• Notice to Parents and Students for April 6, 2020

    Posted by John Tackett on 4/6/2020 3:30:00 PM

    Notice to Parents and Students

    April 6, 2020

    Parents and students,

    Thank you for your support during this time.  We know it’s been a challenging time for you, and we’re doing our best to provide needed support.  During his briefing today, Governor Hutchinson announced that Arkansas schools would be closed to onsite learning for the remainder of this school year.  We will continue with the AMI plan that we have in place. You will be notified of any revisions in the current plan. 

    As always, feel free to contact your building principals or the central office if you have any questions.

    Many thanks, 

    John

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  • Parent Information for Extended AMI Plan 3_27_20

    Posted by Amanda Rather on 3/27/2020 8:30:00 PM

    Printable Parent Information for Extended AMI Letter

    Lonoke School District will provide meaningful instruction in accessible, flexible pathways that
    meet the needs and requirements of each of our students. We will evaluate our process weekly
    to refine and augment areas that need additional support. We will continue to provide services
    and support that are included in a student’s IEP or 504 plan for continued academic
    engagement throughout this process.

    Unfortunately we received word that we will not be able to serve lunches/breakfast meals for
    Saturdays and Sundays. If this changes, we will let you know and of course provide services as
    we can.

    LPS (K-2)
    Curriculum and Instruction

    All core instruction K-2 will be provided through PBS AMI (Channel 2 on your TV) and
    supported through Google Classroom. This will air daily from 8:00-9:30 am. This requires AMI
    materials to be available to all students. Along with the April 1st distribution of packets, they
    may be picked up Wednesday at schools in designated zones for pick-up and drop-off. These
    packets will correspond with the information being shared on PBS. Each school will provide a
    designated place for pick up that is accessible at all hours. Along with PBS Lonoke Primary
    School will use Google Classroom to push out Phonics and Heggerty lessons.

    *If you miss the airing from 8:00-9:30 am, remember that it will be broadcast online after 4pm.

    Communication

    All teachers will have office hours from 10:00-12:00 (M-F) via email, Remind, or text messaging.
    During this time, Mrs. Lucia will be available to facilitate and translate for our Spanish families

    LPS office personnel are accessible by phone M-F 8:30-3:30 to answer questions and support
    our families. All parents need to check their Remind each day for ongoing communication.
    Please make all communications with teachers during office hours from 10-12 daily. During the
    week, questions should be answered within 24 hours of the question/concern. Parents if you
    have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the building principal at
    dean.campbell@lonokeschools.org

    LES (3-5)
    Curriculum and Instruction

    All core instruction 3-5 will be provided through DESE-supported PBS AMI Platform and
    supplemented through Google Classroom. This will be aired daily from 9:30-11:00 am. This
    requires AMI materials be available to all students. Along with the April 1st distribution of
    packets, they may be picked up at the school Monday - Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 am. Along
    with PBS, LES will utilize Google Classroom to push out other essential lessons. Every grade
    level 3-5 will participate in a novel read-aloud and Phonics/Structures Lesson that will be
    available on Google Classroom, Facebook, and Dojo. These videos will start April 6.

    *If you miss the airing from 9:30-11:00 am, remember that it will be broadcast online after 4pm.

    Communication

    Lonoke Elementary teachers will have office hours daily from 10:00 - 12:00 (M-F) via email,
    Dojo, or text message. During this time, Mrs. Rameirez and Mrs. Holly Richardson will be able to
    facilitate and translate for our families in which Spanish is their first or preferred home language.

    LES office personnel are accessible by phone M-F 8:30-3:30 to answer questions and support
    our families. All parents need to check their classroom DOJO each day for ongoing
    communication. Please make sure that all communications with teachers happen during
    designated office hours 10:00am-12:00pm. During the week, teachers and administrators will
    answer questions within 24 hours of submission. Parents if you have any questions or concerns
    do not hesitate to contact the building principal at matt.binford@lonokeschools.org

    LMS (6-8)
    Curriculum and Instruction

    All core instruction 6-8 will be provided through DESE-supported PBS AMI Platform aired daily
    from 11:00am-1:30pm and supported through Google Classroom. Along with the April 1st
    distribution of packets, they may be picked up at the school Wednesday, April 1st and every
    Monday thereafter. This will be in a designated location for families to access at any time.

