With only a couple months until the next school year, districts are thinking outside of the box to give their students options if they don’t feel safe coming back to the classroom.
“We are going to be faced with some challenges next year and I am sure there are somethings we haven’t thought of,” said Moore Public Schools Superintendent Robert Romines.
Moore Public Schools laid out three options for their students to choose from. Option one is for students to come back like they would any other year, option two is to distance learn if any health issues arise when they are in option one, and option three is to only learn from home.
“It is our virtual learning that is from 3rd to 12th grade,” said Romines. “If students select that, they select it at the beginning of the school year. If they choose it, they will have to stay in it the entire semester.”
If a student does choose option three, they will still be able to be involved with extracurricular activities.
In preparing for this, Romines said they have been working to make sure their students are equipped with the right tools.
“At the end of the day, we will have our students covered on the technology device side, and we are now working on a Wifi plan for kids who don’t have that access,” said Romines.
Romines said CARES Act money has helped in getting those devices.
On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt and Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced $16 million in incentive grants for schools.
Romines said they will be looking into that to help with mental health needs for their students.
“We know we are going to be faced with mental health issues, and we will be applying for those grant dollars,” Romines said.