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More information regarding potential teacher walkout

As the possibility for a statewide teacher walkout April 2 draws closer, our goal is to keep you as informed as possible with regular updates throughout this process.

We are closely monitoring recent activity at the State Capitol. At this point, it remains to be seen if the legislature will pass revenue measures to adequately invest in professional educators and public schools. We continue to advocate for our teachers and students, and we are meeting with key stakeholders from across the community to ensure our students’ needs are met in the event of a walkout. Below is updated information we can provide at this time:

School closures

  • We will notify parents and families no later than Friday if school cancellations become necessary.

Child Nutrition

  • If school is canceled, we plan to provide breakfast and lunch (at no cost to students) at a minimum of 20 sites across the district. The locations will be announced soon.

Childcare

  • The United Way of Norman is working with its partner nonprofit agencies, as well as the faith-based community, to coordinate safe locations for students to go in the event of a walkout. Several opportunities are available and can be found here: https://www.unitedwaynorman.org/communityresources

Student Assessments

  • We currently plan to administer the SAT on April 10. If school has not resumed by then, we will provide additional information closer to the date. State assessments for grades 3 through 8, as well as the 11th-grade science and AP tests, will be administered when school resumes.

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Moore Norman Technology Center is in the unique position of serving high school and adult students. Many adult students in long-term Career Programs rely on financial aid and must remain in school to be eligible for those funds. For this reason, MNTC will stay open and all programs, services, activities, and instruction will continue uninterrupted in the event of a K12 walkout. MNTC will run buses to all partner high schools for students who need transportation and wish to attend their MNTC class. However, high school students will have an excused absence from MNTC if their sending school is closed. For more information, contact your student’s MNTC instructor, visit www.mntc.edu, or call (405) 364-5763, ext. 7260.
  • Concurrent enrollment courses that are offered on university campuses will continue.
  • Concurrent enrollment courses that are offered on our high school campuses will be canceled in the event of a walkout.

Norman Net Online Courses

  • Students may continue to advance through the self-paced online courses. Tests will not be proctored.

Extracurricular activities

  • In conjunction with our peer districts across the metro area and after surveying our sponsors and coaches to seek their input, we have elected to continue extracurricular activities. Practices cannot be held during regular school hours and are only permitted to occur before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m. If there are any changes to the activity schedule, sponsors and/or coaches will communicate directly with impacted students and families.

Again, our work to educate legislators and influence swift action at the State Capitol continues. We stand with our students and teachers and appreciate the many community members who have expressed their support of public education and the students we serve.

Please consider contacting your legislators to share your opinions on the topic. Please do not wait until April 2 to engage with legislators. They need to hear from you now. We remain hopeful that state leaders will come together to invest in our educators and students.

We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available.