School Closure Extended by Governor
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday afternoon that Arkansas schools would not be holding any more in-person classes this year—news many educators and administrators felt was coming. In doing so, he instructed the state's districts to continue the Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) program, and noted feeding programs would also continue through the end of the school year.
Earlier the governor had ordered a cessation of classes through next Friday, April 17, in hopes the spread of the deadly virus would be under control. And, despite seeing the numbers flatten somewhat, he indicated he felt the closure was necessary, with the backing of the Arkansas Department of Education.
Both the Rector and Piggott School Districts had already made provisions for the coming week, including both AMI packets and the feeding program. Currently, they're formulating a response to the new directive and will be informing students, parents and patrons in the days to come.
Rector is continuing to distribute food at the RHS pavilion for both breakfast and lunch, five days a week. They're also passing out backpacks of food items during the lunch hours on both Mondays and Thursdays, and are running the bus routes on those days as well.
Meanwhile, Piggott Schools are doing a mass distribution on Mondays for five days of both breakfasts and lunches. Those are to be picked-up at the rear of the elementary school.
Following the news on Monday, Piggott Superintendent Barry DeHart emailed staff concerning the matter and noted further information would be forthcoming. Rector Schools were also working on a plan of action at last report, and will be posting details to the district Facebook page and website in the days to come.