Piggott Schools Shifting to Virtual Format

Monday, September 14, 2020

Due to staff shortages, the Piggott Public School District will transition to a virtual format for all the K-12 classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15. The move was announced late last week after a number of teachers were quarantined, and according to Superintendent Barry DeHart was not related to an outbreak among students.

“We just couldn't maintain staff due to a lack of substitutes,” he explained Monday morning.

The announcement was made last week, with staff members informed in groups by administrators. The release to students and family read “with rising numbers of Covid cases and the difficulty of finding subs for our teachers, the Piggott Schools grades K-12 will be going full virtual Tuesday, Sept. 15 to Friday, Sept. 18. We will reassess or situation at this time.

Preschool will remain open. Buses will not be running routes, so preschool parents will be responsible for transportation to and from school Breakfast and lunch will be provided for the preschool students.

Lunch will be provided for elementary and high school students through Grab and Go, with times given on Monday, Sept. 14.

Monday will be a normal school day. We will use this day to hand out Chromebooks and allow students to gather any books or supplies needed to transfer to virtual learning from home. We will use this time to deep clean our building and buses.

Because this is brand new territory for all of us, we ask that you are patient as we tackle this challenge. We will be working hard to make this as beneficial and smooth as possible. Thank you in advance for working with us as partnership

Barry DeHart

Superintendent”

According to DeHart, the Arkansas Activities Association allows schools to continue with sporting events if the transfer to a virtual format was not related to the quarantine of players—although the other team involved could choose not to play. Due to this, Tuesday night's Lady Mohawk home volleyball match with Cave City, which was to be the Tribe's senior night for the class of 2021, has been postponed.

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