Protecting our School Communities

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

    As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we have worked hard to develop a plan that focuses first on the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff. Our back-to-school plan relies heavily on guidance adopted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and the Oklahoma State Department of Education. We also launched a Back-to-School Task Force, conducted multiple surveys and facilitated listening sessions with parents, students, teachers and staff to ensure a variety of viewpoints, circumstances and anticipated scenarios were carefully considered and addressed. 

    It is important to understand that information surrounding COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. We will continue to take a measured, methodical and flexible approach to ensure we can adapt to situations and new scenarios as they arise. Simply put, our plan almost certainly will change as the school year progresses and the situation continues to unfold. We will undoubtedly face challenges this school year. We will continue to put children first and make decisions we believe are in the best interest of our students, teachers and staff. And, if we continue to work collaboratively, speak with kindness, respect differing viewpoints and demonstrate civility and grace, we will get through this together. 



    As a result of this rapidly evolving situation, the incredibly difficult decision has been made to begin this school year in a fully virtual format, provided by NPS teachers, for a period of time as we continue to work on plans to phase students back into our buildings as soon as it is safe to do so. We have also pushed the first day of school for students to Monday, Aug. 24, to ensure our educators have adequate time to finalize their lessons and instructional delivery plans.

Beginning of School (updated 8/2)

  • First Day of School - August 24

  • Open Houses

  • Academic Plan

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 8/2)

  • Will virtual learning be different than last spring?

  • How long will the district be in virtual learning?

  • What about students without devices or internet?

  • How does this plan impact students with special needs?

  • Will meals be provided to students in need?

  • Will extracurricular activities continue?

  • When will parents know students’ schedules?

Information for Teachers and Staff (updated 8/2)

  • Revised Reporting Dates

  • Professional Development

  • Do I have to use my own leave if I become ill or have to quarantine due to COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 Return to Work Flowchart

  • What if I cannot report to work because of the new calendar/report dates?

  • What if I do not have a documented medical condition, but I do not feel comfortable returning to work at my site?

  • What if I don’t have a documented medical issue, but I live with a high-risk family member?

  • Why do employees need to provide medical documentation to personnel?

  • Use of Sick Leave

  • Extended Period of Time Leave of Absence

  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FCCRA)

  • Excess and Emergency Leave

  • Employee Leave Options

Norman Covid-19 Updates

Enrollment Information

  • Enrollment continues and we understand that when in-person instruction opportunities resume, families will continue to choose the educational option that best suits their needs. Families who have already enrolled in NPS ExpandED program may continue to use that option if they choose.


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. 


    Seesaw logo

    Canvas logo

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