By Ryan Horton
The Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board has moved to create a virtual school in response to challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, June 24 the board voted to create a full-time virtual school component for the CNP School District.
Debbie Worley was named the director of the new CNP Virtual School.
“I would like to begin by saying thank you to all the CNP families who have remained flexible and patient as we have been dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. We appreciate everyone’s hard work in safeguarding each other’s health,” said David Reid, Superintendent of Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools.
“As we continue planning for the 2020-21 school year, we are mindful the varied needs of our students and their families. The virtual school component will allow families options which meet their personal needs.”
CNP families will have the choice between traditional classroom education or a virtual learning environment moving into the fall semester.
Option 1: A traditional classroom setting inside CNP schools.
“We are working on safety protocols which will be incorporated in a Return to Learn Framework. The district is continuing to explore reasonable safety protocol while working with state and federal health guidelines. This framework will be sent to each family mid-July. This additional time will allow us to monitor the pandemic while considering the latest potential safety measures. The CNP Return to Learn Framework will be updated as we continue to monitor the pandemic and make adjustments to the plan as required. Distance Learning is also being shaped by CNP teachers so that there will be a seamless transition between the classroom and at-home learning in the event of students, classrooms or schools being required to stay at home,” explained Reid.
Option 2: A virtual learning environment outside of CNP school facilities.
“The CNP Virtual School component will be called EDGE – Educating the Digital Generation with Excellence – “Giving CNP Students an EDGE on Education.” The curriculum will be provided by an online software program called Odysseyware. Students will be assigned a certified teacher in their area to monitor and assist student progress. Students choosing the virtual school option will be allowed the ability to participate in extra-curricular activities such as STEM Club, honor choir, Student Council, fine arts, AFJROTC, VoAg, and athletics. Parents will be receiving more information as it becomes available. If interested in the blended or virtual option, an on-line enrollment application must be completed. Information on how to choose your option will be provided at a future date,” said Reid.
District officials say more details will be available later this month as staff is diligently working to be prepared for the 2020-21 school year.
“These options will be able to serve all students. Information regarding virtual and distance learning for students with special needs will be forthcoming in July as well,” said Reid.
“The health and well-being of our students and staff remains a top priority. We appreciate your continued support and confidence in CNP Schools. I would like to reiterate, more information will be sent to you throughout the month of July.”