Back to School 2020!
Letter from Supt. Mike Poore
Dear Little Rock School District Family:
Thank you for your patience as we work to develop plans to return to school. You, your children, and all the staff at LRSD have done an extraordinary job adjusting to a total transformation of education as we closed out 2019-20 school year in the midst of a pandemic. We will continue to monitor developments while also focusing on the beginning a new school year, how the future will look and how we will return to school buildings and classrooms. Our team has spent the past few weeks gathering and reviewing input from parents and teachers and is now working to provide options that best meet student needs.
As we committed, I am writing today with an important update and an opportunity for you to continue lending your voice to the next steps in planning for this fall.
We must continue to make decisions based on the health and safety of our students and staff and be prepared to follow guidance issued by health experts and other important authorities as any changes occur. Since we don’t know what the state of the coronavirus will be at that time, we must be prepared to offer options for teaching and learning. The options we are presenting to you are briefly outlined below. We will monitor and adjust as the circumstances warrant.
Throughout it all, our goal remains to provide as much in-person learning as possible, and give every student the needed academic support while keeping them safe. But, we will need your help. Our partnership is vital to the success of students and their educational outcomes.
Working together, we will build a strong, safe, and bright future for our school community. Thank you for your continued support.
Superintendent of Schools
2020 Reentry Plan
Little Rock School District is working hard this summer to meet the needs of your family, as we prepare to return to school with virtual and in-person options. Currently, our state government intends to resume school as normally as possible for the 2020-2021 school year.
Our goal will be to provide a safe learning environment that includes a rich educational experience, with opportunities for social interaction and extracurricular activities. LRSD will adhere to current guidance provided by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in planning for re-opening.
Little Rock School District students will have the option of attending school on-site or virtually (online) for the 2020-2021 school year. If your student or anyone in your household has underlying health issues, we suggest that you consider virtual (online) learning this year.
Below is a basic summary of your options for the year. Please note, there may be changes to each option as updated guidelines are released. Any new expectations will be clearly communicated.
- Students who attend school on-site will have as normal an experience as possible. Keep in mind, that changes to policies and procedures may be needed to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. LRSD is considering all options to create physical distancing and promote the use of handwashing, masks, etc.
- The district will be replacing itsLearning and Edmentum with Schoology. On-site classes will be taught normally with the addition of all teachers utilizing Schoology to enhance instruction. If we should be required to close schools again, the use of Schoology will allow staff and students to transition to full online instruction as seamlessly as possible while still allowing for student/teacher interaction.
- Students are encouraged to bring their own device (iPad, tablet, laptop, cell phone, etc.) to school daily. In the event a student does not have a device, the district will provide one.
- Currently the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is advising the use of cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus. It is the expectation that students and staff will wear masks where social distancing may be a challenge. This includes buses, hallways, and potentially, classrooms. This is an area where we wish we could be more definitive, but as has been demonstrated over the last week the “mask” issue continues to evolve. The use of masks is strongly recommended, especially when social distancing cannot be achieved. However, the District is still awaiting additional guidance from the State and the Arkansas Department of Health and will provide an update as soon as we get clarification. Meanwhile, LRSD encourages parents/guardians to send a face mask with their student to school that their child feels comfortable wearing. The District will have 3 ply disposable masks available along with hand sanitizer on campuses, as well. Ultimately, LRSD will follow the ADH guidance regarding face covering when school resumes on August 13, 2020.
- Students will receive access to the same curriculum and special services as students attending on-site. Instruction will be accessed via Schoology and guided by an assigned LRSD teacher.
- Students will be expected to participate in the virtual environment daily, however, schedules may be fluid to meet the needs of students. Attendance will be taken daily.
- Students will be allowed to participate/attend extracurricular activities and other events.
- Students will maintain their seat in their assigned school.
- Choosing virtual instruction will not affect a student’s school placement for the following year.
Parents should indicate their choice in instructional delivery for each child in the home by Monday, July 6, 2020. (This date has been extended) Fill out the form by clicking the following link: https://securek12.lrsd.org/MyChoiceFall2020/. If no response is received, it will be assumed the student is attending school in person.