With the majority of middle school teachers and a good chunk of the high school faculty advocating in Oklahoma City, Ardmore City Schools coped by combining classes.

High school classes doubled up to make up for the lack of teachers Wednesday. At the middle school, students stayed in the same classroom for the entire school day. Superintendent Kim Holland said the school had planned to work around the gaps left by teacher delegates.  

“We’d planned to be in school to allow for some sort of normalcy, but still allow teachers to (go to) the state house,” Holland said.

Holland said a large number of students were absent as well, despite two robocalls and emails home to parents explaining that school would be in session on Wednesday.

“I don’t think there was true confusion, I think they’ve allowed their kids to stay home,” Holland said. “Which I understand.” 

Holland said he anticipates more teachers will be back at school on Thursday, and Friday will be a professional development day. Ardmore has no plans to officially close any day this week.  

Ardmore Middle School teacher Mary “The Fox” Johnson said teachers made the best of an unusual situation.

“I think it worked out smoothly,” Johnson said.

She said she had about 35 students in her classroom on Wednesday and is prepared to teach 50 on Thursday. 

“We did wonderfully,” Johnson said. “We went on with the school day, and teachers had the chance to be a little more creative.”

Many districts that were planning on shutting down for the statewide teacher walkout changed their plans after House Bill 1010xx, which provides some education funding and pay raises for teacher and support staff, passed. Dickson Public Schools was in session on Monday, while districts like Sulphur remained closed.