Sequoyah schools closed until April 6, ACT postponed
Sequoyah High School, seen March 17, will remain closed for at least two weeks following spring break. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – In accordance with a statewide mandate from the Oklahoma Board of Education, Sequoyah Schools will close for at least two weeks following spring break to help minimize the spread of a coronavirus known as COVID-19.
Sequoyah students are on spring break until March 23, but schools will remain closed until at least April 6, a date set by the state Board of Education.
“Additionally, there will be no school activities during this time,” Sequoyah High School Principal Jolyn Choate wrote in a letter to parents and staff. “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.”
Oklahoma schools are not expected to be required to make up the missed days. Also, schools have been instructed not to provide online, home-based or distance-learning options.
In addition, ACT testing scheduled for April 4 has been postponed, according to a school instructor.
Via a post on Facebook, SHS teacher Kim Livingston shared a message she received regarding the delayed ACT testing.
According to the message, the April 4 testing date has been rescheduled for June 13 and July 18 “in response to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.”
“Our primary concern right now is the safety of students and testing staff,” the message states. “ACT will be notifying registered students directly in the next few days, informing them of the postponement and providing instructions for next steps. We will be in contact with you in the days ahead as we work to plan for June and July, where we will need to build capacity to accommodate April examinees.”
Livingston noted that, “Once I have more information for what this means for Sequoyah High School, I will share it.”