'Routes To Resources' Helps Give Assistance To OKCPS Students, Families

Wednesday, December 9th 2020, 4:44 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine

Oklahoma City Public Schools launched a program to help students and families in need to get school resources.

Dr. Marsha Herron with OKCPS said "Routes to Resources" brings together transportation, students and staff support to help make sure students with fundamental needs get crucial supplies and services, especially during virtual education.

"The needs are overwhelming. You know folks have lost their jobs. We see a lot in our homeless education program where families are doubled up,” Herron said.

With Routes to Resources, students and families can get technical and connectivity help, food, clothing, school supplies and visits with school counselors and nurses.

OKCPS school buses can either visit homes and neighborhoods in need of help or families can visit locations where Routes to Resources will be holding an event to pick up supplies.

"Oh it's been super helpful. We are finding people who say I haven't been connected, our kids haven't been connected because our utility has been turned off for 20 days,” Herron said.

Herron said support staff will go out to these homes to check their Internet and connection and/or staff will make sure those students stay enrolled, when oftentimes with low attendance, students will get dropped.

Click here for more information on Routes to Resources and where you can find pick up locations.