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Message From The Superintendent
10/31/2019

Press ReleasePampa ISD is aware of a report that appeared on local news about a former student. We are saddened by the report, as Pampa ISD does not agree that it accurately reflects the circumstances surrounding the services the student received from the District. The District’s actions were reported in this story without appropriate context or consideration of all the surrounding circumstances. At all times, the District staff acted in a manner we believe was the best interest and safety of all students, including the student in question, and staff. No student was ever harmed and parents are informed of all actions taken with their children. This practice was and is consistently followed. After obtaining parent consent, the District agreed to answer questions about the matter that was the subject of the news story, and the school's special education program in general. However, the story failed to include the District’s explanation and response to this specific matter. It is disappointing that our local news media would proceed without providing the full story.

As noted in the report, the Texas Education Agency conducted an investigation based on a complaint filed on behalf of the student who was the subject of the report. That investigation resulted in no findings of noncompliance against the District and a determination that no corrective action or compensatory services were necessary for the student. Regardless of a student’s individual circumstances, Pampa ISD is committed to providing every student an opportunity to be successful in a safe learning environment. We continually assess and improve our practices in our commitment to meet this expectation, and expressly note that our teachers and support staff alike are fully committed to this mission. We appreciate the support of all our staff and parents.

Thank you,

Tanya Larkin, Superintendent


Weather Statement/Delayed Start FRIDAY
10/24/2019
Special Weather Statement 

Today, Pampa ISD will release at the regularly scheduled times to provide the city an opportunity to clear roads. Also, Pampa ISD will have a late start at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, October 25th. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed. As always, the safety of our students and staff is important to us. We appreciate your cooperation with this crazy panhandle weather!


Parent Feedback Requested By Board of Trustees
10/16/2019

Parent SurveyThe Board of Trustees of the Pampa ISD have requested that administration conduct a study into the perceptions and processes involved in utilizing corporal punishment as part of the student discipline plan at all Pampa ISD campuses.  We are seeking your thoughts on this matter.  Corporal punishment is defined as “spanking, hitting, whooping,” and is the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correcting or controlling the child’s behavior (Donnelly & Straus, 2005). Please take just a few minutes to complete the survey.  We appreciate your feedback and welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions.

 

Corporal Punishment Survey


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