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EE)--Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest learners next week with a plan to distribute enrollment information for the 2020-2021 school year while social distancing. “We know that our early childhood classes are the foundation for learning,” said Randy Rader, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. “We are looking forward to creating that bond with students and watching them become Pacers and Plainsmen one day.” Due to social distancing protocols, enrollment information will be distributed through packets at the home school site on Monday from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to stay in their cars and EPS employees will distribute packets to complete at home.


Parents will return packets with copies of appropriate documents to the home school site on Thursday, May 21, 8:00-10 a.m. and 12:00-3:30 p.m. An extra drop-off day is scheduled for May 26. Due to growing enrollment at each site, students from Adams Elementary School and Garfield Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Carver Early Childhood Center, located at 815 S. 5th. The school, designed with pre-kindergarteners in mind, opened six years ago through generous donations from the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma and the Inasmuch Foundation. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students planning to attend the full-day intergenerational four-year-old program at The Commons will pick up four-year-old packets at Carver ECC. Students will attend school at Carver ECC but still interact with The Commons residents virtually and possibly through field trips.


Four-year-old enrollment packets will also be available at the new Willa Jo Fowler Early Childhood Center located at 102 S. 30th on the NWOSU-Enid campus. Transfers are not needed to enroll at Fowler ECC. Copies of the following documents are required for enrollment when dropping off packets:

*Copy of birth certificate (no footprints, please)

*Copy of up-to-date shot records

*Copy of proof of residency

*Copy of guardianship papers, if applicable

If parents are unable to make copies, local businesses such as Staples, Jumbo Foods, and PDQ Printing are available to make copies. Parents are also welcome to email copies to the school. All EPS four-year-old programs focus on the social, academic, physical and emotional needs of children. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020. Parents can find their home school site by visiting, hovering over the Enrollment tab and clicking “Find Your Child’s School Site”. Information on kindergarten enrollment will be released at a later date. Please contact the EPS Welcome Center for questions at 580.366.7100.

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CV)--Six more virus-related deaths and 110 more confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Oklahoma since Wednesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 4,962 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 284 total virus-related deaths have been reported.

The number of confirmed cases in Garfield County is up one to 22 (20 in Enid) in today’s report. There has been one death in Garfield County, an 86 year-old woman in early April. In the latest report Kingfisher County is up one to 10 confirmed cases, Major County has reported six cases with one death, Grant County has two confirmed cases, and Alfalfa County has reported one.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases


Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 


Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 


Currently Hospitalized 


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths


Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
As of 2020-05-14 at 7:00 a.m.


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BH)—Enid City Commissioners will meet in special session this afternoon to conduct a public hearing on the proposed FY 2020-2021 City of Enid budget. Commissioners have been told during previous budget hearings the city has built in a decrease in revenue into its budget plan. The city has budgeted a 10% decrease in sales tax revenue, nearly $2 million less in water revenue and $405,000 less in police fines, Sales tax revenue for the upcoming fiscal year was budgeted at about $32.6 million, a decrease of about $3.6 million from the current fiscal year. The overall budget commissioners are expected to approve in their meeting May 19 calls for about $156.5 million in revenue, with spending set at about $163 million. The roughly $6.26 million deficit will be made up by fund balances that have built up over the years in several areas. Today’s video conference meeting will begin at 5:00.


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SO)—Today is the last day of school for Enid Public Schools students. May 21 originally was the last day of the current school year. That day will be the date for Enid High School’s virtual graduation ceremony, set for 7:30 p.m.


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PR)--Enid Mayor George Pankonin announced Tuesday that the Three-Phased Plan for reopening Enid’s economy has been amended to allow church nurseries and bars to reopen this Friday. The amended plan allows for the following:


  • Bars may open on Friday and must follow the Employer Guidance for Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan for bars.


  • Children are no longer restricted from church nurseries. Church nurseries are allowed to reopen and there is no longer a requirement to keep children with families in church.


The mayor said, “Following through with our promise, we are loosening our previous restrictions effective this Friday.  Public weddings and funerals with more than 10 total participants will be allowed and outdoor graduations may resume. Bars may be opened for business. They will need to follow the Employer Guidance for Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely Plan for Bars. This is consistent with Governor Stitt’s state-wide plan.” The new emergency declaration replaces all former declarations. The ratification of the amended emergency declaration and three-phased plan is scheduled to be on the May 19th Mayor and Board of Commissioners meeting agenda. The other phases of the plan will continue as dated: Phase 2: June 1 and Phase 3: July 1.


The mayor’s message and three-phased plan document can be found on the city website at: To stay updated with City information regarding COVID-19, residents should access the city website regularly at: or on social media at:


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