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April 6, 2020
Parents and Guardians,
It was announced by Governor Asa Hutchinson this afternoon that all Arkansas schools will remain closed for onsite instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Accordingly, all Elkins Schools will remain closed, and we will continue to operate under our digital learning guidelines. This announcement was not completely unexpected, and our digital learning plan can certainly continue without interruption during this unprecedented event. Our staff will continue to deliver high quality lessons so that our students can continue learning while not being able to meet in the classroom.
Obviously today’s announcement will have a tremendous impact on some of the culminating school events that normally take place during the final two months of the school year. Many of these events will be cancelled while others, like high school graduation, will be postponed until an undetermined date. Over the next few weeks we will work on contingency plans, but it is impossible to make concrete plans when we do not know when the guidelines on social distancing will change. As more time passes and we receive more concrete information from the Arkansas Department of Health we can finalize plans, and then communicate those plans to students and parents. Please be patient as we work through that process.
I want to remind you that this Friday, April 10 is a day off on the 2019-2020 school calendar. Students, teachers, and other staff should consider this a holiday. Please continue to encourage your child(ren) to practice healthy habits such as frequent hand washing. Also, continue to follow the social distancing guidelines that have been advised by the CDC and Arkansas Department of Health. We all have to do our best to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
”Committed to Excellence”
3/19/20 – Parent and/or Guardian Alert Call/Email Message:
Governor Hutchinson announced today that schools will be closed until April 17th. Elkins Schools will continue with our digital learning plan during the extended school closure. Next week is spring break, but lessons from this week, March 16 -20th, are due on March 28th.
Our WIFI on Wheels locations will have Internet access available today. If you go to a WIFI on Wheels location and cannot access something that has been posted by your teacher in Google Classroom please open a live chat to ask for help, and the issue will be fixed. The chat link and other digital learning information is available on the school website at elkinsdistrict.org under the digital learning tab.