Coronavirus Update - April 10
Parent information regarding the coronavirus
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Greetings NPS Parents,
Our first week of distance learning is complete and I could not be more proud of our educators, administrators and staff who worked so hard to make this happen. If you stop to think about it, these passionate professionals implemented a distance learning program in a matter of days. And while this approach to learning is not ideal, I know our students will benefit from the tremendous amount of effort that went into providing lessons that will help them maintain and enhance their academic knowledge.
That said, we understand distance learning can be overwhelming. Parents have many responsibilities and added pressures during this incredibly difficult and unprecedented time. As we tell our students, just do your best and ask questions if you have them. Take a deep breath and rest assured that this is a temporary situation. Give yourself grace and be patient, keeping in mind that school closures have completely upended your child’s routine and this causes students to react in very different ways. Remember that our educators stand ready to help so please do not hesitate to reach out to them.
Student Meals: We have made some adjustments to our student meal service to streamline meal pickup. Beginning next week, weekly meals for up to four children per vehicle will be distributed in the car lines of our traditional school sites on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families who have more than four children should pre-order the meals and must pick them up at the NPS Central Kitchen, located at 111 N. Berry, on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
As an alternative, families who cannot pick up the weekly meals on Monday at traditional school sites may pick them up Tuesday 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. Families may only pick up weekly meals for their children one time per week. Please use the links below to indicate the date and school site where you will pick up next week’s meals. This allows our child nutrition team to plan adequate meals for each site.
Monday, April 13 - four children or less per vehicle
Tuesday, April 14 - four children or less per vehicle
Families with five or more children click here to place order
Graduation: We are excited to announce that we will facilitate virtual graduation ceremonies, which will be broadcast online at 7 p.m. on the originally scheduled commencement dates and times. Norman North’s virtual commencement ceremony will be Thursday, May 21 and Norman High’s will be Friday, May 22. Please look for communication from high school principals about how to participate in these events. We will provide additional information about these ceremonies soon.
Additionally, I remain committed to providing a traditional, in-person graduation at a later date. I know this is a difficult year for seniors and we will do everything we can to celebrate these students and make sure they know how proud of them we truly are. Parents and/or students who ordered graduation items can pick them up in a drive-through fashion according to the following schedule:
Norman North - April 15 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Norman High - April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
I also want to encourage you all to take the 2020 Census. As you know the Census is integral to the distribution of more than a trillion dollars in federal funding. Ensuring that you—and everyone in your household—is counted not only helps NPS get the federal funding it needs, but also helps Norman as a whole get funding for things like roads, health care and many more vital public services. You can take the Census online by clicking here, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by mail.
We continue to update answers to commonly asked questions about school closures at www.normanpublicschools.org/health. You can also find detailed information about distance learning at www.normanpublicschools.org/distancelearning, including information about free home internet offers and who to contact with questions about technology. As a reminder, the last day of instruction is May 13.
My heart continues to be with so many people who are suffering as a result of this horrible virus. These are certainly trying times but I remain optimistic and focused on providing academic resources that will serve our students now and in the future.
Dr. Nick Migliorino
Norman Public Schools
Current as of April 10, 2020
Norman Public Schools
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