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Shawnee Public Schools suspending classes, activities beginning March 13

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Due to health concerns involving the coronavirus virus 2019 (COVID-19), Shawnee Public Schools have suspended classes and activities Friday, March 13, giving students an early start to Spring Break and the district time to begin a deep cleaning process of all school sites and vehicles.

According to a statement released from Superintendent April Grace Thursday, March 12, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shawnee, but the district is following guidelines set by the Centers of Disease Control to prevent the virus from spreading and to begin needed precautions to sanitize school sites and vehicles.

In her statement, Grace said classes and activities are suspended until Sunday, March 22 and at this point in time the district plans for classes to resume Monday, March 23.

Grace said the district will continue monitoring the situation and following guidelines from county, state and national health organizations.

Grace's complete statement is as follows:

"Shawnee Public Schools Families,

As the largest district in the county, Shawnee Public Schools plays a critical role in providing stability and safety for our community.

Shawnee has been closely monitoring the health and attendance of our students and staff. It is important to note that there are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Shawnee Public Schools.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends social distancing as a way to prevent community spread of the COVID-19 virus. With this in mind, Shawnee Public Schools feels it is in the best interest of our students, families, staff and the public to suspend classes and district hosted activities for tomorrow - Friday, March 13, 2020.  As we move into Spring Break, this closure will allow our teams to begin a complete deep cleaning of all buses and school buildings.

Our current plan is for students to return to classes on Monday, March 23, 2020. In the event that school should be suspended after Spring Break, we have sent packets of work home with each student in an effort to continue instruction, regardless of extenuating circumstances.

Beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13, at 12 p.m. through Sunday, March 22, 2020, all practices, trips, and district activities and events are suspended for Shawnee Public Schools. For additional clarification, during this time (which also includes Spring Break), no mandatory or non-mandatory activities sponsored by a school, organization, and/or program in association with SPS will occur within or outside of our schools and facilities.

Shawnee Public Schools will continue to update our website, www.shawnee.k12.ok.us, and communicate with parents through SOCS and the Shawnee Public Schools app. However, we encourage our families and staff to rely on reputable sources for information, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Pottawatomie County Health Department (PCHD).

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April J. Grace, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Shawnee Public Schools"