Coronavirus Update - March 31
Parent information regarding the coronavirus
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Greetings NPS Parents,
It’s only Tuesday and this week has already been bustling with activity. We have a lot of important updates to share as we prepare for our shift to distance learning and work through the variety of issues as a result of school closures.
Student meals: Our Child Nutrition team has been curbside - rain or shine - to ensure students are fed and we appreciate their help and dedication to this important service. Meals are now distributed on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include breakfast and lunch for the full week. Families who cannot pick up the weekly meals on Monday may pick them up from any school Tuesday, also from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families who cannot pick up weekly meals on Monday or Tuesday are encouraged to contact our Child Nutrition office at 405-366-5908 to make alternative arrangements. We encourage families to complete the forms found under Student Meals at www.normanpublicschools.org/health so the team can prepare adequate meals for each school site.
Items left at school: We understand many students have items at school that will need to be retrieved at some point. Students will have an opportunity to gather their belongings when it is safe to do so, which could be at some point in May at the earliest. If there is an item that is urgently needed, please contact the school principal to discuss options for retrieving the item.
Distance learning: Our teachers have been incredibly busy preparing engaging content and lessons for students to stay engaged, maintain their knowledge and build their skills. Beginning next week, teachers will reach out to students and families to provide enrichment opportunities specific to their class. Additional information about distance learning, as well as supplemental educational resources, will be posted by the end of this week at www.normanpublicschools.org/distancelearning.
It is important for students to participate to the extent possible. To stop learning now would likely mean a regression in skills that would have to be relearned. By participating in distance learning, students will continue to learn and grow academically and will be better prepared for next year. Also, in some cases students may have an opportunity to improve their grade during distance learning.
Student grades: We want to ensure that this global pandemic does not negatively impact students’ grades. While all students' third-quarter grades will be frozen as of March 13, 2020, students will have until April 24, 2020, to improve their grades through make-up work, re-doing assignments and completing extra credit. No grades will be taken on activities assigned during distance learning.
All students will receive their third-quarter grades after April 24. Any student who is enrolled in high-school level courses will receive grades at the end of the semester.
Students in high school courses may choose a Pass or No Pass (P/NP) instead of a letter grade at the end of the course. Although the P/NP will not be calculated in the student's grade point average (GPA), please keep in mind that choosing Pass or No Pass could have negative consequences for students seeking scholarships or NCAA athletes.
Families without internet access: We encourage families that do not have the internet to notify the principal of their child’s school. We will mail a menu of learning opportunities to your home. Families in need of low-cost internet can click here for Cox low-cost internet (or call 855-222-3252) or can click here for ATT low-cost internet. In addition to these resources, Cox is offering two free months of internet access and installation for those who qualify. To learn more, click here.
Proms and graduation ceremonies: Although proms have been canceled, we are evaluating options for hosting virtual commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors. However, in addition to any virtual celebration, we have made a commitment to host a traditional, in-person graduation ceremony at a later date when it is safe to do so.
How to pick up graduation orders: Parents and/or students who ordered graduation items can pick them up in a drive-through fashion according to the schedule below. Questions about graduation orders can be directed to Jostens. Click here for Jostens’ customer service contact information.
Norman North - April 15 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Norman High - April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Refunds for field trips, fundraisers and student meals: We are currently in the process of returning funds that were paid toward field trips and fundraisers. Payments larger than $50 will be refunded first. Please keep in mind that refunds will take some time as our staff is working remotely to maintain many essential financial functions. Payments less than $50 will be refunded in cash at a later date. If you made a payment that is less than $50 and you need a prompt refund, or if you prefer to donate the funds to your child’s school, please notify your school principal. Payments made toward student meal costs will carry forward to the next school year. If you need to request a refund for your meal payment balance, please contact the Child Nutrition office at 405-366-5908.
I understand how difficult this time is for everyone, and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we navigate this unprecedented time. Please remember that we post regular updates and answers to commonly asked questions on www.normanpublicschools.org/health. We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.
Although many of us are working remotely, we continue to be here to support our students in any way possible. The school year is not over, it will just look different. It is our commitment to put educational relationships before academic rigor and help students through the uncharted territory that we all face. I have confidence in our educators and also in our students. It will not be easy and there will certainly be bumps along the way, but we will get through it together.
Dr. Nick Migliorino
Norman Public Schools
Current as of March 31, 2020