Alyssa Jenkins
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dear Buckaroo Community,

I hope that your summer fun and time with family and friends is well underway! The Smackover-Norphlet School District is excited to announce the return to on site instruction this fall! First and foremost, I want you to know that our educators and staff members are working hard this summer to ensure when our students arrive back on campus this August, it is safe, practical, and user friendly for all! SNSD staff will return August 6th for professional development, and our first day of school for students will be August 13th! As we continue to monitor recommendations and guidance from the health agencies, state, and federal governments, we have begun the planning process. We currently have three teams working hard to develop plans for 2020-2021:

  1. Logistics Team– A team dedicated to developing a plan for all staff and student interaction upon return to campuses (faculty and student PPE needs and expectations, transportation, registration, open house, food services, cleaning schedules, etc.)  
  2. Curriculum & Instruction Team– A team dedicated to developing a plan for blended learning (student learning in the traditional school/ campus building setting and virtual instruction from home), professional development for district staff, and technology applications and needs  
  3. State Documentation Team– A team dedicated to ensuring we are applying, documenting, and fulfilling all state and federal requirements during this time

These teams have been meeting weekly and developing plans that will be utilized starting this school year. As we continue to monitor guidance from state and federal agencies, we are continually updating our plans to adjust to their recommendations. Although these circumstances have required more planning for our district and community, it has also provided our district an opportunity to grow stronger. We are very excited to announce our school board approved the purchase of additional electronic devices to give us 1:1 capability, if needed. These devices will not only help in the event of a campus shut down, but will also serve our students in our daily learning processes. These adjustments have also given us an opportunity to evaluate our virtual instruction models and make adjustments that will better serve our students and staff. 

As I close, we are very proud of how our community and school district responded to the unprecedented situation last year. These times have shown that our school district and community will do whatever it takes to ensure our students receive a great education and that their needs are met. Our goal is to provide more definitive information on processes and plans for the 2020-2021 school year by mid/late July. We will be creating a return to school 2020-2021 page on our website as well as updating The Buckaroo Blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts as more information is solidified. On behalf of SNSD, we look forward to seeing our students back on campus this fall and tackling this challenge together as a district/ community team!  We as a district appreciate your flexibility and patience during this time and look forward to a great year!  

Have a great summer and Go Bucks!! 

Jason Black