March 19, 2020
Dear Bryant Family,
As we begin Spring Break, I want to thank all of our families for your support during these difficult and uncertain times. I am so proud of our staff and entire community. The caring and collaborative spirit shown should be an encouragement to all of us that we will get through the days ahead together.
Governor Hutchinson announced today that schools will be closed for onsite instruction through April 17. Under the Governor’s Executive Order, the Department of Health and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have the sole authority to make this decision. We will comply with the direction we are given in these matters.
Any school sponsored activities, whether onsite or offsite, will be canceled through April 17. This includes athletics.
When we return from Spring Break, the week of March 30-April 3, we will continue to follow our AMI Plan for days 6-10. Elementary students (grades K-5) will receive AMI packets. On Monday, March 30, elementary AMI packets will be delivered by email and placed on our website by 8:00am. Parents who do not have access to an electronic copy may pick the packet up at their school or request the packet be mailed. Secondary students (grades 6-12) will continue with their online learning through Google classroom.
During the week of April 6, all grade levels (K-12) will begin transitioning to online learning. We have been working to create a plan for students who do not have devices and/or internet service at home. The week of March 30, we will communicate more details about how this process will work. Do not be discouraged if you have not been able to access/complete assignments for these first five days. We will work with you and your student to provide what is necessary to complete classwork. Please remember that in order for a student to not be counted absent, they must complete their AMI assignments.
We are living in a season of change, but I can assure you that some things will not change. We will continue to provide your children with the best education we can although it may look different. We will continue to provide meals to the students who need food the most. We will continue to communicate with you often to address any changes. Most of all, we will continue our commitment to making this work, no matter the circumstances.
In an email to our staff earlier this week, I encouraged them to remember two words during this time of unknowns—patience and perseverance. I hope we all keep those two words close to our hearts during this time. It is important to know that with major changes ahead on how we educate your children, you will not see perfection, but you will see an amazing staff who will monitor and adjust as needed, and do whatever it takes for our students.
I hope that you and your family stay healthy, enjoy your break, and get some much needed rest.
March 12, 2020
Administration recently received direction from the Arkansas Department of Health and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to close school beginning Friday, March 13. School will remain closed the week of March 16-20 and through Spring Break. Bryant Schools will reopen on Monday, March 30. All sporting events and school activities have been canceled during this time. Dimissal will be at normal time on Thursday, March 12.
These days will be classified as Alternative Method Instruction (AMI) days. Secondary students will receive assignments through Google Classroom. Elementary students will need to complete packets that are being sent home today.
Please understand that is all the information we have received. As stated earlier, the Arkansas Department of Health is the lead organization and Bryant Public Schools is taking direction from them in regards to this matter.
March 12, 2020
Athletic and extracurricular teams have been preparing for out of state competitions over the next month (including Spring Break). Our teams have worked hard to excel at the state level and earn the opportunity to compete in a broader arena. Because student and staff safety is our highest priority, we must evaluate and make the best decisions to do what is necessary to limit exposure to COVID-19.
Late yesterday, we received updated guidance from ADH & ADE regarding COVID-19, and we have been discussing the upcoming out of state travel for our teams/groups. We must do all we can to limit exposure to the virus. Rather than risk the health of our students and staff, we have decided to CANCEL ALL OUT OF STATE TRAVEL until further notice. At this time, other in state activities will continue.
We know this decision may be disappointing to our students and parents. Based on the information we have at this time, we believe this to be the best choice for our Hornet family.
March 11, 2020
At Bryant Schools, we take the safety and well-being of our students and staff very seriously. With the report of the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in the state of Arkansas, we understand our parents’ concerns and want to provide as much information as possible. Please understand that our state health organization is the lead and authority regarding decisions related to COVID-19.
School officials have not been given information regarding any students and/or staff being exposed to the virus. Bryant Schools monitors and follows recommendations from the Arkansas Health Department and the Arkansas Department of Education to ensure we are protecting our students and staff.
Parents are asking about travel over Spring Break. We are waiting on guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education. We will provide updates as we receive information.
As with any contagious disease, the best approach is prevention. Recommendations include avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; cover coughs and sneezes; cough into elbow; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; and wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
In situations like these, rumors may cause unnecessary reactions and panic. Therefore, we encourage you to get information from credible sources. The Arkansas Department of Health publishes daily updates online. We also recommend the following additional resources:
March 3, 2020
Bryant Schools is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus. As with any communicable disease or potential outbreak, we work with the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to follow their recommendations to ensure we are protecting our students and staff. As of today, no cases have been confirmed in Arkansas. At this time, school officials have not been given information regarding any students and/or staff being exposed to the virus.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to the medical community since the 1960’s, which may cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. A new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, was detected in humans in late 2019. Illnesses of COVID-19 have reportedly ranged from mild to severe.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is the best approach to maintaining the health of our families and staff. Recommendations include avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; cover coughs and sneezes; cough into elbow; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; and wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
The Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is working in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health to monitor and provide guidance as needed. Bryant Public Schools is following daily updates provided by ADH and CDC and will provide more information when available.
Families may visit the following websites for more information regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus.