NPS Parent Update - July 14
Important information for parents
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As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we have worked hard to develop a plan that focuses first on the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff. Our back-to-school plan relies heavily on guidance adopted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and the Oklahoma State Department of Education. We also launched a Back-to-School Task Force, conducted multiple surveys and facilitated listening sessions with parents, students, teachers and staff to ensure a variety of viewpoints, circumstances and anticipated scenarios were carefully considered and addressed.
It is important to understand that information surrounding COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. No plan can be perfect, but we have to have a plan to build around as we prepare to go back to school. We will continue to take a measured, methodical and flexible approach to ensure we can adapt to situations and new scenarios as they arise. Simply put, our plan almost certainly will change as the school year progresses and the situation continues to unfold.
You can view our plan here: normanpublicschools.org/backtoschool
Our back-to-school plan is an outline of education options, new procedures and enhanced safety protocols that were designed to meet the unique needs of our students and their families as well as our teachers and staff. Please keep in mind that physical distancing and enhanced health protocols are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, the risk, as no single action or set of actions will completely eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19. However, the safety of our students, teachers and staff remains our top priority and we are committed to providing learning environments where students can continue to learn and grow knowing that adults are working hard each and every day to protect them.
With so much change going on we’ve also taken this opportunity to update and simplify our enrollment process. Enrollment, which can now be completed entirely online, will be open soon and parents will be notified when it is available. It is during this enrollment process that you will select the method of instruction that is right for you and your child this year. We encourage all families — especially those who plan to choose a virtual option for their child — to complete enrollment as soon as possible once received.
We will undoubtedly face challenges this school year. We will continue to put children first and make decisions we believe are in the best interest of our students, teachers and staff. And, if we continue to work collaboratively, speak with kindness, respect differing viewpoints and demonstrate civility and grace, we will get through this together.
Dr. Nick Migliorino
Norman Public Schools