Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

COVID-19 Information

This page is updated frequently to provide parents and educators with information and resources during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Schools to Start in Arkansas on August 24

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Education Johnny Key provided an update on July 9, 2020. Access the video recording at

Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings 

Posted June 19, 2020

The Arkansas Department of Health has issued Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings by the General Public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Recursos en Español

Publicado el 19 de junio de 2020

Para protegerse y proteger a los demás, visite COVID-19 Recursos en Español.


Learning Resources for School Closure in Arkansas

Arkansas AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction) was provided through a partnership between Arkansas PBS and DESE. Arkansas PBS altered daytime programming through May 22 to provide grade-level content. To access Arkansas AMI, learning resources for students at home, online resources for students, and  digital learning options, please click on the buttons below.
Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Continuing the Learning for Students at Home Online Resources for Students Digital Learning Options for School Closure

Designated Hotlines

Arkansas Children’s Hospital has designated a hotline number to field concerns related specifically to the known presumptive positive case at ACH mentioned in a March 12 press conference. For all other concerns, individuals should use the MAIN COVID-19 Hotline number. A hotline number has also been established for AMI. A number has also been setup for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The numbers are:
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Hotline: 1-800-743-3616
MAIN COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-803-7847
AMI Hotline: 1-833-353-6050 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Hotline: 1-333-SNAP-ARK (1-333-762-7275)Get details.

The State's COVID-19 Response, Department of Health Updates & Resources

Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives regular updates via press conferences on the response to COVID-19. Sign up for the alerts, access health department updates, and get other information by clicking on the buttons below. View the news conference recordings at, You can also access health care resources and ADEM COVID-19 Information.

Sign Up for Updates on the State's Response to COVID-19 COVID-19 Status Updates From the Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Health Care Resources Arkansas Division of Emergency Management COVID-19 Information

Arkansas COVID-19 Food Access Map

Posted April 22, 2020

Food Access Map

Uplift Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture have established a Food Access Map that provides a list of 1,400 data points featuring information on farms, local businesses, restaurants, and pantries. The map also shows which schools and organizations are offering free meals while schools are closed. To access the map, go to

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Hotline

Posted April 24, 2020

To meet the increased needs of those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the Arkansas Department of Human Services are operating a toll-free hotline:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Hotline: 1-333-SNAP-ARK (1-333-762-7275)
Anyone can call the hotline with questions about SNAP and how to apply for benefits. The hot line is staffed from 10 a.m.-3 p.m, Monday – Friday, with a Spanish translator available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Arkansas Wi-Fi Map

Posted April 23, 2020
The Arkansas Department of Education is working with the University of Arkansas CAST team on building a map to display all free and public access Wi-Fi for our state. View the map:
This tool only improves with participation. This link allows for submission of additional sites: Offers Arkansans Chat Bot for COVID-19

UAEX chat bot
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has created a chat bot to answer questions Arkansans may have about the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit and scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and Other Resources


COVID-19 District and School Information

Updated May 21, 2020
For updates about re-entry to onsite summer program activities, school communication flow chart, onsite PD guidance and more, please visit COVID-19 District and School Information.

UPDATE: Guidance for Arkansas Schools Regarding COVID-19

Commissioner's Memo Updated June 23, 2020

Gov. Asa Hutchinson released a proclamation (revised 6/18/20) that details action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is the lead agency to work in concert with other state agencies to respond to the COVID-19 virus.
For details on guidance for Arkansas schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, go to Commissioner's Memo LS-20-089 Guidance for Schools Regarding COVID-19. This memo will be updated frequently.

Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI)

As learning has temporarily shifted from schools to home, Arkansas AMI is being provided through a partnership between Arkansas PBS and DESE. For resources for teachers and districts, please visit the Alternative Methods of Instruction page

Watch the following informational video regarding Alternate Methods of Instruction for extended learning days due to COVID-19:

Digital Learning Resources in Response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 concerns, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education - Research and Technology team worked with state partners to create a list of digital learning resources that may assist schools with potential closures. Please visit Digital Learning Resources - COVID 19.

Designated Hotlines

In an effort to field concerns related to school closures and school/student-related concerns of potential positive COVID-19 cases, the Arkansas Department of Health has designated a hotline for school personnel to utilize to report concerns. For all other concerns, individuals should use the MAIN COVID-19 Hotline number. These pertinent numbers are listed below:
School Personnel Designated COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-504-0155
MAIN COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-803-7847

Questions? Districts can email education questions to

Special Education Guidance and Considerations

LEAs must attempt to provide students with disabilities a free appropriate public education consistent with their individualized education program (IEP), as much as possible, while continuing to meet the procedural requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Arkansas law. For more information, please visit the links below.

Providing Student Meals During School Closure Due to COVID-19

For guidance regarding emergency meal preparation and child nutrition waivers, please visit Providing Students Meals During School Closure Due to COVID-19.

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State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

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