Ardmore City schools, Oklahoma schools to provide 'distance learning' for rest of school year

Published: Mar. 25, 2020 at 7:10 PM CDT
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The Oklahoma State Board of Education said, beginning April 6, districts will be expected to provide distance learning for the rest of the school year.

"I think it's unfortunate we've jumped this far ahead," Ardmore superintendent Kim Holland said. "None of us as superintendents, principals, or school boards were ready for this kind of draconian measure and so forth."

Holland said while many students have access to online learning, as many as 1200 students across the district do not.

The general plan is to send and receive learning packets from students through the school bus lunch drop off system already in place.

Holland said high school courses will be tougher to tackle since many of them are hands on.

"All of that is part of the dynamics of helping those kids get ready for those college tests and we won't be able to do that," Holland said.

Holland said school districts are still receiving guidance from the state on how to go about distance learning.

Other challenges include finding a way to hold graduation as well as other end of the year events.

"If there's something we can do for our kids to make the end of their school year a positive experience, we're going to try to find a way to do that," Holland said. "We owe them that."

Holland said he will be meeting with directors Monday to solidify plans.

"All that we've got to lay out and we've got to lay it out teacher by teacher and class by class," Holland said. "We've got a lot of work to do Monday."