Oklahoma Students Unlikely To Return To Classrooms This Spring

Mar 23, 2020

Oklahoma students are unlikely to step back into a classroom this spring as the state fights COVID-19 with massive school closures.

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced that she wants to continue school closures until the end of the school year, a move that will require approval from the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

In a news release Monday, Hofmeister says she plans to ask the board at a Wednesday meeting to extend closures beyond April 6. She says she will also propose a Continuous Learning Plan to educate kids while they’re out of school through digital and other educational methods.

How districts teach kids will likely vary widely across Oklahoma, but they won’t have to prioritize standardized testing. The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it was waiving state assessment testing for this school year.