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COVID-19 Response

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PCSSD Statement, Issued 3.12.20 | UPDATED 3.19.20

Per direction by the Governor of Arkansas, Pulaski County Special School District will be closed through April 17. The decision comes after the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rapidly increase across the nation.

In a press conference, Governor Hutchinson closed schools in Arkansas for on-site instruction through April 17, 2020. The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has extended all approved 2019-2020 Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) applications for an additional fifteen (15) days. 

information on AMI days

"Schools also are asked to limit exposure by postponing all extracurricular activities. During this time, there are no restrictions to the number of consecutive days for which AMI can be used." - ADE Commissioner Johnny Key

Click here to access the PCSSD AMI Portal. Reminder to also refer to your child's Google Classroom for detailed assignments during the week of March 16 - March 20. 

Parents, check out this how-to guide for navigating Google Classrooms during our school closures.

If a student his having issues with his/her Chromebook, can fill out this form to submit the problem. Please make sure that you fill the form out completely and give us as much information as possible. We will make every effort to resolve your problem quickly.

Closure Dates
  • March 13, March 16 - March 20 are AMI days
  • March 23 - March 27 are closed for Spring Break
  • March 30 - April 17 are AMI days
  • Return to school on Monday, April 20
Food Distribution

Due to USDA regulations, school districts area only allowed to distribute meals to children ages 18 and under; however, if you are over the age of 18 and still enrolled in a secondary school, you may receive a meal. Students must be present to pick up the meal. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Lunch Distribution April 2-3

PCSSD will continue with meal distribution through the following sites with the city of Little Rock at the locations listed below. Click here to download the full list of locations.

Resources FOR FAMILIES and STAFF

PCSSD is providing resources for families and staff during the school closure. The information below is broken into categories for food, internet, learning and family fun. We will continue to add information as it comes.

Here are 10 facts you should know about the coronavirus (COVID19).

Check out this infographic for tips on how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus.


STUDENT-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • ACT has decided to reschedule the April 4, 2020 National ACT® test date to our June 13 and July 18 test dates in response to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more information on this announcement.
  • Sonday System Parent Empowerment Pack specializes in reading packets for children with dyslexia. The packet equips parents with reading lessons with your child while they are studying from home. The materials are available at no cost.
  • The AP College Board continues to update the process for AP exams this year. Please check their website for details as they change.


INTERNET RESOURCES

The following information was collected to show current internet options available within our communities:

FCC statement on the "Keep Americans Connected Pledge" to ensure internet access during COVID-19 response efforts.

  • AT&T
    • Qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program.
    • New Access AT&T customers get two months of free service. ($5 to $10 month after the first two months)
    • Public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them
    • More information at AT&T's site
  • Fidelity Communications
    • 15 Mbps internet plan for $10 per month is available for the next 60 days to help low-income families - No documentation required to sign up for this plan.
    • Free WiFi hotspots in Fidelity local office parking lots
    • Working to open additional WiFi hotspots in public areas in the coming days and weeks
    • More information at Fidelity Communication's site
  • Comcast/Xfinity - Internet Essentials
  • Charter Communications - Spectrum broadband
    • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.
      • To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
    • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
    • Check out the Charter site for more information.
  • PCSSD Wireless Internet Access
    • Internet access is extended and available in parking lots/bus lanes located adjacent to PCSSD school buildings
      • Access requires the student/teacher to use their PCSSD provided Chromebook (3rd - 12th grade)
      • Must park as close to the building as possible for best Wifi experience
      • Must remain in vehicle to adhere to CDC guidelines on social distancing
  • List of additional nation-wide internet provider resources from PC World.


LEARNING RESOURCES


TEACHER RESOURCES

  • Reading Plus: Find over 100 downloads—including practice worksheets, writing prompts, and graphic organizers—to help students build their essential comprehension skills.
  • ACT Resources for K-12 Educators to Help You Through COVID-19 Take advantage of our digital learning and workforce resources to assist students, teachers, and schools impacted by COVID-19.
Additional COVID-19 Benefits for PCSSD Employees WITH HEALTH INSURANCE

Beginning March 12, 2020 and going through May 15, 2020, PCSSD employees with our health insurance plan has added on the following:

  1. No-Cost For In-Network Coronavirus Testing: If your provider determines testing is necessary, any member and dependents can get tested without a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible.
  2. No Prior Authorizations Needed: In-network providers are not required to complete prior approval paperwork if the Center for Disease Control guidelines and requirements of the plan are followed.

These changes do not apply to any other medical condition and are only available for this response for a limited time. To receive the benefits listed above, you must use an in-network provider. If there are any further questions, please contact the Employee Benefits Division: askEBD@dfa.arkansas.gov or call 501-682-9656.