Lawton Public Schools is aware of and monitoring the on-going COVID-19 a.k.a Coronavirus pandemic. We understand the concerns students, staff, parents and community members may have about the health risks of this disease. LPS is committed to both the education and safety of our students and staff. The district will take actions as deemed necessary.
UPDATE: March 18, 2020 - 9:40 am
On March 16th, the Oklahoma State Board of Education met for an emergency meeting. During this meeting, the board approved a mandatory statewide cessation of operations for the public schools of the State of Oklahoma due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 Global Pandemic. This closure will remain in effect until April 5 with classes resuming Monday, April 6.
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister stated “Cessation of Operation would include all instructional activities and services, grading, extracurricular activities, staff development, trainings, conferences; however, essential clerical and administrative activities such as business management, nutritional services and maintenance may continue.”
We know this closure brings many questions from our parents, students and staff. As this is a very fluid and dynamic situation, we will continue to update this document as we receive additional guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We are in this together and will continue to put the safety and well-being of our LPS family at the forefront of our decisions. Please visit our district website, Facebook and Twitter pages regularly for updated information.
View Frequently Asked Questions document: LPS FAQ's (March 18)
UPDATED 3/16/20 - 6:00 pm
The Oklahoma State Board of Education approved a mandatory statewide cessation of operations for the public schools of the State of Oklahoma due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 Global Pandemic during an Emergency Board meeting at 4 pm held March 16, 2020.
At this time, LPS will be on an extended Spring Break until Monday, April 6. We will have more information coming soon regarding LPS specific operations and child nutrition.
Below are the current updates from our LPS Superintendent Dr. Tom Thomas on the district's response to the disease.
Update 1: March 3
Update 2: March 11
Update 3: March 12
We are also aware of the increased interest in online or remote learning opportunities. LPS is currently exploring options. Please fill out this survey regarding technology if you have not already.
For more information on the Coronavirus and how you can prevent it from spreading, visit the Center for Disease Control's website. Many of the same preventative health and cleaning measures for the flu (such as properly washing hands for 20 seconds and thoroughly cleaning potentially infected surfaces) are also encouraged to fight the spread of COVID-19.
MARCH 17, 2020 – 3:12 p.m. – The OSSAA has been carefully monitoring COVID-19 and following all the recommendations put forth from the CDC. We have also been in contact with State Associations at both a national and regional level.
Based on the action of the State Department of Education, the OSSAA is requiring that during this time all school personnel, including certified, adjunct or volunteer coaches are prohibited from engaging in any type of activity involving secondary students; no practice, instruction, training, weight lifting, tryouts, competition or travel is permitted. School facilities will be closed until April 6, 2020 at which time the situation will be revaluated.
BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENTS:
After careful consideration, the OSSAA remains determined to make every effort to play the State Basketball Championships for Classes 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A. We will continue to work with the State Department of Education, the State Health Department, and the Governor’s office as we work to reschedule these tournaments.
FINE ARTS ACTIVITIES:
At this time, all Fine Arts activities after April 6 will remain as scheduled. The Fine Arts activities scheduled during the week of March 30 have been postponed. We will continue to work with the State Department of Education, the State Health Department, and the Governor’s office as we work to reschedule these Fine Arts activities.
After careful consideration, the OSSAA remains determined to make every effort to play all spring activities as scheduled. Should it become necessary, the OSSAA will make adjustments to the current schedules and communicate those changes to the membership.
An update will be provided to all member schools no later than Monday, March 23, 2020.