Dear Parents:

Thank you for your support of Grove Public Schools this school year. Emergency distance learning in April and May required a monumental team effort between our teachers, staff and families. I am proud of what we accomplished by working together.

We plan to return to school in the fall and are excited to welcome our students and teachers back into our buildings. However, it is important for us to understand your preferences with regard to the upcoming school year. Your input is critical as we work toward putting plans in place that accommodate the wide variety of needs our students, staff members and their families may have. I encourage you to participate in the following survey, which will inform our Administration Team as plans are finalized for the upcoming year.

Please take time to complete the survey below -- once for every Grove Public School your children attend. The survey will close at end-of-day Friday, July 10. We value and appreciate your input. Thank you for your assistance.  

Sincerely,
Pat Dodson
Superintendent

Ridgerunner “Return to Learn” Plan

Dear Ridgerunner Nation,

We at Grove Public Schools greatly appreciate all of the time and support you provided for your children during the COVID-19 extended school closure. We know it was not easy juggling ‘school’ for your children, your job, your household, and your entire family’s emotional health in this time of social distancing. So, thank you! 


In preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, it is a given that school will look different than what we have been used to. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has released a guidance framework for reopening school OSDE Framework in the fall. As a result, some expected changes for our district will include temperature checks, options for masks when social distancing is not possible, disinfecting and sanitizing beyond anything our district has experienced, reduction of the number of bus riders, multiple lunch bell schedules to limit crowded cafeterias, and greater remediation and intervention supports to name a few.

Our goal is to make every effort to start school on campus as we have always done. I realize, however, that many factors may not allow us to do so. Therefore, Grove Public Schools is offering a three-option plan that allows students to choose their educational experience: Option one (Traditional) is the most conventional option, which will allow students to attend school and receive instruction on-site. Option two (Blended) is a blend of traditional and virtual learning from home, allowing students to transition between the two options if needed for intermittent health concerns. Option three (Virtual) is our eGROVE Online Learning program. Students work at home via Edgenuity curriculum as assigned by a certified teacher. The teacher sets weekly learning goals that the student must meet in order to be in good standing. Enrollment in eGROVE is a semester-long commitment.

The blended option would allow students to continue the distance learning experience similar to what was utilized during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Students in 4th grade through 12th grade would access their assignments online through Google Classroom, and students in PK through 3rd grade will access their assignments online through SeeSaw, the district’s virtual educational platforms. The blended option would also give students the flexibility to receive instruction on campus if and when a Flex lab is operational.

The traditional and the blended options are available to students in all grade levels, while the virtual eGROVE option is available for students in grades 6-12. Students below 6th grade are not recommended to enroll in eGROVE, however, individual circumstances may permit enrollment through an application and interview.

All three options would allow students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports and fine arts programs. However, students that enroll in the virtual option must be enrolled in one hour during the regularly scheduled school day and must be present on campus for that hour.

Students will be automatically enrolled in the traditional option but can request the district to enroll in the blended option or the eGROVE virtual option.

Again, the health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of our planning and preparations for the upcoming school year. So, prior to the start of school, we will provide more details on bus route changes, wellness screenings, and enrollment options. 

The strength of our community has always been the support of our school district. Your continued support of Grove Public Schools is greatly appreciated, especially during these ever changing times. I have the utmost confidence that together we can provide the highest quality education and learning experience for our students.

With warm regards,


Pat Dodson- Superintendent of Grove Schools






GPS Education Options Chart


All students are automatically enrolled in Option #1.  If you are considering Option #2, please contact your school counselor for guidance. If you are considering Option #3, please email Josh Martin, eGROVE Coordinator at joshmartin@ridgerunners.net


Option #1

Traditional

Option #2

Blended

Option #3

Virtual/eGROVE

  • Remain a GPS student

  • In-person learning and engagement

  • Social interaction with peers and staff

  • Learning Management System (LMS) Google Classroom (4th- 12th grade) and SeeSaw (PK-3rd grade)  provide systematic learning for any transition that may occur while maintaining strong communication between students, parents and teachers

  • Technology provided

  • Participate in school sponsored activities and programs.


  • Remain a GPS student

  • Learning Management System (LMS) Google Classroom (4th- 12th grade) and SeeSaw (PK-3rd grade) provide systematic learning for any transition that may occur while maintaining strong communication between students, parents and teachers

  • Technology and internet provided, as needed*

  • Participate in school sponsored activities and programs.


  • Remain a GPS student

  • Accessible anywhere

  • Flexible Scheduling

  • Available for 6th - 12th grade students by application

  • Content Management System (CMS)  Edgenuity provided the curriculum online

  • Supervised by GPS certified teachers

  • Communication between teachers, students and parents will provide regular updates

  • Technology and internet provided, as needed*

  • Participate in school sponsored activities and programs as long as the student is enrolled in one hour during the school day physically on campus during the class period


ALL students are automatically enrolled in Option #1.

In the event of intermittent school closure this option will be used.

 Contact the building counselor for more information. 

Contact the eGROVE  Coordinator for more information or an application for Option #3.

joshmartin@ridgerunners.net

*Certain conditions must be met to receive an internet hotspot provided by Grove Public Schools. 




CORONA VIRUS STATEMENT

State Superintendent Joy Hoffmeister has provided information to help us prepare and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).  Its recent emergence in the U.S. is prompting questions about its potential impact on schools. I have attached some information put out by the CDC to help guide us in the event of contamination. Grove School Board President, Dr. James Rutter and I have discussed and concluded that the best prevention plan is to continue to sanitize all contact surface areas on a regular schedule. I have asked Maintenance Director, Bobby Jeffries to begin "fogging" treatments at all sites on a weekly basis.  All custodians and bus drivers will wipe down surfaces with sanitizer as if we are in flu protocol.  As you know, the situation is receiving significant media attention, but there is no reason for panic. No confirmed cases of COVID-19 exist in Oklahoma as of now, however, flu season is still in process. The best response to any infectious virus is prevention. We encourage all community members to follow the best preventive measures, including:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and do so frequently.

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when hand-washing is unavailable.

  • Avoid large crowds.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and cough into your elbow.

  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household detergent and water.

  • If you or your child feel sick, stay home, with the exception of seeking medical care.  Students should remain home until 24 hours fever, vomit and diarrhea free without medication.   

In the unlikely event of school closure, we have in place a plan from the SDE to guide us through spring state assessments.  We would make arrangements to continue to provide child nutrition, as well as online learning to the best of our capabilities. 

Thank you for prioritizing the safety and security of our students and staff. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions. 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html  

 

Pat Dodson

Superintendent

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