    *If you miss the airing from 11:00 am-1:30pm, remember that it will be broadcast online after
    4pm.

    Communication

    Lonoke Middle School teachers will have office hours daily from 10:00 - 12:00 (M-F) via email or
    text message.

    LMS office personnel are accessible by phone M-F 8:30-3:30 to answer questions and support
    our families. Please make sure that all communications with teachers happen during designated
    office hours 10:00am-12:00pm. During the week, teachers and administrators will answer
    questions within 24 hours of submission. Parents if you have any questions or concerns do not
    hesitate to contact the building principal at jeannie.holt@lonokeschools.org

    LHS (9-12)
    Curriculum and Instruction

    Traditional Classes
    All 9-12 teachers will utilize Google Classroom to provide instruction to students through videos
    as well as other resources such as Virtual Arkansas. Students without internet will be provided a
    packet that is closely aligned with the work assigned on google classroom.

    Envision Classes

    Envision students will continue utilizing the Onfire LMS platform to access essential curriculum
    only. AMI packets will be available for those students without internet access.

    Communication

    LHS office personnel are accessible by phone Monday - Friday 8:30-3:30 via email, Google
    Classroom, and by phone to provide clarification and assistance on assignments. Teachers will
    have office hours that will be placed on the school website as well in Google Classroom.

    Special Services

    OT/PT

    Allied will offer three different avenues for providing these services. Our staff will contact you to
    determine which avenue best meets your needs:

    1. Telehealth - must have internet
    - must have a parent or caregiver present during the session
    - need to know what day and time

    2. Clinic is open - Students can be seen in either clinic. Allied therapists are practicing
    appropriate distancing and proper cleaning of surfaces and areas at the clinics. The parent may
    want to take the students to either clinic or even to another safe location.

    Clinics are located at:
    1500 Wilson Loop, Ward
    5332 JKF Blvd. North LIttle Rock

    3. Through AMI packets which Allied will develop for each student that is unable to be served
    through # 1 or # 2 above

    Speech

    AMI packets will be sent with directions and links to online materials that will address your
    child's needs.

    Annual Reviews

    Will continue as scheduled. They can be conducted via telephone or any other popular
    application that allows for video chats.

    Parents will receive notices beginning this week. If the scheduled time is not acceptable, email
    your child's teacher or call the special education office and leave a message at 501-676-7066

    Parent/Student Information

    If you need to access school wifi from a SCHOOL ISSUED device
    Please note the following areas around the district with stronger wifi connection. Areas
    are indicated with a green striped rectangle. Your school issued device will automatically connect.

    Elementary School

    LES WiFi Areas

    Middle School

    LMS WiFi Areas

    High School

    LHS WiFi Areas

    How Do I Access PBS?

    Tune to Arkansas PBS ( KETS-Channel 2 in Central AR) to watch Arkansas Alternative
    Methods of Instruction (AMI) over the air or through your cable or satellite provider. You can find
    out how to watch at myarkansaspbs.org/channelinformation

    Arkansas AMI Daytime Broadcast: Monday - Friday

    PK-2 8:00-9:30
    Grades 3-5 9:30-11:00
    Grades 6-8 11:00-1:30

    How can I get help?

    Having trouble getting the shows on your TV? Technical staff are available to help.
    * Email: info@myarkansaspbs.org
    * Phone Number: 501-682-2386

    Need help with the lessons? Educators are available during the daytime broadcast.
    * Email: amihelp@myarkansaspbs.org
    * Phone Number: 501-682-0317

    Additional Television Reception Tips

    myarkansaspbs.org/onair/troubleshooting

    What do I do if I miss the live broadcast?

    The AMI instructional content and shows will be available online after 4:00 P.M of the
    same day of broadcast. Click here to connect to our website:
    * https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI

    Additional Information:

    Top on Line Picks to support student learning and engagement

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQx5Y3-aA0cq-c3bRn7rOrkpEq-W9JU
    KBnTOS4aOduGy1_w-HHARpgheDtzw6T0q08yGW2UYKeKmbHm/pubhtml

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  • Information for Parents and Guardians

    Posted by Amanda Rather on 3/20/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Parents,

    Our District has made provisions for teaching and learning to continue through April 17, 2020.  All AMI work given to students during this period will be graded and count towards students’ second semester final grades.  Our goal is to ensure that all students receive quality learning opportunities during this time period. Please note the following processes that we have put in place to ensure continuity of services:

    1.  March 23-March 31: Lunch and breakfast items will be available for students at the front drive-through of the Gina Cox Center.

