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Ready for Learning Narrative Cross County School District

Cross County School District is known across the state for the innovative, bold education we provide our students. We're not afraid to stand out as the only TAP implementation district in Arkansas and we're proud to have been a 1:1 Apple technology school for over a decade.

We know our different approach has made our district ready to meet the challenges of these unprecedented times.

We are proud to share our Ready for Learning Plan and the work we've done to meet the needs of all students in the midst of a global crisis. After months of preparation and collaboration with our local and state partners, we are excited to be on campus and online for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

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.

Students can expect some changes in scheduling, meal delivery, and class size during the 2020-2021 academic year. A full list of questions and answers are available on our Ready for Learning Frequently Asked Questions page.

A Cross County School District education prepares tomorrow's leaders, today.

Cross County School District teaches essential standards and skills as a part of a whole child approach to education. To accomplish this, Cross County Elementary Technology Academy will continue to utilize Google Classroom as a Learning Management System in partnership with teacher created resources and curricula. Cross County High School, A New Tech School will use Echo for the ninth straight year.

Our district-wide focus on student learning outcomes like collaboration, agency, thinking, problem solving, and written communication will continue to be our guiding light this year.
Teachers and staff have been in targeted professional learning sessions this summer to prepare them to teach effectively online and in-person. Our TAP Model provides teachers with comprehensive support from Mentor, Master, and District Executive Master teachers.

We want to thank and celebrate our teachers for their hard work to respond to the challenges of distance learning.

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.

School closure impacts all students but can be especially difficult for our vulnerable populations.

Cross County School District will continue to provide comprehensive services, in-person or utilizing telehealth options, during the 2020-2021 school year.

Our students can continue to expect the effective instruction they've come to know and love.

Schools will offer students additional supports to learning this year including subscriptions to IXL, Brain Pop, and Kahn Academy.

Our commitment to giving students opportunities through our College x Career x Choice Program will not end.

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.

Cross County High School is proud to have offered the Class of 2020 both a virtual and traditional, in-person graduation ceremony this year. The Class of 2021 can expect the same commitment to celebrating their accomplishments at the conclusion of this year. We are always #SeniorStrong!

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 students will still be OUR students. We look forward to teaching fully virtual learning students with our curriculum and staff.

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.

Students selecting the fully virtual learning option will have opportunities to view live class sessions.

Students will be able to ask questions and seek help from a certified staff member and will be encouraged to regularly communicate with their teachers.

“School is a building which has four walls with tomorrow inside.”

No matter if your child learns in our four walls or at home this year, we know they are our future.

Cross County School District is excited to serve and educate ALL of our students, on our campus, online, and as always, on purpose.