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HSSD Wellness Update, 4/6

HSSD Wellness Update, 4/6
Posted on 04/06/2020
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Per an update today from Governor Hutchinson, Arkansas school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year due to continued COVID19 prevention efforts. Education will continue at all public schools through AMI learning, and HSSD schools will continue AMI Days through our last day of school, which is May 28. Our Trojan Family is dedicated to continuing to provide students with a high quality education, and we are using flexibility and the best resources possible to do that online for all families. Teachers and administrators are working to make sure that every HSSD student is engaging with a teacher on a daily basis and is involved in school work through Google Classrooms and/or Zoom sessions. We are also working to ensure that every family has access to Internet and technology devices (if those resources are not available at homes, we are offering them for free). Furthermore, our staff members are dedicated to providing a continuation of services that our schools provide in addition to learning including free meals, counseling services, support from intervention professionals, curriculum and virtual field trips through our Gifted & Talented Program, support from our Special Education Team, support from our therapists, and more. 


Education will absolutely continue at the HSSD. We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate the many challenges of this time period. Please know that the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. Our professional team is working harder than ever to implement practices that deliver educational experiences to your students as creatively and effectively as possible amid online formats. The Trojan Family is still here, dedicated to working for and serving this community. The most important thing that our families can do right now is to make sure that students are in contact by Google Classrooms and via email with HSSD teachers and HSSD professionals who may provide additional services to your family. Families should also please diligently be following updates from the HSSD published through the website (www.hssd.net), emails, phone calls, and social media platforms. 


Regarding high school graduation, Garland County Superintendents are collaborating and discussing many options to ensure that our seniors will have a culminating experience. No final decisions have been made at this time. When graduation ceremony information is determined, dates and details will be published by respective school websites and social media platforms, and communicated with senior students and families. All seniors should be communicating with high school counselors regarding graduation requirements.


Regarding kindergarten and pre-k registration and re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, we are working hard to make this available to all families online. Look for more information later this week for an online registration process. 


We are still here to help you every step of the way. Find contact information for all HSSD front offices, administrators and counselors, here.


Find information about free meals offering throughout the AMI period at locations across the Hot Springs area, here.


Find details and instructions for K-12 AMI assignments and online versions of K-2 AMI worksheets and packets, here. 


Find details about how to access FREE Wifi provided through the HSSD, here. 


Stay updated on COVID19 updates through the Arkansas Department of Health, here.


Stay updated on COVID19 updates in regard to education through the Arkansas Department of Education, here. 



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Update: 3/29/2020


We hope you’ve all had a relaxing Spring Break … HSSD teachers look forward to connecting with students online, tomorrow! Parents should please reach out to teachers by email with any questions about AMI assignments. Please continue to look for updated information from us regarding the AMI period, AMI assignments, and more, as we work with teachers and administrators to plan for the needs of our families, and as we receive further updates from state officials about the COVID19 situation. Find all Arkansas Department of Education updates, here. 


During the week, all HSSD schools will be accessible by phone calls between 8:30 - 3:30. At any time, our families can call a school and talk to someone about any details below.  During those same hours, the front office of each school will be open for parents to pick up AMI packets or check out technology devices. Families will also have access to FREE meals throughout the AMI period; find locations and times for pick-up and/or drop-off by school bus routes, here. 


Students should have received AMI assignments from teachers on March 13 to last through Friday, April 3. Parents can expect to find more specific guidance on AMI assignments beyond what students have already been provided with later this week. Parents are encouraged to work on creating quiet, clean spaces in homes for students to be productive, engaged, and attentive during the extended period of AMI instruction.  Beginning after Monday, April 6, parents can expect most online classrooms to include Zoom sessions and assignments provided through the Google Classroom platform. 


Moving forward, all parents can plan for the following: 1) Teachers will have required face-to-face interaction (online) with students every day via Zoom sessions; parents do need to make sure that students have Internet access and a technology device so that they can be part of those daily sessions (see details below about HSSD providing access as needed); 2) Students will receive assignments that they can do online via Google Classrooms, and via paper packets (depending on the grade level; 3) Teachers will continue to provide guidance and support for essential skills in literacy and math; 4) Finally, parents can expect supplemental videos, assignments, and resources from teachers regarding exercise routines, games and quizzes, and specialized classes in art, music, dance, and others to be shared with students via online Google Classrooms and/or Zoom sessions. While more details are yet to come, please know we are working to ensure that education continues, meals continue, and as many school services as possible continue for all HSSD students.


