School Closure Resources
Teachers across Oklahoma are advocating for smaller class sizes, lower teacher turnover, and wages that are not the lowest in the nation for their profession. To that end a school closure across many communities in our state is scheduled to occur on April 2, 2018.
If school closures occur our local churches can be centers of hope and healing for our community. It is estimated that nearly 100,000 children in our state receive free or reduced lunches at school. Many of these children depend on these meals as a primary source of food.
Below you will find resources and tips on how to participate with feeding centers, how to provide daycare, and other useful information. If you have something to pass along for us to include here please contact us here.
REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA
The Regional Food Bank is committed to supporting the nutritional needs of students in Oklahoma’s schools. Your financial donation will provide food assistance to children, families and school personnel during the anticipated teacher walkout. You can donate now or signup to volunteer when boxes of food begin to be filled.
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA)
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is working with community leaders from across the state to compile a list of organizations which will provide child care and nutrition programs during the upcoming planned education walkout in April. Click here for details.
EMERGENCY DAY CAMP RESOURCES
Some churches will likely setup temporary emergency day camp type centers to help with local children who may not have a place to go. Below you will find resources related to this concept.
Local Church ER Day Camp Plan (work in progress) being developed to provide emergency child watch, includes daily programming, safety, and feeding ideas. Coffee Creek Church (Edmond, OK) gives anyone free use to edit/copy/modify/distribute.
Food/Hygiene Donation Template - If your church will be collecting supplies here is a good jumping off point!
It's always a good idea to touch base with your local Superintendent and/or Principals and let them know you are thinking about them and ask in what ways you can help as April 2nd approaches.
COMMUNITY CENTERS/OTHER: If you are providing a community center, gym, or other site that's not a church please contact OICA to be added to their list.
CHURCHES: If you are providing a resource center, feeding center, or day camp please click below to be added to our list.