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A Message from Superintendent Bobby Acklin on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
A Message from Superintendent Bobby Acklin on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Bobby Acklin
Monday, March 02, 2020

Dear Parents and Patrons of the North Little Rock School District,

I’m sure you are aware of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in China and has been in the news over the past few months. We want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through reliable sources, such as our local health department, the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  There are no cases or suspected cases within the district or in our community, and health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.

NLRSD will continue to monitor informational updates and follow the guidance of our local, state, and federal health agencies to keep our community informed and healthy. 

Much is being learned about this new virus. It is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread.  Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.  At this time, persons considered at risk are those who traveled to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with COVID-19. 

Based on current information, health officials are recommending that local communities and schools take the same steps to protect against COVID-19 that help prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover the mouth and nose with the inside of the elbow when sneezing or coughing.
  • Wash hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing the nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.

NLRSD will continue following our usual protocol. A student will be sent home if he/she has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, or any other contagious symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) and will need to remain home until symptom free for 24 hours, without the use of medications. Also, parents should call and inform the campus nurse of any confirmed virus diagnosis.

Our campus staff reinforce healthy habit messages as a general practice. In addition, our custodial crew is diligent about keeping our schools as clean as possible, using disinfecting products where appropriate.

For questions concerning the coronavirus, the Arkansas Department of Health has established a call center staff by health care providers.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., those with urgent, non-urgent or possible exposure questions should call (800) 803-7847.

After 4:30 p.m., urgent calls needing an immediate response should call (501) 661-2136.

Sincerely, 

Bobby Acklin
Superintendent of Schools