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Meal Deliveries April 20-24

Meals will be delivered Monday and Wednesday for the week. Thank you for your patience with us as we try to help where we can during this challenging time. We hope everyone is remaining safe and look forward to making it through this crisis.

Middle School Locker Clean Up

Middle School Locker Cleanup will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14th from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Please turn down the road towards the Middle School and pull to the front door. Please stay in your care. Someone will meet you with your student's belongings.

High School Locker Clean Up

High School Locker Cleanup will take place next Tuesday, April 21st from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Please form a line in the parking lot passing the front door. Please stay in your car. Someone will meet you with your student's belongings.

Breakfast/Lunch Deliveries Update

Breakfast and lunch will be delivered Monday and Wednesday for the week starting this Monday. Thank you for your patience with us as we try to help during this challenging time. We hope everyone is staying safe and look forward to making it through this crisis.

Chromebook Checkout

Chromebook checkout for High School/Middle School begins Tuesday Morning at the High School. Please do not go to the Middle School for Chromebooks and please do not enter the building. Someone will assist you at the door. Any Chromebook requests after this message, will be processed for the following day. Parents and students having an email address will receive an online document to sign for the Chromebook. Parents and students, please check your email. Here is the schedule

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Juniors and Seniors

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Freshmen and Sophomores

11 am – 12 p.m. Seventh and Eighth grade

Upper Elementary will be checking out Chromebooks Tuesday from 9 til 12 for those parents who have signed the online document.

Scheduled Meal Deliveries for April 6 through April 10

Panama Schools meal deliveries for the week will be on Monday only. Five meals for the week will be delivered on Monday. 

School Site Contact Update

School secretaries are working from home. They are not answering school phones. If you need to contact a school, contact your school secretary by email.

Lower Elementary – Tina Smith tinasmith@panama.k12.ok.us 

Upper Elementary – Suzan Pierce suzanpierce@panama.k12.ok.us 

Middle School – Penny Hetherington phetherington@panama.k12.ok.us 

High School – Joy Fairless joyfairless@panama.k12.ok.us

Panama Razorbacks Distance Learning Plan

Panama Public Schools Distance/Virtual Learning Plan Through the Covid-19 Pandemic

School Schedule April 6, 2020 to May 7, 2020

ALL SCHOOL FACILITIES ARE CLOSED!

The focus of the next four weeks of instruction is to teach and/or provide the following:

  1. Concern and Safety
  2. Leadership and Character
  3. Communication and Support

Please remember we have had two weeks to prepare for distance learning. I’m very proud of both our administrators' and faculties' efforts in preparation for this difficult scenario. We will strive to improve every day and have already made tremendous gains since we have started this process.

The goals of the lessons are to be enriching and engaging—not rigorous.

Time Framework for Students:

Freshmen – Seniors: Maximum of 3 hours daily

6th-8th grade--Maximum of 2 hours daily

4th-5th grade--Maximum of 90 minutes daily

1st-3rd grade—Maximum of 90 minutes daily

PreK-Kdg—45 minutes daily

Faculty and administrators are encouraged to conduct meetings by using virtual platforms such as, but not limited to, the following: email, Zoom, Google Classroom, Edmentum, Edguinity, Marco Polo, Class Dojo, Scribble, Study Island, ACT prep, IXL, Renaissance, etc.

This crisis in no way will be punitive to students’ grades, graduation status, or scholarship opportunities.

Teachers will be contacting you; please respond letting us know if you need to check out a chromebook.

Administrators will determine how refunds will be distributed to individuals (ie senior class trip refunds).

It was determined that each site will establish a time when students/family will show up to retrieve possessions, medications, etc. left at school sites. This will include receiving sports gear, library books, band equipment, textbooks, etc.

Each varsity coach will be scheduling a time to turn in gear for participants in their respective sports.

Wifi capabilities will be extended to the front of buildings, and passwords will be given out soon—beginning April 6th this will be available from 8 am until 7 pm. Please remain in your vehicle and practice social distancing.

Reading Sufficiency Act: No screening assessments may be given after March 16, 2020. Any screenings prior to that date will be sufficient for this year’s determination of retention or promotion.

State Mandated Assessments: No Assessments will be given this school year. ACT exam has been pushed to June 13, 2020 and AP Testing will continue with students testing at home.

We are looking forward to having our first pre-recorded graduation that will air at the Poteau Drive In Theatre—limited guests will be in attendance and you must present your ticket before you are allowed entrance. Please remain in your vehicles and help us celebrate our seniors.

Since there will be a limited number of guests in attendance, our high school Facebook page will be live streaming graduation from the Poteau Theatre.

For the NEXT School year: 20-21

IF this pandemic continues, we will have a new program to deliver content and curriculum to students.

Stay out of the athletic facilities, buildings, etc.

During this time, please enjoy your family and loved ones.

