SULPHUR, Okla. –The Oklahoma School the Deaf School kicked off the first day of school on Monday (August 27) without incident.
OSD delayed enrollment for one week due to a telephone threat to the school.
The threat did not deter parents from enrolling students Sunday afternoon and all day on Monday.
OSD’s main campus in Sulphur and the Edmond satellite preschool program had an increase in enrollment.
The number of students in the Chickasha pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade satellite program remained the same as last year.
For the 2018-2019 school year, OSD is resurrecting the home intervention program, ECCO (Enriching Children’s Communication Opportunities) for parents with deaf children from ages 3 through5 years.
The ECCO program is made possible through assistance from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
OSD is also considering expanding the home intervention program to include a parent-infant program that will meet one day a week on the OSD campus to work with families.
The OSDE was instrumental in purchasing iPads for all of the students enrolled at OSD late last spring to allow students to enter this school year with technology embedded into the curriculum.
OSD offers strong academic programs with highly qualified staff in their content areas, as well as deaf education.
Extracurricular opportunities are also available to students, including athletics, such as football, basketball, volleyball, track, cheerleading and golf.
OSD also offers clubs and organizations including academic teams, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, competitive math and reading teams, gymnastics, art club, National Honor Society and Key Club. The OSD Key Club is the only Key Club in a school for the Deaf in the United States.
“OSD’s extracurricular activities afford the OSD students that same opportunities for full participation in rich activities that hearing students may experience in public schools,” OSD Superintendent Larry Hawkins said.
As the state resource center on deafness, OSD has more than a 100-year history of providing educational resources to deaf and hard of hearing students, ages 2 through 12th grade, throughout the state of Oklahoma.
The school serves students at the main campus in Sulphur and two early childhood centers for ages 2 years through 3rd grade in Chickasha and birth through 5 years in Edmond.
OSD is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
For more information about OSD's athletics other programs and services, contact the school at 580-622-4900 or visit http://www.osd.k12.ok.us/.