It's severe weather season, my friends! We here in Oklahoma know all too well the fear this time of year brings and the devastation that can occur. While we have no control over when and where severe storms, including tornadoes, can hit, we do have control over our schools' preparedness levels.I know every single one of you has a plan in place for sheltering in the event of a tornado, but does that plan include more than just basic communication with parents? We never want to think that a tornado could hit our own schools, but we have seen it happen time and again to others, and I cannot stress enough how critical it is to have a crisis communication plan in place.You will have a ton of information to convey, and in chaotic situations, people are often unable to think clearly and logically. That is when a carefully thought-out, detailed plan is crucial to have ready to enact.
These are just a few of the questions for which you will need to identify clear answers. If you have not formed a team to do this, there is no better time than NOW. Please contact me, and I can assist you in whatever stage of planning you are currently in.
As you ready for your Spring Break, just a reminder of important websites to...
The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) has named Carole Kelley as its new director of teaching and learning.
Happy 2016!! As I welcome in the new year, I always begin the “cleanse”–going through closets and chunking items I no longer want or that fit, ridding the kitchen cabinets of expired food and actually wiping off the refrigerator shelves (can finally see them after all of the holiday food is out). I know for many this is a time of the 21-day “diet-cleanse,” renewed gym memberships and even the 21-day “financial cleanse.”
We are working with schools on planning next year's revenue and personnel budgets. We've been in touch with the SDE, and they've said they'll share an FAQ to help districts prepare for FY19 changes.