Seniors are being contacted by counselors this week specifically to discuss graduation requirements. All high school students should be carefully checking emails to keep up with assignments and correspondence from teachers, especially our seniors. 


Per our current school schedule, students will continue to be off of school on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13. Those will not be AMI Days; students and staff members will be offline. 


AMI Assignments and Internet Access

The HSSD is working with Resort Cable to have Internet equipment installed (at no charge) at any home that does not have it. If you need internet access for your student, parents should communicate with the HSSD by calling your school office, or emailing teachers, or emailing principals. HSSD principals are working to create lists of students who need district equipment. Resort Cable has already begun installing equipment across the district. Families should not call Resort Cable to have equipment installed, as the HSSD is managing the list of all installation requests. The internet equipment will continue to be owned by Resort Cable; families should expect Resort Cable to install equipment by April 6 or soon thereafter, and for them to inventory that equipment and then uninstall it and pick it back up after four months or the end of the AMI instruction period.


The HSSD is also providing technology devices to all students who do not already have one. Technology equipment and power cords will be prepared for pick-up this week by staff members, and parents can pick up devices from the curbside of each school April 1-3. HSSD staff members will be available to take technology devices and power cords to parents in vehicles April 1-3. Devices will be checked out to students; and the HSSD will keep an inventory of which student is responsible for a device. Parents should communicate with the HSSD by calling your school office, emailing teachers, or emailing principals if your student needs a technology device.


Meals

Free meals will continue to be provided to all HSSD families. HSSD is working through Chartwells to continue offering free grab-and-go meals at lunch time from 11:30 - 1:30 (grab-and-go lunch and bagged breakfast for the next day) in the same sites throughout the city and at Park and Langston, as well as by bus drops along normally used bus routes. Find details about all meal sites and meals to be delivered by bus routes, here. 


If families currently receive additional meals from schools through Backpack Programs, that service will continue by bus routes on Fridays. Parents should communicate with the HSSD by calling your school office, emailing teachers, or emailing principals if your family needs to receive meals through the HSSD Backpack Program. 


Events and Programs

We will wait to make a decision about whether to move forward with pre-scheduled events following direction and input from state officials about whether school buildings will re-open after April 17. All athletic events, extracurricular activities, and practices and gatherings of any kind at our school buildings are cancelled at this time through April 17. We cannot make an informed decision at this time about whether to re-schedule these events. School administrators will be in contact with seniors via email collecting information for alternate plans for special events (including HSSD prom and graduation) should the need arise. The decision to keep these events scheduled - as well as the decision by state officials to continue with closed school buildings and/or to re-open buildings after April 17 - will be directly dependent on the COVID19 situation. 


HSSD Intervention Support

If students currently receive special support for literacy or math during normal classroom time, they can expect to be contacted by an Intervention Specialist this week to provide the same support via remote Zoom session.


COVID19 Resources and Support


Find status updates about the Coronavirus in Arkansas via the Arkansas Department of Health, here. 


Learn more about how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other illness via the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


Talking to Kids about COVID19


Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource


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Update: 3/20/2020


Governor Hutchinson and state officials announced yesterday (3/19) that all Arkansas public schools will remain closed for onsite instruction through April 17 due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 across the state. The decision to close schools will be re-evaluated in a few weeks based on public health conditions at that time. Read the full release from the Arkansas Department of Education, here. 


We want to share as much planning information as possible with our families for AMI Days, which will take place after Spring Break from March 30 - April 17. While more details are yet to come, please know we are working to ensure that education continues, meals continue, and as many school services as possible continue for all HSSD students.


Except for Spring Break, families can expect all HSSD schools to be accessible by phone call between 8:30 - 3:30. At any time, our families can call a school and talk to someone about any details below.  


Per our current school schedule, students will continue to be off of school on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13. Those will not be AMI Days; students and staff members will be offline. 


