March 26, 2020
Dear Morris family:
Yesterday, we learned that Oklahoma students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year, following a vote by the state Board of Education. Instead, districts, including Morris, will implement continuous learning plans that will allow students to complete the school year at home. State education and health officials believe this move will help our state fight the spread of COVID-19.
We are sharing this information with you now so you can prepare accordingly for your family. We understand this change is in the best interest of everyone’s health, which is our greatest priority as a district. The state board’s vote also means that all extracurricular activities and special events will be canceled or postponed 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: Morris 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 digitally. However, we will be working with students who do not have this capability. As you can imagine, this is a significant transition for our students and our teachers. Morris will spend the next several days planning for this effort and will share details with your family as soon as they are available.
For students, it likely will be sad and disappointing to receive confirmation 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 Eagle Pride.
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. These FAQs will be updated as situations change. You can find these details and more by visiting www.morrisschools.net .
This is an unprecedented situation, and it has required an unprecedented response. We can still take care of our 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 Morris.
Chris Karch, Superintendent
Frequently Asked Questions
When will school resume? Currently, the timeline is set for April 6.
What is happening with grading? Grading is on hold for the time being. If school is not resumed we will be putting together a committee to look at how to handle the issuance of credits, graduation requirements, grades, etc.
Will we have to make up these lost days? That will be determined by the State Board of Education and that has not been determined yet.
What about state testing? This also must be determined by the State Board of Education and has yet to be determined.
Will spring sports and activities be played? For as long as we are under mandatory school closure, activities will not be held. If we get to resume school, that determination will be made. We will follow the lead of the state in this decision.
What about prom? Prom scheduled for April 3rd has been postponed. We realize how important prom is to our students and will try to make this happen if possible. If we are allowed to resume school, we will have a prom. The venue may have to be changed but we will work to make something happen for our students.
What about graduation? At this time graduation is still scheduled for May 15th.
How do I get meals for kids? Provide the number of children in the household up to age 18, physical address, and a contact number and we will start delivery OR you can participate in “Grab and Gos” at the following locations and times.
Elementary School Cafeteria 10:30 - 11:30
United Methodist Church 10:40 - 10:55
First Baptist Church 11:00 - 11:15
First Assembly Church 11:20 - 11:35
Intersection of 4th and Jefferson 11:40 - 11:55
I’m a senior and need help with scholarships. Either email Mrs. Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask to be patched to her voicemail and leave your name and contact number and she will reach out to you.
What about my concurrent classes? If the university is still operating virtually, you are responsible to continue with those courses.
Services will be offered Monday through Friday. We will be offering "grab and go" meals from and delivery to homes within Morris Public Schools district upon request. Each delivered lunch will have a breakfast and lunch. Deliveries will be made from 10 - 1.
"Grab and Go" locations and times are:
1. Elementary School Cafeteria 10:30 - 11:30
2. United Methodist Church 10:40 - 10:55
3. First Baptist Church 11:00 - 11:15
4. First Assembly Church 11:20 - 11:35
5. Intersection of 4th and Jefferson 11:40 - 11:55
If you cannot come to a pick up location, we will bring the meal to your home but we need to be notified. If you get on our delivery list, we will bring you the meal each day so you only need to sign up once. Our delivery people will pull up and honk the horn. Please come to the vehicle to pick up the sack lunch.
Please understand that the first few days we will be testing the system and may adjust times and protocol as necessary. So please be flexible with us during this time.
You must sign up for home delivery and that can occur in two ways.
1. Email email@example.com Please provide the number of children in your household up to age 18, physical address, and contact number.
2. Call the school at 918-733-9072 between the hours of 9-12. You will be asked to provide the number of children in your household up to age 18, physical address, and contact number. If you are not answered, please leave a message providing the required information.
All Morris Public Schools athletic facilities are closed to our students and the public until further notice. Please respect this decision.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
With school being closed and the uncertainty surrounding when it will resume, we as a district share your concerns on lost instruction time. The staff has been researching ways for students to stay engaged in learning. Fortunately, there are many companies that are offering on-line resources for all grade levels. As a staff we would like to share these opportunities for your student while he/she is at home during this time.
The following is a link to a list of resources for the respective grade levels:
Morris Public Schools is committed to assist in any way possible to help your student continue to grow academically. We will continue to research and communicate information to you as it becomes available to us. Please continue to follow the Morris Facebook page as well as the school website. WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS AND EAGLE PRIDE ALWAYS
Do you know a child with a disability or suspected disability age 3 to 21 years?
Morris Public School wants to identify children with established or suspected disabilities, regardless of the severity, and provide the most appropriate services to meet their individual needs. These children do not have to be enrolled in school, Head Start, day care, state institutions, other child care, or treatment facilities.
Help us to provide services to any child with a disability in need of special education and related services! Contact Stephanie George, Special Education Director, 918-733-9072 Ext. 217, PO Box 80, Morris, OK 74445.