FAQs

The Coronavirus pandemic has us all wading through uncharted waters.  Together, we are giving it our best efforts to not only keep our own families safe, but our community, as well.  It’s difficult to make plans when we are unsure of the timeline and the possibility of increased restrictions. Below are many questions we have received, and the answers for TODAY.  As new information becomes available, we will adjust our answers.


When will schools reopen?

The Oklahoma State Board of Education has ceased all school operations throughout the state until April 6th.  On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved distance learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. School buildings will remain closed.  Teachers and administrators are working together (virtually) to develop Distance Learning plans for our students. Distance Learning will begin on April 6, 2020. Piedmont Schools will communicate these plans through our website, email, and social media.

 

How will I know if my child may have come in contact with a student or staff member who has tested positive for the Coronavirus?

The county health department tracks each person who tests positive for COVID-19.  If an individual has tested positive AND attends or has visited one of our schools, the health department will notify district administration. We will then notify the families and employees of that school site.  Currently, to the best of our knowledge, none of our students, staff, or visitors have tested positive for COVID-19. 

 

 

What about my child’s Special Education Services?

The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the United States Department of Education are providing guidance to school districts on ways to meet the needs of our learners with special needs during this challenging time.  As we transition to the Distance Learning model, your child’s teacher or administrator will be reaching out to you. If necessary, the IEP team will reconvene to develop plans based on the individual needs of students as well as from guidance from state and federal officials. 

Click here for information from the OSDE.

 

What about state testing?

The federal government approved Oklahoma’s request to suspend state testing for the 2019-2020 school year.  In addition, eighth-grade students will receive an exemption from the required 8th grade ELA test required for obtaining a driver’s permit.  Tenth-grade students will be exempt from the required US History end of instruction assessment.

 

Are Career Tech and concurrent classes also closed?

Career Tech is closed.  Students should consult with the college or university that provides their concurrent course for specific expectations.

 

When will athletics, activities, & events resume?

All competitions, practices, events (including facility use), are cancelled and all facilities are closed to employees, families, students, and community meetings. This is expected to continue through the duration of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Is the district Administration building open?

The Administration offices are not open to walk-ins.  Essential clerical and administrative services such as business management and maintenance will continue.  If you need assistance, we encourage you to email enrollment@piedmontschools.org or call 405-373-2311. 

 

Can I pick up my child’s prescription medication from school?

Student medication pickup is scheduled Thursday, March 26, and Monday, March 30, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at our school sites. When you arrive at your student’s school, please pull through the loop or close to the entrance of the school. Call the office to let us know you have arrived. An administrator will deliver the medication to your vehicle.

 

Will my senior graduate?

Yes, our PHS Class of 2020 will graduate.  Commencement is scheduled at this time, but this could change as the situation evolves.  We are discussing unique ways to celebrate our seniors this spring.

 

Will parent/teacher conferences be held as scheduled?

No, parent/teacher conferences will not be held as originally scheduled, but soon teachers will be in contact with you and your student. 

 

How do I enroll my child for K-12?

PPS will accept new enrollments (for the current year and the 2020-21 school year) via the links and documents provided online. Families are encouraged to visit our website and to click the links to complete enrollment information. Download the necessary forms in fillable PDF, gather the required documents and scan/email them to enrollment@piedmontschools.org.

 

Will Pre-K enrollment take place as scheduled?

Pre-kindergarten enrollment will take place virtually Tuesday, April 7th, through Thursday, April 9th. Parents may complete the PPS PRE-KINDERGARTEN ONLY Student Registration. This link will be live April 7th through April 9th. Additional required links and documents are provided on our website. Forms and required documents may be emailed to enrollment@piedmontschools.org. All necessary forms must be received by April 9th, to complete the enrollment process. If the number of students enrolling during this period exceeds our space available, a random drawing will be held to fill the classes and a waiting list will be started. Parents will be notified of their student’s enrollment status by April 24, 2020.

 

Who do I contact if my child has items they have left at school that need to be picked up?

Please email your child’s administrative team if there is an item that needs to be picked up.  Here’s a quick link to each school’s administration team:

 

 

I need to talk to my student’s site administrator. How do I contact them?

Please see the list above.

 

My student needs emotional support. How do I contact our school site counselor?

 

Who do I contact if my student is having technical difficulties with their Chromebook?

Please email helpdesk@piedmontschools.org for assistance with your student’s Chromebook.

 

How is PPS addressing child nutrition? Why are we not currently serving kids?

Based on our low percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced meals, we have been unable to serve meals from our schools due to restriction by the USDA. We have been working diligently to find a way to help our families, and beginning next week, we will be delivering meals to the homes of those in need.  If your child needs breakfast/lunch assistance, please complete this confidential survey.  

 

In the interim, students who are currently receiving free/reduced meal assistance may pick up a meal at one of these partner locations:

 

Yukon

Ranchwood Elementary*-607 Annawood Dr, Yukon, OK 73099

Lakeview Elementary*-872 S Yukon Pkwy, Yukon, OK 73099

 

Putnam

Will Rogers Elementary-8201 NW 122nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73142

Ralph Downs Elementary-7501 W Hefner Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73162

 

*Beginning Monday, March 30th, Yukon sites will be giving out 10 meals per child (5 breakfast and 5 lunch). Children must be in the car to get the meal package per child.

 

Is Piedmont Schools continuing to pay hourly support staff? 

There has been no interruption to compensation or benefits for our employees.  The only employees who will see a cessation of pay are those who work “as needed”-- substitute teachers, athletic department gate-keepers/concession stand workers, Wildcat Clubhouse and non-contract Childcare Center workers.

 

Will construction continue on the Bond projects?

Construction is set to continue on all bond projects.

 

I have additional questions, who do I call or email?

Families are welcome to call 373-2311, our district administration number, for additional assistance.  Please leave a message and it will be routed to the appropriate employee.

 

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