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Important Health Update from Supt. Mike Poore 3.13.20

Important Health Update from Supt. Mike Poore 3.13.20 (PDF)

Little Rock School District Office of the Superintendent letterhead

March 13, 2020

 

Dear LRSD Community:

What an amazing 48 hours we’ve all lived through.  Like you, I became aware of the Covid-19 virus several weeks ago.  I had no idea how it would so directly impact our Little Rock School District community. These past two days have been remarkable, not only in the announcements that we’ve had to make, but also in the positive responses from our LRSD staff and community in supporting our students.

I don’t think it can be said enough that we all must be guided by the fact that we remove as much fear as we possibly can.  The State has provided three significant tools to share information and to offer medical support for our citizens:

· Healthy.Arkansas.gov – current information from the Arkansas Department of Health
1-800-803-7847 – 24 hour hotline for COVID-19 questions

· uamshealth.com – 24-hour digital connection to healthcare professionals – UAMS

· 1-800-743-3616 – 24-hour hotline for issues related to children’s health – ACH

I want to personally thank staff who reported to work today on March 13th.  We had a mixture of classified, certified, and administrators, who all came to their schools to help answer phones and to help with distribution of lunches to our students.  Meeting the food needs of our students continues this weekend, as well as through all of next week, thanks to a unique partnership with multiple entities, all wanting to support families who may be economically challenged.

Attached here, you will find a news release from Mayor Frank Scott’s office regarding the food program that will impact the entire little rock community over the next several days. (Also included as a separate link.) It provides sites and schedules, so everyone can understand the grab-and-go opportunities for our students for breakfast and lunch.

I want to thank our community partners who have worked on this effort, which include the City of Little Rock, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Central Arkansas Library System, the Clinton Foundation, and Rock Region Metro transportation. 

This next paragraph might be important for all, but it is specifically directed to LRSD employees.  Today, principals were provided a work plan designated for all year-round employees.  We also contacted Transportation and Security classified employees to ask them to report to work next week to support our grab-and-go meal service.  Other classified employees will not be asked to work next week, but will be asked to make up work days at the end of the school year in accordance with their contracts. This allows us to ensure that all employees are treated fairly and that no employee’s paycheck is impacted as we respond to the Covid-19 virus. 

Here are a few other reminders that we believe will be helpful.  All school-sponsored activities have been cancelled through the end of Spring Break, March 27th. This includes trips, practices for individual sports, the State Championship Basketball game between Central and Conway, and events (Artistry in the Rock, Computer Power Day, Chess Tournament, etc.).  LRSD has also cancelled all out-of-state field trips and professional development travel through the end of this school year.  

We will continue to update you using multiple communication channels, including ParentLink. You may select your preferred notification settings in ParentLink by visiting lrsd.parentlink.net.   We can promise you that we will continue to update and communicate with you as new information becomes available.

Please remember to follow the basic healthy habits that have been repeatedly shared:  frequent hand-washing, limit physical greetings, and call your doctor or use the UAMS website if you need medical advice.  We know these are challenging times, but we will get through them together – through the “Power of US.”  Thank you for your patience and continued support.

 

Sincerely,
Mike Poore Signature

Mike Poore
Superintendent of Schools

 


(City of Little Rock Press Release)

 

City of Little Rock Arkansas Logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 13, 2020

Contact: Lamor Williams | (c) 501 804 4822 (e) llwilliams@littlerock.gov

Stephanie Jackson | (c) 501 539 3960 | (e) sbjackson@littlerock.gov

 

Agencies Come Together to Provide Meals During School Closure

LITTLE ROCK – The City of Little Rock continues to monitor the public health crisis created by the outbreak of COVID-19. In response, City staff has worked with community partners to develop a plan for feeding students who will not be able to receive meals due to school closures and City leadership has made modifications to operations aimed at preventing the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Student feeding plan
The Arkansas Department of Health closed all Pulaski County schools through March 30. Many students receive their only weekday meals from the schools they attend. Additionally, some schools also send weekend meal items with students on Fridays. To keep those students from being hungry during the mandatory school closures, the City of Little Rock worked with several community partners to develop the following feeding schedule.

Saturdays
There are two Saturdays (March 14 and 21) included in the school closure period. On each Saturday, grab-and-go lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Chicot Elementary, 11100 Chicot Road
  • McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road
  • Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road
  • Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive

On March 14, the lunches are being provided by the Clinton Foundation.

