Back-to-School Information

  • Planning for the upcoming school year is well underway. We continue to closely monitor guidance from federal, state and local public health officials and continue to prepare for a variety of scenarios depending on developments surrounding Covid-19. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has released guidelines as a resource for school districts across the state. While we are carefully reviewing the framework, we will ultimately do what we believe is right for Norman. 

    We have launched a Back-to-School Task Force that includes public health experts and various stakeholders across the community. We also have continued to gather feedback from focus groups with teachers, parents and students. Next week, principals will also send a survey to all parents. We encourage you to participate as your responses will help inform the Back-to-School Task Force as we work toward finalizing plans for next school year. Please keep in mind that no decisions have been made at this point. Rather, we are gathering as much information as possible to ensure we take everything into account as we develop education plans that focus on the safety of our students and staff. Our goal is to share specific back-to-school details in July. 



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