Resources for Student Engagement
Prague Public Schools
Prague Public Schools seeks to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through development-appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. Our school promotes a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment. Each student's self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with students and staff. We strive to have our parents, teachers, and community members actively involved on our students' learning. Prague Schools does not discriminate on basis of disability, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or veteran status. The District provides equal access to Boy Scouts & other designated youth-serving groups. Contact the Superintendent for information on Compliance Coordinators for complaints/questions about Section 504, Title II, Title IX & the Age Act.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act & Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator: Jennifer Jones 405-567-2281
Title IX of the Education Amendements, Age Discrimination Act, Title VI and Boy Scouts Act Coordinator: Vallery Feltman 405-567-2281
Distance Learning Update:
Parents, all assignments will be listed on the school website which is located at www.prague.k12.ok.us. Please make sure you can access this site. If you do not have any way to access this site please call your building principal and leave your students name, grade, and your phone number by Wednesday, April 1st so that different arrangements can be made for assignment delivery. All distance learning will begin on April 6th and end on May 8th. High School Students who need their laptops may make an appointment with Mrs. Smith to pick them up. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 25, 2020
Below are summary notes from the State Board of Education's meeting today. They did vote to close school buildings until the end of the year. They will be sending Districts a plan for distance learning. As soon as we get that and modify it for our students we will get that information to you. We are hoping that is by this weekend. Distance learning will start on Monday, April 6 and go until May 8.
The suspension of in-person instruction and extracurricular activities does not apply to staff needed for nutrition services, essential core services (governance, HR, billing, maintenance and continuity of building functions, staff to maintain building access control and security measures, student enrollment) and staff to support distance learning. CDC health and safety guidance must be followed.
Now until April 6, districts should focus on preparing distance learning plans. Districts can convene professional development consistent with the order.
All districts will be required to create and submit a distance learning plan. If districts use the state Education Department’s distance learning resources, approval will be expedited. SDE expects to send its distance learning resources and framework to schools by the end of the week.
Districts must complete a technology survey emailed by SDE by Friday.
Districts must agree to comply with student privacy and special education laws.
Districts must agree to comply with the governor’s executive order.
Graduation credits are a local board decision, and districts are encouraged to ensure the crisis is not punitive toward student grades or graduation standing.
It's important to note that Superintendent Hofmeister and board members emphasized their understanding that not all schools and families have technology access, and schools' distance learning plans should be based on local needs and resources. Distance learning can be in a manner that is not technology based.
Other Approved Waivers/Guidance
The board separately approved a series of waivers and offered additional guidance on a number of issues, which we’ve categorized and summarized below:
Textbook funding: Your current-year textbook allocation can be spent for any non-maintenance need.
FY19 general fund balance penalty: This penalty was waived for districts that had appealed a penalty.
Average daily attendance calculation timeline: Your district’s average daily attendance will be calculated based on attendance from your district’s first day of school through March 12.
Average daily membership calculation timeline: Your district’s average daily membership (enrollment) will be based on enrollment from your district’s first day of school through March 12.
School calendar: The board waived the 180-day/1,080-hours requirement. Districts will not be required to make up days missed for the public health emergency. State education officials said districts are expected to continue instructional services through the May 8-15 window. Districts can extend instructional serves beyond that date.
Six-hour instructional day: With the shift to remote learning, districts will not be required to offer a six-hour school day.
Alternative education: The board waived the statutory minimum time requirements for alternative education programs.
Library media services: Districts will not be required to meet staffing minimums, which provides funding flexibility.
CPR: Districts can waive the CPR requirement for graduating seniors.
Physical education: Districts can waive the PE requirement for graduating seniors.
U.S. History test: The U.S. History test requirement will be waived for seniors who haven’t taken it.
Reading Sufficiency Act: Districts should not administer end-of-year screenings. Districts should use local assessments through March 16 to determine promotion/retention. Student reading proficiency teams should meet virtually. End-of-year RSA reports are waived.
State testing: State testing, including the U.S. History test for high school juniors, is canceled for this school year.
Chronic absenteeism indicator: The chronic absenteeism indicator, as well as all aspects of the school report card, will not be calculated for the current school year.
Accreditation recommendations: All accreditation activities are suspended.
Teacher Leader Effectiveness: The board waived all Teacher Leader Effectiveness requirements for the current school year.
Teacher certification: The governor’s emergency order extended occupational licensing, including teacher certification, for the duration of the emergency order plus 14 additional days.
Emergency certification (third year): Local school boards can request an emergency certified teacher apply for a third year of emergency certification for the 2020-2021 school year. The board will be required to submit a portfolio and the teacher must have had an effective TLE rating on their most recent evaluation.
Audit acknowledgement: This requirement to submit the audit acknowledgement form to the state Education Department was waived.