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. Additional information is available on the Arkansas Ready for Learning page.

Resources for Return to On-site Instruction

For resources about the return to on-site instruction, please visit COVID-19 District and School Information.

Parents

The Kids Guide to the Coronavirus

Posted August 28, 2020

Kids Guide to the Coronavirus



Check out The Kids Guide to the Coronavirus. It focuses on the virus and terms such as social distancing, pandemic, masks and more.


Help Slow the Spread

Designed for PreK-4 education, Help Slow the Spread features a series of activity sheets and talking points for teachers, parents, and students to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Designated Hotlines

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

Sign up for Gov. Asa Hutchinson's COVID-19 updates, access health department updates (for best results, avoid using Internet Explorer), and get other information by clicking on the buttons below. View the COVID-19 update recordings at http://bit.ly/2xTvAu2, 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

Learning Resources for Arkansas Students

To access (K-8) Essential Curriculum, 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


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:

https://ar-wifi-map-uark.hub.arcgis.com/app/3de10c8bfdd448a9942256c6227a14f3.

This tool only improves with participation. This link allows for submission of additional sites:

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and Other Resources

Educators

COVID-19 District and School Information

Updated August 19, 2020

For resources about the return to on-site instruction, please visit COVID-19 District and School Information.

Guidance for Arkansas Schools Regarding COVID-19

Commissioner's Memo Updated August 20, 2020

Gov. Asa Hutchinson released a proclamation (revised 10/13/20) 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. The latest update features the new Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Directive for Large Outdoor Venue and Large Indoor Venue Plans for School Sponsored Team Sports and the updated ADH Directive for Community and School Sponsored Music and Theater.

Additional COVID-19 Data

Posted August 27, 2020

Child Nutrition Waivers Overview

The following document features a list of child nutrition waivers granted to the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These waivers give flexibility in providing meals during COVID-19: Child Nutrition Waivers Overview. You may also view Commissioner’s Memo CNU-21-008.

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
  • Ready for School Resource Call Center: 1-833-353-6050 (English), 1-501-218-4015 (Spanish). For more information, visit http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4496
  • MAIN COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-803-7847

Questions? Districts can email education questions to ade.communications@arkansas.gov.

Special Education Guidance and Considerations

Updated September 4, 2020

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.

Additional Guidance, Considerations and Supports

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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ESSA

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MY SCHOOL INFO

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