Ada City Schools delay first day
ADA, Okla. (KXII) - In a special meeting Monday night, the Ada City School District Board of Education unanimously voted to push the start date back two weeks.
The board voted to delay the first day of school from Aug. 13 to Aug. 26.
Superintendent Mike Anderson said this extra bit of time could make a big difference in how prepared teachers and families are for the upcoming school year.
“There are so many variables right now,”Anderson said.
Anderson said that with COVID, the district is trying to ease their way into online learning.
“We’re trying to offer as many options as we can,” Anderson said. “The fact that this is brand new to us… We just needed some time to make sure that happens like it should.”
He said the district is looking to purchase technology at a one to one ratio. Students from kindergarten through high school would each receive a laptop or tablet to help with their online learning.
Carter County Health Department Regional Director Mendy Spohn said she’s been reaching out to the districts in her area to give guidance and support the school boards as they create a plan for the new year.
“They are in a very tough spot,” Spohn said.
She said each school will have a different experience, but she will expect the start of school to bring an increase in cases.
“We still have COVID,” Spohn said. “We’re seeing an uptick now. So mixing people who haven’t been around each other-I fully expect more cases.”
In addition to delaying the start date, Ada will only keep students on campus four days a week during the first month of school.
Anderson said they’ve scheduled distance learning days on Fridays in September so teachers and students will be ready if in-person learning needs to shut down.
“They’re basically practice days,” Anderson said.
The district said personal protective equipment will be readily available on all campuses. All students, staff,and visitors will be screened daily. Face coverings will be required for staff and visitors, and highly recommended-but not required-for students.
Teachers will report on Aug. 10. Meet and Greet/Orientation is scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21.
The district says it will release more information on Wednesday in its Return to Learn plan.
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