TIMELINE: COVID-19-RELATED EVENTS IN OKLAHOMA EDUCATION
- March 15, 2020 Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt declares a state of emergency in response to the impending threat of COVID-19 to the peace, health and safety of the people of Oklahoma.
- March 16, 2020 State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, who also chairs the State Board of Education, recommends the temporary cessation of all operations and activities in accredited Oklahoma public schools.
- March 16, 2020 Convening in an emergency meeting, the State Board of Education votes to order the temporary cessation of all operations and activities in accredited Oklahoma public schools, effective immediately and through April 5, 2020.
- March 20, 2020 State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister applies to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of all state assessments and accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2019-20 school year. The waiver request is preliminarily approved March 21, with formal approval on March 30.
- March 25, 2020 The State Board of Education convenes a special meeting, voting to grant no fewer than 13 statutory and administrative rule waivers to schools contingent upon each district providing assurances and implementing a distance-learning plan for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year (ending no earlier than May 8, 2020). As part of the State Board’s vote, school buildings and operations are closed for general student and personnel attendance, with the exception of staff deemed essential for continuing services, through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
- March 26, 2020 The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association cancels the remainder of the 2019-20 sports season and subsequent championships.
- April 6, 2020 Under the State Board’s March 25 order, districts across the state begin implementing distance learning plans for Oklahoma’s more than 700,000 public school students. RETURN TO LEARN OKLAHOMA | INTRODUCTION 6 Oklahoma State Department of Education.
- April 6, 2020 State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister applies to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers of certain requirements with regard to federal funding as authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Included in the requests are flexibilities to allow schools to repurpose existing K-12 education funds for technology infrastructure and teacher training on distance learning, and to move existing resources to areas of highest need during the national emergency. Oklahoma receives approval the following day to begin implementation of the requested waiver(s), with formal approval arriving on April 22, 2020.
- April 22, 2020 The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announces more than 1.7 million meals had been served over a nine-day period in March across the state to school-aged children through Oklahoma’s child nutrition programs.
- May 1, 2020 Under Governor Stitt’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, Oklahoma slowly begins to resume normal activities across the state in Phase 1.
- May 8-15, 2020 Districts conclude distance learning for students and begin planning for summer activities and the 2020-21 school year.
- May 11, 2020 The Oklahoma State Department of Education opens the application process for nearly $145 million in COVID-19 relief funding to districts through the CARES Act.
- May 15, 2020 Oklahoma’s data supports the state entering the next stage of the OURS plan. In Phase 2, districts are officially able to allow limited access to school buildings for students and staff as necessary to conclude the school year. Districts begin to host in-person graduation ceremonies under strict social distancing guidelines.
- May 28, 2020 The State Board of Education votes in a special meeting to permit Saturdays as an instructional day that count toward a school’s statutorily required 1,080 hours of instruction. The waiver provides districts flexibility with contingency planning in the event of extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year.
Mid-Del will continue to offer FREE Meals to any child 18 and under on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30a.m.-11:30a.m.
VISIT ANY OF THESE LOCATIONS:
Soldier Creek Elementary
Drive-thru near cafeteria doors
9021 S.E. 15th Street in Midwest City
Midwest City Elementary
Drive-thru near cafeteria doors
2211 S. Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City
Midwest City High School
Drive-thru near kitchen door located in a pass through drive area
when entering from Elm street on the east side of the campus.
213 Elm in Midwest City
Highland Park Elementary
Drive-thru from front door
5301 S. Dimple in Oklahoma City
Del City High School
Drive-thru at the main entrance
1900 S. Sunnylane in Del City
Barnes Elementary (added 3-3-2020)
10551 S.E. 59th Street in Oklahoma City
Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to have school sponsored proms this year. Please contact your school directly for refunds for this event.
Unfortunately, our three high schools will not be able to hold baccalaureate ceremonies for the class of 2020.
Graduation: (updated 5-11-2020)
On May 23, 2020, the District will broadcast a virtual commencement to honor all of our graduates.
Tune in to Facebook @middelschools or to the Mid-Del Schools YouTube Channel to view the virtual graduation program on May 23, 2020, at the following times:
- Del City High School 10:00 a.m.
- Midwest City High School 2:00 p.m.
- Carl Albert High School 6:00 p.m.
Traditional Graduation Ceremonies will take place at 6:00 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church on the following Dates:
- Del City High School on June 22
- Midwest City High School on June 23
- Carl Albert High School on June 25
We will also have opportunities for our graduates to have families take pictures at the high schools while receiving diploma covers and copies of the printed programs prior to May 23. More information will follow for the drive up picture dates and times.
Our sincerest thank you for your patience and understanding during this unexpected time. We look forward to honoring all of our Mid-Del Graduates and their academic achievement. #mdpurpose
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All extra-curricular activities, including all OSSAA activities, are canceled during school closures. This includes all practices, tryouts, auditions, clinics, programs, games and events related to athletics, fine arts and academic enrichment programs.