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SCHOOL CLOSING 

2-10-21

Altus Public Schools will be closing early today, Wednesday, February 10, with buses running at 12:30. ALL after school activities have been canceled. Altus Public Schools also will be closed on Thursday, February 11, due inclement weather including hazardous road conditions. Parent/Teacher Conferences will not take place on Thursday, February 11. 

 

Students and employees will return to school on Tuesday, February 16 as a four-day weekend was already scheduled on the school calendar. 

 

 

 

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Teacher of the Year

teacher of the year

On Monday, January 11, the Altus Public Schools 2021 Teacher of the Year was named at January Board of Education meeting. 

Top three finalist and Altus Junior High School Teacher of the Year Ana Gutierrez, was selected by her peers to represent Altus Public Schools as the Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Gutierrez had spent the last 20 years teaching at Altus Junior High.  She teaches Spanish and serves as a technology coach for her peers and an academic team coach for her students.  “So, along with my being passionate about teaching Spanish because of my Hispanic culture, I also want to help students believe in having goals when it comes to education and allow my experience as an Hispanic teacher to connect with students. I hope that, by seeing someone they can relate to, they will see that goals are achievable,” says Mrs. Gutierrez.

Holly Graves was named Altus Early Childhood Center 2021 Teacher of the Year and a district top three finalist. She is currently the Pre-K virtual teacher for Altus Schools; she has previously taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 4th Grade, and 6th and 7th grade Extended Studies.  Holly graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Elementary Education in 1991 and in 1995 she earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.   An active member of the Altus community, Ms. Graves says, “There is no feeling like watching the “lightbulbs” come on as students understand and get excited about learning.” 

Altus Intermediate School 2021 Teacher of the Year and top three district finalist is Amanda Langham.  Mrs. Langham has 19 years of teaching experience and currently teaches 5th grade reading.  She is a 2002 graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. When asked what teaching means to her Mrs. Langham answered, “The year 2020 disrupted what all of us thought teaching meant to us.  Being a teacher means modeling to our students that we are all lifelong learners, we all make mistakes and learn from them, and we never accept defeat just because our situation is difficult.” 

Gwen Brakebill was named the 2021 Teach of the Year for Rivers Elementary School.  Mrs. Brakebill has been teaching for ten years with nine of those being in the Altus Public Schools District.  Gwen graduated from Western Oklahoma State College in 2007 and Cameron University in 20010.   She currently teaches 3rd grade.  Gwen also is an English teacher for VIPKid.  “I hope that not only do I teach them the skills they need to be successful, but when they are faced with difficulty, I want to be the voice in their heads telling them, “You can do hard things,” Mrs. Brakebill says of teaching students.

Altus Primary School selected second grade teacher Jennifer Burrow as the 2021 Teacher of the Year.  Jennifer earned her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 2000.  She has taught in the Altus Public School system for 14 years. Ms. Burrow also serves as the assistant director of the Altus High School musical.  She stated, “I have always been a visual learner, so I try to use things in the students’ lives to connect them to what they are learning.   If they can relate to it, the better chance they will retain it.”

With 31 years of teaching experience, Leslie Conrad was named the Altus Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Conrad currently teaches Title I Reading.  She was a 2013 Kathy Cox Elementary Educator Merit Award Finalist.  Leslie is a member of Professional Oklahoma Educators.  When asked what teaching means to her, Mrs. Conrad said, “Being a teacher means to be humble enough to admit she doesn’t know everything, courageous enough to learn along with her students, and open minded enough to learn from her students.”

Altus High School 2021 Teacher of the Year is Mark Dabelstein.  Mr. Dabelstein graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2001 and earned his Master’s Degree from Cameron University in 2012.  He currently teaches Geometry and Math of Finance at AHS.  In addition to teaching, Mark also coaches football, basketball, and tennis.  He was named the 2019 Region 4 Tennis Coach of the Year. “I don’t have to teach, I get to teach, and there’s a difference.  I get to be there for my students and athletes, and love them unconditionally,” Mr. Dabelstein says of teaching. 

 

 

Altus Schools Reports First Nine Weeks COVID-19 Numbers

Throughout the first nine weeks of school, Altus Public Schools,  with the assistance of parents and students have been committed to vigilantly practicing our layered mitigation procedures to help keep our students, employees and community as safe as possible. 

