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COVID-19 Information: Updates
COVID-19 Information: Updates
Dustin Barnes
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Updated April 6, 2:00 p.m. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson, in his daily news conference, announced that schools will remained closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  However, online instruction WILL continue.  Please contact your child's teacher and/or principal for clarification and questions as it relates to online instruction.  

Updated April 1, 1:00 p.m. 

Because of COVID-19 pandemic, the North Little Rock Board of Education held its March 30 Regular Board Meeting via Zoom.  

This video link of the meeting has been provided to keep the community informed.

This link takes you to the agenda.

Updated March 31, 5:00 p.m. 

--Club Eco Kidz has revised the times they will be providing meals to our students.  Beginning April 1, food distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This service is available on all campuses.

--Elementary principals and teachers have some important information for you as it relates to AMI.  This link takes you to the information, available in English and Spanish.

--NLRSD has provided a Pre K AMI document with activities and a daily routine to use during this closure.  You may access this document here or pick up a hard copy from a folder outside the front door of the following schools:

  • Pike View ECC
  • Amboy Elementary
  • Boone Park Elementary  
  • Glenview Elementary
  • Meadow Park Elementary
  • Seventh St. Elementary

The folders will be labeled “Pre-K AMI” and will be in English and Spanish.
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Please contact Pike View ECC at 501-771-8170 or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or need to update your contact information.  

Updated March 22, 4:48 p.m. 

“We have partnered with Club Eco Kidz, a local organization, and they will provide nutritious breakfast and lunch to our students starting March 23 through April 17! The organization will be at every elementary school, the middle school, the high school, and at the Academy. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. This will be grab and go.

Updated March 20, 8:57 p.m. 

To the Parents, Students, and Community:

Over the past week, the administrative team of the North Little Rock School District, which consists of Central Office staff, technology, principals, assistant principals, and teachers and have been collaborating to come up with meaningful ways to reach students in the age of COVID-19.  This is an unprecedented moment in our country. There is no textbook example of how educators in the past navigated challenges like the one with which we’re faced right now. Though this is a different time, we remain committed to making sure that our students are prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Governor Asa Hutchinson extended the school closure across the state until April 17.  We have also been made aware that spring testing has been canceled for this school year.  Our being out longer means that we must add to our Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) assignments.  We have heard from many of you about the assignments, and we appreciate the feedback and recommendations that you have provided us.  We ask that you are patient with us as this is a constantly-changing situation.

We want to make sure that our students are able to complete their assignments.  Below, you will find links that will take you to a Student Technology Survey. If you are without a computer, we ask that you complete the form by March 31.  This survey will allow us to gauge the needs of our students so that we can meet them to ensure that the learning process continues, even if they are not in a classroom.

Survey in English: https://tinyurl.com/syju4cw

Survey in Spanish:  https://tinyurl.com/tfmp43s

After we collect the responses, we will be communicating with you on the process of picking up the device.

Internet service:  As it relates to Internet service, we have learned about Comcast offering free Internet for two months.  After those two months have expired, you will have to pay a fee. You may call 1-855-8-INTERNET for additional information.  The service is not necessarily guaranteed for you, though. You will have to contact them to see if service is available in your area.

Again, thank you for your patience as we work through this new phenomena.  We are strong and resilient community. Together, we will get through this.

Estimados padres, estudiantes y comunidad:

Durante la semana pasada, el equipo administrativo del Distrito Escolar North Little Rock, que consiste en personal de la Oficina Central, tecnología, directores, subdirectores y maestros, y ha estado colaborando para encontrar formas significativas de llegar a los estudiantes en la era de COVID-19. Este es un momento sin precedentes en nuestro país. No hay ningún ejemplo de cómo los educadores en el pasado se enfrentaron a desafíos como el que enfrentamos en este momento. Aunque este es un momento diferente, seguimos comprometidos a asegurarnos de que nuestros estudiantes estén preparados para ser los líderes del mañana.

El gobernador Asa Hutchinson extendió el cierre de la escuela en todo el estado hasta el 17 de abril. También se nos informó que las pruebas de primavera se han cancelado para este año escolar. Estar fuera por más tiempo significa que debemos agregar a nuestras asignaciones de Método alternativo de instrucción (AMI). Hemos escuchado a muchos de ustedes acerca de las tareas, y apreciamos los comentarios y recomendaciones que nos han brindado. Le pedimos que sea paciente con nosotros, ya que esta es una situación en constante cambio.

