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The health, safety, and well-being of each student, teacher, and support staff member is paramount.
Springdale Public Schools will follow the guidelines provided by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The use of personal protective equipment, physical distancing where possible, and in-depth cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be implemented.
In accordance with DESE guidelines, on-site (face-to-face) instruction for students will resume on August 24, 2020. Springdale Schools will also provide a K-12 virtual learning option for interested students. (Please click here for more information.)
The Springdale School District is committed to helping each student reach his or her full potential. Personalized learning has been and will continue to be our focus. We look forward to partnering with each of you in the creation of a culture focused on caring and safety as we navigate this new educational landscape together.
What is the first day for students?
The first day of school for students is August 24, 2020. This date will only change if ADH sends updated guidance with this requirement, but this is not anticipated.
What are some key definitions?
On-Site: Learning that occurs at school, sometimes referred to as face-to-face.
Remote: Learning that occurs at home or another site away from school. Remote learning will occur online and may include both asynchronous and synchronous learning methods.
Blended: Students attend school based on-site learning and remote learning through a combination of asynchronous and synchronous online teaching and learning methods.
Synchronous Online Learning - Learning in which participants interact at the same time and in the same place.
Asynchronous Online Learning - Methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, streaming video content, virtual libraries, posted lecture notes, and exchanges across discussion boards or social media platforms.
What is the difference between Alternate Method of Instruction (AMI) and remote learning?
Students will be issued devices to use at home for remote learning. Springdale Public Schools is working to expand wifi opportunities for students to engage in remote lessons synchronously and asynchronously.
Has the district chosen a Learning Management System (LMS)?
An LMS is an online location platform that helps individuals manage administration, tracking, reporting and delivering of courses, lessons and tests. Upon DESE approval, Springdale Public Schools will use the following LMS’s.
PK-2 : Seesaw
3-12: Google Classroom
How will you help fill any gaps my student has from the previous year?
Curriculum teams have worked on identifying missed essential standards and these will be addressed throughout the year in the curriculum and in concentrated support systems. Additionally, students will be assessed to determine individual strengths and deficits. These assessments will determine if students need additional support.
How will the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) needs of our students be addressed?
A back to school video is being created by Ozark Guidance Center (OGC) that will help teachers address specific SEL needs of their students due to COVID-19.
Parents will be provided SEL tools and sites that will help them understand the needs of their child.
SEL sites will be available to teachers and parents.
Counselors will be available to support students, families, and teachers.
Will face coverings be required?
Currently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the ADH are strongly recommending all individuals 10 years old and over wear a face covering. We are strongly recommending that adults and all students fifth grade and above wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be achieved, particularly on school buses. The ADH has not issued a directive to require face coverings; however, this does not downplay the importance of this additional safety measure.
Students 4th grade and below and those with health issues and special needs will not be asked to wear face coverings. However, these students will be highly encouraged to wear face coverings especially in areas with a high concentration of students where social distancing can not be maintained. In the event we have an increase in the number of positive cases, face coverings could be required.
Will bus transportation be provided?
Yes, the district’s transportation department will follow its traditional route model. Based on current ADH guidance, students in fifth grade and above will be required to wear face coverings when riding the bus. We are planning no changes to bus schedules or bus stops.
Will students at the elementary still have classes like PE, art, music, guidance and library?
Yes, students will continue to participate in activity classes, check out library books, and receive guidance and gifted instruction. In some cases, the teachers may present their lesson in the students’ classroom to reduce the amount of cleaning required. In other situations, such as PE, students may have an assigned area in the gym with specific materials assigned to their classroom.
Will my elementary student have recess?
Yes, elementary students will have recess time with restrictions that limit the number of students they come in contact with.
Will ADH social distancing guidelines be observed?
Social distancing will be observed as much as possible, but at times students will be closer than the recommended 6 ft. apart. When social distancing requirements can not be maintained, such as class change time, etc., students 5th grade and above will be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.
Due to ADH guidelines will classrooms be arranged differently to protect students?
