Sallisaw Public Schools will be transitioning to virtual learning beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 17 until Dec 1.
According to Sallisaw Superintendent Randy Wood, the transition to virtual learning is due to the large numbers of students, teachers and support staff out due to COVID-19.
On Monday, 25% percent of students throughout the Sallisaw district were not in attendance. 185 students are currently quarantined due to either a positive COVID test or exposure. 14 teachers are quarantined also.
In addition to the number of students quarantined, an additional 256 students failed to attend class on Monday reporting either symptoms, possible exposure or fear of contact. The total number of students absent throughout the system on Monday equaled 441 out of the 1,818 students enrolled in the district, Wood said.
All 5th-8th grade sports activities will also be suspended until Dec. 1, Wood added. High school sports will continue for the time being, including the Friday night playoff football game.
Students will be sent home with Chrome books to use for Virtual Learning assignments.
Lunch will continue to be provided for students at each school building. Lunch can be picked up from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience,” Wood stated. “We will get through this.”
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