Update from Superintendent Hudson, March 31, 2020: At the time of this writing, the most recent information we have received is that we are to remain closed through Friday, April 17, 2020. Of course, there is speculation, given the national guidance that this could be extended through April 30, 2020. Please know, our teachers miss their students and they are eager to see them again! We make plans only to have to change them based on new information passed down the next day. It is our goal to meet the needs of all of our students, those that have access to internet, as well as those that do not, those that have access to transportation, as well as those that do not, and those who have parents that work, as well as those that are not able to work during this time. We want to do our best to meet the needs of all of our students and we realize this will take time; we will have to change our plans, we will have to utilize multiple options, and we will have to be understanding of the many different situations our families are being faced with each day. With that being said, our plan (as it currently stands) is as follows:
AMI Work Update:
• Students should have AMI work through AMI Day 10, which is Thursday, April 2, 2020. If your students needs this previously passed out work, please call your building office.
• AMI work for days 11-20, which will take us through our current shutdown time frame of April 17, will be ready for pick-up in person or can be accessed online on Thursday morning, April 2, 2020.
• Newspaper kiosks will be placed in front of the Middle School/High School Cafeteria building and will contain AMI work for students P-12. Our staff will periodically clean these kiosks but please take hand-cleaning precautions if you use these as we expect they will receive a lot of use.
• Each kiosk will labeled with the grade level work it contains.
• Work will also be online both in your student's Google Classroom or Canvas account and online on our website via this link: https://flippinschools.com/…/alternative-methods-of-instruc…
• Meal service has resumed after pausing for Spring Break. A hot lunch and a grab and go breakfast are being handed out each day from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Middle School/High School Cafeteria entrance. If you haven't signed up for meals for your child, age 0-18, you may do so by calling any of the school offices.
• We are following safety recommendations such as gloves, masks, daily temperature checks/screening of employees, etc, when preparing and serving food at our drive-up location.
• We are also continuing our backpack program made possible by working with our local food bank and through monetary donations from our community. Again, contact us if we can assist you in either of these areas.
• Over the last week many of you, with students in grades 5-12, submitted information on a survey to help us determine your family's internet and device capabilities in your home, which has helped us, plan remote instruction in the coming weeks. If you have a student in grades 5th through 12th and you did not fill out the survey, you may do so by following this link: https://forms.gle/AvNbj4BqHqt3iV4e9.
• Hickey Park and Bull Shoals City Park have free Wi-Fi access provided by NATCO. There are also some places in our parking lots where your student may access our Wi-Fi. However, please follow social distancing guidelines at any of these locations. Remaining in your car is probably the safest way to access the Wi-Fi at any of these locations.
• Again, keep in mind that online instruction will be a learning process for teachers as well as students. It will continue to evolve and may not work for everyone. Communicate with your teacher and/or building principal if you need something different. Those that have been able to meet online with their students in some capacity have found it very rewarding for both the teacher and the student but it is simply not an option for everyone.
Friday, April 10th District Holiday:
• Friday, April 10, was a previously scheduled district holiday on our school calendar. Your student will not complete AMI work for this holiday.
• Teachers are reaching out to students and parents to communicate via phone, email, regular mail, and through platforms like Class Dojo and Facebook.
• Many teachers are reading books to students on our Facebook page.
• Students in grades 5-12 have email capabilities and teachers, counselors and principals are reaching out to them that way. Email is not regularly used by many of our Middle School students, so (again) reach out to the school for help with passwords, logging in, etc. if this is an option for your child.
• Seniors are receiving email communication from Mrs. Nix to help with scholarships and other resources, so checking email regularly is important.
• Seniors in good standing at the end of the third quarter have met the requirements for graduation and do not need to complete any AMI work for Flippin School District. However, if you are enrolled in a college class you must complete it for college credit. Mrs. Nix also will provide you with additional information for AP classes and the possibility of taking your final AP exam from home.
• The administrative leadership team continues to receive updates and communication daily from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) about how to proceed with instruction and support our students and families. We will continue to update our community through our website, social media and all call systems as new directions from Governor Hutchinson and DESE are issued.
• Even though our offices are closed to visitors, we are monitoring email and we have office phones forwarded to mobile phones when off campus during the day.
My apologies for the length of this letter. It is an attempt on our part to keep everyone as informed as possible. We are blessed to live in a community that is supportive of our school system. It has been said that it takes a village to educate a child and I believe that this statement has never been truer than it is today. We will get through this together and be stronger for it. It has truly been a blessing to witness staff working together to provide meaningful instruction for our students. We love our community, we miss our children, and we look forward to the day when we can return to normal operations and get to physically see our students every day.