From the beginning of school in August to the end of the first nine-weeks on October 9, Altus Public Schools had 25 students out of 3,311 report positive COVID-19 tests.   In addition, 20 employees out of 450  across the district were COVID-19 positive. 

“I am so thankful for the hard work and cooperation from our parents, students, faculty and staff keeping Altus Public Schools safely in session,” stated Superintendent Roe Worbes.

 

           Hiland Dairy Recall            January 18, 2021

Hiland Dairy has issued a recall of the one-half pint 1% low-fat chocolate milk that was produced at its facility in Norman.

Altus Public Schools has been notified that chocolate milks received last week for meal service operations was part of this recall.

Recalled milk has been removed from the school cafeteria sites and will be properly disposed.

Those families who received meals provided to Virtual School students, please discard immediately!  We emphasize, as a precaution, please check any milk products that were sent home the week of 11-15 January 2021 and dispose of all milk products with this information:

  • One-Half Pint Hiland Diary 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk
  • UPC 72060-00156-3
  • Sell By Date: January 27, 2021
  • Plant Code: 4025

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Altus Public Schools to allow limited spectators at events

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, City of Altus officials approved the Altus High School and Altus Junior High plans to allow limited spectators at extra-curricular events.  These plans were submitted to the City of Altus in compliance with December 2 revisions to the Emergency Orders issued by the Altus Mayor. 

The new guidelines will go into effect beginning Monday, December 7, 2020.

Altus High School Indoor Athletic Guidelines:

•               Mask are required at all indoor events. Mask should be worn while indoors by all present not actively playing on the court or on the mat.

•               Social distancing is necessary: please remain 6 feet apart from others while in lines for concession, restrooms, and ticket lines. When seated in the stands, please family social distance.

•               Seating areas will consist of every other row available for use. (Rows will be marked)          ,

•               Concession workers will wear mask and gloves in the food service area. (If concession is available)

•               Only necessary personnel at the score table, video or radio booth.

'•   No cheer or dance groups permitted at this time for games or matches.

•               Teams will be provided two tickets per playing athlete. This to include both JV and Varsity players.

•               Administration are welcome to help supervise their teams. OSSAA card required

•               Upon conclusion of the event your child is participating in, please exit the facility. No congregating in the court area, doorways or in the lobby.

•              Please take care of your own trash and find a waste container, this will help maintain a safer environment for all.

Other safety protocols:

 •               Locker rooms will be fumigated prior to and after the event.

•               Player/Coach bench chairs will be sprayed or wiped down with disinfectant between games.

•              Shoot around balls will be cleaned prior to and after each shoot around.

•               Game balls will be disinfected at the end of each period.

•               Mats will be disinfected prior to match, after individual matches and at the conclusion of team match.

•               Every effort will be made to ensure the safety protocols are followed as closely as possible.

Altus Junior High School Indoor Athletic Guidelines:

•               Mask are required at all indoor events. Mask should be worn while indoors by all present not actively playing on the court or on the mat.

•               Social distancing is necessary: please remain 6 feet apart from others while in lines for concession, restrooms, and ticket lines. When seated in the stands, please family social distance.

•               Seating areas will consist of every other row available for use. (Rows will be marked)          ,

•               Concession workers will wear mask and gloves in the food service area. (If concession is available)

•               Only necessary at the score table, video or radio booth.

•              No cheer or dance groups permitted at this time for games or matches.

•               Teams will be provided two tickets per playing athlete. This to include both JV and Varsity players.

•               Administration are welcome to help supervise their teams. OSSAA card required

•               Upon conclusion of the event your child is participating in, please exit the facility. No congregating in the court area, doorways or in the lobby.

•              Please take care of your own trash and find a waste container, this will help maintain a safer environment. for all.

Other safety protocols:

 •               Locker rooms will be fumigated prior to and after the event.

•               Player/Coach bench chairs will be sprayed or wiped down with disinfectant between games.

•              Shoot around balls will be cleaned prior to and after each shoot around.

•               Game balls will be disinfected at the end of each period.

•               Mats will be disinfected prior to match, after individual matches and at the conclusion of team match.

•               Every effort will be made to ensure the safety protocols are followed as closely as possible.

 

For more information please contact the Athletic Department at 580-481-2647. 

 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Altus Public Schools to follow current Quarantine Guidelines 

        On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced an update to COVID-19 quarantine guidelines for Oklahoma schools.  The new guidance states that teachers or students who are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not have to quarantine as long as that exposure happened in a classroom setting and all protocols were being followed.  Included in those protocols are mask mandates and social distancing of 6 feet or more. 

