Since March, our district response teams have diligently developed school safety plans for our return to school. We are working within the guidance provided by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Department of Education.
Safety has been and always will be the number one priority of our district.
Some changes to promote safety you can expect in our district include: personal protective equipment provided by the district for students and staff, hand sanitizing stations, health screenings, updated custodial procedures, and social distancing.
We know we have the best teachers in Arkansas and that the relationships our staff build with their students is the bedrock of our success.
Wherever possible, Cross County School District will seek to make in-person, traditional school feel normal.
We love and care about our students and know this is a difficult time to learn. We are preparing daily to find the best strategies for teaching so we are ready to hit the ground running for our first day of school on August 24th.
Outside of the classroom, our Thunderbirds are busy participating in clubs, athletics, and fine arts activities.
Cross County School District will continue to follow guidelines from the Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas Department of Health, and Arkansas Department of Education when determining the schedules, rules, and safety procedures regarding activities during the 2020-2021 school year.
We know activities and athletics are important to our students and community. We can't wait to show our Thunderbird Pride this year and appreciate our coaches and sponsors who have helped our students stay connected and engaged during school closure.
If at all possible, students in their Junior year will continue to participate in our award-winning Virtual Internship Program. Cross County High School will continue to employ two full-time College Access Advisors for our Junior and Senior classes and our younger T-Birds can expect to work on ACT preparation in their core classes.
Teachers and staff will continue to encourage leadership opportunities, write letters of recommendation, and pursue opportunities for all of our students.
We know not everyone is comfortable being on campus this year.
In response to the call to action from Secretary Key and Governor Hutchinson, we will be offering a fully virtual learning option for students and families who opt out of in-person instruction this year.
More information on our fully virtual option is available on our Ready for Learning Frequently Asked Questions page or at our Parent Meeting in the elementary cafeteria on Tuesday, August 4th.
Fully virtual learning is for a student who is unable or uncomfortable attending in-person classes for entire quarters or semesters.
Blended learning (a mix of on-site and online instruction) will be available to all students to be used in the situation that a someone is ill, quarantined, or the school is briefly closed for in-person instruction.
No matter what type of learning (fully virtual or traditional, in-person) a student selects, all students will be held to the same standards, expectations, and attendance requirements. All students will receive the rigorous education you have come to expect from the Cross County School District.
Students choosing fully virtual learning will need to dedicate significant time each school day for learning, product development, assignment completion, and other school work. The time commitment for students may fluctuate depending on the work a teacher assigns, the class(es) they are enrolled in, and the time of year.
Families who have chosen fully virtual learning for their student will need to provide the home support to guide their student through the online learning process.