Guthrie Public Schools announce their distance learning plan

Guthrie Public Schools has setup their distance learning plan following the announcement from the Oklahoma State Board of Education that says school districts must finish the school year with a form of “Distance Learning.”

In a release, GPS says they will concentrate on extension/practice lessons in the subjects of Math and Reading for the remainder of the 2019‐2020 school year beginning on Monday, April 6. These lessons require approximately 30 minutes per day for each subject and are currently being developed by teachers and administrators.

“With the uncertainty presented by the current situation, some parts of this plan could be modified based on changing conditions,” Supt. Dr. Mike Simpson said in a letter to parents.

The lessons will be made available on a week by week basis.  The lessons are provided for parents to practice with their child and will not be graded.

Links to the lessons will be placed on the Bluejay Distance Learning page of the district’s website as well as on the website for the school where each child attends on a weekly basis. 

“We understand parents may not be able to download this work,” the release said. “Parents may also call any school site they choose and ask for a copy of lessons.”

Lessons may be picked up Monday‐Friday between 8 a.m. to noon at the school site where requested the assignments to be printed, regardless of which site a child attends. 

If you have children at multiple sites, you do not have to go to each site to pick up the assignments. When arriving at the school where you requested to print your assignments, simply press the buzzer at the door of the school, inform the staff member of students name(s) and grade(s) and they will bring the assignments to the door. 

The district recommends you call ahead so staff can print the assignments ahead of time. 

Parents and students will not be allowed to enter the building.

Students enrolled in the Bluejay Academy (Junior High and High School students) will resume April 6. However, tutoring will not be available.

Students with special needs there will be an additional link on each site labeled Modifications/Accommodations.  The link will give suggested accommodations for the assignments posted and an alternate assignment if needed.  An informational letter will be mailed to each parent Thursday, April 2 with teacher contacts and additional resources for related services and alternate assignments. 

Graduation – Prom

Simpson says he has fielded several calls and messages with frustration concerning this year’s prom and graduation.

“I share in their frustration,” Simpson said. “Unfortunately, the near‐future does not look promising for the upcoming prom or graduation.  I truly wish I had better news to share.  We will do everything in our power to provide the recognition they so richly deserve but how that looks is hard to predict.”

School Phone Numbers

Cotteral Elementary    405.282.5928
Central Elementary    405.282.0352
Charter Oak Elementary  405.282.5904
Fogarty Elementary    405.282.5932
Upper Elementary    405.282.5924
Junior High       405.282.5936
High School      405.282.5906


1 Comment on "Guthrie Public Schools announce their distance learning plan"

  1. margaret sanders | March 29, 2020 at 6:40 pm | Reply

    Can i just come up to the Cotteral school and pick up the lessons from the door? I can not find the link to the distance learning site,, i can not down load myself so picking up the lessons will be easier for me. I live 2 blocks from the school.. Please let me know when you can.Thanks

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