The Norman Transcript

Opinion

August 15, 2013

Finding a new normal

NORMAN — When students at Moore schools finished the school year in May, many weren’t given the time to say goodbye to classmates and teachers. The tragic, abrupt ending to the school year shouldn’t be what students remember from the academic year.

Moore students will return to their classrooms Friday. Some will be in new locations. Churches in Moore, Norman and south Oklahoma City have played a big part in the recovery efforts. From stepping forward with classroom facilities to emergency shelters in May and June, the community has shown its caring side.

Teachers say they will look for a new normal in their classes. A Friday start will allow for adjustments over the weekend if necessary. Norman students don’t begin classes until Wednesday.

Norman schools played a part in the Moore recovery. Norman schools provided two schools’ worth of furniture that was made possible by the 2009 bond issue. Instead of declaring the old furniture surplus, the desks, tables and chairs were sent north to be used by Moore students.

“We believe the loaning of this furniture is helping to facilitate a positive and smooth start for the students served by the Moore Public Schools,” Norman Superintendent Joe Siano wrote in his monthly report to the Norman Chamber of Commerce board.

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