Bartlesville prepares for possible public school suspension in April

posted Mar 24, 2018, 9:19 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 10:47 AM ]
Bartlesville has begun preparing for a possible school suspension beginning April 2 by issuing advice and community resource information to parents through districtwide school communication networks and social media.

The community steering committee that is coordinating the response to the possible school suspension has issued a two-page preparedness plan, providing guidance to parents on what to do, where free children’s meals will be served, and how to arrange for childcare.

The plan contains a list of the community resources including youth clubs and organizations that are stepping forward to help with student supervision and activities while classes are canceled.

The information is being distributed electronically through school, PTO and parent networks this weekend, and on Monday more than 4,500 printed copies will be provided to parents as they pick up their children after school.

Beginning at around 3:15 p.m. Monday, teams of volunteers will be at all six Bartlesville elementary schools and the two middle schools to meet parents at the school doors and those waiting in car lines. Children walking home alone or on buses will also be provided the information sheets.

A similar distribution is planned for Thursday afternoon as children leave school for the three-day Easter weekend.

The communication effort is one of the several actions undertaken by the Bartlesville Communitywide Steering Committee. The volunteer group is the official coordinating network of school administrators, teachers, PTOs, churches, nonprofits and other organizations and resources that has been convened to assist parents and teachers in the event of a school suspension.

The committee also has been raising funds to help community organizations defray the added costs of full-day student supervision and meals as well as supporting local teachers who will be traveling to and from rallies being planned at the state capitol beginning April 2.

In just over a week, the committee has raised nearly $25,000 from local donors. The fundraising effort was arranged through Public Education Advocates for Kids (PEAK), which first convened the 25-member steering committee in late February.

Initiatives are underway throughout Bartlesville to support both students and teachers should the state legislature fail to pass measures raising teacher salaries and more adequately funding other education needs.
  • A Bartlesville banner and sign company is providing free “Fund Our Schools!” outdoor banners to every school site.
  • A local restaurant owner has donated two billboards, including one at the most high-traffic intersections in Bartlesville (Adams & Silver Lake), bearing the message “LEGISLATORS: The Time is Now Fund Our Schools!
  • A downtown church is preparing its fellowship hall to serve as a hospitality and communication center for teachers, education advocates, and the news media during the suspension period beginning April 2.
Suspension Guidance
Parent preparedness plan being distributed before a possible suspension of schools in April
Granger Meador,
Mar 28, 2018, 9:41 AM