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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. 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
Frequently Asked Questions (updated 8/28)
Covid-19 Alert System
Safeguards at Schools
COVID-19 Exposures and Positive Cases
Remote Learning versus Virtual Learning
Remote Learning Schedules
Alternate Learning Schedules
Free Covid-19 PCR Testing
Assistance with Student Supervision
Access to Devices and Internet
Remote Learning Attendance and Grades
Students with Special Needs
Information for Teachers and Staff (updated 8/2)
Do I have to use my own leave if I become ill or have to quarantine due to COVID-19?
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
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|
|Linda Sexton||NPS Board of Education - President|
|Dirk O'Hara||NPS Board of Education - Vice President|
|Aiyana Henry||OU - Asst Professor/Elementary Education|
|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.
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.