UPDATE: April 13, 2018: Hours for the remainder of the school year
We wanted to let you know the plan for the remainder of the year. We exhausted our banked days on Tuesday, April 10. Rather than adding three days to the calendar and returning to school after Memorial Day, we have opted to add 30 minutes to each school day so the last day of school will remain May 25. The last day, which was originally scheduled to be a shortened day, will now be a full day.
We are adding 10 minutes to the school day in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon. Bus schedules will change by those same times. Remember, it is a good practice for students to be at their designated bus stop five minutes before their bus is scheduled to arrive.
School hours for the remainder of the year are as follows:
• Elementary Schools: 7:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
• Intermediate Schools: 8 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
• Middle Schools: 8:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
• Mustang High School: 8:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Individual school sites will notify parents of changes to bell schedules and lunch times.
• The start and stop times for pre-kindergarten classes across the district will remain the same.
• Times for alternative education at Mustang Education Center will remain the same.
• Canadian Valley Technology Center students will have the same schedule at CVTech. Morning students may be returning to a different class or a class that has already started. The same would be true for afternoon students leaving for CVTech.
• Concurrent class times will remain the same.
We look forward to seeing students Monday!
UPDATE: April 12th, 2018: No School Friday, April 13th - SCHOOL IS IN SESSION MONDAY APRIL 16
The results of today’s survey are in. More than 560 of our certified staff responded and 73.6% have voted to return to work. As part of the survey we also included two options for when to return to work. The original Return to Work Plan I sent out last night included two days and then students returning to school. I received requests from teachers and parents alike that one of those two days be removed. On the survey they filled out today, teachers had two options. The voting was close, with a majority in favor of a voluntary teacher prep day tomorrow, Friday, April 13, and students returning to school on Monday, April 16.
Therefore, after nearly two weeks of unprecedented work at the Capitol, Mustang Public Schools will be open for students on Monday, April 16. Our teachers and administrators spent day after exhausting day walking the grounds and halls of the Capitol. Teachers are a group like no other when it comes to commitment, passion and compassion and they proved it over the past two weeks. Mustang has played a significant role in a chapter of Oklahoma history, when educators refused to be silent any longer.
UPDATE: April 11, 2018 - NO SCHOOL THURSDAY APRIL 12
Dear Mustang Parents,
The results of today’s teacher survey are in. 542 responded and 55% intend to continue the walkout while 45% intend to return to work. Consequently, schools will be closed on Thursday, April 12, for the teacher walkout.
Our survey data clearly suggests that we are trending toward a majority of teachers desiring to return to work. From a response of 97% on survey #1 who intended to walkout until today, a response of 55% who intend to continue the walkout, it appears that returning to school may be a ‘when’ and not an ‘if.’ Consequently, it would be wise to clarify for you what a ‘Return-to-Work’ plan would look like so that when the majority of teachers indicate that thy intend to return to work and we can secure enough substitutes to safely conduct classes, we are not all caught off guard.
UPDATE: April 10, 2018
Faculty, & Staff,
the 7th day of the Teacher Walkout and subsequent work
stoppage. While there appears to be
progress at the Capitol, the absence of any items on both the senate and the
house floor agendas for today dealing with common education funding make it
pointless to survey our teachers this evening for Thursday, April 12. For now,
we are closed through Wednesday, April 11. I am hopeful that there continues to be progress tomorrow and throughout
the remainder of the week and that we can all return to school soon.
UPDATE: April 7, 2018
Dear Mustang Parents,
Following yesterday’s legislative session at the Capitol our teachers were once again surveyed so that I could evaluate whether or not they were prepared to return to work on Monday. The survey closed at noon today and once again, the data is overwhelming and we will be canceling school on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10. We far exceed the number of teachers who plan to be out Monday to be able to find substitute teachers to fill spots. Seventy-eight percent of those who have responded to the survey say they will not be at work Monday. That means we would need well over 400 subs, which is not practical.
UPDATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Dear Parents, Faculty, and Staff;
Today, the Oklahoma Senate will hear legislation that passed
through the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon. If passed in the senate and signed by the
Governor, this legislation could result in additional funding for public
education. Today is a critical day as we
make decisions about returning to work.
With this in mind I am postponing the survey that I had
intended to send to teachers today and instead I will send it tomorrow sometime
around noon. By doing so it will allow
us to evaluate what happens in the in the legislature today and tomorrow
Parents, I know you appreciate knowing well in advance
whether or not we intend to have school.
My suggestion is to assume we are not in school on Monday and make plans
accordingly. I will have a robocall sent
out tomorrow (Friday) evening to advise everyone whether or not school is in
session on Monday or if the work stoppage is to continue. Thank you for your continued patience.
Teachers, look for the survey tomorrow. The window to take the survey will be smaller
than usual, opening around noon and closing at 4 pm. Again, it is very important that all teachers
participate in the survey so that I have good data.
UPDATE: March 29, 2018 - Information about April 2 and 3
From the Office of the Superintendent
Thursday, March 29, 2018
in the week the House passed a revenue package primarily dedicated to funding
public schools. The package included
operational dollars for schools, support employee pay raises, and teacher pay
raises. Last night the senate followed
suit and the Governor signed the bills into law today.
this represents a victory, the bills passed are not close to being sufficient.
Since progress was made, however, and a revenue bill passed by 75 percent on
both sides of the legislature for the first time in nearly 30 years, I
advocated for having no school on Monday, but returning to school on Tuesday
and continuing the fight for education in the weeks to come. Today I surveyed
the teachers and they have spoken. They are not prepared to return to work on
Tuesday. Consequently, we will not have
school on Monday, April 2nd or Tuesday, April 3. We will feed students as communicated in our
district work stoppage plan on Monday and Tuesday and each day we cancel school
during the work stoppage. Once our teachers have had the opportunity to
read the new laws and I have had time to gather specific information from them
regarding their plans for a long term walk out, I will make a decision about
the rest of next week and the remainder of the semester. I will communicate these plans early next
March 16 Q&A on Work Stoppage
March 16, 2018
Thank you for your patience during this time. The district has been overwhelmed by the support for our teachers, students and schools from parents, our faith community, businesses and the community in general. A teacher work stoppage has not happened in Oklahoma in 28 years. There is an unbelievable number of variables that have to be considered and decisions made both to support our teachers and to try to take care of our students. Know that we appreciate you. We likely will need to communicate additional information as we go through this process. We will use every means available to us to make sure you, our parents, have the information you need as soon as we have the answers. We hope the answers below are helpful.
Joint Statement from the Board of Education and Administration