Okeene School Board holds special meeting to approve Return to Learn Plan
Last Tuesday at noon, the Okeene Board of Education convened for a special meeting to discuss a number of topics, with the plan on reopening the school this fall being at the top of the list. Earlier in July, Superintendent Mike Jinkens, High School/Junior High Principal Lauren Coleman and Elementary Principal Mark Cox introduced the plan at the regularly-scheduled meeting, where the board discussed the proposed policies and guidelines heading into this year.
Over the next two weeks, the Return to Learn Advisory Team, made up of Jinkens, Coleman, Cox, Assistant Principal Jeff Wardlaw, as well as a group of parents and health care representatives continued to discuss the plan, while making one major change to it. This semester, Okeene will be requiring all students and staff to wear masks inside he school.
In the initial plan, the plan was to encourage but not require masks in the school, but upon further review, it was determined that requiring masks was in the best interest of the students and faculty. The board chose to approve the plan, even considering the State Board of Education was meeting two days later, and could come out with decisions that could change everything entirely.
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