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April 7 Update Regarding Novel Coronavirus

 

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Building the Future: Every Learner, Every Day, Every Way.

 

Updated April 7, 2020

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and members of the Harrison community,

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Monday, April 6, that all Arkansas schools will be using AMI days for the remainder of the school year. This communicates there will not be onsite instruction for students for the final seven (7) weeks of the 2019-2020 school year. While this is disappointing, please know that we are exceptionally proud of the Harrison staff and the examples of being empathetic and flexible for students and their families.

AMI Instruction will be utilized for the remainder of the school year, Harrison schools' final day of school is Friday, May 22. Each building will be communicating delivery of packets and/or digital instruction opportunities in the coming days. All state testing has been cancelled for this school year. Extracurricular activities have been suspended during this time. We are still discussing ways to possibly have Prom and Graduation for our senior class and will release any information relating to that when a firm decision can be made.

As always, please know we understand that everyone is dealing with a unique set of circumstances and we will work with you to get through this together. Please contact the main office at 870-741-7600 or e-mail sgilley@hps.k12.ar.us with any questions.

As the COVID-19 coronavirus situation continues to evolve, the Harrison School District remains committed to ensuring the health, safety and education of every child in the Harrison community. We recognize that many students and families need a viable option for low-cost, healthy and nutritious meals at this time.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continuing through Friday, May 22, school busses will be positioned at select Harrison School District campuses from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During these times, district personnel will distribute bags containing a lunch for that day, as well as a breakfast for the following morning, to any child under the age of 18, regardless of whether they are a current Harrison student, free of charge.

 School busses will be positioned at:

  • Woodland Heights Preschool (520 Womack Avenue)
  • Eagle Heights Elementary School (500 N. Chestnut Street)
  • Forest Heights Elementary School (1124 S. Tamarind Street)
  • Skyline Heights Elementary School (1120 W. Holt Avenue)
  • Harrison High School (925 Goblin Drive)

Children are encouraged to pick up meals at the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of which school they attend.

By serving the meals in this drive-through setting, we are ensuring that our custodial staff has an appropriate amount of time to follow the recommended public health guidelines for a thorough cleaning of each of our campuses, as well as minimizing the risk of potential exposure to diseases.

Again, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the Harrison School District at this time. We remain in constant communication with local, state and federal health officials, as well as the governor’s office and state education leaders, who have the sole authority to re-open our campuses. As soon as we have more information to communicate, we will ensure we distribute it to all of you.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Stewart Pratt
Superintendent of Schools