Maysville Public School
Distance Learning Plan
April 6, 2020 thru May 14, 2020
The State Board of Education has suspended all in-school activities for the remainder of the school year in order to contain community spread of COVID-19. The district will comply with CDC guidelines to control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, including developing and applying a health and safety policy limiting the opportunity for students, staff and families to be in physical buildings and exposed to potential pathogens that could lead to illness. Therefore, Maysville Public School has developed a Distance Learning Plan. The purpose of the district’s Distance Learning Plan is to provide students with continued learning opportunities at home. Distance learning is any method of learning that happens outside the traditional school building.
Although the campus is temporarily closed, “school” continues as we engage students with experiences that provide opportunities for continuous learning and help them stay connected with teachers and classmates. These learning experiences offer opportunities to focus on key concepts, knowledge and skills. They emphasize interaction and creativity and involve a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks that help reinforce previous learning.
Distance learning for Maysville Public School will encompass a blended learning model: paper-only packets, digital online learning platforms, depending on availability of devices and internet access within the student’s homes or both. All students will have equitable access to the content and materials with the flexibility of delivery modes. Maysville Public School will comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B as amended and Section 619 regulations, 34 CFR Part 300 and 301 along with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended.
The district will minimize admittance into any building. All non-essential staff members, parents/guardians, or visitors must attempt to make an appointment to enter the building. Prior to admittance into the buildings, individual temperatures will be taken. If the reading is above normal body temperature, the individual will be denied entrance. If admittance is allowed, the individual will wear gloves. These guidelines are in accordance with the State Epidemiologist to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Below are some tips to maximize your child’s at-home learning time:
On April 6th, between 7:15am - 2:00pm, students without internet access will be able to pick up their paper packets. High school and middle school personal items will be available for curbside pickup and student medication as well. Elementary students will pick up their personal belongings at the end of April first of May, date to be determined. Additional paper and pencils will be available at this time, if needed. This is also the time to return any school owned items, uniforms, books, etc. Please do not get out of your vehicles. There will be a staff member present to help hand off items, and take back any items that belong to the school. If you are not able to pick up items during this time, please call the offices and make an appointment to gather your items on another date.
Elementary student pickup location - West Side Front Doors - (405) 867-5550
High School student pickup location - East Side Gym Doors - (405) 867-4410
Depending on approval of federal child nutrition waivers, student meals will continue to be available during this time. If you are not currently on the list to receive meals, please call (405) 867-5595. Students can have a lunch & snack delivered to their bus stop, starting at 10am each day or students can grab & go each day between 10am -11am. The pick-up location is at the elementary multipurpose building.
All teachers have established a line of communication with their students using emails, calls, communication apps, etc. All teacher emails are located on the district’s website www.maysville.k12.ok.us. The building offices will receive calls during 9am -12pm for families who may not be able to communicate through the internet. During the times of 9am - 12pm, all teachers will be available virtually to answer questions, assist with assignments, or provide instruction to their students. If teachers do not hear from their students daily, they will reach out to the students every other day to support student learning.
Recommended Time Guidelines for Student Learning by Age
Below is a sample daily schedule to help guide teachers and families through the instructional day.
Prekindergarten & Kindergarten: 30 - 45 minutes a day
1st & 2nd Grade: 1 hour a day
3rd through 5th grade: 1 hour and 20 minutes a day
6th through 12th grade: 3 hours a day
Distance Learning Plan Progress Monitoring
Teachers will provide assignments, activities, etc. in two-week bundles. Their curriculum plans will be submitted to the site principals prior to releasing to students. Through the consistent communication with students or parents, the teachers will make adjustments to their curriculum plans as needed for student success. Students are expected to participate in the Distance Learning Plan that is provided to them by their various teachers. Through teacher-student, teacher-parent communication, the level of participation will be monitored and adjustments will be made.
Student attendance will be tracked by teachers through email, calls & communication app exchanges. The teachers will turn in attendance at the end of each week to the site office. If teachers do not hear from students throughout the week, they will be identified as absent for that week.
The teachers have identified the best way to ensure continued learning for all students. The following list will provide the methods of instructional delivery for each grade band.
Pre-Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade
Paper-only packets with online enrichment available
3rd Grade thru 6th Grade
Study Island either online or through printout packets with online enrichment available
7th Grade thru 8th Grade
Study Island either online or through printout packets with online enrichment available
9th Grade thru 12th Grade
Study Island either online or through printout packets with online enrichment available
Parents, if you need your child's Study Island username and password, please call your building office, Elementary (405) 867-5550 or High School (405) 867-4410. Some content is not supported by Study Island. Teachers of non-core classes will provide subject specific packets or online guidance for curriculum enrichment.