    2.  March 30-March 31: You will be contacted by your school to determine if you have internet access, computer devices, and if you need breakfast/lunch services.

    3.  April 1: All content will be loaded in Google Classroom and shared with students through their school issued email.  All students will be expected to access classwork through this platform. We will share information with you on how to utilize the platform.  If you do not have the internet, AMI packets are available and will closely match the online learning. 

    4.  April 1-April 17: Lunch and breakfast will be delivered to each bus stop. Please let your child’s teacher or school know when you are contacted if this is a service that your child(ren) can benefit from.  Lunches and breakfast items are free. Parents of students who do not ride buses can pick up student lunches in the Gina Cox Center drive-through in the front of the building. 

    5.  If during this time of social distancing, your family’s income has been altered, please let your child’s teacher or school know.  We can send you a new form for you to complete to take advantage of free or reduced lunches when we return to on-site instruction. 

    6.  If you do not have access to the internet, wifi can be accessed from school parking lots using school issued devices.  If you do not have a chromebook, laptop, ipad, etc. Google Classroom, which will be the platform lessons are shared beginning April 1, is able to be accessed through Xbox and Playstations.  We will share information on how to use these devices to gain access soon. 

    7.  Our amazing staff is busy working to load content and lessons digitally to provide instruction around essential standards as we continue to navigate this time.  

    8.  Please make sure that you make AMI work a priority for your child.  These assignments will be graded and will impact their final grades for the semester.  Our staff is here to provide support as much as we can during this time to ensure your child’s success. 

    9.  April 1, April 7, April 14: Bus drivers will run regular routes to pick up and deliver AMI packets.  For in-town students, you can drop off your child’s completed packets and pick up new ones each Tuesday afternoon between 12:00 and 2:00 in the drive-through of your child’s school.   

    10.  Graduation will remain scheduled as planned, but is subject to change pending guidance from the state about the virus.

    For now, please enjoy spring break and the time you have with family.  We will be available for questions or concerns beginning March 30, 2020. Feel free to call our District or school offices if you have questions or concerns.  We are here to serve.

    District Office: 501-676-2042

    Lonoke Primary School: 501-676-3839

    Lonoke Elementary School: 501-676-6740

    Lonoke Middle School: 501-676-6670

    Lonoke High School: 501-676-2476

    Nurse Leah Robinson: 501-676-3839

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  • Breakfast and Lunch Delivery Extended Through March 31st

    Posted by Amanda Rather on 3/20/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Breakfast and Lunch Delivery Extended Through March 31st

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  • COVID-19 Info March 19th 2020

    Posted by Rich Richardson on 3/19/2020 5:00:00 PM

    LPSD Parents: 

    GOVERNOR’S PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY: ALL SCHOOLS IN ARKANSAS WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 17.

    School Services from March 31, 2020 - April 17, 2020

    1.  Educational services will continue through Alternate Methods of Instruction.

    2.  More information about instruction materials, lessons, and teaching and learning will be shared tomorrow, March 20, 2020.  

    3.  The District will continue to provide lunch and breakfast items during each school week from March 31, 2020, until April 17, 2020.  More information will be available regarding delivery protocols.

    4.  The District and each of its schools will house essential personnel only through April 17, 2020.  Schools will be closed. District personnel will continue to be available via email and/or Remind/Dojo.  Principals or central office personnel will be available via email or telephone. 

    5.  Beginning March 30, 2020, school nurses will call parents to schedule dates and times for medication pick-up.

    Other information provided by the Governor today:  

    1.  We have a total of 62 cases in Arkansas as of today.  The increase in positive cases is a reflection of increased testing capacity.

    2.  The increase in positive cases is a result of community spread.  More than ever before, it is essential to limit travel and follow Arkansas Department of Health guidance on preventive measures, including: 1) washing hands frequently; 2) social distancing; and 3) refraining from touching your face.

