Sallisaw Public Schools has decided to delay the start of school until Aug. 24. Citing the recent increases in COVID-19 cases around the area, Superintendent Randy Wood said the postponement will give teachers and students plenty of time to get up and running for the new school year, even if virus fears force classes to be held virtually.
“Several factors led to this decision,” Wood said, “but the biggest reason is because there is a good possibility school will have to be held virtually. We wanted to make sure the teachers and students are fully prepared.”
Wood said the school system will be meeting with each student to find out what their needs are and how best to assist them.
Sallisaw schools also has a Virtual Academy for students who opt to attend strictly virtual classes, Wood said.
“This delay gives us a little more time to prepare and make sure we are ready and the students are ready,” Wood added.
Teachers will report Aug. 10 as scheduled, so they can receive additional technology training and to help with preparing and distributing Chromebooks to students.
The school system urges patience as school officials continue to work through this difficult time. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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