FAQs Regarding Ready for Learning Plan

The Smackover-Norphlet School District posted a survey on its Bucks Landing Page for parents to submit questions regarding our Ready for Learning plan.  Due to the limited number of questions received, the district will not be hosting a town hall meeting.

Below are a list of responses to questions which were submitted.  If you have additional questions, please submit your question at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRw3NA9trkxdVZcsjWhupKLtHq8W_zkV-My8I1X3TpACGYWw/viewform


How do I register my kids?


The Smackover-Norphlet School District is pleased to announce that we will be using online registration for ALL students this year!  This will eliminate the majority of the beginning of the year paperwork which parents had to complete annually for every child they had in the district.

Parents/guardians can register their students on the district’s website.

If you have questions regarding online registration, please call your child’s school.


Any parent opting for their child to have a virtual seat in the classroom will need to complete the online registration above as well as the following:

If you have questions regarding registration for Virtual Seat in the Classroom, please contact the principal or assistant principal at your child’s school.



How long will my child be online daily if I choose the Virtual Seat in the Classroom?

Students who will be using a virtual seat in the classroom will be given a regular schedule and are expected to be online from 7:55 – 3:05.  These students will have short breaks between classes when students are changing classes, lunch, and recess (if applicable.)

The VSC is a commitment of the student sitting at the computer for approximately 7 hours daily.  VSC students are viewing live content and interacting to the extent practical with their assigned classroom teacher(s) just as the child would do in a traditional classroom setting.

This option is vastly different from the remote instruction which was provided in the spring.  Some of the expectations for a VSC student include:

  • Follow the dress code in the student handbook when web conferencing (Google Meet).
  • Follow classroom rules and procedures established by each teacher.
  • Submit assignments in a timely manner.
  • Actively participate/engage in online instruction following the schedule provided.
  • Request assistance from the teacher when support is needed.
  • Participate daily in remote instruction in “real” time to the extent practical. Daily attendance will be taken.
  • Grades will be assigned based on mastery of assignments as well as the level of student engagement in the remote classroom instruction.


If students are not required to wear a mask all day, can I require my student to wear a mask all day?

Yes, if parents would like for their students to wear a mask even when the students are able to social distance and the teacher/staff member is allowing masks to be removed for a period of time, parents/guardians can definitely make that an expectation from home.  However, it will not be the school’s responsibility to enforce that additional expectation.


How do I get access to overall curriculum so I can prepare for home schooling when it becomes necessary? I know we will have the bridge info, which is good. But need to better understand what is required for each grade overall.

The Smackover-Norphlet School District uses the Arkansas Department of Education academic standards as the basis for its curriculum.  To view the standards for the core content areas, please click on this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mnp97g0MVg2tlJcjpRdl5o4Ctf_YPzVx/view?usp=sharing


Will the elementary students change classes and if so will the desk be cleaned between classes?

Yes, Smackover Elementary School students will change classes. Desks and work areas will be disinfected with a disinfectant spray or wipe after use.

Will the elementary students share supplies as they have in prior years?

Elementary students will not be sharing school supplies.  Each student’s supplies will be kept in a safe place designated by the teacher.


Will the middle school students change classes and if so will the desk be cleaned between classes?

Will grades 5-12 change classes this year or will they remain in the same classroom throughout the day?

Yes, Norphlet Middle School and Smackover High School students will change classes. Desks and work areas will be disinfected with a disinfectant spray or wipe after use.

Student will be required to wear masks during class changes and will be allowed to remove masks once teacher has ensured social distancing in the classroom.

If students change classrooms who will the desks or tables be sanitized before the next group of students start class?

At the end of each class period, work areas will be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe or spray by the teacher, staff, or student.

Will students in grades 6- 12 have two sets of textbooks? One set to stay at school and one set to stay at home? If so how will the textbooks at school be sanitized?

The Smackover-Norphlet School District will continue to send home a set of textbooks for appropriate courses for students for 6th – 12th grade students since lockers are not available.

Students will be given hand sanitizer as they enter each new classroom to help mitigate the spreading of germs, and help keep hands disinfected before touching books, etc.  


For a downloadable copy of these FAQs, please click on the link below.