    3.  Call your healthcare professional or use the UAMS or Arkansas Department Website if you need medical advice.

    4.  Drive-through screenings are available at UAMS, Baptist Hospital in LR, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (for children only).

    If you need Medical Support, contact:

    1.  Healthy.Arkansas.gov – current information from the Arkansas Department of Health

    2.  1-800-803-7847 – 24 hour hotline for COVID-19 questions

    3.  uamshealth.com – 24-hour digital connection to healthcare professionals – UAMS

    4.  1-800 -743-3616 – 24-hour hotline for issues related to children’s health – ACH

    Breakfast and Lunch

    Our food service, transportation, and volunteer teams continue to provide sack lunches and breakfast items for students at the three designated locations: Furlow, Gina Cox Center, and Woodlawn.  Please take advantage of this service through March 20. Services will resume March 31.      

     

    If your family has experienced a change in household income, you may qualify for meal benefits and can apply anytime during this school year.  If you need a form for qualifying reasons and can’t print the one linked below, please let your child’s teacher or building principal know. We will send that form to you, so you have those services when we return.

     

    Below is the link to the 2019-20 meal application for school meals:

    http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/Fiscal_and_Admin_Services/Child_Nutrition/Forms/iii_2019-20_Application_for_Free_and_Reduced_Price_Meals.pdf

     

    We will communicate with school community members as soon as updated information becomes available. Thank you for your support and understanding. 

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  • COVID-19 Information Update March 18th

    Posted by John Tackett on 3/18/2020 3:00:00 PM

    LPSD Parents: 

    We continue to monitor developments and news feeds at the state and national levels.  In his press conference today, the Governor reiterated that we are still anticipating opening schools the week after spring break.  Unless we are directed otherwise by the Governor, Secretary of Health and/or the Secretary of Education, we will open schools for students March 31, 2020.  March 30, 2020 is scheduled to be a teacher professional development day.  

    Other information provided by the Governor today:  

    1.  We have a total of 33 cases in Arkansas, 11 more than yesterday. 

    2.  It is critical that all Arkansas limit travel and follow Arkansas Department of Health guidance on preventive measures, including: 1) washing hands frequently; 2) social distancing; and 3) Call your healthcare professional or use the UAMS or Arkansas Department Website if you need medical advice.

    3.  Drive-through screenings are available at UAMS, Baptist Hospital in LR, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (for children only).

    If you need Medical Support, contact:

    1.  Healthy.Arkansas.gov – current information from the Arkansas Department of Health

    2.  1-800-803-7847 – 24 hour hotline for COVID-19 questions

    3.  uamshealth.com – 24-hour digital connection to healthcare professionals – UAMS

    4.  1-800 -743-3616 – 24-hour hotline for issues related to children’s health – ACH

    Breakfast and Lunch

    Our food service, transportation, and volunteer teams continue to provide sack lunches and breakfast items for students at the three designated locations: Furlow, Gina Cox Center, and Woodlawn.  Please take advantage of this service.     

    We will communicate with school community members as soon as updated information becomes available. Thank you for your support and understanding. 

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  • Staying Engaged, Healthy, and Active At Home

    Posted by John Tackett on 3/18/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Staying Engaged, Healthy, and Active At Home

    With schools across the country closing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s important to keep kids engaged, healthy, and active at home.

    CATCH Global Foundation has released “Health at Home” – a free set of health, nutrition, and physical education materials that require limited space and supervision.

    Access is quick-and-easy via Google Classroom. Full details and instructions are available at catch.org/pages/health-at-home.

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  • Breakfast Available and South Kerr Road Location Discontinued

    Posted by Amanda Rather on 3/17/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Breakfast items are available with lunch pickup

    South Kerr Road lunch pick up location is discontinued.  The other locations are still available

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  • School Closure Update March 15th

    Posted by Rich Richardson on 3/15/2020 4:00:00 PM

    March 15,2020 

    LPSD Parents: 

    As you probably know, Governor Hutchinson and his team held a press conference this afternoon to provide updates on COVID-19 and to announce mandatory school closures beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through March 20, 2020.  Of course, school will closed during spring break, March 23 - March 27. The Governor also authorized school districts to close schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. In that our teachers sent AMI work home with students this past Friday, I am authorizing the closure of our schools tomorrow, March 16, 2020.  Please note the following:  

    1.  LPSD schools will be closed tomorrow, March 16 through March 30. All school athletics and other activities are suspended until March 30. All staff and student school travel is suspended until further notice. Unless otherwise directed by the Governor, Arkansas Department of Health, and Arkansas Department of Education, classes will resume on March 31, 2020.  Teacher professional development iis scheduled for March 30, 2020.