Yes, classrooms will be arranged to provide more space between students along with additional measures. We will make every effort to provide distance but not limit students’ ability to interact and communicate with others in their classroom.
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, what will happen?
In the event an individual tests positive, we will follow the latest guidance from the ADH. We will be in direct contact with ADH. This could result in a brief closure of a single school within the district to provide time for additional cleaning and sanitation.
Does Springdale Public Schools have a virtual option for my student?
The Don Tyson School of Innovation (DTSOI) offers a K-12 completely online educational program for students who do not feel comfortable returning to onsite instruction. The virtual program is called Virtual Innovation Academy (VIA) and is commonly referred to as VIA DTSOI. Parents can sign up for VIA DTSOI at:
Students enrolled in VIA will be given an opportunity at the end of each semester to return to onsite instruction.
If students choose to enroll in VIA DTSOI, will they be able to participate in extracurricular activities? VIA DTSOI offers extracurricular activities for students in grades 6-12. Virtual students are allowed to participate in those activities. K-5 students enrolled in VIA DTSOI will not have the option to participate in extracurricular activities at DTSOI or their zoned elementary school.
Based on ADH guidelines, will we have open house, assemblies, concerts etc?
At this time, large events will occur in a virtual setting. Small in-person gatherings must comply with the most current ADH guidance.
Will students be able to participate in extracurricular activities and sports in the fall?
Yes, senior high and junior high athletes have already returned to campus to begin practice based on ADH and Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) guidance. We anticipate sports activities in the fall with possible modifications as required by the ADH and AAA.
Will there be restrictions for band and/or choir?
At this time, we are still awaiting ADH guidance on both band and choir. We will continue to serve students enrolled in band and/or choir classes while observing the most current guidelines. Band and choir also follow AAA guidance.
Will my student eat lunch in their classroom?
Based on current guidance, the ADH is recommending schools limit the number of students in the cafeteria. Proper sanitation of all areas will be completed after each meal. Students will not self-serve or share food. Parents are encouraged to send a water bottle with their student. Each water bottle should be clearly labeled with the student’s name.
What precautions will be implemented in regard to cleaning and sanitizing?
Sanitation and cleanliness is a high priority in the Springdale School District. Frequently touched surfaces (door knobs...) and restrooms will be cleaned continuously throughout the school day. We have continued to purchase disinfectant sprays to quickly sanitize rooms between usage. We will also provide time for hand washing and hand sanitizer throughout our campuses. Students will be asked to sanitize their hands each time they leave and enter a new space.
If a student comes to school sick, what will happen?
If a student is ill, then they should not come to school. If a student becomes ill at school, the school nurse will screen students. If a student has a temperature over 100.4, the student will be sent home and will need to be fever free for 48 hours without medication before returning to school. When the child returns to school, he/she will check in with the school nurse.
What happens if schools are prevented from having onsite instruction again?
Remote learning will take place if schools are prevented from having onsite instruction. This plan includes Pre-K -2nd grade using Seesaw, Grades 3-12 using Google Classroom, and DTSOI using Schoology to submit assignments. Teachers will utilize Zoom to deliver live lessons. Students will learn how to use these Learning Management Systems by participating in lessons throughout the week while at school.
Will our students have the same arrival and dismissal times?
At this time, arrival and dismissal times will be the same as previous school years. In order to increase social distancing and to decrease the number of students in the cafeteria and gym before school starts, additional locations may be identified for student arrival.
How will the district serve students with special needs or weakened immune systems?
Students with special needs or weakened immune systems will be accommodated through both onsite and remote instruction. If parents have concerns about their student, who may be at high-risk because of COVID-19, they may explore the virtual learning option which allows the student to continue their education from the safety of their own home.
In the event of remote learning, how will the district serve students who have special needs (Special Education, 504, Dyslexia, etc)?
In the event of a school closure, students will participate in live instruction with scheduled Zoom sessions.
We will provide more information in the upcoming days.