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Attendance Awareness, Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Hiring and Employment Opportunities

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Three Things:

  • September is Attendance Awareness Month because school attendance matters!
  • 2nd annual Hispanic Heritage Festival hosted by Tulsa Public Schools – Saturday, 9/23
  • Make a difference – refer someone to work at Tulsa Public Schools

September is Attendance Awareness Month! Did you know that students can still fall behind even if they miss school just a day or two every few weeks? Attendance matters! As we start the school year, it is important to set regular bed-time and morning routines and make sure to have a back-up plan for getting your child to school. Every day of learning counts, and we want your child in class – on time – every day. If you need help with your child’s attendance, contact your child’s school.

Here’s how you can support your child’s attendance:

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine;
  • Get clothes ready and pack backpacks the night before;
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if you are unable to take your child;
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session; and
  • Talk to teachers or the school counselor if your child seems anxious about going to school.

Visit for more information about building good attendance habits.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Sept. 23 at the Gathering Place

Tulsa Public Schools will host its second annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 23 from 5:00 pm - 10:00pm at the Gathering Place!

This will be a free community event to celebrate and recognize the contributions and cultural diversity of our Hispanic students, families, and team members through music, dance, food, local vendor showcases, and more! Find more information on our flyer and see photos of last year’s Hispanic Heritage Festival here.

Refer someone to work at Tulsa Public Schools!

Make a difference by making a referral! As a valued member of the Tulsa Public Schools Community, your input means a lot to us! We know that you know fantastic and talented people, and we'd love the opportunity to recruit your friends and family members to work with our district!  Sharing your personal and professional networks helps to ensure we recruit the best of the best! With a wide variety of teaching opportunities as well as district support roles outside the classroom, Tulsa Public School is… One Team- Unlimited Possibilities! If you know of anyone who might be looking for a new opportunity and would be a good fit at Tulsa Public Schools, please fill out this form: 

Plan for the future at our Beyond College and Career Fair – All high school juniors and seniors are invited to our 11th annual Beyond College and Career Fair on September 29 from 9am to 1:30pm at the University of Tulsa Reynolds Center located at 3208 E. 8th St. Students can meet with more than 80 recruiters and representatives from colleges, employers, and the military. Get more information (Spanish Flier, English Flier) and register here. Transportation will be provided.

Supports for Native American students. Our Indian Education team offers tutoring, school supplies, cultural services, academic, and other services for Native American students. Click here to learn more about our Indian Education program, and eligible students can complete the required 506 form to access services.

Team Tulsa is hiring! We have full- and part-time roles available throughout the district. Visit to learn more and apply today.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday, September 5: No school – Educator professional development. Click here for the 2023-2024 school calendar.
  • Saturday, September 23: second annual Tulsa Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 23 from 5:00 pm - 10:00pm at the Gathering Place!
  • September 29: Beyond College & Career Fair, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm network with more than 80 colleges and businesses/employers at the University of Tulsa’s Reynolds Center. Transportation provided from every high school for juniors and seniors. (Spanish Flier, English Flier)
  • September 30: Free/Reduced Price Meal applications due for middle school and high school students. Students who qualify will receive meals free of charge or for a discounted price for the 2023-2024 school year.

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 Complete your free/reduced meal application today! Students who qualify through the Free/Reduced Price Meal application may be eligible for:

  • Daily breakfast and lunch meals free of charge or at a discounted cost;
  • Discounted or waived college application fees;
  • Discounted or waived registration fees for the SAT/ACT;
  • Discounted internet bill; and
  • Discounted or waived fees for some sports in and out of school.

Click here to access the application.

Thanks to federal recovery funds, we were able to invest in air quality improvements in our buildings, Ready. Set. Summer! programming, and enrichment programs to address learning loss. Learn more about ESSER (federal recovery) funding here.

Tulsa Public Schools students lead through literacy, are empowered through experience, and contribute to their community. We honor the diversity, creativity, and passion of our students, elevating every student to be designers of their destiny. Learn more about Pathways to Opportunity, our plan for the next five years.

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