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School canceled Tuesday, April 10
As a school district, we continue to find ourselves in an increasingly difficult situation. I have continued to meet with legislators and our teacher leaders in an effort to find resolutions that will benefit our students, teachers and families. The majority of our educators remain at the State Capitol, and they are joined by large groups of Norman parents and community members. As a result, I am not able to ensure learning environments that are safe, secure or productive and school will be closed Tuesday, April 10.
For years, public education has been underfunded and I understand the passion our educators have for securing adequate financial solutions to a compounding problem. I met with several legislators last week and again this morning and remain in close contact with our teacher leaders. We are working through a variety of scenarios to determine how we can find collaborative resolutions and get our students back in school.
IMPORTANT: The Oklahoma State Department of Education has extended the testing window. State assessments for grades 3 through 8, as well as 11th-grade science, will be administered when school resumes. However, it is critical that our students have ample time to settle back into a routine and prepare for exams. Rest assured that we will provide students with a transition period prior to administering exams.
Tuesday’s SAT exam will go on as scheduled for the more than 500 high school juniors who have already signed up. Our administrators will be on site to facilitate this test. Students must report to their school by 8:30 a.m.; breakfast and lunch will be provided.
I have also received many questions about how instructional time will be made up. The first four days of the walkout have been covered with our remaining inclement weather days. As of Friday, April 6, instructional time lost must be made up, per state law. We understand many families have vacation plans at the end of the school year. Thus, my intention is to add time to existing school days rather than add days to the end of the school year, to the extent possible. However, the duration of the walkout will determine how much time will need to be made up and if it becomes necessary to add days to the school year.
We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available. If you have questions specific to your student, please contact their school’s principal, as they are prepared to assist. For more information, visit www.normanpublicschools.org/teacherwalkout.
Dr. Nick Migliorino
Norman Public Schools