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Pawhuska secondary schools' transition to distance learning through Thanksgiving Break

Pawhuska Public Schools’ secondary students will be staying in distance learning longer than originally anticipated.

On Nov. 15, the district announced that its junior high and high school students will be in distance learning for the week of Nov. 16-20 after a student tested positive for COVID-19. In-person instruction will continue as scheduled at Indian Camp and Pawhuska elementary schools.

The previous Friday, Nov. 13, was already a distance learning day for Pawhuska’s secondary students after a faculty member tested positive, prompting the need to disinfect the campus.

The district is scheduled to be out for Thanksgiving Break the week of Nov. 23.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Osage County has 221 active cases as of Nov. 17, including 53 in Pawhuska alone. Statewide, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased by more than 34,000 since Nov. 1.

The continued rise of COVID-19 cases is also impacting Pawhuska athletics.

On Nov. 17, Pawhuska Public Schools announced that Hominy forfeited the schools’ Class A second round playoff game, scheduled for Nov. 20 at Ormond Beach Memorial Stadium.  

The undefeated Huskies are now scheduled to host Warner on Nov. 27. Warner also advanced via a COVID-19-induced forfeit.

Additionally, the district announced on Nov. 17 that its junior high basketball tournament, scheduled for Nov. 19-21, has been canceled due to the number of teams withdrawing over COVID-19 related issues.