NPS Parent Newsletter
Message from Dr. Migliorino
Thanksgiving break is upon us and as we prepare for a holiday I know there are some questions about the remainder of our semester. At this time, nothing has changed with regard to our in-person learning plan. As long as Cleveland County remains below the red level on the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Alert System, we will continue with in-person learning.
A lot of people have asked why we follow the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Alert System. If there was one thing we heard from all of our stakeholders, it was the cry for consistency in our decision-making model, which is why earlier this fall, the Norman Board of Education voted to follow the Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System. This provides consistency for students, teachers and families as we continue offering in-person learning unless the system indicates Cleveland County to be in the red level. While the Oklahoma State Department of Health is the source of data used by all other entities in our state, we also work closely with the Cleveland County Health Department and the Norman Regional Health System to monitor local data and keep a very close eye on new cases and quarantines in our schools to ensure we can make site-specific decisions for our staff and students.
At this time, we do not expect Cleveland County to reach the red level next week. However, that could certainly change, which is why for the past several weeks, we have worked with site principals and teacher advisory groups to develop plans should this occur. The most important thing to know is that if Cleveland County is listed as red, we will transition to districtwide remote learning the following Monday. We will certainly let you know if this occurs.
It’s been a long eight months. But during that time, I have not lost confidence in our educators nor in our ability to work together to accomplish great things, regardless of the circumstances. I hope as we continue to work through this complicated school year, we will all make a conscious effort to extend grace to those around us.
This Thanksgiving season (and every day) I’m filled with gratitude for all the wonderful teachers and staff that are working tirelessly to ensure our students have the opportunity to learn as safely as possible. If you have the opportunity, please reach out to your teachers and school staff and let them know how much you appreciate them. It goes a long way.
Please take care, stay safe and find new ways to safely enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones this year.
Dr. Nick Migliorino
What happens if Cleveland County reaches the red level?
The Norman Public School District follows the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Alert System. Our school district is located in Cleveland County. At this time, we do not expect Cleveland County to reach the red level next week. However, that could certainly change, which is why for the past several weeks, we have worked with site principals and teacher advisory groups to develop plans should this occur.
If Cleveland County is listed as red, we will transition to districtwide remote learning the following Monday. On the first day of remote learning, students would follow the educational plan provided by their teacher, then follow the remote learning schedule for the remainder of the week. When Cleveland County is no longer red, students would remain in remote learning the first week following the announcement. Students who are enrolled in the traditional learning option would return to in-person learning the following week.
District COVID-19 reports
The weekly report includes new, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported during the previous Saturday through Friday. Isolation and quarantine information is also included. Isolation and quarantine numbers include those who tested positive and are in isolation, as well as those who are in quarantine due to close contact with a positive case, regardless of where the exposure occurred. The report is posted each Monday when school is in session.
Additional COVID-19 information
Free school meals for ALL students
We are delighted to share that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the free meal program. School breakfasts and lunches are free to ALL students, and to anyone 18-years-old or younger (effective September 2020 through August 2021, or until funds for the program are depleted). Norman Public Schools also will continue to offer meals to any child 18-years-old or younger during remote learning.
Weekly meal packs have also been enhanced to include weekend meals. Additionally, students who are enrolled in traditional learning may pick up free meals for the weekend. Click below for details.
Guest teacher pay rates increased
Tauri Sims named Secondary Art Educator of the Year
Bond projects continue to progress
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No School - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, Dec. 7
Norman Board of Education Meeting - 6 p.m. - Administrative Services Center
Dec. 21 - Jan. 5
No School - Winter Break