PCPS Superintendent releases video statement

July 14, 2020 | Featured|Headlines

PONCA CITY  —  PCPS Superintendent Shelley Arrott has created an informational video to explain the district’s “Return to Learn” Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 

In the video Arrott states that the district will issue a written statement and videos on July 21 explaining the district’s plans to keep students and staff safe. “So you can just watch the video that pertains to your site,” Arrott states in today’s video.

Arrott states the district knows students have been out of school for a long time. “We also know that we have vulnerable students and some vulnerable family.”

She explains the three learning options available to students and parents that were announced in June. (see story)

She says classrooms will look different and that teachers are prepared to turn instantly into distance learning if need be. “Distance learning is not going to be packets like we did back in the spring.”

Arrott points out that teachers had no prep time in the spring for the closure. “We are ready now,” she states.

Arrott said students will be screened for temperatures and that many assemblies will be held outside. “We will utilize a lot of outside learning environments because we know that it is safer outside,” she states.

She reports that staggered lunch schedules will be used and that elementary kids will still have recess but that zones wll be used on playgrounds.

On the subject of face coverings, Arrott states that the district is requesting that every student have a face covering available. “We will have face covering zones,” she states. “We may not be able to social distance all the time. We are going to social distance as much as we can.”

Earlier today it was announced that face coverings will be required on buses. (see story)

Arrott reminds residents that if the state superintendent mandates face coverings be worn, the district will have to comply. Arrott said classrooms will be rearranged and that school officials have worked with health care officials and state entities to put plans in place.

She states that if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 an automatic contract tracing investigation will take place that would determine if the school needed to be closed.

Arrott does not believe the entire district could be shut down but reminds people that it is a fluent situation. The full 18 minute video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yElYyNraJRs&t=608s

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