NEWS

Barnsdall online learning to begin April 6

Misty Farber Barnsdall Correspondent

Week of April 1 to April 7

Barnsdall Public Schools, along with every other school district in the state, will not be returning to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year as a result of a vote by the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

The school district will be implementing a continuous learning plan for students to complete work from home beginning Monday, April 6. No school work will be assigned prior to April 6. This continuous learning plan will be announced through an all call to parents from school messenger. If you are not receiving those calls, please contact a school staff member and they will ensure you are on the list. Also, please be checking emails, school Facebook pages and Google Classroom for announcements and postings of Barnsdall’s continuous learning plan.

If you have a Barnsdall student, you will have received a phone call surveying your Internet and computer needs to help the district deliver a continuous learning plan remotely from your home. It is the district’s plan to ensure all students have what they need to successfully complete the school year during this unprecedented time. School staff members are working on completing this plan and ensuring every student has the tools they need to be successful working from home.

All students can begin checking their school email accounts, Google Classroom or school Facebook page to ensure they are ready to begin their school work on April 6. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your teachers or a school staff member by email. All teacher and staff emails are listed on the school website and will be working from home daily until the end of the school year. If you haven’t already done so, email your teachers, they would love to hear from you!

Barnsdall Public Schools will be continuing their Grab and Go meals to any student who needs one. If you want to request a school meal, please go to the school website, www.barnsdallschools.org, and fill out the School Closure Meal Service form. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any student who completes the form. Meals will be prepared Monday through Thursday through the remainder of the school year.

All Barnsdall community meeting and events have been canceled for the month of April or until further notice. The Big Heart Day Committee members have also made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Big Heart Day celebration that is scheduled in May. We appreciate the community members who have had to make these difficult decisions and know that they are doing what is best for the health and safety of our citizens.

Dollar General is encouraging the first hour of operation to be dedicated to senior customers only. Our local store opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.

All Barnsdall restaurants are offering curbside or delivery services to community members while complying with the new Oklahoma protocols of closing down indoor dining services. Please check their Facebook pages for further details and business hours.

While there are not any school or community events happening this week, there are several resources that may be helpful to the citizens as they may have questions, requests, needs or concerns, to help them through this difficult time and to ensure they have the tools needed to continue school at home.

Internet Resources:

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has provided a detailed list of internet companies throughout Oklahoma who have signed the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and what services they are providing families. They have added this document to their webpage as a resource for families to list Internet companies who have signed the pledge and are not endorsing any product or company.

https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/COVID-19%20Technology%20Incentives.pdf

The Barnsdall Public Library is closed to the public, but is offering the Ok Virtual Library to provide access to ebooks, audiobooks, videos and magazines. You will need a library card to login to the virtual library. For questions about these local services, call 918-847-2118 or email barnsdsalllibrary@yahoo.com. Our librarian, Mrs. Hibdon, goes over and beyond to ensure our little community has access to the latest books, and she updates the website and Facebook page regularly. You can even call the library ahead of time and she will deliver your books to your car in the parking lot during operating hours. On a side note, all library book loans have been extended until the library reopens.

In addition to the local OK Virtual Library database, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is offering Free Ebooks and Audiobooks through TumbleBooks, a provider of online children’s books. Tumblebooks is offering their online products free to all libraries until Aug. 31, 2020. Go to www.libraries.ok.gov/tumbleooks to access this free resource.

Community Resources:

211 Oklahoma

This agency provides information and referral services to meet a wide range of needs including food, housing, legal services, child care, mental health services, job programs, and literacy. Oklahoma 211 is available 24 hours a day.

Call 2-1-1 or Text “211OK” to 898211211. You can also visit their website at www.211oklahoma.org

Crisis Text Line

If you or someone you know is experiencing any type of crisis in the Osage service area, you can text the Crisis Text Line. This service is confidential, free of charge, and available 24/7. This service is provided by the Osage Nation Prevention Program.

To use the service, text OSAGE to 741741.

Barnsdall Food Banks:

Food Pantry Lighthouse Family Worship Center

Hwy 123 & 11 Junction Barnsdall, OK

Contact Info: Kathy Gott at kathy@lfwc.us or Gerald Roehrig at groehrig@stinternet.net

Shirley Cook Memorial Food Bank, Free Will Baptist Church

200 West Chestnut Barnsdall, OK

Contact Info: Janice Loggins at 918-847-2334 or www.barnsdallfwbc.org

Oklahoma State Department of Education

This website is updated daily with educational news and resources.

www.sde.ok.gov