Norman elementary school extends care program for teacher walkout

Sarah Guevara

front of eisenhower elementary school
Eisenhower Elementary School is hosting students in Norman during the teacher walkout. Extended hours are between 7:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Elementary School has been offering a care program during the teacher walkout.
Of the 17 closed schools in Norman, eight have been hosting child care programs while school is not in session.

Normally the Community After School Program will run from when school gets out until 4:30 p.m., but program manager for CASP Hannah Hullinger knows it is important to support teachers. CASP extended its hours and has now been running from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
“CASP had to basically eat the cost of the extended hours,” Hullinger said.
Hullinger has been worried that the walkout will impact her budget.
During the day, students play games, watch movies and receive a free breakfast, lunch, and snack. Many parents have been overwhelmingly supportive of the walkout, but some parents are worried about how long it will continue.
Chelsea Newman uses CASP for her son, works full time, has been recovering from a knee surgery and has a daughter with ADHD.
“It’s just been really helpful because if not [for this], my kids wouldn’t have anywhere to go for the week,” Newman said.
She said she supports teachers and understands the need for newer textbooks, but she was distressed that her children are not in school learning. Newman fretted about keeping her daughter with ADHD on a schedule.
“She keeps thinking that she’s missing third grade testing, and then she’s going to flunk third grade — it’s her mindset,” Newman said.
For more information about volunteering Eisenhower Elementary front desk at 405-366-5879. Eisenhower is located on Fairlawn Drive near the Norman dog park.