AMI Assignments and Internet Access

The HSSD is working with Resort Cable to have Internet equipment installed (at no charge) at any home that does not have it. If you need internet access for your student, parents should communicate with the HSSD by calling your school office, or emailing teachers, or emailing principals. HSSD principals are working to create lists of students who need district equipment. Resort Cable will begin installing equipment during the week of Spring Break (March 23-27).  Families should not call Resort Cable to have equipment installed, as the HSSD will be managing the list of all installation requests. The internet equipment will continue to be owned by Resort Cable; families should expect Resort Cable to install equipment by April 6 or soon thereafter, and for them to inventory that equipment and then uninstall it and pick it back up after four months or the end of the AMI instruction period.


The HSSD is also providing technology devices to all students who do not already have one. Technology equipment and power cords will be delivered to students who need that equipment after Spring Break OR parents can pick up devices from the curbside of each school April 1-3. HSSD staff members will be available at that time to take technology devices and power cords to parents in vehicles April 1-3. Devices will be checked out to students; and the HSSD will keep an inventory of which student is responsible for a device. Parents should communicate with the HSSD by calling your school office, emailing teachers, or emailing principals if your student needs a technology device.


AMI assignments and processes are being planned by HSSD administrators in coordination with teachers at every level. Parents can expect to find more specific guidance on AMI assignments beyond what students have already been provided with by teachers after March 30. Parents are encouraged to work on creating quiet, clean spaces in homes for students to be productive, engaged, and attentive during the extended period of AMI instruction.  Beginning after April 6, parents can expect most online classrooms to include Zoom sessions and assignments provided through the Google Classroom platform. 


Moving forward, all parents can plan for the following: 1) Teachers will have required face-to-face interaction (online) with students every day via Zoom sessions; parents do need to make sure that students have Internet access and a technology device so that they can be part of those daily sessions (see details above about HSSD providing access as needed); 2) Students will receive assignments that they can do online via Google Classrooms, and via paper packets (depending on the grade level; 3) Teachers will continue to provide guidance and support for essential skills in literacy and math; 4) Finally, parents can expect supplemental videos, assignments, and resources from teachers regarding exercise routines, games and quizzes, and specialized classes in art, music, dance, and others to be shared with their student via online Google Classrooms and/or Zoom sessions.


Meals

Free meals will continue to be provided to all HSSD families. During the week of Spring Break, the HSSD will continue to work through Chartwells to provide grab-and-go meals during lunch time (they will pick up bagged lunches and breakfasts for the next day at once) at Park Manget and Langston Elementary Leadership Academy, and at four sites in Hot Springs.


For the weeks after Spring Break (March 30-April 17), the HSSD will work through Chartwells to continue offering free grab-and-go meals in the same sites throughout the city and at Park and Langston, as well as by bus drops along normally used bus routes, during lunch. The bus schedule for delivering meals, AMI packets, technology devices, and other supplies as needed by families will be published at the HSSD website by the end of Spring Break. 


If families currently receive additional meals from schools through Backpack Programs, that service will continue by bus routes. Parents should communicate with the HSSD by calling your school office, emailing teachers, or emailing principals if your family needs to receive meals (on Friday afternoons) through the HSSD Backpack Program. 


Events and Programs

We will wait to make a decision about whether to move forward with pre-scheduled events following direction and input from state officials about whether school buildings will re-open after April 17. All athletic events, extracurricular activities, and practices and gatherings of any kind at our school buildings are cancelled at this time through April 17. We cannot make an informed decision at this time about whether to re-schedule these events. School administrators will be in contact with seniors via email collecting information for alternate plans for special events (including HSSD prom and graduation) should the need arise. The decision to keep these events scheduled - as well as the decision by state officials to continue with closed school buildings and/or to re-open buildings after April 17 - will be directly dependent on the COVID19 situation. 


HSSD Counselor Support

Students can expect to hear from school counselors via email and possibly via phone calls throughout the extended AMI period. Students in grades 11-12 need to be especially diligent about corresponding with school counselors via email regarding graduation requirements, credits, and other details for completing the school year. All counselors will be working from remote sites and will be accessible to students by email during school hours. 


HSSD Intervention Support

If students currently receive special support for literacy or math during normal classroom time, they can expect to be contacted by an Intervention Specialist to provide the same support via remote Zoom session. 


