Skiatook Public Schools pivots to distance learning to finish out semester

Another area school is finishing out the semester in distance learning thanks to COVID-19.

On Dec. 15, officials with Skiatook Public Schools announced that the high school would switch to distance learning for the last three days of the fall semester due to the number of students and staff missing due to the pandemic.

Two students and two staff have tested positive for the virus, prompting an additional nine faculty members and 150 students to quarantine under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s close contact guidelines.

According to data published Dec. 15 by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Skiatook has 115 active reported cases of COVID-19.

Final exams will be conducted via Google Classroom on Dec. 17-18. Students who need Internet access and are not in quarantine will have access to the high school’s commons area from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meals will be available from noon to 1 p.m. through Dec. 18 at Newman Middle School’s drop-off loop.

Marrs Elementary, Skiatook Elementary and Skiatook Intermediate Elementary will continue with in-person classes as scheduled. The district’s middle school previously announced that it would finish the semester in distance learning after three students and a faculty member all tested positive.

Along with the younger grades, all Skiatook secondary students are now scheduled to return for in-person instruction on Jan. 6, 2021.  

As of Dec. 16, area school districts staying entirely in distance learning until after the holidays include Bartlesville, Ponca City, Shidler, Tulsa and Wynona, as well as Daposka Ahnkodapi, the Osage Nation’s immersion elementary school.