Month: March 2020

Twitter/AMI/Updated School Closure Information

Below is information which will help to answer some of the most frequently asked questions with regards to school closing.  This information is current as of March 20, 2020.

Communication with Families and Community Members

It is our goal to provide up dated information to parents and community members.  You may find the most current information regarding Smackover-Norphlet School District through the district’s website, The Buckaroo Blog, and our brand new Twitter account.

Our new Twitter handle is @Smackover_Bucks .

Automated phone calls and text messages will also be sent out as needed.

Dates of School Closing

Due to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s announcement, all public schools in Arkansas will remain closed through April 17, 2020.   The Governor declared that while the school buildings are closed during this time, instruction would continue for all students.

The SNSD administrative team has been working this week to develop solid plans to keep instruction occurring during this time.

Spring Break

March 23 – 27 will be spring break for all students.  No assignments or instruction will be provided to students during spring break.

AMI Work for the Week of March 30 – April 3

Students were sent home AMI folders in the fall.  Students should have already completed work from Days 1, 2, and part of day 3 during the week of March 16 – 20.

Please use the following schedule for the week of March 30 – April 3.

  • March 30 – Students will complete the second half of their Day 3 AMI work.
  • March 31 & April 1 – Students will complete Day 4 of their AMI work.
  • April 2 & April 3 – Students will complete Day 5 of their AMI work.

If your child’s AMI folder has been misplaced, you may access the same documents online using the following links:

AMI Work for the Week of April 6 – 10

The SNSD will be shifting to online delivery of instruction!  We are still in the process of finalizing plans.  Accommodations will be made for students who do not have Internet access or electronic devices.

More information will be coming out to parents and students on April 2.

As a reminder:  Friday, April 10 is Good Friday.  This is a holiday on the school calendar.  No assignments or instruction will be provided to students on Good Friday.

Internet Access

Comcast is offering qualifying students and parents eligibility for 60 days of free internet through Comcast Internet Essentials during the pandemic.

Also, AT&T is offering the following in response to the public health crisis through their Access from AT&T program

  • Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed.
  • Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start.
  • Waiving all home internet data overage fees.

If you are in need of support from Comcast or AT&T, we encourage you to contact them sooner rather than later so that your child will be prepared with Internet access on April 6.

Please contact Comcast directly to determine eligibility.

School Meal Service

The School Meal Service is FREE for any student 18 and under.  Children must be present to receive a meal.  All meals are to be taken off campus.  Cafeterias will not be open for anyone to sit and eat.

Bagged meals will include a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following morning.  Meals will be provided through a drive-up option for families to help prevent the spread of illness.

School Meal Service will resume on Monday, March 30.

  • Time – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Smackover Location – Between cafeteria and pavilion
  • Norphlet Location – Norphlet City Park

Reminder of General Precautions

Governor Asa Hutchinson has closed schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please remember to take the following precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing while students are out of school.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze and throw the tissue away immediately.
  • Wash hands following a cough/sneeze.
  • Avoid large crowds.

Closing Thoughts

This is an unprecedented time in our community, our nation, and our world.  We appreciate the support of our parents, students, and community members greatly at this time.

We are so thankful to parents and students who are now having to take on a unique responsibility and shared role when it comes to their education through the virtual setting.  Please know that SNSD will be there to provide assistance despite this situation.

We are confident that when this pandemic is over our students and our community will be stronger than ever.  While the coronavirus is a very real threat, it does not have the power to take away our Buckaroo spirit and pride!

We, as the Smackover-Norphlet School District, will remain true to our values of supporting students and families through this pandemic.

Go Bucks!

Attention NMS Parents and Students

All Norphlet Middle School students have been sent an email to their gmail account.

In the email is a survey regarding the student’s Internet availability.

Please complete the survey TODAY (Thursday, March 19).

Parents of students who do not complete the survey today will be contacted by phone to collect the information from the survey.

