Yukon Schools to remain closed for remainder of semester

District working on plan for online learning

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YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth

Following the recommendation from the Oklahoma State Department of Education regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, students in Yukon Schools will not return to classrooms for the rest of the spring, Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth reported.

Simeroth released the following statement on the district’s Facebook page explaining that campuses will remain empty of students this spring, but virtual learning is ahead.

The statement mentions a plan for online learning being developed.

We do have good news: Yukon Public Schools 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 via distance learning methods. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. Yukon Public Schools 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.”

The statement continues: “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 a Yukon Miller.”

Simeroth reports, “We have posted numerous resources on our website, including information about free breakfasts and lunches 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.yukonps.com. The site also includes recommendations from the CDC about protecting your health and the health of your loved ones. We ask you to please following 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 Yukon’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 Yukon Public Schools.”