COVID19 Resources and Support


Find status updates about the Coronavirus in Arkansas via the Arkansas Department of Health, here. 


Learn more about how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other illness via the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


Talking to Kids about COVID19


Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource


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Update: 3/17/2020

 

The HSSD continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully. We are working with officials at the state level including the Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Governor’s Office - by way of the Arkansas Department of Education. We are also working hard to keep everyone informed of important updates, and any changes in the COVID-19 situation that could affect HSSD families. Families across Arkansas can find updates about COVID-19 in Arkansas via the Arkansas Department of Health, here. 

 

AMI Lessons
Our teachers and students are busy with AMI lessons and online correspondence. HSSD social media pages are featuring an array of free online resources, and educator videos featuring our teachers reading and engaging with students. We are working hard to fill AMI Days with content that continues the learning process for students, and gives families something to focus on as we practice social distancing and stay in our homes. Join us at @hotspringsschooldistrict (Facebook) and @HSSD_Trojans (Twitter). 

 

Questions about Graduation, Prom, and other Events Scheduled After March 30
We are receiving many questions about graduation and prom, and other events across the district that normally take place in April - May. As soon as we have guidance from state officials in health and education, we will let you know. We are hopeful that we will get to return to school on March 30. State officials will likely not provide direction on that until mid-way through Spring Break. The decision about whether or not to return to school and/or continue with events scheduled for after March 30 will be directly dependent on whether the COVID-19 situation has improved, or has gotten worse. Right now, the HSSD does not have those answers, and neither does any other school district in Arkansas. 

 

FREE Meals and Services/Supplies at HSSD Welcome Center
Please remember, our FREE breakfasts and lunches for children 0-18 are available throughout this week (March 16-March 20). Find a full meal schedule, here. If you know of families who need food, supplies, or services other than those available at our grab-and-go meal sites, the HSSD Welcome Center is staffed this week. Individuals and/or families should come to the front door of the Welcome Center (702 Main Street), and they will be greeted at the door (please knock for assistance). We will provide all that we can from the Welcome Center to as many families as possible. Learn more about what kind of food, services, and supplies we have available at our Welcome Center, here. 

 

Please use Social Distancing Practices When Possible
Finally, families - please remember to practice social distancing wherever possible. If anyone is sick in your home, please keep them home. Everyone (sick or well) should be minimizing the time that they spend away from home. Minimize contact with people outside of your immediate family. Avoid gatherings and events with ten or more people. When you must get out of the house, stay six feet apart from others. Use drive-through, pick-up, or delivery services when possible and avoid eating or drinking at restaurants and food courts. Clean hands and faces, and homes and all surfaces, more often and more thoroughly than usual.

 

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Update: 3/15/2020

 

HSSD administrators have received direction from Governor Hutchinson, in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Health and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - part of the Arkansas Department of Education - to close schools across Arkansas this week. The HSSD will be closed starting tomorrow, and through the week of March 16-20, and will be on AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction) Days. Schools will then be closed for normal closure through Spring Break. HSSD Schools will reopen on Monday, March 30. All sporting events and school activities have also been canceled during this time. 

Our school front offices, only, will be open throughout the week of March 16-20 during AMI Days, if parents need to pick up AMI materials, technology devices, or have questions. No buses will run. All athletic facilities will also be closed throughout this time (no practices, games, or outside use will be allowed until March 30.) We will be providing free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches during AMI Days on March 16-20 (but, not during Spring Break). Please see that plan with locations and details below. Teachers and staff members will be available online to work with students and parents during AMI Days March 16-20. 

Regarding days classified as AMI Days (March 16-20) ... 3rd - 12th grade students will receive assignments through Google Classroom. K-2nd grade students will need to complete packets that were sent home on Friday, March 13. Find all AMI information, at this link.  Completed student work will be documentation of attendance. Please call school offices with any questions. Teachers will be accessible via Google Classrooms and their email addresses. With any questions about AMI materials for your child, contact your school office. 

HSSD administrators highly recommend that students and families use this time to avoid gatherings of large crowds (the CDC recommends avoiding crowds of 200+). The intention of school closings - like this one - is to create enough social separation that the spread of Novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19) is stopped. 

