Back-to-School Information

  • Please continue to check this site regularly as plans and procedures are subject to change.

    IN-PERSON LEARNING UPDATE - Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

    After carefully evaluating updated guidance, various instructional options and information from state agencies, the Norman Board of Education has voted to phase students back into full-time, traditional learning. All three learning options — traditional, blended and virtual — will continue to be offered. However, students who are enrolled in the traditional learning option will be phased back into school buildings over the next three weeks, as outlined below. 

    Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

    • Elementary students will return to full-time, traditional instruction. 
    • Middle school students will return to school on an alternate schedule. 
    • High school students will continue following the remote learning schedule. 

    Oct. 5 - Oct. 7

    • *There is no school Oct. 8-9 due to fall break. 
    • Elementary students continue full-time, traditional instruction. 
    • Middle school students will return to full-time, traditional instruction.
    • High school students will return to school on an alternate schedule.
      • Oct. 5 - Group 1
      • Oct. 6 - Group 2
      • Oct. 7 - Remote, teacher office hours, academic support 

    Oct. 12 - Oct. 16

    • All students will report to school for full-time, traditional instruction. 

    After the phase-in process is complete, students will continue following a full-time schedule unless the Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System reports Cleveland County in the red level. 

    It has always been our intention to provide a safe pathway for in-person instruction, as we know the vast majority of our students learn best in our classrooms. We also know that for some students, our schools offer safety, protection and resources that might not otherwise exist in their lives. Additionally, parents, teachers and students have shared with us their desire for consistency to ensure reliable routines for students and families and adequate time for teachers to plan delivery models for their instruction. By offering full-time, traditional learning, we can provide as much consistency as possible while still providing educational choices for families who prefer our blended or virtual learning options. 

    In addition to following CDC guidelines with regard to safeguards in schools to the extent possible, we will continue to work closely with the Oklahoma State Department of Health to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. We are also prepared to transition to remote learning on a school-by-school basis if advised to do so by health department officials. 

    It is important to recognize that many teachers have legitimate health concerns about providing in-person instruction during these challenging times. We absolutely understand these valid concerns and respect our teachers in their desire for a safe workplace. These are our colleagues, our friends and the people who are responsible for directly preparing and inspiring all students to achieve their full potential. We are always committed to providing learning environments that are as safe as possible for our students, teachers and staff, which is why we will continue to work diligently to provide as many accommodations and options as we possibly can for our educators.

    Providing in-person instruction amid a pandemic is certainly an issue that schools are struggling with across the state, nation and beyond. Opening schools has become a polarizing issue, however, the one thing we can all agree on is that we all want what is best for students and teachers alike. If we work together, show grace for one another and focus on our shared goals, I am confident we will get through this. 


    Dr. Nick Migliorino
    Norman Public Schools

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Frequently Asked Questions (updated 10/12)

  • Safeguards at Schools

  • COVID-19 in Children and Teens

  • COVID-19 Exposures and Positive Cases

  • Covid-19 Alert System

  • Free COVID-19 PCR Testing

  • Individual School Closures/Remote Learning

  • Attendance

  • Remote Learning Schedules

  • Alternate Learning Schedules

  • Remote Learning versus Virtual Learning

  • Technology Assistance

  • Access to Devices and Internet

  • Remote Learning Attendance and Grades

  • Students with Special Needs

  • Student Meals

  • Extracurricular Activities

Information for Teachers and Staff (updated 10/9)

  • PPE and Cleaning Supplies

  • Free COVID-19 PCR Testing

  • Return-to-Work Protocols

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FCCRA)

  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Employee Leave Scenarios

  • Leave when working from home

  • Extended Period of Time Leave of Absence

  • Guest Teachers and Classroom Coverage

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Canvas/Seesaw Assistance for Teachers

NPS Virtual Town Hall with Norman Chamber

Back-to-School Task Force Members

Name Title / Affiliation
Justin Milner NPS Associate Supt & Chief Operating Officer - Co-chair
Holly Nevels NPS Associate Supt & Chief Human Resource Officer - Co-chair
Sean Bauman IMMY - Immuno-Mycologists, Inc. - CEO
Beth Roberson NPS Health Services Coordinator
Scott Beck NPS Executive Director of Student Services - Secondary
Holly McKinney NPS Executive Director of Student Services - Elementary
Brad Benson NPS Director of Fine Arts
T.D. O'Hara NPS Director of Athletics
Gayla Mears NPS Director of Special Services
Beth Albert NPS Executive Director of PD/Student Achievement
Alesha Leemaster NPS Executive Director Communications
Stephanie Williams NPS Diversity Enrichment Council
Shirley Simmons NPS Data Systems & Management Specialist
Pete Liesenfeld NPS CTO
Sharon Heatly NPS Director of Guidance and Counseling
Martha Pangburn NPS Teacher/Librarian
Amber Bui NPS Director of Tranpsortation
Dr. Kate Cook Norman Regional Hospital - Medical Director, Pediatric
Dr. Gary Raskob OSDH - Epidemiologist
Lee Hall City Hall/Bond Advisory
Scott Martin Chamber of Commerce - President
Shannon Richards SPAN Rep
Cari Elledge PEN
Linda Sexton NPS Board of Education - President
Dirk O'Hara NPS Board of Education - Vice President
Steve McDaniel Parent
Libbi Holbrook Parent
Aiyana Henry OU - Asst Professor/Elementary Education
Rooney Virgin OSSBA/Parent
Captain Shawn Hawkins NPD/SRO
Travis King NFD - Fire Chief
Cole Atkinson Moore Norman Tech - Director of STEM
Mark Coulter Sodexo Child Nutrition
Kevin Benda Sodexo Custodial
Dr. Wade Smith Ministerial Alliance
Whitney Lawrence OU Early Childhood Institute - Asst Director
Sara King Health Department - PIO Health Education
Tori Collier Parent - Special Services
Gregory Page NHS Student
Deja Williams NNHS Student
Irie Rogers Irving Middle School Student
Jackie Kanak CC Health Department Regional Director
Matthew Miller CC Health Department Local Emergency Response Coord
Michael Potter CC Health Department Local Emergency Response Coord
Amy Allen CC Health Dept Environ Health Supervisor
Sherri Thorton NPS Support Staff


  • Enrollment is still open! Please enroll as soon as soon as possible. It is important to select the preferred education option for your child during enrollment to ensure we have that infomation as school buildings reopen. 


Education Options

  • Traditional / Remote Option

  • Blended Options

  • Full-Time Virtual Options

Contact Information

Instructional Resources

  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to download the Norman Public Schools mobile app and create a Parent Portal account. In addition, learning management systems (Seesaw for elementary students and Canvas for secondary students) will be used to share lessons, assignments and academic activities. Parent access to the learning management systems will be provided by each student’s teacher after school has begun. 


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Norman Covid-19 Updates