Temple High School/Junior High
Distant Learning Plan
Dear parents and caregivers,
On March 25th the State Board of Education voted to close public school buildings and complete the 2019-20 school year with a distance learning plan. On April 6th Temple JH/High School will move forward with a distance learning plan. This means students and teachers will not return to campus. This has weighed heavily on our hearts because we have missed the students so much and it is difficult to fathom ending the school year in such a different way. While it will look different, there still will be learning and instruction going on. It will just look different. Our Teachers will utilize parent contact avenues such as Facebook, Zoom, Google Meet, email, etc. throughout the week when needed. Teachers will be available to help with packets via email or through online communication. Get with your child’s teacher to see which form of communication they are using.
Our distance learning plan was made using the guidance and support provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education found at www.sde.ok.gov/distancelearning. The school day is no longer the typical six-hour day. We recommend allotting 30-45 minutes per subject each day in the same order as your child’s normal classes would take place. These are approximate times and we certainly want to encourage flexibility, but we do not want students or parents to get overwhelmed during stressful times. Learning packets will be distributed on Thursday April 2nd at the lunch pickup from 11:00 to 12:00 at the cafeteria. Assignments can be dropped off on Thursdays during lunch pickup. We will have a time scheduled later to pick up your child’s belongings. Attached to this letter you will find a list of free online educational resources. Thank you so much for your continued support and for being an active part of your child’s education.
Resources to assist with distance learning (eLearning):
All resources below are currently free but may not be free forever.
The star symbol ★ denotes those that are typically paid ($) subscriptions.
The sun symbol ☼ denotes resources that are also specifically great for special education.
Note: Some resources below may not be accessible on a student’s district device.
Dear Temple parents, staff and community members:
Yesterday, we were notified by a school employee that they had tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the person involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family.
There is nothing more important to Temple Public Schools than the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families. We have contacted the Cotton County Health Department to discuss this matter with them. Since we have been out of school for several weeks, the school building and activities have not put anyone at risk of being exposed to COVID-19. The Cotton County Health Department nurses are conducting a contact-tracing investigation and will be reaching out to anyone who may have been exposed. If you have any questions, please contact the Cotton County Health Department at 580-875-6121.
COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, it is important to be sensible, but to also be vigilant. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of this global pandemic:
If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, the following links are reliable and accurate sources for information:
Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. I encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathic and respectful to those affected.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support of Temple Public Schools.