Queremos asegurarnos de que nuestros estudiantes puedan completar sus tareas. A continuación, encontrará enlaces para una Encuesta de Tecnología Estudiantil. Si no tiene una computadora, le pedimos que complete el formulario antes del 31 de marzo. Esta encuesta nos permitirá evaluar las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes para que podamos satisfacerlos y garantizar que el proceso de aprendizaje continúe, incluso si no están en un aula.

Encuesta en inglés: https://tinyurl.com/syju4cw

Encuesta en español:  https://tinyurl.com/tfmp43s

Después de recopilar las respuestas, nos comunicaremos con usted sobre el proceso de recogida del dispositivo.

Servicio de Internet: En relación con el servicio de Internet, hemos aprendido que Comcast ofrece Internet gratis durante dos meses. Después de que hayan expirado los dos meses, deberá pagar una tarifa. Puede llamar al 1-855-8-INTERNET para obtener información adicional. Sin embargo, el servicio no está necesariamente garantizado para usted. Deberá contactarlos para ver si el servicio está disponible en su área.

Nuevamente, gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos en este nuevo fenómeno. Somos una comunidad fuerte y resistente. Juntos, superaremos esto. 

Updated March 20, 5:00 p.m. 

Dr. Keith McGee, Assistant Superintendent, and Lori Smith, Executive Director of Elementary Education, are answering a few of the questions that parents and students have asked over the past week.  This link takes you to the video.

In summary, here are the questions:

1. Explain the district's plan to ensure learning takes place over the next month?
2. If parents get to an assignment and are unable to help, what do they do?
3. Do you recommend 8 hours of coursework? If not, what do you recommend?
4. What are the expectations of the students?
5. What advice would you give parents as they help their students?

Updated March 19, 2:58 p.m. 

During today's news conference, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that all schools will remained closed until April 17.

We will continue to communicate with you.  Please stay safe, everyone.  Our students are missed and we look forward to reuniting with them. 

Updated March 13, 2:43 p.m.:

We have partnered with Rock Region Metro to take our students to our six sites for lunch on next week.  The bus rides will be free for all of our students.  Students 11 and younger will be allowed to have one adult chaperone to ride with them for free.

These are the route numbers for the respective sites:

North Little Rock High School (METRO Fixed Routes 4, 10) 
Glenview Elementary (METRO Fixed Route 18) 
Boone Park Elementary (METRO Fixed Route 13-adjacent) 
Ridge Road Elementary (METRO Fixed Route 4-adjacent)
Seventh Street Elementary (METRO Fixed Route 7)
Amboy Elementary (METRO Fixed Route 4)

Updated on March 13, 10 a.m.:

NLRSD will feed students next week, Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided at the following schools: North Little Rock High School, Glenview Elementary, Boone Park Elementary, Ridge Road Elementary, Seventh Street Elementary, and Amboy Elementary.

Any student can attend any site, no matter where they live.

This will be a grab-and-go lunch, so you will not be able to sit in the cafeteria.

Original Post:
As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, the North Little Rock School District will cancel classes for Friday, March 13, 2020, through the week of Spring Break.  Classes will resume on Monday, March 30.

All school events and after-care programs have been postponed until further notice.  All school buildings will be closed.  

School will dismiss at regular time today.

The district will implement Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) plans while school is out.   This link takes you to the lessons for elementary students, from Pre-K through 5th Grade.

Secondary students -- students in grades 6 through 12 -- can find their lessons on Google Classroom, Summit Learning Platform, or APEX.  

For those students without access to a computer, arrangements will be made upon their return.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.  Information will be available on our website and our social media channels.

The Arkansas Department of Health has established a call center staffed by health care professionals.  If have any questions or have exposure questions, call (800) 803-7847 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  If you have questions, after 4:30 p.m., call (501) 661-2136.  As you know this is still developing, so we’re learning more and more each day.

We’ll keep you posted on the very latest – when we get information to share with you. Visit our website or follow our social media channels -- Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.