Oklahoma City Public Schools gear up for first day of classes

As Oklahoma City schools gear up for the first day of classes, officials say they expect the first day to go smoothly. Oklahoma City students head back to school Wednesday. Some will be going to class at different schools.
by Silas Allen Published: July 30, 2012

District spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said the move doesn't create an ideal situation, but the district is left with no alternative. The building isn't safe for students, faculty and staff to occupy during construction, she said, and there isn't ample parking or space at West Nichols Hills.

Aside from dealing with the West Nichols Hills move, Tinnin said this year's first day will be a little different from those in recent years. This year marks the district's second year under the continuous learning calendar, meaning Oklahoma City students start back to school about three weeks earlier than at most other districts in the area.

District officials also are reminding teachers, principals and coaches to take extra precautions because of the excessive heat. Although athletic practices won't start until a few days after the first day of school, Tinnin said it's important that coaches keep the heat in mind during the hottest months of the summer.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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