School Closure and AMI Information Due to COVID-19
Mar 27, 2020
Dear Catholic School Families,
This afternoon at 2:30pm, Governor Asa Hutchinson held a press conference addressing the Covid-19 virus. Gov. Hutchinson has implemented measures to curtail the spread of the virus that will affect all of the people in the state of AR.
Most importantly for our school families is that ALL schools in AR will remain closed through Friday, April 17th. This edict is not just for all public schools but, according to our Catholic schools’ superintendent, Theresa Hall, also includes our Catholic schools. This includes our preschool program.
These are the details that our principals want to convey to you:
·All Catholic schools will be closed for on-site classes through Friday, April 17.
·Principals and teachers will continue to communicate with school families via texts and emails.
·Parents are urged to eliminate ALL social gatherings over 10 persons. This includes, but not limited to, birthday parties, sleep-overs, casual get-togethers, etc
·Please remain calm, do not stress, but do not ignore the lessons that teachers have sent to your students this week and will send in the future. This is a huge “learning curve” for all of us and we will work together to find answers and solutions.
·Our principals and teachers will be conferencing with each other to determine how we can best serve our students and parents during this prolonged school closing. More information will be sent to you over the next few days.
·I.C. School office will be open on Friday from 9:00am-2:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm for parents to retrieve any necessary books, supplies, and devices that families will need for the upcoming weeks. After this time, school will be closed and parents will not be able to enter school buildings.
·Non-essential curricular activities, P.E. music, art, and others are optional for students to complete. More information will be sent the next several days.
·Physical activity is encouraged. The medical community suggests outside activity, just not in groups.
·Continue safe practices: washing hands, containing sneezes and coughs, maintain 6-foot distances from those outside your home, do not endanger persons in comprised health situations, etc.
The United Way of Fort Smith Area in partnership with the United Way of Northwest Arkansas, has implemented a 2-1-1 call center for Sebastian, Crawford, Logan, Franklin, and Scott Counties.
The 2-1-1 call center will be an incredible resource for local citizens to have access to speak live to a well-trained information and referral operator to get needed information 24 hours a day. The United Way of Fort Smith Area has had an outstanding Community Resource Guide in printed copy and online and now the River Valley community will have access to the nation’s largest health and human service resource call center locally. 2-1-1 can be accessed by simply dialing 2-1-1 or going to www.arkansas211.org.
· Most importantly, pray for our families, communities, country, and world. God promises that He is always with us and all we need to do is “be with Him.” Cardinal Tim Dolan stated yesterday, “The phrase ‘Be Not Afraid’ is contained in old and new testaments 365 times.” Coincidence or the Grace of God?
Keeping all of you in our prayers!
Catholic School Principals,
Sharon Blentlinger, Immaculate Conception