Per the SDE guidelines: “The extenuating circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may inhibit access to appropriate remediation resources and to new distance learning instructional methods; therefore, student grades prior to the beginning of required distance instruction must not be negatively impacted.” However, students will have the opportunity to earn additional grades during the distance learning timeframe. Teachers will assign activities to complete in order to record additional grades. Parents are asked to monitor students to ensure they are progressing at-home on the teacher assignments. Instead of returning the paper-packet assignments to the school sites, students/parents are asked to take a picture of the completed work and submit the photo to the teacher through email or online app. The actual papers will not be returned to the school. If you are unable to do so, please call the office to make other arrangements, Elementary (405) 867-5550 or High School (405) 867-4410.
The district’s current school calendar will be followed. The last day for students will be Thursday, May 4th and the last day for staff will be Friday, May 15th. Tentatively, Prom has been rescheduled for Friday, July 10th, Baccalaureate for Sunday, July 12th at 7:30pm and Graduation for Friday, July 17th at 7:30pm. Pre-Kindergarten Graduation will tentatively be scheduled for August, date to be determined. Unfortunately, the other typical end of the year events has been cancelled.
New Student Enrollment
Please call the specific site to make an appointment for enrollment to begin. Elementary, Pre-K - 6th grade, (405) 867-5550 or High School, 7th - 12th grade, (405) 867-4410. New student enrollment packets will be handed off at the door to be completed and returned. New students will be provided their schedule within three days and teachers will make contact with the families.
The Maysville Public School Distance Learning Plan is a working document that may change as time proceeds through the mandated campus closure. The key to a successful implementation of this plan is flexibility. For almost everyone involved, distance learning is new. Through continuous communication, we will overcome barriers and celebrate success. We appreciate your understanding and continued support of the district during this unprecedented time. Warrior Pride!
During the current global health crisis, it is critical that all Oklahomans have access to adequate and affordable internet services. Schools throughout the state will transition to online course work to complete the academic year. Health care facilities will rely heavily on their telehealth programs to help ease the burden of patient care. An unprecedented percentage of Oklahoma citizens in the workforce will depend on the ability to telework for the foreseeable future.
In order to address these issues, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has requested that telecommunications and internet service providers throughout the country sign the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. By signing this pledge, providers agree to a) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; b) waive any late fees incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; and c) open Wi-Fi hotspots to any American in need. To learn more about the pledge and the companies that have signed the pledge, visit https://www.fcc.gov/keep-americans-connected.
Additional resources have been compiled in order to aid residents and businesses in Oklahoma. These resources are listed below and the information will be updated as more details become available. The list on this page is not guaranteed to be complete nor should this be considered an endorsement for the companies listed.
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance also provides a list of free and low-cost internet plans at https://www.digitalinclusion.org/free-low-cost-internet-plans/.
If you are aware of any additional programs, please contact OneNet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlimited AT&T Home Internet: All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. Eligibility has been expanded to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and head start. Additionally, AT&T offers new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.
Serving Those Who Serve: AT&T is redirecting more resources to provide communication services and tools for first responders, health care professionals, educators and other essential customers. This additional support will help ensure these customers can continue providing critical support to the country and their communities, particularly to first responders using the FirstNet network.
To enable more people to qualify for Access, AT&T is expanding eligibility to qualifying households based on income and households with children who participate in the National School Lunch and head start programs. This is in addition to the households who already participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and or receive benefits from Supplemental Security Income in California.
More information can be found on the AT&T website: https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
AT&T is giving free wireless data to school districts to provide to students as they adjust to learning from home. Through May 22, qualified schools (K-12, colleges and universities) nationwide activating new lines for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops and hotspot devices will get unlimited wireless data service for free for 60 days to offer their students.
Additional offerings include:
AT&T is providing 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw and play games with one another while at different locations.
For more information on AT&T’s education offers, visit: https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html#communities
Bolt/NE Electric Cooperative is on board with the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. They have already implemented steps 1 and 2. They are continuing to support their customer base and restore service outages as they arise.
Cox pledges for the next 60 days to:
Additionally, Cox will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $9.95 (+ taxes) per month through the Connect2Compete program. Eligibility requirements include a) at least one student in grades K-12 lives in the applying household; b) at least one person in applying household must participate in one of these government assistance programs: the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), SNAP, TANF or public housing; and c) applicant must have not subscribed to Cox High Speed Internet service in the last 90 days, have outstanding Cox bills or unreturned equipment.
Cross and MBO have already implemented processes to keep Americans connected, and those actions are commensurate with Chairman Pai’s plan. In addition, they have taken steps to communicate and identify those customers who were transitioned into telework roles in order to expand their bandwidth capabilities at no additional charge–customers simply need to provide the telework directive from their employer. Processes have been initiated to simplify service activations and allow consumers to connect using online resources.
Fidelity has shared the following:
Grand Telephone has posted the Keep America Connected Pledge on their website, on the local advertising channel on the cable system, and on the door to their business. They are currently in the process of setting up several Wi-Fi hotspots in areas with large parking areas for public use from vehicles. Grand Telephone in the process of completing an upgrade to their transport pipeline in order to upgrade customer speeds. All customers with health issues are receiving priority over other customers. Online school and telework customers are second priority.
Hilliary Communications is working closely with local mayors and school superintendents to set up community Wi-Fi locations in the towns and communities that they serve. They have customers throughout eight counties in Oklahoma and have identified 57 locations that are being set up as community Wi-Fi spots. These locations will provide free internet daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Additional locations will be added if the need arises. In addition to the free Wi-Fi hotspots, customers can also upgrade their current speed at no charge until the pandemic passes.
Hilliary will publish the Wi-Fi location list on their website and Facebook pages. The local schools and towns will also publish locations on their websites and send notices to residents and students by automated calls or texts that they have available as part of their communication systems.
From Matt Latham, Executive Director
On behalf of the Oklahoma Cable and Internet Association, I wanted to reach out to let you know about the response by our member companies to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis facing our state. Our members pride themselves in giving back to the community and that only amplifies itself in times of need.
With Oklahomans across the state being asked to practice social distancing and workplaces from our largest to our smallest requiring their employees to work from home, access to internet and television services is of the highest priority for Oklahomans. Understanding this importance, the members of the Oklahoma Cable and Internet Association, which provide internet and cable services across our state, have committed to keeping Oklahoma connected and doing our part during these unpredictable times. Our members include Cox Communications, Hilliary Communications, Suddenlink, Community Cable & Broadband, Vyve Broadband, Pioneer, Sparklight, and Fidelity Communications.
This commitment to ensure Oklahomans are and stay connected spans the entire state. We have rural and urban member companies that have signed on to the Keep America Connected Pledge announced this week by FCC Chairman Pai. This pledge says that for the next 60 days companies will waive all late fees and not disconnect services because of economic circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the pledge commits companies to opening their Wi-Fi hotspots to increase access to all Oklahomans.
Many of our companies are not stopping at the Keep America Connected Pledge. For example, for the next 60 days Cox Communications is offering free speed upgrades to customers on their Starter, Straightup Internet and Connect2Compete packages to 50 Mbps. Essential plan customers will be upgraded from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps. They will also be giving new Connect2Compete customers, the heavily discounted internet product they offer to families with school-aged children, a free month of internet. These customers also receive free access to support tools that help families access online tools like online classroom resources.
In rural Oklahoma, member companies like Hilliary Communications are adding on to their Keep America Connected Pledge by offering all of their customers a free upgrade to the next tier of speed until May 1st. This speed upgrade recognizes the needs of Oklahomans working from home and students needing to access learning materials.
The Oklahoma Cable and Internet Association is proud that our members are stepping up in a moment of crisis and our member companies are committed to continuing to help as we weather the storm of this unprecedented time.
Panhandle Telephone is waiving activation fees for installation of broadband services and has a promotional package for customers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak (loss of job, online school requirements, etc.) Package includes 30/5 Mbps for $30 for six months and whole-home Wi-Fi free for six months.
Panhandle is also providing increased data limits on wireless plans and will offer credit on applicable overage charges. As well, all late fees will be waived and customers will not be disconnected for non-payment.
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative has consolidated all copper broadband plans into one plan called GoMax. This plan allows customers to get the maximum bandwidth as technically possible at their location. Pioneer offers three fiber broadband plans with the entry level plan beginning at 50 Mbps symmetrical and the top tier delivering 1,000 Mbps symmetrical. They do not adhere to data caps on any of these broadband plans. Pioneer is committed to work with customers on a case by case basis to address their needs.
A 15 Mbps internet plan for $10 per month is available for the next 60 days to help low income families and those most impacted from coronavirus challenges, such as seniors and college students. No documentation is required to sign up for this plan.
They have also opened free Wi-Fi hotspots in Sparklight local office parking lots across its footprint for public use during the crisis in order to keep individuals and communities connected. The company will work to open additional Wi-Fi hotspots in other public areas in the coming days and weeks.