Parents and students may also access the survey online by clicking on the link below:

NMS STUDENT INTERNET AVAILABILITY SURVEY

From the Office of the Superintendent

Dear Buckaroo Community,

I hope during these unique times you have been able to spend quality time with your loved ones and develop a greater appreciation of family, friends, and the community we live in just as I have. Although these times have brought uncertainty and concerns, they have also brought an opportunity to enjoy your family and be thankful for what we have. For our school district, it has brought our teams together to work on the next course of action and make adjustments that will be best for our students and staff in the coming days.

  • Our food service department continues to work hard and provide meals for students in need.
  • Our maintenance, custodial, and transportation departments have been working hard to disinfect and thoroughly clean our buildings and buses for when we do return.
  • Our administrative staff has been meeting routinely to discuss instructional delivery and ideas to best serve our parents and students during these unique times.

As the information that schools would be closed through April 17 came out today, our administrative teams were in meetings identifying virtual delivery options for our students moving forward. I want to assure you that during these times, the Smackover-Norphlet School District will be working hard to help our parents and students and will keep you updated as we receive information.

Beginning Monday, March 30, our campuses and central office will begin office hours from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm to answer phones, conduct necessary business, and provide hard copies of student work if needed.

Campuses have already begun reaching out to students and parents regarding electronic devices and more information will be coming soon about our virtual instructional plans moving forward.

We will have information posted to the blog and website by April 2nd, that will give a detailed plan of how to access the programs being utilized, who to contact if there are questions, and hard copy options.

As we tackle this situation as a community, state, and team, I’m very encouraged by the educators and community I’m a part of. Thank you for all you do.

Please take the precautions that the state and federal authorities are suggesting and know that our Smackover-Norphlet Buckaroo team will be here for you and your students!

God Bless and Go Bucks!

Jason Black

Change of Location for Norphlet School Meal Service Program

Updated Information

Students  participating in the School Meal Service Program at Norphlet Middle School may now pick up their lunch/breakfast sacks at the Norphlet City Park beginning on Friday, March 19.

Norphlet students receiving weekend meal backpacks will also be able to pick up their weekend meal backpack at that location.

What is the School Meal Service?

The School Meal Service is FREE for any student 18 and under.  Children must be present to receive a meal.  All meal service is to be taken off campus.  Cafeterias will not be open for anyone to sit and eat.

Bagged meals will include a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following morning.  Meals will be provided through a drive-up option for families to help prevent the spread of illness.

  • Start date – Wednesday, March 18
  • Time – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Smackover Location – Between cafeteria and pavilion
  • Norphlet Location – Norphlet City Park

Attention SHS Students and Parents

All Smackover High School students have been sent an email from Mrs. Amber Miller.

In the email is a survey regarding the student’s Internet availability.

Please complete the survey TODAY (Thursday, March 19).

Parents of students who do not complete the survey today will be contacted by phone to collect the information from the survey.

Parents and students may also access the survey online by clicking on the link below:

SHS STUDENT INTERNET AVAILABILITY SURVEY

Lunch is Served!

Thank you to the amazing cafeteria staff for preparing breakfast and lunch sacks today for our students!

As a reminder:

The School Meal Service is FREE for any student 18 and under.  Children must be present to receive a meal.  All meal service is to be taken off campus.  Cafeterias will not be open for anyone to sit and eat.

Bagged meals will include a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following morning.  Meals will be provided through a drive-up option for families to help prevent the spread of illness.

  • Start date – Wednesday, March 18
  • Time – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Smackover Location – Between cafeteria and pavilion
  • Norphlet Location – Norphlet City Park

Driver’s License Testing

Effective immediately:

All driver’s license testing at remote sites has been canceled through Friday, March 27, 2020.

Written testing will continue at the Troop F Headquarters in Warren only.

No skills test will be given.  If you have questions, please contact ASP Troop F at (870) 226-3713.

 

Virtual Libraries

Hello, fellow “BOOK”aroos!

Do you want to take an AR test while school is not in session?

Do you want to read some great books right now and during spring break?

Would you like to listen to a book read by a famous person?

Mrs. Weaver and Mrs. Morgan have set up Virtual Libraries just for you!

Click on the links below for the Smackover Elementary School and Norphlet Middle School Virtual Libraries.