Coronavirus Update - March 24
Parent information regarding the coronavirus
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Greetings NPS Parents,
As an important reminder, our free meal service for students begins tomorrow. Any child under 18 can receive meals at any school location between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each weekday. Lunch will be provided, as well as breakfast for the following day. In addition to providing meals in a drive-through fashion, we have adopted the same food safety procedures our local hospitals are using in their cafeterias to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes logging the temperature of those who are distributing the meals and screening each of them for recent travel or symptoms of any kind. Please click here for meal distribution details.
If you need meals but cannot pick them up, or if you would like to make arrangements to receive multiple days worth of food at one time, please contact our Child Nutrition office at 405-366-5908.
Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced yesterday afternoon that she will propose a continuous learning plan to the Oklahoma State Board of Education to complete the school year for Oklahoma students. This means that, if approved, schools buildings would not reopen and there would not be traditional, in-person instruction or extracurricular activities for the remainder of this school year. The Oklahoma State Board of Education will meet Wednesday, March 25, to vote on this proposal.
There are a lot of questions about long-term closures and, quite frankly, many emotions right now, for me included, as we grapple with this imminent news. This is hard. It’s hard for students. It’s hard for teachers. And I know it is hard for parents. As the father of a high school senior, I understand the sadness many of you feel right now. It doesn’t seem fair for students - at any age - to miss out on so many important milestones. That said, we will be creative and find ways to make unique but meaningful memories for seniors while we observe social distancing guidelines. And, I am committed to making sure our seniors have an opportunity to participate in an in-person graduation ceremony at some point.
Rest assured that we will also do everything in our power to ensure students continue to learn. For now, we are focused on developing our distance-learning education model and preparing our teachers for what is to come. Our current plan is to implement distance-learning by April 6 or soon after, and we anticipate the education plan will be for enrichment only. Student grades will not be negatively impacted by the closure.
We will follow up with you again tomorrow to let you know what the Oklahoma State Board of Education ultimately decides regarding school closures for the remainder of the year. However, I encourage you to be prepared, as I fully anticipate the board will approve Hofmeister’s recommendation.
Again, I know this is not an easy time. I also know that it seems overwhelming to consider how to juggle distance learning for your children with your own commitments in and out of the home. I assure you that we are taking all of this into consideration and while I can’t promise that it will be easy, I do know that we can achieve more than we ever imagined. And, if anything, this is a tremendous opportunity to teach our children how to persevere and succeed in the face of obstacles. Optimism will help us see that, while difficult, this can be a great life lesson.
Dr. Nick Migliorino
Norman Public Schools
Current as of March 24, 2020