Area schools are taking different approaches to the teacher walkout here in Oklahoma.

Area schools are taking different approaches to the teacher walkout here in Oklahoma.

On Thursday, Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1010XX, which provides the revenue to fund the largest teacher pay raise in Oklahoma history.

Earlsboro still plans to send a few delegates to the Capitol Monday, Superintendent Mark Maloy said.

“There is no change in our plan for next week,” Maloy said. “In fact I will most likely go up and thank some of our local representatives for passing this through. I will also encourage them to properly fund the classrooms.”

Pleasant Grove Schools will be out April 2 to allow all teachers to visit the state Capitol to thank legislators and continue advocating for more teacher funding.

“Although this is a step in the right direction, the bills passed are not close to being enough money,” Superintendent Scott Roper said. “One bill passed provided approximately $47 per student for textbooks when the average cost of one textbook is $60. This is nowhere near the funding we need to have materials that are current and accurate in the classroom.”

The plan is for Pleasant Grove to return to school April 3 to begin state testing as originally scheduled, Roper said.

According to the Bethel Schools website, they will return to school Tuesday, April 3.

Tecumseh Schools will also be out Monday and as of Friday afternoon, the plan is to resume classes Tuesday, April 3, Superintendent Tom Wilsie confirmed.

Several organizations will offer options for students during the time off from school.

The Community Market of Pottawatomie County (CMPC) will be playing an active role in keeping students fed in the event of a teacher walkout next week.

CMPC announced it would be providing meals to several locations in the community that are offering childcare during the strike, including Immanuel Baptist Church (IBC), Mission Shawnee, the Shawnee YMCA, as well as handing out lunches at the Community Renewal Friendship House at Kickapoo Park and at Boy Scout Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day schools are closed.

“In addition, CMPC will waive all income requirements for any family with school-aged children affected by the walkout,” the post reads. “This means if your child/children are out of school due to the walkout, then you may shop at the market to provide meals for your family, regardless of income.”

Regular hours at the market are: Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 2-6, Immanuel Baptist Church will host a free day camp for children pre-k through fifth grade. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, visit ibcshawnee.org/childcare.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church will open its doors for the first 75 children, kindergarten through fifth-grade, who need a place to go if schools are closed.

Lunch will be provided. Also, tutoring, STEM-based projects, music, arts and crafts, as well as other activities will be offered. For more information, visit emmanuelshawnee.com or to register, call (405) 273-1374.

In the event of a teacher walkout, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Shawnee will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided. Space will be available for current and non-members. For more information call (405) 273-1470.

Right before Spring Break The Mad Tatter distributed the dozens of meal boxes it recently received from the Regional Food Bank, and though the tattoo shop at 2304 N. Harrison has run out of them, it is on the lookout to continue helping the community.

Owner Isaac Bruno said residents can check The Mad Tatter’s Facebook page for announcements.

“We are in a position to help others now, and that’s what we like to do,” Bruno said.

Shawnee Public Schools, in a Facebook post, encourage parents to visit the website for special bus routes and feeding locations (for breakfast and lunch) on Monday. Shawnee Public Schools will be closed on Monday.

“Breakfast and lunch will be available outside the cafeteria doors from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.,” the post said. “Parental/guardian supervision is required at all feeding locations.”

McLoud Public Schools, in a Facebook post, stated the district plans to provide lunch at the Early Childhood Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.