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Superintendents, School Board Members and Parents,
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Funding mechanisms are becoming available for your school to prepare for the uncertain times ahead, Cross is here to provide solutions for the connectivity needs of your staff and student body. No one knows what school will look like in August, we can start now to make sure your student body is ready to connect and learn, either at school or at home.

We have successfully developed and implemented "Connecting the Children" in 5 towns within our service area. We would like to expand this connectivity to all of the schools within our foot print. These programs can exist with little or no cost to the families. We can make sure our section of rural Oklahoma is not lost in the Digital Divide.

Connectivity is not only important during these uncertain times, connectivity is an initiative with longevity. Children with access to online resources have the ability to take classes online from home, and access the world's information.

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister states:

“Nearly one in four Oklahoma students doesn't have a broadband connection at home, and that’s an inequity that impacts learning,” she said. “We are grateful for the partnerships that businesses and other organizations have built with schools to step in and provide that connectivity – but it can't just be one district at a time. This has to be a statewide response, and it must be a priority for Oklahoma right now.”

Hofmeister stressed the need for state and federal resources to provide for devices for all students as well as sustainable internet connectivity that endures beyond safer-at-home orders.

“The lack of connectivity affects all education, not just K-12. It is clear through discussions with our state leaders that there is strong common ground in the desire to achieve 100% connectivity in our state, opening up education opportunities for all Oklahomans,” she said.

Source: ELEVATE: Connecting a Community OK State Dept of Ed sent this bulletin at 05/01/2020 09:32 AM CDT

Cross is being proactive, and we will be in contact with the schools within our service area in the weeks to come.

If you are a Superintendent or School Board member who would like to request information from Cross regarding developing a connectivity solution you can reach out to us at marketing@crosstel.net.

Our service area includes: Warner, Oklahoma (Current Cross Connecting the Children Participant) - Gore, Oklahoma (Current Cross Connecting the Children Participant) - Webbers Falls, Oklahoma (Current Cross Connecting the Children Participant) - Porum, Oklahoma (Current Cross Connecting the Children Participant)- Keota, Oklahoma - Quinton, Oklahoma - McCurtain, Oklahoma - Kinta, Oklahoma - Carlton Landing, Oklahoma - Whitefield, Oklahoma - Checotah, Oklahoma (Current Cross Connecting the Children Participant).


Community Members,

"Connecting the Children" exists so we can provide essential connectivity to students within our communities. We want to support children on their educational journey now and in the future.

This collaboration requires cooperation, the essential piece is a relationship between the school and Cross Telephone Company. This initiative goes beyond a COVID-19 Response plan, and extends to the connectivity needed for all students moving forward.

Programs may vary from school to school. Cross Telephone is committed to developing programs that work for the school and its students. Successful Distance Learning & Connectivity programs stem from the school's dedication to get their students connected. Schools who are interested in partnering with Cross to provide services to their students should contact us at marketing@crosstel.net. We are committed to helping as many schools and students get connected as possible.

- Stay up to Date on your schools Distance Learning Plan and participate in those discussions.
- Share our program information with your School Board

Keeping You Connected,
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Distance Learning

Participating schools are listed below, select your school to go to go information and updates in relation to your school's Connect the Children program.

If the leadership at your school is interested in developing a Distance Learning & Connectivity program with Cross, they should contact us at marketing@crosstel.net.


Warner Public Schools,
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We want to let you know we have a dedicated team working on this project and we are working as fast as we can to get everyone connected. Warner Public Schools have been in contact with families in regards to this project, if you believe you qualify but have not returned their call, we will be attempting to reach you, or you can contact the school. The program is a collaboration between the school and Cross, eligible families are determined by the school.

You can contact us on Live Chat on this page during business hours (preferred method), or you can call us at 918-463-8410.

To get maximum benefits, families will need to apply for LifeLine.
*If you do not qualify that does not mean you are not eligible for the program.


Please remember we are working to connect every student at Warner Public Schools, this is a large project and we appreciate your patience. Warner Public Schools has put forth a massive effort to provide this connectivity for their students and Cross Telephone is proud to partner with them on this initiative. We look forward to this opportunity to get you connected!

4/21/2020 update
We are close to completing the Warner phase of Connect the Children and want to make sure all of those who would like to participate have been included. If you have not made contact with a Cross representative, please call us as soon as possible, 918-463-8410.


For the full article visit ELEVATE: Connecting a Community Warner boosts distance learning by bridging digital divide, published by the Oklahoma State Department of Education - May 1, 2020.



Checotah Public Schools,
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4/20/2020 Release

Checotah Public Schools and Cross Telephone have partnered to provide connectivity to students who do not currently have access to the internet. The goal of this program is to make sure students who attend Checotah Public Schools have access to the internet and its resources as an educational tool now, and in the future.

In the days to come Cross Telephone will be reaching out to the families provided to us by the school. Please return our call as soon as possible so we can get you connected!

You can contact us on Live Chat on this page during business hours (preferred method), or you can call us at 918-463-8410.

To get maximum benefits, families will need to apply for LifeLine.
*If you do not qualify that does not mean you are not eligible for the program.


We will be working to connect every student at Checotah Public Schools, this is a large project and we appreciate your patience. Checotah Public Schools have put forth a massive effort to provide this connectivity for their students and Cross Telephone is proud to partner with them on this initiative. We look forward to this opportunity to get you connected!

5/6/2020 update
We are close to completing the Checotah phase of Connect the Children and want to make sure all of those who would like to participate have been included. If you have not made contact with a Cross representative, please call us as soon as possible, 918-463-8410.



Gore Public Schools,

Cross Telephone is offering our "TeleStudent" package to families with children that attend school in Gore, eligible families are determined by the school. A Cross Team Member will be reaching out to those households the school provided contact information for. If you believe you qualify you can contact the school.

To get maximum benefits, families will need to apply for LifeLine.
*If you do not qualify that does not mean you are not eligible for the program.


You can contact us at 1-800-828-6567, Option 1 for Customer Service.



Porum Public Schools,
4/21/2020 Release

Cross Telephone is offering our "TeleStudent" package to families with children that attend school in Porum, eligible families are determined by the school. A Cross Team Member will be reaching out to those households the school provided contact information for. If you believe you qualify you can contact the school.

To get maximum benefits, families will need to apply for LifeLine.
*If you do not qualify that does not mean you are not eligible for the program.


You can contact us at 1-800-828-6567, Option 1 for Customer Service.


Webbers Falls Public Schools,
4/23/2020 Release

Cross Telephone is offering our "TeleStudent" package to families with children that attend school in Webbers Falls, eligible families are determined by the school. A Cross Team Member will be reaching out to those households the school provided contact information for. If you believe you qualify you can contact the school.

To get maximum benefits, families will need to apply for LifeLine.
*If you do not qualify that does not mean you are not eligible for the program.


You can contact us at 1-800-828-6567, Option 1 for Customer Service.

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LifeLine

If your school is not currently partnering with Cross to implement a distance learning program, you may still qualify for discounted services through the LifeLine program. LifeLine is a federal benefit that lowers the cost of phone and internet service.

You can visit our LifeLine Page for more information.



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