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Board Permanently Closes Oklahoma School Sites; Patchwork of Distance Learning Programs to Begin

As health officials predict a months-long continuation of the coronavirus pandemic, the state Board of Education on Wednesday ordered school districts to keep buildings closed for the remainder of the academic year and pivot to distance learning programs, a directive that lacks uniformity and allows districts extreme flexibility. 

“It’s going to look different for all schools and we have to accept that,” said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister at Wednesday’s board meeting.

While some (Oklahoma) districts are expected to launch online-based instruction programs that can be accessed through school-issued laptops, others will be limited due to a lack of technology and home internet service.

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