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Enid Public Schools to enforce a new summer school policy

February 24, 2019

ENID, Okla. (AP) — To cut down on energy costs, Enid Public Schools is implementing a new summer operating schedule calling for most sites in the district to close on Fridays in June and July.

The one exception is the Grizzly Den day care center at Glenwood Elementary School, which will not be affected.

EPS estimates the measure to close on Fridays will save between $1,200 to $2,000 every week.

“We want to be able to save every dollar we can on energy because every dollar we save we’re able to invest back into the classroom,” EPS spokeswoman Amber Fitzgerald said to the Enid News & Eagle.

The new schedule will shorten summer school from five days a week to four. EPS still is working on how to best adjust summer school classes with the shortened timeframe, and a meeting is scheduled later this month to discuss those details, Fitzgerald said.

“The key really is not the length of time in the classroom. Instead, it’s making sure that we meet objectives that the students need to learn prior to the school year,” she said.

Typically, EPS has had five sites up and running Monday through Friday over the summer, Fitzgerald said, a high school site, a middle school site and three elementary school sites.

Enid’s summer feeding program, part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, will be offered one less day a week due to the change.

The summer food service program is designed to provide free meals to children struggling with food insecurity, and exists in communities across the country.

The feeding program in Enid runs through the month of June, according to EPS.

“The Summer Child Nutrition Program will be offered Monday through Thursday. The sites are yet to be determined, but will correspond with the sites used for summer school,” Fitzgerald said, adding the majority of kids who participate in the feeding program also reenrolled in summer school.

“One of the things we did over the last few years was make sure that the summer school day overlapped with the breakfast and the lunch periods, so those children would have both when they were there,” she said.

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Information from: Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com