  Please keep in mind that this new journey begins with little to no preparation time. For the immediate future, plans will literally be developing on a day by day basis. Again, please remain patient and positive while refraining from publicly criticizing what is being done to educate the children of Blackwell Public Schools.  You will be updated as we receive guidelines from the State Department of Education, and as the Continuous Learning Plan for Blackwell is unfolding. If you are without internet services or have limited data, please know that the plan will not be reliant on online access. We want to do what’s best for ALL the children in Blackwell.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, support, and partnership. Survey Link:  https://forms.gle/yBMLfk7WeFVxRWtu6

 

Support Staff Amended Leave Board Approved 

The Blackwell Board of Education approved an amended leave policy March 25 providing ten days of emergency leave and ten days of extended sick leave for employees affected by covid-19.​

5.19 Benefits, Insurance, and Deductions

 

Holidays

 

Because of the time school is in session and the requirements of the various employee's jobs, all employees do not have the same holidays. The employees who work only when school is in session will have access to a school calendar each year. Other full-time employees will be notified by their supervisor as to the holidays that they will receive each year. No twelve month employee will receive less than eight paid holidays.

 

Vacations

All twelve month support personnel will be granted paid vacation according to the following schedule:

 

1 - 10 years      10 days

11 years           11 days

12 years           12 days

13 years           13 days

14 years           14 days

15 years           15 days

 

The employee must have been on the payroll the last day of school and must have worked a minimum of nine months during the fiscal school year. Those on the payroll at the end of the year having less than nine but six or more months will be allowed accumulated vacation time at the rate of one day per month.

 

Effective July 1, 2001, twelve month support employees may not accumulate more than a maximum of 30 vacation days, except with the advance written approval of the superintendent. All accumulated days over the maximum of 30 will be forfeited if not used by the employee. An employee who is granted written approval by the superintendent not to use their vacation days shall be compensated at their daily rate of pay. It is the employee’s responsibility to schedule vacation time to avoid the forfeiture of accumulated vacation days. The School District will not pay employees for vacation days accumulated (beyond 30 days) after July 1, 2001 upon termination of employment.*

 

*          Support employees who have accumulated more than 30 days of vacation prior to July 1, 2001 shall retain rights to the vacation days which they have accumulated.

Emergency Leave

 

 

For the 2019-2020 school year only, The board of education shall provide not more than ten days for emergency leave.  These days shall not be chargeable to sick leave and will be noncumulative.  The term emergency should be construed to mean a situ­ation or occurrence of a serious nature, developing suddenly and unexpectedly, and demanding immediate attention.  Emer­gency leave will be granted at the discretion of the superintendent or designee.

Sick Leave

 

One day per month sick leave with full pay is granted to each regular full-time noncertified employee. These days may accumulate to a maximum of sixty (60) days; except that unused personal business leave may accumulate as sick leave and therefore make possible the accumulation of more than sixty (60) sick leave days, such converted days will be used first in case of illness. Sick leave is defined as illness or accidental injury of a staff member or his/her immediate family or pregnancy of a staff member.

 

A member of the immediate family is considered to be father, mother, sister, brother, wife, husband, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandmother, grandfather or grandchildren. Also, the employee may use sick leave for the listed relationships that are step-relations. If, after exhausting all sick leave, an employee is absent from his/her duties due to illness, the employee shall receive, for a period of not to exceed twenty (20) days, his/her salary, less the amount paid a substitute if one is hired. The Board of Education may require certification of illness by a medical doctor before honoring sick leave. The District may offset an employee's wages paid under the District's sick leave policy against any benefits received under the District's worker's compensation plan.

 

The board of education will provide sick leave benefits to all support employees in order to promote a sense of security and permit the ease of mind essential to the satisfactory performance of services.  Effective March 18, 2020, and expiring December 31, 2020, the school district shall make available 80 hours of paid sick leave for full time-employees (or the equivalent of the average number of hours over two weeks for part time employees) for the following reasons:

 

  1. The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
  2. The employee has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  3. The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  4. The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to enumerated item 1 or 2 above.
  5. The employee is caring for their son or daughter if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, or the childcare provider of the son or daughter is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions.
  6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor. 

 

March 25th, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 School Closure Letter From Superintendent

March 25, 2020

Dear Parent of Blackwell Student:

Today, we learned that Oklahoma students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year, following a vote by the State Board of Education.  Instead, districts, including Blackwell School District, will implement continuous learning plans that will allow students to complete the school year at home.  State education and health officials believe this move will help our State fight the spread of COVID-19.

We are sharing this information with you now so you can prepare accordingly for your family.  The State Board’s vote also means that all extracurricular activities and special events will be canceled or postponed as well. 

