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Online learning begins Monday for Alva students


Marione Martin

Parents line up for curbside pick up of internet devices at Alva Middle School Thursday. Parents must complete a device checkout agreement before picking up the device. Those who missed the April 2-3 dates may pick up devices Monday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. at AMS.

Students in Oklahoma public schools begin online learning on Monday, April 6. Alva Public Schools (APS) handed out hotspots and tablets Thursday and Friday for students needing them. Parents were required to review the district technology acceptable use agreement and complete the device checkout agreement before picking up devices.

Those who missed the checkout may pick up devices on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. at Alva Middle School. It was noted that APS may not be able to provide one-to-one devices for elementary students at this time.

An online survey found that 10.4 percent of student homes do not have internet access and 20.3 percent of student homes do not have access to an internet-capable device. The survey also confirmed that 79 percent of students have access to a printer, and 15.6 percent of student will not have someone at home to help with homework.

Middle school and high school students will be given their assignments on Monday in Google Classroom. Assignments for the week will be turned in on Friday. Teachers will have designated office hours of students to call, email or Google Meet.

Elementary student schedules will be set by homeroom teachers.

According to the school's posted information about the Alva continuous learning plan, fourth through 12th-grade students and their teachers will be using Google Classroom, a cloud-based program. Pre-K through third grade will use Seesaw coupled with Google Meet for video conferencing. A link is provided on the school website for a parent tutorial about Seesaw.

APS is adopting a "no fault" policy for grading since the pandemic's effect is not the fault of the students. Although teachers will be recording grades, no student will be negatively impacted the rest of the school year. Grades will be posted through May 14 and will be finalized in May.

Parents and students will find more information on the school's website under the School Closing Information tab.


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