MAKE A NOTE: Wednesday, February 28th, is an early release day for teacher training. Intermediate students will release at 12:00 noon. Buses will run their usual routes at this time.
***We are asking that parents not eat lunch at school with their child due to a different and shortened lunch schedule.***
In an effort to bring some clarification to the events over the weekend, the
district would like to share the following:
- The picture posted last Friday evening is being treated as a terroristic threat
against White Oak ISD.
- White Oak Police Department is currently investigating this action and will
determine when and if any arrests will be made. The district enjoys a
positive working relationship with the WOPD and is working closely with
them to bring this matter to its proper conclusion.
- WOPD has sole authority and full discretion to make an arrest. This level of
legal authority is not assigned to the district.
- The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is, and has always been, the top
priority of the leadership of White Oak ISD. This situation is a testament to
our commitment to that priority. Action was taken to notify the police
immediately and the correct person was identified as the creator of the post.
As a result, when our students arrived at school on Tuesday, they were never
exposed to the threat posted Friday evening.
I want to once again assure the students, faculty, staff, and community of
White Oak ISD that your safety is a daily focus of this leadership team. I
acknowledge that the lack of detailed information can be frustrating. As a district,
we are bound by law to protect the privacy rights of the minors entrusted to our
care, even when bad decisions are made and consequences are required.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your overwhelming display of public
trust in the White Oak Independent School District. Attendance, district-wide, on
Tuesday, February 20th was just shy of 95%. The district sees this as a testimony to
the commitment we have to protect and educate your children on a daily basis.
Nominations for Gifted and Talented 1st – 5th grades will be accepted for the 2018 – 2019 school year beginning Monday, February 26th. Forms are available in the Primary and Intermediate offices. All nominations are due by Friday, March 9, 2018. For any questions, please call Lauren Secord at 903.291.2182.
On Friday evening, February 16, 2018, a picture was posted on the web that threatened harm to our school system. This threat was taken very seriously and White Oak PD took swift action to investigate the validity of the threat. By mid-morning, Saturday, February 17th, it was determined the threat was not real. Instead, it was a very ill-advised “prank” that led to a heightened level of concern for the District Leadership Team, White Oak PD and many members of the community.
Rest assured that this situation was handled swiftly, thoroughly and with the extreme level of concern merited by the message/picture sent. For those in the community that notified officials to raise this concern, Thank You for your action and level of awareness that allowed this to be handled in the appropriate manner.
White Oak ISD
We will have a school holiday on Monday, February 19th, to celebrate Presidents’ Day. While you are sitting in the house bored and wishing you were back at school, you could test your knowledge of United States Presidents. Here is a Symbaloo webmix that contains several interactive tasks. How many facts do you know?
This is a White Oak High School Student Council sponsored activity. Therefore, if you have any questions that are not addressed in the flyer above, please email Kim Taylor at [email protected]