Thank you,

Dusty Walden 

March 27 Update

Wednesday the Oklahoma School Board voted to move schooling in Oklahoma Public Schools to Distance Learning starting April 6th. Panama Schools teachers and administrators are working hard to put all the pieces together to benefit all of our students while trying not to put unnecessary burdens on families.. We have created Facebook Pages for our sites to open another avenue for parents to reach our schools with questions. Our district Facebook pages has a post giving the links to our sites.

As of this update, Oklahoma has had 322 citizens test positive with 8 deaths. It is important to be aware the Arkansas border is only a few miles away and Fort Smith has had at least two positive cases.

March 20 Update

Our school Administrative staff is developing a plan for continuing school at home should we not be able to return April 6th. We are trying to determine how many students have access to internet. Your help is greatly appreciated and will enhance the quality of your student's education. Parents can complete this survey and help tremendously. School Internet Survey

Here is a link to a video for children to learn more about the Coronavirus. Video

March 19 Update

The Panama School District will provide breakfast and lunch to any Panama resident between the ages 0 - 18 starting Monday, March 23rd and will run every Monday - Thursday until school is back in session.

Panama Middle School Cafeteria will have to go breakfast and lunches available. Between 10 and 11 a.m. come to the front door and a school employee will meet you outside the front door with a sack lunch (DO NOT ENTER THE FRONT DOOR). Children between the ages 0 - 18 must be present to receive their breakfast/lunch bag.

Bus Routes--starting at 10 am, we will run routes and stop at regular bus routes and all other houses we know have children between the ages of 0 -18. We will be using our school vans to deliver breakfast/lunch to our out of town routes and our small activity bus will run the in town route. We will stop at each house and honk if children are not already outside. After the second honk, we will wait 30 seconds and then go to the next stop. Anyone 0 - 18 wanting the meals, will need to come outside to the school vehicles.

This will be a work in progress if you do not receive food any day and want to receive please call the office and let us know. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these times.

March 18 Update.

Fact or Fiction – COVID-19

Do I Need to Be Tested?

I need a test, you need a test, we all need a test! Or do we? If you are like approximately 80% of the population, a test confirming we are positive for COVID-19 won’t change the doctor’s advice.

So why is so much attention being given to screening and testing for COVID-19? Because unlike the common cold or flu, it is spreading so rapidly that it has the potential to overwhelm our already stretched healthcare system.

Our “need to know” is overriding our common sense – which tells us that regardless of the results, common cold, COVID-19 or flu, for the majority of us, a doctor will tell us to stay home, rest, get plenty of fluids, and avoid contact with friends and family until we are fever free and without symptoms, or about 14 days to be cautious.

If your symptoms worsen, you have difficulty breathing, or you’re experiencing other discomfort that cannot be remedied with over-the-counter medicine and chicken noodle soup, by all means, call your doctor, the OSDH Call Center, or sign up for a virtual visit with your local provider and get the advice of a medical professional. But please, if you are experiencing symptoms, consult first with your healthcare provider before going to the emergency room. We need those critical resources for those who are more vulnerable and for whom a COVID-19 diagnosis can truly be life altering. I’m talking about our elderly, our pregnant moms, our immunocompromised friends and family.

Chances are we all know someone who is part of the more vulnerable population; someone we love, a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend. Before you get in line for that test, if there was one test kit left in the world, would you still need it? Or would you want it for your parent, grandparent, elderly neighbor or pregnant sister? I think we all can agree we want to make sure the people who NEED to be tested are tested, and those of us who WANT to be tested can hang tight, and stay home with our chicken noodle soup. 

State Testing Prep Links and Student Engagement Links

OSTP Practice

ACT Prep Testing (Juniors Only)

IXL - Math, English, Science, Social Studies

Study Island

CAN MY 6TH-12TH GRADE STUDENT ACCESS ASSIGNMENTS FROM ANOTHER DEVICE?

Yes, students can login from another device, the student will have to login using their school email address and cannot be logged in to their personal gmail account.

Students can login using:

Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/h

COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

Student and staff safety is a top priority at all Panama Schools.

Yesterday the Oklahoma School Board voted unamiously to close all Oklahoma public schools until at least April 6th.  We will be updating this page as we outline what this will mean for Panama Schools. Parents and guardians should watch our Panama Public Schools Facebook page for any official announcements from the district.

In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information on COVID-19 or Coronavirus, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.

This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow advice provided by public health experts. 

To help prevent the spread of germs in our schools, the CDC recommends the following measures:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing from people who are sick. Maintain a reasonable distance (6 feet is recommended) and restrict physical contact such as handshakes and hugs.
  • Keep children home when they are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after their last recorded fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, aches, feeling warm, flushed appearance). Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. Do not cough or sneeze into your hand or into the air.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

At the district level, we are working on the following items:

  • More stringent and focused cleaning of our classrooms and high touch areas.
  • Using CDC approved Clorox products to deep clean and disinfect over Spring Break.
  • Staying informed on the latest recommendations from accredited health organizations
  • Constructing a plan for all patrons in the event of the Coronavirus affecting Panama Public Schools
  • Working with schools to ensure that coursework and meals are ready to go in the event of a prolonged school closure.