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          Nemo Vista School District

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June 18, 2020

Nemo Vista Schools COVID-19 Guidance and Expectations

The Nemo Vista School District will follow the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) guidelines and the Arkansas Ready for Learning report issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in planning for re-opening in the fall.  It is our goal to deliver a high quality academic experience as well as extra-curricular opportunities for our students, all while providing as safe environment as possible.   We hope the following information helps answer many of the questions you may have about re-opening school.  As we know guidance and directives are subject to change at any time, but the following is based on the most current information available. 

What is the first day for students?

School will begin as originally scheduled on August 13, 2020.  This date will only change if the ADH sends updated guidance with this requirement.

 

Will transportation be provided?

Yes, the district will provide bus transportation to all students needing transported to and from school.  It is our hope that bus routes and pick-up times are similar to previous years.  If any changes are required you will be notified by the district.

Who will be required to wear a face covering/mask?

Currently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is recommending all individuals 10 years old and over wear a face covering.  With current guidance we are recommending that adults and students age 10 and up wear face coverings when physical distancing cannot be achieved particularly on school buses. The ADH has not issued a directive to require face covering; however, this does not downplay the importance of this additional safety measure. Students under 10 years of age and those with health issues and special needs will not be asked to wear face coverings. Students will be highly encouraged to wear face coverings in areas with a high concentration of students where social distancing cannot be maintained. In the event we have an increase in the number of positive cases, face coverings could be required.   

Do we need to provide masks for our student or will one be provided?

Based on current guidance the district will provide at least one mask for every student ages 10 and up.

What will school look like next year?

The goal of the district is for our students to have as normal of a day as possible while we also provide as much safety as possible.

Will social distancing guidelines be observed?

Social distancing will be observed as much as feasible possible.  Classrooms will be redesigned to allow for as much space between students possible.  However, we realize there may be times in which 6 feet of separation is not possible.

Will my elementary student still have recess?

Yes, elementary students will have recess.  Restrictions that limit the number of students they come in contact with are expected to be in place, in addition to following social distancing guidelines.  Certain playground equipment may be restricted due to being a frequently touched surface.  If equipment is not restricted, then it will be sanitized frequently. 

Will students be able to participate in extracurricular activities and sports in the fall?

We anticipate sports activities to take place in the fall with possible modifications as required by the ADH.  Teams have been allowed to begin practices and we feel that games will be held this fall.         

What happens if we have to close school again?

We realize that there is a possibility that schools may have to return to in-home learning at some point in the 20-21 school year.  We have been working hard this summer to insure that we have a plan in place for your students learning to continue whether at home or at school.  Each student will have access to an electronic device suitable to their grade level as well appropriate content provided by their teacher.  We will be utilized learning management systems such as Canvas (6-12) and Google Classroom (K-5) to provide instruction. 

What if I do not have internet?

In the event of a school closure we will be providing our classroom content both asynchronously and synchronously to best suit the needs of our students.  Examples of this may include the use of flash drives and preloaded content for students that do not have access to internet.  In addition we are working to provide Wi-Fi locations that would allow students to access the internet at a central location without leaving their vehicle. 

What if I am still concerned about sending my child back to school?

A parent survey will be available in the coming weeks which will allow you to voice any concerns you may have on the matter.  In addition I would like to encourage you to contact your child’s principal with any concerns you have.

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Mr. Williams

Superintendent

Nemo Vista Schools 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nemo Vista Family,

 

During his daily press conference Governor Hutchinson announced today that school districts will remain closed to onsite instruction throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This closure will include the Nemo Vista School District.  However, we will continue the learning process by utilized Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) throughout the remainder of the school year. 

I know many of you have questions and unfortunately it has been difficult to provide answers during this unprecedented time.  However, the following is what we can answer at this time.

  • Additional AMI packets will be distributed on April 20th and May 4th
  • Guidance for turning in completed AMI packets will be out soon, at this time please hold all completed AMI work.
  • Meals will continue to be available until further notice on Mondays and Wednesdays each week.
  • Prom will be canceled
  • Graduation ceremony will be required to be postponed; however, Diplomas and Transcripts will be distributed. 

Many of these answers are not the ones I would like to give you at this point; however, we must continue to do our part in keeping our students, staff, and community safe.  Thank you for all the support and understanding as we navigate these difficult times. 

 

Educationally,

Logan Williams, Superintendent         

 

Note to Senior Class of 2020:

     

 

 

Students of Nemo Vista will need to complete AMI work for days 5 through 10.This will get us through Monday April 6th. The administration has set forth a plan for remaining AMI days, and teachers/secretaries are working diligently to get the packets ready for distribution. Information for picking up the packets will be in a parent notification call. We are still a few days away from AMI day 11. If you are not receiving parent notifications or know of anyone not receiving the calls from the School Messenger system, please leave a comment below, or message the FB page. You can try contacting the administration building at (501)893-2925 as well. 

Please abide by the "closed campus" policy. All playgrounds, buildings, and track are closed.

Wednesday the food pick-up will be available from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Please take advantage of this service free of charge. 

 

Students of Nemo Vista will need to complete AMI work for days 1 through 4. The work is due Monday, March 30th. The school will be utilizing AMI days 1, 2, 3, and 4 for March 17-20, 2020. Elementary students are allowed to take Accelerated Reading quizzes from March 17-20 during school hours. IXL and i-Ready lessons can be accessed from home. If you have questions or concerns there is contact information in the AMI packets, or you may leave a comment below. The Facebook page and website will be updated on a regular bases as information becomes available. If you did not receive the call from parent notification please use the feedback feature below. 

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