Sundays
There are two Sundays (March 15 and 22) included in the school closure period. On each Sunday, grab-and-go lunches will be available from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the following locations:

On March 15, the lunches will be provided by the Clinton Foundation. On both Sundays, transportation will be provided on Rock Region Metro fixed routes as on Saturdays for free from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Chicot Elementary
  • McMath Library
  • Dee Brown Library
  • Terry Library

Weekdays
During the weeks of March 16 and March 23, walk-up and drive-up sites will be open for grab-and-go breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Chicot Elementary School
  • Carver Elementary School, 2100 E. 6thStreet
  • King Elementary School, 905 MLK Drive
  • Romine Elementary School, 3400 Romine Road
  • Stephens Elementary School, 3700 W. 18th
  • Terry Elementary School, 10800 Mara Lynn Road
  • McClellan High School, 9417 Geyer Springs Road

Additionally, three CALS libraries will also be open as walk-up and drive-up sites for grab-and-go lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Dee Brown Library
  • Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester St.
  • Sid McMath Library

Working together to provide these valuable meals are: Central Arkansas Library System, City of Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation, Hunger Relief Alliance, the Little Rock School District and World Central Kitchen.

Rock Region Metro Information

Saturdays (March 14 and 21)
On both Saturdays, those in need of transportation will be able to travel on Rock Region Metro Connect Zone 9 and METRO Fixed Routes 8 and 23; details can be found at rrmetro.org. Youth ages 12-18 will be able to ride Rock Region METRO Connect and Fixed Route buses for free from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Youth 11 and under are required to travel with one guardian, and each will be able to ride for free during the same period.

Sundays (March 15 and 22)
On both Sundays, those in need of transportation will be able to travel on Rock Region Metro METRO Fixed Routes 8 and 23; details can be found at rrmetro.org. Youth ages 12-18 will be able to ride Rock Region METRO Connect and Fixed Route buses for free from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Youth 11 and under are required to travel with one guardian, and each will be able to ride for free during the same period. Note – METRO Connect Zone 9 does not operate on Sunday 

Monday-Friday (Weeks of March 16 and March 23)
On weekdays, , those in need of transportation will be able to travel on Rock Region Metro Connect Zone 9 and METRO Fixed Routes 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 22 and 23; details can be found at rrmetro.org. Youth ages 12-18 will be able to ride Rock Region METRO Connect and Fixed Route buses for free from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Youth 11 and under are required to travel with one guardian, and each will be able to ride for free during the same period.

Bus Routes:

  • Chicot Elementary (METRO Fixed Route 22)­ ­– 11100 Chicot Road
  • Carver Elementary School (METRO Fixed Route 12) ­– 2100 East 6th
  • King Elementary School (METRO Fixed Route 11) ­– 905 Martin Luther King Dr.
  • Romine Elementary School (METRO Fixed Route 14 and/or METRO Connect Zone 9) ­– 3400 Romine Road
  • Stephens Elementary School (METRO Fixed Route 16) ­– 3700 West 18th
  • Terry Elementary School (METRO Fixed Route 5 – adjacent) ­– 10800 Mara Lynn Rd.
  • McClellan High School (METRO Fixed Routes 17, 22, 23 - adjacent) ­– 9417 Geyer Springs Road
  • Dee Brown Library (METRO Fixed Routes 22, 23) ­– 6325 Baseline Road
  • Sue Cowan Williams Library (METRO Fixed Route 16) ­– 1800 South Chester St.
  • McMath Library (METRO Connect Zone 9) ­– 2100 John Barrow Road
  • Terry Library (METRO Fixed Route 8) – 2015 Napa Valley Drive

Modified Operations at City Buildings
City buildings will remain open for public business. However, to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, visitors to city facilities will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to assess risk. They will be asked:

  • Have you visited any of the regions listed below in the last 14 days: China, Iran, Europe or South Korea?
  • Have you had contact with someone known to be infected with or, under investigation for COVID-19?
  • Have you experienced any of the following symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as cough, sore throat, and fever? Temperatures may not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for any visitor entering the facility.

Answering yes to any of these questions will prevent the visitor from entering the City facility.

COVID-19 Task Force Meeting
The City of Little Rock COVID-19 Task Force will meet today at 1 p.m. in the City Hall Board Room. Chaired by City Director Dr. Dean Kumpuris, the volunteer group has been tasked with making recommendations to Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. to inform policy decisions related to City operations.

Board of Directors Meeting
The City Board of Directors will continue to meet. However, residents are encouraged to watch the meeting from LittleRock.gov or directly from the City of Little Rock YouTube channel.

Courts
Little Rock District Court-Criminal Court will not shut down any of its essential court functions and will continue to maintain and monitor its day-to-day operations. District Court-Criminal Court is working in cooperation with the City of Little Rock, as well as with other law enforcement agencies and/or community partners. Little Rock District Court-Criminal Court will continue to monitor hearings/trials as necessary, and will re-examine bonds (on in-custody jail inmates), as needed. 

Environmental Court has been suspended for the week of March 16. People with cases scheduled for the week should call 501-371-4454 if the court has not already contacted them.