State superintendent will recommend school buildings remain closed

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister talks to attendees at a town hall in Muskogee on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Hofmeister said she is undeterred by criminal charges against her as she fights for increases in school funding. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister plans to recommend that the state Board of Education keep public school buildings closed for the remainder of the school year, according to multiple education officials.

The state board has a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday when they will consider further action after originally closing schools until April 6 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hofmeister announced her intentions on a conference call with district leaders Monday afternoon, according to multiple sources.

However, state officials plan to work on distant learning options to ensure some instruction continues.

“By closing down the buildings that doesn’t mean instruction stops,” said Estella Hernandez, a member of the state Board of Education. “The work will now be to make sure whatever steps are taken it’s done in a way that teachers will continue to be able to teach.”

Editor’s note: This is a developing story and will be updated

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Ben Felder

Based in Oklahoma City, Ben Felder joined The Frontier in 2019 and covers education and politics. He previously covered education and government as an investigative reporter at The Oklahoman before becoming the newspaper’s news director. Felder can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @benfelder_okc