School Closed April 3-4, 2018

Due to the significant amount of teachers who were planning on being out tomorrow, and with no end in sight of the lobbying efforts at the capital, Cleveland Public Schools is enacting the original plan to be out through Wednesday, April 4th.  This plan was board approved during a special board meeting on March, 26th.

Important Items:

  1. Breakfast (8:00 – 9:00 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM -12:15 PM) for all school-aged children will be served at the Middle School
  2. All extra-curricular activities will take place.
  3. The ACT Test for Juniors and any other registered student will still be offered at the Event Center.  Report to the High School by 8:15.  Be sure to bring a NO. 2 pencil and an approved model of calculator!
    NOTE 1:  We do have some calculators available to use during the test.   But if you have one available that meets the requirements and you are familiar with its operations then you should bring it.
    NOTE 2:  If you can not make this test date you WILL be able to take it on the make up day, April 24th.  This is, however, the only other date to take the test and as a reminder, taking this test is a requirement as it is a part of state testing.

    The district sincerely regrets the inconvenience this has caused our stakeholders and apologizes for the hardships that are a result.

School in session April 2nd

Late Thursday Afternoon, March 29, 2018,  Governor Fallin signed House Bill 1010XX into law.  Because this first step toward improving the financial situation of Oklahoma education and its’ employees have been passed, Cleveland Public Schools will be in session April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th as regularly scheduled.

CPS would like to thank the Oklahoma State Legislature for supporting this initial step toward improving education funding.  We are extremely encouraged by this show of support and understand that there is still much work to be done to restore funding levels.  CPS would also like to thank our community for their support, our teachers and staff for their dedication during this time, and our students for always staying focused on their future.

Cleveland Public School Press Release

Press release from the Governor.  

Information regarding House Bill 1010XX

 

Oklahoma Education Funding and Our Plan

On March 26th, 2018 the Board of Education voted unanimously to suspend school on April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to support teachers and students in supporting a call to increase funding for Oklahoma education. We assure you this decision was not made hastily, only after extensive review by the board. There is a link to the presentation exhibited to the board by Superintendent Aaron Espolt at the bottom of this post containing information regarding education funding at the state and local level.

During this same evening, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed revenue bill 79-19. From the press information being released (CCOSA and OSSBA), it will give an average $6,000 teacher raise, over $1,200 support staff raise, and operational expenses. This can always change as it goes through the political process, but this is what we know as of now. The bills will next be heard in the Oklahoma Senate as the Legislators push to get it done before April 2nd. If the bills related to school funding pass and the Governor signs the legislation prior to March 30th, 2018, we will not suspend school in April and we will follow the school calendar as it is now.

If these funding bills do not pass, we will suspend school starting on April 2nd through April 4th. It will be a three-day suspension. After the three days, there will be a rolling delegation of staff allowed to go to the capital on behalf of the district to promote increased funding for Oklahoma education.

These three days off will need to be made up. To do this, we will use the two remaining snow days from the school calendar scheduled for April 13th and 27th which will extend the year to go to school on Friday, May 11th. This will still conclude school prior to graduation on Saturday, May 12th.

If we are shut down for three days:

1) We will still provide child nutrition services for all students at the Middle School during the suspension. Breakfast will still be offered from 7:30 to 9:00 AM and Lunch will be available from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

2) We will still hold to the schedule for extra-curricular activities. Practice times could be impacted. Coaches and Sponsors will let students know directly of those changes.

3) The ACT test will still be offered to all Juniors and Seniors who are interested on April 3rd. Breakfast and Lunch will be available at the High School for test takers.

We are making one change regardless of if we are out or not for these three days. PreK and Kindergarten enrollment will be on Thursday, April 5th and 6th, as well as April 9th and 10th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM At the Primary School.

More information will follow as the need arises.

Board Presentation Slide Show

School Back in session 1/17/2018

Class will be back in session January 17th, 2018!  We do ask, if you have a student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, that you keep them home and contact their school.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

For More information, please visit the CDC website concerning the flu.

No School 1/16/2018

Due to the high number of confirmed flu cases in our elementary building and the prediction of hazardously cold weather conditions, Cleveland Public Schools will be closed, January 16, 2018. The district will use this time to continue to deep clean our classrooms, cafeterias and buses. However, if your student is showing flu symptoms at any time, we ask you please keep them home to help us keep the virus from spreading.

All extra-curricular activities are canceled 1/16/2018 also.

Thank you and please stay safe.

Aaron Espolt
Superintendent