Mandated School Closing
The last two weeks have been very difficult for all of us. As parents, grandparents, caregivers, friends, and neighbors, our personal and professional lives have been greatly impacted. As the superintendent, I have been working with our principals to monitor our current situation. This includes providing learning opportunities for our students while safeguarding our employees and the work environment. On a daily basis, guidance is received from our Governor and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Returning from Spring Break will be much different than anticipated. South Side School District will be asking very few employees to report to work beginning Monday, March 30. Our plan is to have a person available in each office to take phone calls and answer questions. Our custodial and maintenance departments will be performing selected tasks necessary to keep the facility open and safe. Bus drivers will be running routes delivering meals to some of our students beginning at 10:30 a.m. Two days of meals will be delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Our school nurse will conduct a wellness check for all employees who report. Again, all of these functions will be performed while adhering to suggested guidelines and protocols.
In the days to come, teachers and administrators will have conversations about the immediate future. It is our goal to provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students during this most difficult time. The district has several options at its disposal. More than likely, our efforts will include a combination of strategies to reach all students. In the meantime, we have encouraged our teachers to reach out to students and parents alike and be on call to assist. As is always the case, feel free to contact be directly if you have any questions.
It is the mission of the South Side School District in cooperation with parents and the community to educate all students in a non-threatening environment. All students will grow through education into lifelong achievers. We will provide a curriculum aligned with the state frameworks and national education goals. Teaching all students the extensive skills needed to acquire knowledge throughout life is this school’s purpose. Students will acquire the skills needed in order to function Tomorrow through the use of technology, higher order thinking skills, and positive character traits. This will be the driving force behind our school Today.
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Guidance for Schools Regarding COVID-19
The South Side School District continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 or Coronavirus. School districts in Arkansas are receiving guidance from the Secretary of Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The situation is changing daily and we are working diligently to safeguard our students. We will be posting our most current information on our website and Facebook page. I will encourage all of our parents to visit the school’s website and Facebook account to read the most recent information. If you have any question, please feel free to call the superintendent’s office.
Commissioner’s Memo LS-20-089 (Updated 3-11-2020)
Commissioner’s Memo LS-20-089 (Updated 3-12-2020)
Commissioner’s Memo LS-20-089 (Updated 3-18-2020)
Commissioner’s Memo LS-20-089 (Updated 3-20-2020)
Commissioner’s Memo LS-20-089 (Upadated 3-26-2020)