COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
APSD COVID Reporting Guidelines 2021-2022
UPDATED 2021-22 COVID-19 Arkansas Guidance for Schools
Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) COVID-19 Tracking Tool School district data on this website consists of ALL residents in each school district, not just students and staff, but all individuals living within the boundaries of the school district.
March 16, 2022
Total APSD Cases: 0
CASES PER CAMPUS
Perritt Primary School : 0
Peake Elementary School : 0
Goza Middle School : 0
Arkadelphia High School : 0
Arkadelphia School District is committed to providing transparent factual information about COVID-19 safety. Names of students and staff members will not be shared with the public. The above data reflects the active positive COVID-19 cases for students and staff (combined) reported to the District Point of Contact by Thursday afternoon for the weekly reporting. Data does include virtual students and staff.
District Point of Contact:
Beth Hasley 870-210-6791
In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our schools and community, we are asking all staff and parents/guardians of students who are in attendance onsite for classes or activities to keep your student home and notify our designated Point of Contact immediately when the following occurs:
Your child has any symptoms of illness, regardless of vaccination status or known exposure. Please do not send your child to school with symptoms of COVID-19 without speaking to your school nurse.
Symptoms can include cough, body aches, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, fever/chills, and loss of taste or smell.
Someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
Students attending on-site and employees who are being tested for COVID-19.
Please monitor for symptoms daily and keep your child home if he or she has any symptoms of illness. You may call Beth Hasley anytime to discuss your concerns.
When notified of a positive case, the POC (Point Of Contact) will work with families on quarantine guidelines. Those guidelines are mandated by the Arkansas Department of Health and are subject to change throughout the year.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced in his press conference on Tuesday, February 1 that schools should follow new quarantine guidelines in order to balance the education and physical well-being of schools. Beginning tomorrow, February 3, contact tracing and quarantine of students will not be in effect. Any student who is currently quarantined has the option to stay home until his or her assigned return date or come back onsite beginning tomorrow. A positive case requires that the individual be isolated for at least five days.
Any student or staff member who tests positive must report his or her’s positive results to the APSD Point of Contact, Beth Hasley, email firstname.lastname@example.org or you may reach Beth at (870) 210-6791.
For questions concerning this new procedure, please
Arkansas Ready For Learning 2021-22 COVID-19 Guidance for Schools
On-Campus Ready for Learning Updates For the 2021-22 School Year
Due to the elevation in the number of current APSD COVID positive cases according to ACHI COVID-19 Dashboard, masks will be REQUIRED for all students and staff on buses and at school beginning Thursday, January 6, 2022. Please wear a mask to school. We will continue to be diligent in our cleaning and distancing efforts in order to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. Thank you for your help in mitigating the spread of virus.
During a special called meeting on August 10, 2021 the Arkadelphia School Board voted to implement a mask mandate. All employees, students, and visitors are now required to wear a face mask while in a school district building or on a school bus. This requirement will be reviewed after 30 days. The public was notified of this change through digital communications on the District Website and Social Media accounts.
In the regular October board meeting, the Arkadelphia School Board voted to transition the face covering policy to be optional for K-12 students and staff effective Wednesday, October 20. Thank you to parents, staff, and students for your cooperation. The Arkadelphia Public School Administration and Nursing staff will continue to monitor COVID cases affecting our schools and consider any necessary recommendations in the future.
APSD Virtual Option 2021-22
After receiving feedback from teachers, students, and families, APSD submitted a Digital Learning Plan utilizing the Act 1240 waiver process. Our application went through a rigorous vetting process at the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) before being recommended to the State Board of Education (SBE). Approval by the SBE allowed necessary waivers for the district to operate a remote or blended learning programming option for students in addition to their required in-person instructional option. Students enrolled in an approved digital program will be coded and recognized as a virtual student and may have different requirements than traditional students
Information for the online learning option may be viewed on the Arkadelphia Public School 2021-22 Online Learning Information webpage.
The Arkadelphia School District will be mindful of activities associated with regular school operations that could create a higher risk for COVID-19 transmission and review ADH guidance for specific activity or event protocols.
Various school-related guidelines can be accessed at COVID-19 Arkansas Department of Health:
We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our students and staff healthy. Please feel free to reach out to your school principal or the Statewide Ready to Learn Resource Center at 1-833-353-6050.