    2.  All students will access classroom lessons via Google classroom and/or AMI packets. Please call school administration on Monday morning if your child did not receive AMI packets for one or more of their required classes.  Pick up for those AMI packets will be scheduled through the building office. Parents, please remember that AMI work is required to be completed.  

    3.  Teachers and principals will be available by email, or other communication means (Class Dojo, Remind, etc) during normal school hours each day. 

    4.  The LPSD district office will be open from 8:00 am –  1:00 p.m. on March 16, 2020, for essential business only. Administrative staff will be available onsite, by phone, or email during that time.  No personnel will be on school campuses or in the district office from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until March 30, 2020. All staff will report back on March 30, 2020, and students will return on March 31, 2020, unless otherwise instructed by the Governor, the Secretary of Health, and the Secretary of Education.  

    5.  LPSD and the Lonoke Food Pantry are working collaboratively to provide sack lunches for our students from March 16 - March 20. Distribution of lunches will occur from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the following four sites: 1) Drive-through service in front of the Gina Cox Center; 2) St. Matthew’s Baptist Church on South Kerr Road; 3) Furlow: the empty lot across the street from the Furlow Gas Station; and 4) the Woodlawn Community Center.

    6.  Please follow all safeguards as recommended by the Arkansas Department of Health. Please review our previous updates concerning these recommendations and access to information. 

    7.  The Arkansas Department of Education has COVID-19 resources available for your review at the following web address: http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/communications/covid-19-information

    We will communicate with school community members as soon as updated information becomes available. Thank you for your support and understanding. 

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  • Updated Information about Covid-19 and Influenza

    Posted by John Tackett on 3/12/2020 11:30:00 AM

    UPDATE! March 12th 11:30 a.m.

    Influenza and COVID-19 

    Dear Parents and Students:

    Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to provide exceptional services and educational opportunities for all of our students in the Lonoke Public School District. From outstanding teaching and learning to comprehensive healthcare services, we are striving to meet the needs of the "whole child" in our district.

    As you are aware, school nurses and doctors in our School Based Health Clinic have been diagnosing and treating influenza over the past several weeks. Based on the guidance we have received from the Arkansas Department of Health, we are encouraging students to wash their hands frequently and to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth in order to prevent the possible spread of influenza. Thank you for your help in emphasizing these basic measures to your children.

    In addition, the Lonoke Public School District is aware of the risk of COVID-19 internationally, and district personnel are working with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to identify students and staff who may have traveled from the affected countries. District staff will collaborate with ADH officials if any such students or staff are identified. School and district prevention and response measures have been distributed to district staff members to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff. 

    Here’s how you can help:

    Please keep your children home if they have flu-like symptoms. We want to prevent the transmission of illness.

    Students should be fever-free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.

    Please inform school officials/healthcare staff if you have plans to travel abroad or go on a cruise. Please keep in mind that, beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, at midnight, all travel from Europe to the United States is suspended for 30 days.

    Contact your school if your child is ill, so school personnel can have time to prepare make-up work. This is helpful anytime your child is out sick. 

    Contact Coach Harry Wright if you have any questions about potential extracurricular activity cancellations or rescheduled events at harry.wright@lonokeschools.org or call 501-676-6749.

    Frequently check our website for any updates related to COVID-19. Only the Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, is authorized to close schools for concerns related to COVID-19.  We are receiving ongoing updates from the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Health and will share pertinent information as we receive it.

    Feel free to call Nurse Leah Robinson at 501-676-3819, ext. 3008, if you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 or illness in your child’s school or contact her at leah.robinson@lonokeschools.org.

    If you have concerns about your health or questions about COVID-19 symptoms, contact the UAMS HealthNow service at https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/. This is a free service provided to all Arkansans. 

    Be assured that the health and well-being of your child is of utmost importance to us. Our outstanding healthcare team, administration, teachers, staff, and support personnel continue to work, in collaboration, to provide the best for your child.

    Thanks again for allowing us to serve

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