I wanted to take a moment to make you aware of the latest information
we received today regarding the coronavirus (COVID 19) and acknowledge
questions regarding school closings. Local school boards and school
superintendents have been told that the Arkansas Department of Education
(ADE), in consultation with the Arkansas Department of Health, shall
provide guidance to local school districts to address concerns related
to the virus and take all actions necessary to ensure the continuation
The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Secretary of
Education, shall have sole authority to close public school campuses
throughout the state for reasons related to COVID-19.
As stated in previous correspondence, we will continually be
monitoring this situation for new developments and/ or actions directed
by the state. In the event that schools are closed, you will receive an
all call notification and information will be posted to the website and
In addition to our communication, the Arkansas Department of Education also provides information and updates related to the coronavirus consistently at dese.ade.arkansas.gov.
As a precaution, the Arkansas Athletic Association (AAA) which
governs high school athletics has cancelled all athletic events
beginning March 15 – March 30. Furthermore, SNSD will continue to
evaluate school-sponsored travel plans and ask school-district employees
to consider risks associated with their personal travel plans,
including spring break.
Below are some general guidelines and reminders to help prevent the spread of illnesses.
Guidance from the CDC for those potentially exposed to Coronavirus:
Any suspected case (with symptoms) of COVID-19 should be reported
to ADH immediately at 501-537-8969 (M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) or
1-800-554-5738 (after hours and weekends).
During these times, we are grateful for the strength and togetherness
of our community. Please continue to look for further information from
us on this matter.
Jason Black, Superintendent of Schools