Throughout AMI Days, the HSSD will continue to provide online updates regarding the monitoring of COVID-19, and any changes taking place that affect the HSSD and HSSD families. Follow all updates at the HSSD website (hssd.net), mobile app, and social media platforms at @hotspringsschooldistrict (Facebook) and @HSSD_Trojans (Twitter). 

Throughout AMI Days (excluding Springs Break March 23-27), the HSSD will continue to provide free grab-and-go breakfast and lunches through our Chartwells Food Service Provider. Families picking up lunches should intend to stop at the designated locations, pick up a lunch, and then leave; these will not be sit-down meals. Chartwells staff members will provide lunches in the front lobby areas from schools, and at the front of the Trojan Eats Food Truck and HSSD Box Truck for quick and convenient pick-up by families. 

Breakfasts

Time:

Location:

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grab-and-Go from front lobby of Park Magnet School (617 Main Street)

Time:

Location:

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grab-and-Go from front lobby of Langston Elementary Leadership Academy (300 Silver Street)

Lunches

Time:

Location:

11:30 - 1:30
Grab-and-Go from front lobby of Park Magnet School (617 Main Street)

Time:

Location:

11:30 - 1:30
Grab-and-Go from front lobby of Langston Elementary Leadership Academy (300 Silver Street)

Time:

Location:

11:30 - 12:15
Grab-and-Go via #TrojanEats Food Truck from Family Dollar on Park Avenue

Time:

Location:

11:30 - 12:15
Grab-and-Go via HSSD Box Truck from Family Park on Family Park Road

Time:

Location:

12:30 - 1:15
Grab-and-Go via #TrojanEats Food Truck from WalMart Neighborhood Market on Malvern Avenue

Time:

Location:

12:30 - 1:15
Location: Grab-and-Go via HSSD Box Truck from Mountain View Heights on Spring Street 

 

All meals served during AMI Days will be free to children ages 18 and under. Adults must have children with them in order to receive meals for each child respectively. If quantities are available, adults may also purchase meals at a low cost of $2.25 per breakfast and $3.50 for lunch.


Find status updates about any changes to confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Arkansas via the Arkansas Department of Health, here.)

Learn more about what COVID-19 is via the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, here. 

Find Resources for talking to kids about COVID-19, here. 

 

 

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Update: 3/13/2020

Please be advised, in an effort to do what is best to protect the wellness of our students, the HSSD has cancelled all athletic events, performances, and after school events/activities through the end of March.

The Arkansas Activities Association has suspended all spring sports and activities beginning Sunday, March 15 (please see below). 

 

 

Message from HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus:

Wonderful HSSD Families, 

Please rest assured that we are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully. We are working with officials at the state level including the Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Governor’s Office - by way of the Arkansas Department of Education. We know you are concerned; we are as well. 

If the decision is made to postpone classes, and/or to use AMI Days at HSSD, it is a decision that will be made in coordination and with input from the ADH and ADE. No public schools can make that decision alone. The HSSD and public schools across this state are working hard to make the safest, best decisions possible for students.

We will post all updates - including news about COVID-19, Governor’s Announcements, school closings, AMI information, event cancellations, etc. -  to the “Wellness Update” thread on our HSSD website (www.hssd.net) and via social media platforms at @hotspringsschooldistrict (Facebook) and @HSSD_Trojans (Twitter).

I have suspended all out-of-state travel for HSSD employees for any work-related training, or other professional development. I am also encouraging all staff members to highly consider not traveling out-of-state through the coming weeks.

HSSD is working with ADH and ADE to identify students and staff that may have traveled from countries affected by COVID-19, and will collaborate with ADH in the event any such students or staff are identified. I do kindly ask that if any of our students/families receive any notification that implies they may have had contact with a presumptive positive person, that you contact my office immediately. You may send an email to nehuss@hssd.net

I have personally engaged already with the Arkansas Department of Health regarding concerned calls, and in each of the situations that have come up, I have been assured from the ADH that continuing with classes as normal at this time is the best decision. We are following all appropriate and official processes in place to review cases of students and staff members who may have been exposed to COVID-19. At this time, there is no one in our district that creates an unsafe situation regarding COVID-19. 