    This new guidance will not change the quarantine procedures for Altus Public Schools.  Throughout the school year APS has practiced layered mitigation including increased cleaning practices, wearing of masks, and social distancing when possible.  Six feet social distancing is not always possible within the school setting, which is why the layers of mask wearing and increased cleaning practices have been vital tools in our classrooms and school facilities. 

    We will continue to work closely with the Jackson County Health Department, and follow guidance from the CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Education to ensure our Altus Bulldogs receive the best possible education. 

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Public Notice 12-4-20 

On Thursday, December 3, 2020 Altus Public Schools had one COVID-19 positive employee reported from Altus High School.  On Friday, December 4, 2020, two students from Altus High School, two employees at Altus Intermediate School, one employee from Early Childhood Center, and four employees at Altus Elementary reported positive COVID-19 tests. 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

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Public Notice 12-2-20

On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Altus Public Schools had a total of three positive COVID-19 tests reported.  Two employees tested positive; one at Altus Elementary and one district employee.  One student at Altus High School also reported a positive test. 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

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Public Notice 12-1-20

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, one employee at Altus Early Childhood, one employee  at Altus Junior High, and  one district employee reported positive COVID-19 test.  Additionally, on Monday, November 30, 2020 one student at Altus Junior High tested positive.

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

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On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, one student at Altus Junior High and one student at Rivers Elementary reported positive COVID-19 tests to Altus Public Schools. In addition, on Wednesday, November 18, one student at Altus Junior High reported a positive COVID-19 test. 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

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Public Notice 11-16-20

On Monday, November 16, 2020, two district employees and three Altus High School students reported positive COVID-19 tests to Altus Public Schools.

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

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Public Notice Nov. 12, 2020

As of the end of the school day Thursday, November 12, 2020, one district employee, one Altus Elementary School student, one Altus Intermediate School student, and four Altus High School students reported positive COVID-19 tests.  In addition, one Altus Elementary student and one Altus High School student reported positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

 

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

Public Notice
October 20, 2020
Today, Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the Altus Public School District had two positive COVID-19 cases reported including, one student at Altus High School and one student at Altus Elementary School.  
Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    
We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  
 
 
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Public Notice November 6, 2020

Friday, November 6, 2020, Altus Public Schools had two students report COVID-19 positive tests today; one student attends Altus High School and the other attends Rivers Elementary.

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

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Public Notice November 9, 2020

Throughout the weekend and during the school day Monday,  November 9, 2020, Altus Public Schools had nine total reports of positive  COVID-19 tests.  Positive test reports include three students and two employees at Altus High School, two students at Altus Junior High School, one student at Altus Elementary and one student at Altus Primary School. 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

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Public Notice Nov. 3, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the Altus Public School District had one positive COVID-19 case reported by a student at Altus Junior High School. 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

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Public Notice November 2

Over the weekend and on Monday, November 2, 2020, the Altus Public School District had five positive cases of COVID-19 reported.  One student in Altus High School, Altus Junior High, and Altus Elementary School, as well as an Altus Intermediate School employee and  a district employee all reported positive COVID-19 tests. 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

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Public Notice October 29

Thursday, October 29, 2020, the Altus Public School District had one student at Altus Elementary School report a positive COVID-19 test.

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

 

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

 

 

Public Notice 

October 21, 2020

Today, Wednesday, October 20, 2020, the Altus Public School District had two positive COVID-19 cases reported including, one student at Altus High School and one district employee.  

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

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Public Notice 

  October 23, 2020

Thursday, October 22,  after the school day ended, Altus Public Schools was notified of one positive COVID-19 case at Altus High School and one at Altus Junior High School.   Today, Friday, October 23, Altus High School reported two positive COVID-19 cases.  All four positive cases were students. 

Altus Public Schools is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department to follow Oklahoma State Department of Health Guidance.  Contact tracing has been conducted, and staff and parents of students who have been in close contact of 6 feet or less for more than fifteen minutes during the infectious period have been contacted.  However, it’s important to remember this is a public health investigation and as new information presents, additional people may be identified as a contact and quarantined at a later date.    

We are simply notifying all parents and community members in order to be as transparent as possible.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share any information about students or staff.  We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department for their partnership and guidance in protecting the health and safety of our APS students, faculty, and staff.  

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