Many of our educators, parents and community members remain at the State Capitol, and we have continued to survey our teachers to determine if we will have the staff levels necessary to hold school. The majority of our educators have indicated they will continue to advocate for students throughout the remainder of the week. As a result, we are not able to provide learning environments that are safe, secure or productive and school will be closed Thursday, April 5, as well as Friday, April 6.
I understand this situation is not ideal and that canceling school creates hardships for our families. My intent remains to resume school as soon as possible. However, I cannot open our schools unless I am absolutely confident that we will have the educators and staff in place to provide instruction in a safe environment.
As a reminder, many of our schools are providing breakfast and lunch for students. Limited childcare opportunities are also available through the United Way of Norman. Information can be found at www.normanpublicschools.org/teacherwalkout.
Tomorrow afternoon, we will send a notification to remind parents and families that we will not have school Friday. I will share information about Monday as soon as it becomes available.
I remain committed to providing transparent and timely information and will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves.
The Norman Board of Education and I appreciate everyone who has reached to us to share their opinion regarding the walkout. Again, thank you for your patience as we navigate this increasingly difficult situation.