Coronavirus and Education Resources

POE continues to gather resources for educators and support personnel to keep you informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is to provide resources across multiple outlets to help you stay as informed as possible and to enable you to better serve your students. As always, contact us with any questions, comments or ways we can help you navigate this unprecedented time in our state’s history.

POE’s Recommendations for Opening Schools

POE has released recommendations for opening schools. These recommendations reflect the concerns of our members and create an opportunity for local and state leaders to develop policies that address the serious and complicated issues we are facing during the pandemic. Other important links:


The legal team at Professional Oklahoma Educators has received numerous calls and emails from teachers and support staff about returning to work when schools reopen in the fall. Your concerns are real and valid. Please know at POE that we want a safe and healthy environment for when you return to the classroom. To help with your concerns, POE has compiled COVID-19 FAQs that address paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, screen, testing, exposure, support staff and travel.

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Fraud has been a big business for millennia, and as time marches on, the methods used to exploit people have evolved over time. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been millions of unemployment claims, many of them false claims. Those false claims range from seeking benefits from businesses that were closed years before the pandemic began, to claiming to be someone else in order to get their unemployment benefits. POE’s Bite-Sized Professional Learning addressed data fraud in education. And here are some helpful articles and resources on what to know about COVID-19 scams and fraudulent unemployment claims:

OETA Learning at Home

OETA is adjusting its daytime schedule to provide curriculum-based programming for students on its broadcast channel, OETA WORLD. Programs will include PBS favorites like NOVA, Nature, American Experience as well as PBS KIDS programming. This will be in addition to shifting programming on the main OETA channel and OETA Kids. You can visit to view the updated program schedule, OETA’s statewide channel list, curriculum, and activities.

OETA Website/channel list by Oklahoma region.

At-Home Learning Resources

Many groups are putting together resources for parents and teachers to facilitate at-home learning.  Here are links to a few of them we have come across.  

At-home Learning Database
Remote Learning Resources for Families by Wes Fryer

Bite-Sized Learning by POE

Hotspot Donation and $10/Month Wireless
Free Tools for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak
Options for Creating Digital Worksheets
Effective Digital Worksheets
Copyright Questions

Distance Learning Resources

Remote Learning Tools from TCEA
Become a Zoom Expert from TCEA
Teach From Home by Google

Digital Classroom Tutorials

Creating Virtual Appointment Slots in Google Calendar (Video)
How to Use Google Hangouts Meet
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students by Kasey Bell
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Teachers by Kasey Bell

OKSDE Resources

Covid-19 Instruction Support
Oklahoma Resources for Distance Learning
FAQs for Oklahoma Schools
Sample Distance Learning Task Submission Form
Guidance for Schools
FAQs for School Administrators

Talking to Your Kids About the Virus

How to Talk to Your Children About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Massachusetts General Hospital
Coronavirus from BrainPop
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus from PBS
Talk to Kids About Coronavirus: Help them Manage Worries
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
State Superintendent’s Proposed Plan for Distance Learning
Oklahoma Department of Health Resources and Recommendations
Oklahoma Department of Health FAQs
Coronavirus/COVID-19 FAQs for Oklahoma Public Schools
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
15 Days to Slow the Spread
Oklahoma State School Boards Association

Communication from POE on COVID-19

POE Issues Statement of Governor’s Prioritization of Teachers for the COVID-19 Vaccine (Feb. 11, 2021)
Response to Oklahoma Watch Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine (Jan. 5, 2021)
Vaccine Survey Results (Dec. 14, 2020)
POE Clarifies COVID-19 Testing Concerns (July 31)
POE Statement on SDE COVID-19 Mask Policy (July 23)
Recommendations for Opening Schools (July 20)
School Safety Message: Your Protection is Most Important to POE (July 16)
COVID-19 FAQs for Back to School (July 10)
A Special Letter to Superintendents from Ginger Tinney (April 7)
Governor Issues Executive Order to Allow Schools to Pay Support Staff (April 2)
Recap of State Superintendent’s Call with District and School Leaders (April 1)
Statement from Executive Director Ginger Tinney Encouraging Pay for Support Staff (March 27)
Letter from POE’s Legal Team regarding Continuous Learning Plan Proposal (March 23)
Letter from POE’s Legal Team regarding School Closures (March 20)
Letter from POE Executive Director Ginger Tinney on School Closures (March 18)
Education News Report – Spring Break Travel Tips (March 11)
Education News Report – Important Information on Coronavirus (March 4)

POE will continue to add to these resources.  If you would like to learn more about any of these resources or would like to set up a time for more in-depth training email Professional Learning and we will do what we can to help.  

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