The Blackwell District is developing a plan for your child to continue to have opportunities to learn and grow academically with your parental support.  Because we are unable to gather, these lessons and activities will have to be delivered in a variety of alternative means appropriate to the age of the student.  As you can imagine, this is a significant change for our students and teachers.  Blackwell District will spend time during the next week planning for this effort and will share details with your family as soon as they are available.  Teachers and support staff members that will be responsible for delivery of continuous learning will be involved in the development of the plan. 

Some students will be sad and disappointed to receive confirmation that school as they know it will not resume this year.  Please talk with them about their feelings and assure them that this is only temporary, and things will return to normal soon.  For our seniors and their parents, we know it is an especially difficult time.  We will do everything possible to ensure their efforts are recognized and celebrated at the opportune time.  Please reassure them that this situation that they face does not diminish their achievements and that the obstacles they face are opportunities to demonstrate their strength as Maroons. 

We have posted numerous resources on our website, including information about free breakfasts and lunches for students 18 years of age and under, which will continue, as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding school closure.  You can find these details and more by visiting our website at https://www.blackwell.k12.ok.us.  The site also includes recommendations from the CDC about protecting your health and the health of your loved ones.  You can follow their advice by washing your hands regularly, staying at home and practice social distancing of at least six feet from others.

This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response.  As soon as we identify our next steps, we will share them with you.  Please stay safe and as always, we appreciate your support of Blackwell Schools.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rod Reese, Superintendent

March 23rd, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 FAQs For Oklahoma Public Schools

https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/FAQS%20FOR%20PUBLIC%20SCHOOLS%20-%20COVID-19.pdf

Blackwell School Personnel Pay

All Blackwell School personnel should be advised that the District is taking measures to insure that they will be paid while the order for school closure is in effect.  Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm the School Board is meeting to discuss and act upon the recommendation of the Superintendent that policies be approved for ten days of emergency leave and ten additional days of sick leave.for all support employees who are missing work during the school closure for covid-19.  The State Legislature will be considering a bill to extend the same paid leave for school support employees that is currently in law for certified staff.  The legislature is scheduled to be in session before the twenty days of paid leave is spent.  

 

Rod Reese,  Superintendent

March 19th, 2020

 Requests Suspending State Tests for 2019-2020 School Year

https://sde.ok.gov/newsblog/2020-03-19/hofmeister-request-federal-waiver-suspending-state-testing-school-year

Spring Break Travel from Level 2 or 3 countries -COVID-19

https://sde.ok.gov/newsblog/2020-03-06/coronavirus-spring-break-travel

March 18th, 2020

FAQs for Oklahoma Public Schools- COVID-19

https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/FAQS%20FOR%20PUBLIC%20SCHOOLS%20-%20COVID-19.pdf

March 17th, 2020 

Coronovirus Shutdown – “Grab and Go Lunches” 

 

Sack Lunches

March 17th, 2020

Dear Parents:

 

The administration of Blackwell Public Schools has developed a plan to feed the children of Blackwell during the two week school closure mandated by the State Department of Education.  This plan, as of today, is to provide a “grab and go” sack lunch for all children eighteen and under at no cost, including children not presently enrolled in Blackwell Public Schools. Until we receive further instruction, students must be present to receive the lunches.  There will be five sites distributing these sack lunches: 

 

  •  The bus stop at Parkside Elementary School

  •  The bus stop Washington Elementary School

  •  The circle drive at the High School, 

  •  The Middle School Parking lot

  •  The park on the south side of the Elks Asbury Apartments

 

 Lunches may be picked up at all five of these locations, between 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The meals will be packaged in a to-go container and given at the designated spot at each location outside of the building. We prefer a vehicle but walk ups are welcome too!  If you live outside the city limits and are needing this service, please email Mr. Haskins at shaskins@blackwell.k12.ok.us  with your name, address and phone number and we will try to deliver these lunches to you.  This service will start on Monday, March 23rd, and tentatively will end on Friday, April 3rd.  Parents or students may pick up these lunches. Again, this is a free meal - funded by the federal government at no cost to the district - for all children eighteen years old and younger.  This plan is currently evolving as the social distancing guidelines are recommended and school is out. . Please remain flexible as the situation develops on a daily basis.   


 

Sincerely,

 

Shawn Haskins

Blackwell High School Principal

March 16th, 2020

Oklahoma State Board of Education

Special Board Meeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lk--sBXZlQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Oklahoma State Department of Health

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Oklahoma State Department of Education

https://sde.ok.gov/newsblog/2020-03-12/coronaviruscovid-19-faqs-oklahoma-public-schools