Please review and share the following information from ADE/DESE.
ADE/DESE COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 Guidance for Special Education Services in Arkansas
Alternative Methods of Instruction Guidance Document
COVID-19 Outage FAQs
To view Governor Hutchinson’s press conference, go to https://bit.ly/2Uk9LeG. To learn more about Arkansas’ efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, visit https://bit.ly/2Qx1qTE.
UPDATES to COVID-19 Guidance (4-9-20)
See Commissioner's Memo LS-20-089 for information regarding continuation of AMI (grading, time on task), federal funds and waivers, stabilization funds (CARES Act), employee work, executive order/suspended provisions, school-level plans, statewide information reporting cycles 7,8, & 9, background checks/fingerprinting, employee hiring, licensure exceptions, end-of-year employee evaluations, child nutrition/meal delivery, career & technical education, Perkins V, ACT, and advanced placement.
UPDATES to COVID-19 Guidance (4-14-20)
See Commissioner's Memo LS-20-101: "The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is releasing, The Arkansas Instructional Guidance for Extended Year AMI to support schools during this time of extended closure for onsite instruction due to public health concerns. The guidance was developed by DESE staff, with feedback from school superintendents, teachers, parents, and after review of other states' guidance around instructional considerations for continued Alternative Methods of Instruction."
UPDATES to COVID-19 Guidance (4-20-20)
See Commissioner's Memo LS-20-089 for information regarding waiver of provisions, graduation guidance, and plans for restart and recovery.
UPDATES to COVID-19 GUIDANCE (4-27-2020)
On April 25, Governor Hutchinson and Secretary Key announced requirements for districts to follow in planning for high school graduation ceremonies. Traditional high school graduation ceremonies are restricted until July 1 at the earliest. DESE will consult with ADH to review data and re-evaluate the situation as we approach July 1 and continue to make decisions based on current public health data.
See Commissioner's Memo LS-20-089 for further information.
UPDATES to COVID-19 GUIDANCE (4-29-2020)
See Commissioner's Memo LS-20-089 for information regarding attendance, summer school, CARES funding and Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds, students with disabilities, school-based mental health, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) hotline.