Sapulpa Public Schools Superintendent to suspend classes if deadline isn't met April 1

Answers, resources about the teacher walkout
Posted on 03/15/2018
All Sapulpa schools will remain closed Wednesday, April 11.

Please check back here, on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
 

This page contains a list of resources and answers to questions you may have about the walkout. We will continue to update this page when new information and options come available.

LIST: Frequently asked questions

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY CHILD DURING THE DAY?

These are organizations that have graciously volunteered to help supervise children.

Salvation Army
1721 S. Hickory, Sapulpa, OK 74066
918-224-4415
Accepting students ages 5 to 17 (They do have a maximum capacity of 306 children)
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You will need to complete a registration form for each child. Please download the form and return it to The Salvation Army at your earliest convenience.

The Salvation Army does need volunteers to help during this time. Incoming volunteers will be required to take a short safety course. If you would like to volunteer, please complete this Volunteer Application and take it to The Salvation Army. 

First Baptist Church
200 S. Elm Pl. Sapulpa, OK 74066
918-224-4100
Accepting students preferably 5th grade and under
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Smokey Hurst or Dany Daniel

You will need to register your child here for FBC Sapulpa Day Camp.

Allen Church
7001 S. Highway 97 Sapulpa, OK 74066
918-224-7744
Open to students between Pre-K and 5th grades
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 through 6
Contact: Kenny Myers

You will need to register your child and there are limited spots. You may register online here or in person on May 30 between 3 and 7 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided, however, students may bring their own non-perishable lunch.

Tulsa Area United Way is creating a Community Resource Guide for parents. This guide will allow parents and caregivers to review potential resources in their area. You can access the Resource Guide here.

WHAT CAN MY CHILD DO FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH?

Holmes Park Elementary cafeteria, 1231 E. Dewey, will be open between 8 and 9 a.m. for breakfast and between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for lunch. Meals will be provided for our students. Students will enter through the front entrance of the school and the meal must be eaten on site. There is no charge for the meals.

Salvation Army - SPS will provide breakfast between 8 and 9 a.m. Lunch will be served between 12 and 1 p.m.

First Baptist Church - SPS will provide breakfast between 8 and 9 a.m. Lunch will be served between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Allen Church will provide breakfast between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided between 12 and 12:45 p.m.

Caring Community Friends
12 W. Burnham, Sapulpa, OK 74066
918-224-6464
Grab-n-Go Food for Students K-12
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No appointment or Registration Required

Thanks to donations from business including: Kum and Go, Little Caesars Pizza, Daylight Donuts, Wal-Mart, Reasors, and More! Caring Community Friends will be able to provide ready to eat food, water, and snacks daily, at no charge, for students K-12.



HOW CAN I CONTACT MY LEGISLATOR?

First, thank you to Representative Mark Lawson, Representative Kyle Hilbert, and Senator James Leewright for their continued support for public education in Sapulpa.

If you need help contacting your state legislator, follow this link.

You can also download the OAEC 56th Legislature Guide App. The app contains contact information for each legislator as well as county and legislative district maps. It’s available for Apple and Android devices.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ATHLETIC EVENTS AND AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES?

We will continue with our regularly scheduled games and matches. However, if an opposing school on our schedule chooses to not participate in athletics, that event may be rescheduled or canceled. Please stay in communication with your coach or director for updates and check the new athletics website for game schedules. Practices will be held outside regular school instructional hours.

Prom and Graduation will proceed as scheduled.

Other activities will resume but meetings, rehearsals, and practices will be held outside regular school instructional hours.

All planned trips for athletics and fine arts will take place as scheduled. Sapulpa Fine Arts activities and contests will take place as scheduled. Sapulpa athletic competitions will take place as scheduled.

WHAT ABOUT DRIVER'S EDUCATION?

Students have received a letter that states they will be contacted once classes resume.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH UPCOMING TESTING?

State Testing - As of March 26, the Oklahoma State Department of Education said testing will proceed as scheduled. However, if the dates change, we will pass those along as soon as we know them.

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing - Dates will not change. The AP Testing will take place May 7-11 and May 14-18.

Junior State ACT Test - Date is April 12 at Sapulpa High School. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Transportation will be provided via normal bus routes and morning pickup time.

WILL SCHOOL BUILDINGS BE OPEN? WHAT ABOUT TCC AND VO-TECH?

Students other than those who attend Tulsa Community College and those taking the Junior State ACT test will not be able to access school buildings during the suspension.

Tulsa Community College (TCC) is a post-secondary institution and will continue to have classes. Students must arrange transportation to the regularly scheduled campus or site. Online students will continue with their programs as well.

Creek County Technology Centers (CCTC) are also a post-secondary institution and will continue to have classes. Students must arrange transportation to the High School in order to ride the CCTC shuttles that will continue to run at regularly scheduled times.

MY CHILD IS A LATCHKEY STUDENT

Latchkey before and after school care will not be available while school is not in session.

MY CHILD REQUIRES SPECIAL NEEDS. WHAT ASSISTANCE WILL BE AVAILABLE?

OASIS Adult Day Services - Discovery Enrichment Program
410 E. Lee Sapulpa, OK 74066
918-224-0410
Contact: Mandy Woodruff

OASIS is offering its services free of charge for any students over the age of 16 who are already enrolled in a special education program at SPS.


Details from our communication on March 12...

Sapulpa Public Schools Superintendent Rob Armstrong announced March 15 that if the state legislature does not resolve the funding crisis in public education by the April 1 deadline, he will suspend schools beginning April 2.

The decision to suspend schools, if necessary, was made after conducting an internal survey with the district’s teachers and support staff to determine what their plans were on April 2. More than 91 percent of Sapulpa Public Schools teachers and support staff responded that they will participate in walking out and calling on state leadership in Oklahoma City to increase public education funding.

“With this information, I now know we will be unable to provide our students with the satisfactory instructional time and supervision that is part of their daily routine if the deadline isn’t met,” said Armstrong.

During the school board meeting on March 12, the Sapulpa Board of Education authorized Armstrong to suspend schools for up to 25 days if he deemed it necessary to ensure the safety of the students and the fiscal integrity of the district.

“I hope state leadership steps up and we aren’t out any days. However, the board and I strongly support our teachers in their right to peacefully address the state legislators in Oklahoma City for increased educational funding,” said Armstrong.

The decision to end the suspension and reopen schools has not been made. When that date is determined it will be announced on our website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter page.
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