Schools Closed by Order of the Governor
Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordered the closure of Arkansas schools effective Tuesday, March 17, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Monday was optional for the state's districts, although Piggott, Rector and Marmaduke were among those choosing to close for the entire week. The week of March 23 to 27, is spring break for the entire state, insuring at least two weeks of no classes.
In response school districts have turned to the AMI (Alternative Method of Instruction) program which was originally set-up to deal with weather closures. Under the plan, each district may receive credit for up to 10 days of closure as long as student's complete the prearranged class work. In preparation, packets were sent home with students late last week.
To address the issue of those who receive free and reduced meals, both the Rector and Piggott district will be serving meals at no charge to those 18 and under. The breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is no charge for the meals, and all those 18 and under will be served on weekdays.
The Rector distribution will be held in the cafetorium, while the pickup for Piggott will be at the rear of the the elementary school.
Administration with both districts have also promised to provide updates as needed.