Hennessey Public Schools Embrace In-Person Classes After First Week Of Reopening


Thursday, August 27th 2020, 9:36 pm
By: Barry Mangold


HENNESSEY, Okla. -

After three weeks of in-person instruction, Hennessey Public School students and staff said they are comfortable keeping instruction inside. 

Mike Woods, the district superintendent, said there have been hiccups adjusting to new technological norms, but students and staff are moving forward. 

“We’re implementing this on the fly,” Woods said. 

Other than a small group that opted to complete coursework virtually, almost all of the over 800 students in the district returned for in-person classes. Sports are also in full swing. 

Four students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the semester on Aug. 6. Three elementary school students and one middle school student contracted the virus. As a result, other students were quarantined.

“The idea is to identify those students, get them quarantined and continue to have school,” Woods said. “Shutting down is not really an option for us at this point.”

Hand sanitizer is stationed outside each classroom. Masks are required inside all buildings and were widely worn from the youngest students through high school.

“We don’t have any trouble getting the little kids because, if you notice, their masks are very personal,” Woods said. “Every day is Halloween.” 

Woods said in-person classes are the best fit for the district. 

“What we're doing fits the families we have, the kids we have and the teachers we have,” Woods said.