Work Stoppage Q&A for Miami PS Parents
Q: Why are the teachers planning a work stoppage?
A. The legislature has not adequately funded education or given a pay raise to educators in nearly a decade. The Oklahoma Education Association believes this is the only way to truly get that issue addressed.
Q: Do we have to make up the days that school is out during the work stoppage?
A. MPS calendar is based on hours and state law requires a minimum of 1,080 total hours. This allows the district to bank extra time to use in the result of inclement weather or other reasons for school closure. MPS has 5 days and 6 hours of banked time, but has already used 3 of these banked days due to inclement weather. We would use the remaining 2 days and 6 hours of banked time, however additional days missed would require us to make them up. The days would be made up by attending school on April 27th, May 4th, May 11th, May 17th, May 18th, and by adding minutes to the remaining days.
Q: What is the maximum number of days there can be a work stoppage?
A. There is no maximum number of days, however 1,080 hours of instruction is required by law and must be completed by June 30th. If we have less than that amount, we risk having our State funding reduced proportionately to the time we miss.
Q: Who decides that school is not in session?
A. Hogan, our Superintendent, was given permission on March 12th by the Board of Education to cancel school if we cannot hold classes due to a lack of teachers available for the safety and education of our students.
Q: State testing begins in April. How will this affect those tests?
A. Our State Superintendent, Joy Hofmeister shared in a letter dated March 12th that there would be no change in the state testing schedules. Miami Public Schools will modify its schedule based on the days school is not in session to make sure all required testing takes place. The only way tests would not be made up is if the work stoppage exceeds the entire window available for state testing.
Q: Will graduation be moved for the Class of 2018?
A. No, graduation will still be held on Sunday, May 13th.
Q: Will Northest Tech still serve students during the work stoppage?
A. Northeast Tech serves both adult students and high school students. Therefore, Northeast Tech will be in session. If there is no school for Miami Public Schools due to the work stoppage, our high school students can still attend their Northeast Tech classes and their bus will pick-up and drop-off students at the high school.
Q: Will Miami students be able to attend concurrent (college) classes at NEO?
A. Yes, off campus college classes will continue on schedule.
Q: Are the teachers paid for the days school is cancelled?
A. Teachers are on a 1,080 hour contract. As long as they are able to work 1,080 hours by June 30, 2018 there will be no reduction in the teachers pay.
Q: Will extra-curricular activities take place if school is not in session due to a work stoppage by our teachers?
A. State level events that students or teams have already qualified for will continue as scheduled. The district will re-visit the issue of regular season games/events and will notify stakeholders ASAP.
Q: What do I do if I have particular questions about my student’s activities?
A. Please feel free to contact you child’s school principal or Superintendent, Jeremy Hogan at (918) 542-8455 or email@example.com.