May 13, 2020
Dear Collinsville Cardinal Parents/Guardians, Students, and Patrons:
First, let me say that I hope you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we transitioned from a “normal”, traditional school setting to our versions of “Distance Learning”. I am extremely appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators for their flexibility, resilience, and focus during these trying times. A huge debt of gratitude also goes out to all of the medical personnel, first responders, and “essential” workers that are part of our Collinsville community in keeping us safe, healthy, and supported.
As you know, Friday (May 15th) is our last day of school. Please make sure that you communicate with your teacher(s) about any items that need to be completed. We have asked our staff to be available until May 22nd for any last minute issues or problems that may arise. After that, we will begin to complete all grading and make final grades available through our Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please contact your teacher and/or the building administration.
POSSIBLE 2020 GRADUATION
On another note, we are planning on honoring our 2020 Seniors with an in-person graduation scheduled for July 10th at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center. The ceremony is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and is contingent on whether all COVID-19 bans are lifted by the state and the City of Tulsa. The district will continue to follow protocols provided by the CDC, Oklahoma Department of Health, Tulsa County Health Department, Governor Stitt and the Oklahoma Department of Education. Due to the fluidity of the situation, some details will remain unknown until the date approaches, including:
●whether patrons will be able to attend
●the number of patrons able to safely attend
●whether a ticketing system will be utilized in the event current guidelines suggest patrons may safely attend
●the guidelines for appropriate social distancing among spectators and students
Please know we are doing everything in our power to end the Class of 2020’s senior year in a way that honors their hard work. Our High School staff has been honoring groups of Seniors everyday this week and next week with a 2020 Senior Virtual Celebration. Go to the “Cardinal Connection” Facebook page and enjoy the daily updates. Also, our own Ted Wright is putting together individual 2020 Senior pages, located at www.cvilleok.com. While I know change is difficult, I also know it provides an opportunity to embrace new experiences. So thank you, seniors and families. I’ve greatly appreciated your flexibility and support as we’ve continued to navigate these uncharted waters together. Look for more information to come!
2020-2021 FALL PREPARATION
As for next Fall, we are planning on resuming school on Wednesday, August 19th. We are making arrangements to begin the year as we would normally do. However, please know that the District will follow protocols, procedures, and guidance from the CDC, Oklahoma Department of Health, Tulsa County Health Department, and the State Department of Education regarding the reopening of our schools. This is a very fluid situation and we are doing everything we can to balance the obvious needs for school to resume with the #1 priority of maintaining the safety of our students and staff. I completely realize the frustrations of not knowing what will happen or how things will look the rest of the summer and into the Fall...we share in these and many more. We will definitely inform our parents/guardians and students of any changes as fast as we can as we continue in the coming weeks.
2020-2021 SCHOOL TIME CHANGES
With that being said, let me also inform you of a decision we have made regarding our school times at all of our buildings. For the past several years, we have seen a consistent and steady increase in our enrollment. Among several challenges and issues that come with growth, a couple of these have consistently stood out. One is the problem with our split bus routes
(Secondary and Elementary) not having enough time to complete their initial routes, causing a large number of our Elementary (PK-5th) students to wait at the schools for too long after the normal dismissal. We have tried several things over the last few years to alleviate this but none have been consistently successful. We started looking into different solutions in October of 2019 during our Leadership and Admin Team meetings, discussing and looking at several options. As we continued this, we started seeing the need for us to really look at “flipping” our schedules...having the Elementary students start and end their day earlier while having our Secondary students begin and end their day later. On top of the logistical sense it made for us, we found an overwhelming amount of information and data that supports this setup for other reasons including health, educational, and overall well-being for students using this type of schedule. One of the things we did during this was to create a core set of expectations that we agreed to as a guide in our decision-making and this setup satisfied all of them. As a result, we have decided that our new time schedules for next year will be:
Elementary (K - 5th Grades):
Schools: ECC, Herald, CUE
Drop-off begins: 7:30 a.m.
Day starts: 8:00 a.m.
Last bell: 2:45 p.m.
Secondary (6th - 12th Grades):
Schools: Wilson, Middle School, High School
Drop-off begins: 8:15 a.m.
Day starts: 8:45 a.m.
Last bell: 3:30 p.m.
*Our PK students will have a modified schedule, with the Morning classes going from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and our Afternoon classes going from 11:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
*Our Alternative Education (which is housed at the Wilson campus) will begin at 10:45 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.
Please know that we realize that this change will not be the perfect solution for everything; however, we came to the conclusion that it was ultimately what was best for our district’s students as a whole. While we know it will cause some new inconveniences for some of you, we wanted to let you know early enough that you will have time to weigh out your options and make the needed arrangements before we begin the Fall semester in August. As with any changes, we anticipate some minor issues to occur but feel confident that we can make the necessary and needed adjustments as we implement this change. We will be sending out a tentative bus route and time schedule sometime in the next few weeks. Also, we have made contact with the local daycares to alert them to our changes so that they are also prepared for the changes that might occur in before and after school childcare.
Please continue to maintain any communication(s) you currently have with your student’s teachers, staff, or administration. We have tried to not bombard you with a lot of communication from our office at the Education Service Center so that our buildings could be the point of contact for our families during the “distance learning” time period. However, we anticipate sending out more district-wide information in the upcoming weeks so please look for that either by email, text, or phone call. Also, we will always put all information on our website, www.collinsville.k12.ok.us . Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we all navigate these unique situations. We are very fortunate and thankful to have the community, the parents, the staff, and the students here at Collinsville!
Lance West - Superintendent
We have updated our bus loops at the High School and Elementary. Please click the provided link for a map.
2019-2020 Free and Reduced Meal Application
2019-2020 School Year Free & Reduced Applications are now live. If you have already filled out your application through pre-enrollment no need to fill out another. With applications submitted daily you need to be aware that if they are incomplete in information our office is sending e-notification to inform families.
If you are not interested in participating in our program please know that all completed applications aid in helping our students in need---not only through our food programs but also through Athletics, STEM, Band, Chorus, Indian Education, Technology, as well as many other grant and scholarship opportunities.
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