Many of our educators, parents and community members have remained at the State Capitol to advocate for students. We have surveyed our teachers and they have overwhelmingly indicated they intend to continue their advocacy at the Capitol on Monday. As a result, we are not able to provide learning environments that are safe, secure or productive and school will be closed Monday, April 9.
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. If you have any questions specific to your school or your student, please feel welcome to reach out to your school administrator for specific information.
As a reminder, many of our schools will provide breakfast and lunch for students. Limited childcare opportunities are also available through the United Way of Norman. Detailed information about meal service, SAT exams and the academic calendar can be found at www.normanpublicschools.org/teacherwalkout.
We continue to monitor the situation at the Capitol and are actively engaged in seeking resolutions with our legislators so we can gain the staffing levels necessary to resume school. Please consider contacting your legislators to share your opinions on the issue.
I will share information about Tuesday and the rest of next week 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.
Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this unprecedented event together. 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.