Beginning March 13, 2020, Sparklight made unlimited data available on all internet services for 30 days and committed to waiving late fees and deferring payments for 60 days for customers experiencing financial strain as a result of the coronavirus.
The company also stands ready to support critical infrastructure with speed upgrades and other requests to ensure ongoing and reliable service for local educators and health care professionals, including customers under federal rural healthcare and E-Rate programs.
For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Suddenlink is offering the Altice Advantage Internet solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their operating footprint.
After the first two free months expire, a customer may either cancel the service at no charge (which they can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Altice Advantage Internet customer for only $14.99/mo.
Residents interested in internet connectivity due to school schedule disruptions may contact their customer service department at (888) 633-0030.
Terral Telephone Company has implemented the Keep America Connected pledge recommended by the FCC. They are not disconnecting service for non-payment and have turned some customers back on that had been disconnected in the last few months.
The local office is closed but they have kept the drive-thru window open for customer service and payments. Wi-Fi hotspots are open to the public. They have excess transport capacity between Duncan and Ringold, Texas.
Terral Telephone Company pledges for the next 60 days to:
Trans-Tel provides aerial, underground and wireless construction solutions that deliver high-speed internet broadband services in Oklahoma to homeowners, businesses, schools and institutions.
Trans-Tel is currently directing all available resources and working extra hours with their customers to provide high-speed internet broadband services to support the additional demands of work-from-home, telework, online education and remote access needs during this time.
Based in Norman with a nationwide reach, Trans-Tel is available to assist internet service providers across the state of Oklahoma with their system, service, maintenance and infrastructure needs.
For inquiries or more information: 405.447.5025 or http://www.trans-tel.com/contact_us.html.
Totah has two locations of Wi-Fi access in Oklahoma for the Caney Valley School System and area residents of Ochelata. Caney Valley has Wi-Fi access at the football field, and Ochelata has access at the baseball facility.
All of these locations have ample parking so that citizens can practice social distancing.
Totah continues to work with customers to avoid service interruptions during this time. This includes amending non-payment procedures, upgrading the core ring network for greater capacity, and upgrading the backhaul to the internet backbone.
Windstream has signed the FCC’s Keep America Connected Pledge. Through May 12, 2020, Windstream will not suspend a customer’s service because of an inability to pay their bills due to business disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Also, during this unprecedented time, Windstream will waive any late fees caused by a customer’s economic circumstances directly related to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 24, 2020
Dear Maysville family:
Yesterday, state officials announced they will recommend to the state Board of Education that Oklahoma students not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year, as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. They will instead recommend a continuous learning plan that will allow students to complete the school year at home. It is important to note that this decision is not final until the state Board of Education meets on Wednesday and votes to approve the recommendation.
We are sharing this information with you in advance, however, so that you can begin to prepare accordingly for your family. We understand this recommendation is in the best interest of everyone’s health, which is our greatest priority as a district. If approved, this also means that all extracurricular activities and special events will be canceled as well. Making these difficult decisions, we believe, is simply the right thing to do for our students, our staff and our community.
We do have good news: Maysville is developing a plan to ensure your child will continue to have opportunities to learn and to grow academically, especially with parental support. Because we are unable to safely gather together, these lessons and activities will primarily be delivered and communicated through the internet or paper-packets. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. Maysville will spend the next two weeks planning for this effort and will share details with your family as soon as they are available. Teachers and support staff members will hear from their principals soon as they gather input regarding the next phase of the school closure.
For students, it likely will be sad and disappointing to learn that school as they know it will not resume this year. Please give them a safe place to express their feelings and to vent about the changes in their life. For our seniors and their parents, we know it is an especially difficult time. We will do everything possible to ensure their efforts are recognized and celebrated in special and unique ways. This is an unfair situation, but please reassure them that it does not diminish their achievements. In fact, it will become one more example of how they demonstrated their strength as Warriors.
We have posted numerous resources on our website, including information about free lunches and snacks for students under the age of 18, which will continue, as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding the school closure. You can find these details and more by visiting www.maysville.k12.ok.us. The site also includes recommendations from the CDC about protecting your health and the health of your loved ones. We ask you to please follow their advice by: (1) washing your hands regularly; (2) staying at home, if you can; and (3) practicing social distancing of at least six feet from others.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. We can still take care of Maysville’s students, though. This is a community that sticks together in challenging times, and we know this experience will be no different. As soon as we identify our next steps, we will share them with you.
Please stay safe. As always, we appreciate your support of Maysville Schools. “Where Your Child Gains a Family!”