We appreciate your patience and close attention through the coming weeks as we continue to balance offering a safe and high quality educational experience to your children, while monitoring the Coronavirus situation in Arkansas, and making mindful decisions about how it could affect the HSSD and HSSD families. Your kids are our top priority, always.

Thank you,

Dr. Stephanie Nehus

 

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Update: 3/12/2020

The Hot Springs School District continues to closely monitor the Novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are aware that there have been 6 presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, and that the number will continue to grow. We are working in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to monitor the situation.  (See status updates about the Coronavirus in Arkansas via the Arkansas Department of Health, here.)

Daily school classroom activities at the HSSD will continue as normal at this time. Some athletic and after-school activities may be cancelled. Find updates at hssd.net and via social media platforms at @hotspringsschooldistrict (Facebook) and @HSSD_Trojans (Twitter). 

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in consultation with the Arkansas Department of Health, shall provide guidance to local school districts and institutions of higher education to address concerns related to the virus and take all actions necessary to ensure the continuation of education.  The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall have sole authority to close public school campuses throughout the state for reasons related to COVID-19.  

Governor Hutchinson did announce in a press conference moments ago (3/12/2020) that schools in Saline, Jefferson, Grant, and Pulaski Counties will be closed for the next two weeks (because of their proximity to the 6 presumptive positive COVID-19 cases), and will use Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI)  Days. We ask that you please help us prepare for your child to continue learning if we should need to use AMI Days. Information provided at www.hssd.net and via your child’s teacher will guide you in accessing AMI instructional materials, if needed.

The HSSD is working with ADH and DESE to identify students and staff that may have traveled from the affected countries, and will collaborate with ADH in the event any such students or staff are identified.

Governor Hutchinson released a proclamation that details action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The proclamation can be accessed here.  Because Arkansas has been planning a COVID-19 response for months, the state is well-positioned to begin containment efforts.  The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will continue to act as the lead agency to work in concert with other state agencies to respond to the COVID-19 virus. 

Learn more about what the Coronavirus is via the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, here. 

The HSSD continues to take daily precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, and other viruses including the flu and common cold, which include:

-Routinely cleaning and disinfecting the school

-Encouraging staff and students to wash their hands frequently with soap and water

-Ensuring that bathrooms are adequately furnished with soap

See letter from SSC School Cleaning Services, here. 

You can also help prevent the spread of viruses by encouraging your student to:

-Stay home when they are sick

- Frequently wash their hands with soap and water

-Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

-Cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing

Learn more about how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other illness via the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, here. 

Student safety and wellness is a top priority at the HSSD and we truly appreciate your help to keep our students healthy.



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Wellness Update: 3/6/2020

The Hot Springs School District (HSSD) is closely monitoring the Coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) internationally, and working in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to monitor the situation in Arkansas. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Hot Springs School District (HSSD) - or in the Garland County area or in the state of Arkansas - at this time (See status updates about the Coronavirus in Arkansas via the Arkansas Department of Health, here. )

Learn more about what the Coronavirus is via the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, here. 

ADH is currently monitoring travelers who have returned within the last 14 days from countries with sustained community transmission. As of February 28, the affected countries are China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan.

The HSSD is working with ADH and DESE to identify students and staff that may have traveled from the affected countries, and will collaborate with ADH in the event any such students or staff are identified.

Travelers from affected countries are advised to stay at home and monitor for symptoms until 14 days have passed from their departure from that country, while limiting interaction with others. Once 14 days have passed without any symptoms of illness, the Centers for Disease Control recommends these travelers can be allowed to return to school and public activities.

At this time, the HSSD is not at risk. However, we continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, and other viruses including the flu and common cold, which include:

-Routinely cleaning and disinfecting the school

-Encouraging staff and students to wash their hands frequently with soap and water

-Ensuring that bathrooms are adequately furnished with soap

You can also help prevent the spread of viruses by encouraging your student to:

-Stay home when they are sick

- Frequently wash their hands with soap and water

-Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

-Cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing

Learn more about how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other illness via the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, here. 

Student safety and wellness is a top priority at the HSSD and we truly appreciate your help to keep our students healthy.


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