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SS)--Secondary parents and students are asked to mark their calendars for Enid Public Schools’ schedule and mask pick-up. “Schedule pick-up is more important than ever this school year,” said Jane Johnson, Director of Human Resources and Communications. “Our students have a different year ahead of them and we want to help them familiarize themselves with their schedules as much as possible.”


Secondary schools will have pick-up at the following times:

Enid High School

9th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m. (Freshman Orientation will be a later date)

10th Grade                   August 7                      9 a.m.-12 p.m.

11th Grade                   August 6                      1-4 p.m.

12th Grade                   August 6                      9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Middle Schools

6th Grade                     August 7                      8-11 a.m.

7th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m.

8th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m.


Students will report to their respective schools to pick up their schedules and masks. EPS will host a Meet the Teacher day on August 11 for new students, returning students will meet their teachers virtually through google classroom. Visit for information about going back to school. Classes begin on August 13.

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SP)--The EPS Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure expanding last week’s decision to require students wear masks in all public areas outside of classrooms when they return to school Aug. 13. EPS Superintendent Darrell Floyd called the district's special meeting to recommend following the state’s recommendation, which uses the Oklahoma Department of Health’s color-coded county model. All Enid Public School students, teachers and staff will be required to wear masks when going back to school. Per the state re-entry plan, however, pre-K through third-graders may remove their masks in class if the teacher allows them. The state allows exemptions for masks, which are on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website. The district has purchased two cloth face coverings for every student, teacher and staff member, as well as disposable paper masks as needed for visitors or students. For example, should a child go on the bus and not have their mask, they will be given a paper mask. More than $200,000 has been spent on cleaning supplies, face masks, paper masks and face shields.


Randall Rader, assistant superintendent of elementary education, also clarified the district’s re-entry plan includes two learning options for students, rather than three: on-campus/blended and virtual learning. If virtual learning is selected elementary students must remain in the virtual learning pathway for at least the full semester; secondary students will remain in virtual for either the semester or full year. Parents are asked to check their child’s temperature each day before school and to complete their child’s yearly health form. For more information go to


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CV)— Fourteen new virus-related deaths and 848 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 34,623 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths is now 523. Officials said there have been 3,041 total hospitalizations, and that 663 people are currently hospitalized.


There have been 322 positive COVID-19 cases, and four deaths in Garfield County. 286 of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 74 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 96 cases, Blaine County is at 38 cases, Major 22, Grant 9, and Alfalfa 4.


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


Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths


*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health. As of 2020-07-29 at 7:00 a.m.

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DO)--EPS Officer Bryan Rios completed Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., bringing the renowned training back to Enid Public Schools after more than a decade. D.A.R.E. is a nation-wide initiative to give students the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. It has been active since 1983 and EPS joins thousands of other school districts in implementing it in the classroom. EPS Chief of Police and Director of Safety and Security, Jason Priest, said he is glad to have an officer trained in this program to help students resist peer pressure and live productive lives. He hopes other EPS officers will take the secondary training to serve all ages. Rios was a police officer with Enid Police Department for one year before joining the EPS Campus Police Department in January 2020. D.A.R.E. classes will begin in the 2020-2021 school year.


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WS)--Wingstop is coming to Enid later this year. A job for general manager of an Enid location recently was posted for the restaurant to be located at 3514 W. Garriott in Neilson Square. According to the company's website, Wingstop began in Garland, Texas, as a small buffalo-style chicken wing restaurant, and has since grown to more than 1,400 locations across the United States and a number of other countries.


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YM)--As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Visit Enid and the Garfield County Health Department are asking residents to “Show Us Your Mask” as we approach the third annual Enid Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday at the Stride Bank Center. The two departments have teamed up for a PPE Decorating Contest this week through Visit Enid social media channels on Facebook and Instagram. Show your creativity in designing your personal mask or face shield. Snap a picture and submit your mask using the hashtags #ShowUsYourMaskEnid, #VisitEnid and #EnidComicCon2020. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm Thursday and winners will be announced Friday morning on the Visit Enid social media pages. The winner will receive a large tray of chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A. Go to VisitEnid on either Facebook or Instagram to enter.

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SG)--The Stride Bank Center is expecting the first ever celebrity guest appearance at an Enid Comic Con. Sam J. Jones, best known for his role as Flash Gordon, will be coming to the 3rd annual event August 1st and 2nd. Jones has over 65 films and hundreds of television shows to his credit, including comedic appearances in Ted and Ted 2.




VR)--The deadline to register to vote or update voter registration for Oklahoma’s Aug. 25 runoff primary election is July 31. Garfield County Election Board Secretary Michael Frisbee said applicants can fill out an application using the OK Voter Portal’s voter registration wizard. The registration wizard makes it easy for voters to complete the application, then print, sign and mail it to their county election board. Voter registration applications also can be downloaded from the State Election Board website and are available at all county election boards. Voter registration applications must be received by the election board or postmarked no later than July 31. Garfield County has an Aug. 25 Republican primary runoff for sheriff between Jody Helm and Cory Rink. Fifty counties have an election scheduled for Aug. 25. Only 18 counties have a state or federal election. All counties with elections on Aug. 25 will have early voting available Thursday and Friday preceding the election. Voters can search the election list by county on the State Election Board website or view a sample ballot using the OK Voter Portal. Visit to learn more.




IC)--Enid Public Schools has canceled planned immunization clinics for students due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 across the state. According to a statement on the district's website,, due to the increase in the state Passport Health and the Oklahoma Caring Van have cancelled the upcoming immunization clinics for this year. Students who are needing immunizations will need to go to the Garfield County Health Department or their personal health care provider prior to school starting Aug. 13. The Health Department is allowing one parent/guardian, with a mask, to be present with the student. No appointment needed.




AC)--Autry Technology Center's first day of the new school year will be August 13th. They will have a detailed Covid-19 Plan as well measures in place. It will feature four color-coded statuses that the school could move into at any time throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The year will begin with Status Green, which includes on campus, hands-on training with in-person instruction, limited social interaction with peers and staff, and modified access to facilities and equipment. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, updates will be made on the district website,, and social media pages.




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