Dr. Shelly Beach
Maysville Public School
COVID-19 Closure FAQs
As many of you know, the State Board of Education voted to close all public schools. Currently, we plan to resume school Monday, April 6th. However, this could change due to public health and safety concerns. Hopefully, below you will find answers to any questions you may have. We will continue to update the webpage with new information as it becomes available.
We encourage everyone to continue to listen and adhere to guidelines from CDC and federal officials to stay safe and protect our community during this trying time.
How long will schools be closed?
At this time Maysville Public School is closed until April 5, 2020. This can possibly be extended if needed.
Will lost days be made up by students?
Schools will not be required to make up days missed during this state-mandated closure. The Oklahoma State Department of Education will meet March 25th and is expected to approve instructional time waivers so schools will not be required to make up missed days.
Does my student need to be working on a grade level curriculum?
Per OSDE mandates, all instruction is suspended through April 5th. However, we always encourage students to continue reading or utilize the numerous online resources that are being offered by companies during this closure. Your students still have access to the Study Island and Prodigy online programs that are used at school.
Extracurricular Activities and Facility Use
All extracurricular activities (games, contest, practices and workouts) are suspended through April 5th. All events that were scheduled in our facilities will be postponed including any rentals of the Multipurpose building.
April ACT test date
ACT has postponed the April ACT test date until June and July. ACT will contact those who were registered.
Meals for students
Beginning Monday, March 23rd (M – F), ALL students will be offered a meal through a bus-stop delivery or grab-n-go located at the elementary drop-off line. Please be sure to call-in to be placed on the list. Once your child has been placed on the list, they will remain on the list throughout the mandated closure. Bus-stop delivery will occur between 10am – 12pm and the grab-n-go will be distributing meals between 10am – 11am.
Prom / Banquets / Baccalaureate / Graduation
We are currently monitoring federal guidance for gatherings, and will provide information when it becomes available. Please keep in mind that this is a rapidly evolving situation and the guidance continues to change. We will provide more information about these events as soon as it becomes available.
How does the closure affect testing?
The OSDE has applied (but not yet granted) for a federal waiver for testing and school report card requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
Special Education Services
Based on OSDE guidance, districts will not be providing educational services to students during this closure. IEP’s that are due for renewal still must be renewed as planned. If your child has an IEP that is due, you should expect a phone call from the school/Special Education Director.
Concurrent and Career Tech Classes
Concurrent classwork needs to be completed as direct by the respective college/university. Contact the instructor for guidance regarding coursework.
Mid-America Technology Center is closed through April 5, 2020.
Student grades will be frozen as of March 13, 2020. Third-quarter grades have not been posted and finalized. A plan will be developed to ensure that this school closure does not negatively affect a student’s potential final grade.
Access to Student Medications
Parents can pick up prescription medication at the school sites Monday, March 23rd from 9am – 11am. Please call ahead: Elementary (405)867-5550 or High School (405)867-4410.
Dear Maysville parents and staff:
Yesterday afternoon, the state Board of Education voted to close all Oklahoma schools, effective immediately, until at least April 6 in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This includes Maysville. Additionally, there will be no school activities during this time.
While state officials mandated schools to close for two weeks following spring break, they also encouraged administrators to prepare for the possibility of longer-term closures, if it becomes necessary. At least 35 other states across the country also have made the decision to close schools statewide in the interest of public health.
Oklahoma schools are not expected to be required to make-up the missed days. At this time, schools have been instructed by the state Department of Education not to provide online, home-based or distance learning for students.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it continues to evolve by the hour. We know this uncertainty can cause anxiety and worry, but we want to assure you that Maysville is doing everything possible to ensure the needs of students and employees will be met during this unique time. We will be closed for classes, but – as a district – we will continue to serve our community, while abiding by the healthy best practices that have been recommended by the CDC. Employees will receive information about their responsibilities during the school closure over the next few days.
We encourage you to comply with what health officials have recommended as well. If you can, please stay home and enjoy family time. If you must go out, please practice social distancing, allowing at least six feet between you and other individuals. If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your medical professional or the county health department. You also can learn more about how to prevent the illness by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
Communication will be key during the next two weeks. It is our hope that accurate and up-to-date correspondence will combat fear and panic, as well as help you make well-informed decisions for your family. As a district, we will be sending correspondence to you by the district’s messaging system through the Maysville smartphone app. You also can get the latest information by visiting www.maysville.k12.ok.us. There, we will be posting answers to frequently asked questions as soon as they are available, including those about child nutrition services, employee payroll, end-of-year activities and more.
For Maysville, there is nothing more important than the safety and health of our students, staff and community. We want you to be safe, and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding. Maysville is strong, and we will get through this together.
Dr. Shelly Beach
Congratulations to Mrs. Puckett!