Spring Break came to an end on Monday, but because returning to the actual school building is not an option, students, educators and parents entered their second week of virtual learning.
Hamburg School District officials said they are all working very hard to make the best of an unfortunate situation, but the transition has not been an easy one.
“Educators have been in information overload,” Superintendent Tracy Streeter said. “There is not a script for us to follow in these uncertain times, however, we have a great team of people working at Hamburg School District that have worked relentlessly the last several days to get plans in place that will benefit our students, families, and staff.”
According to Streeter, the governor has provided school districts with a great deal of flexibility in making decisions on how instruction will be delivered. The district is keeping their social media accounts updated to get the word out and keep parents updated as much as possible. As of Monday morning schools in Arkansas were set to be dismissed until April 17, however, it has been reported by state officials that the date could be pushed back depending on the state’s health status.
Students in Hamburg School District will be using AMI, or Alternative Method of Instruction, packets during the dismissal.
Streeter also said the district will utilize the feeding program to help with the delivery and gathering of AMI packets as needed.
“If at any time you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email your child’s principal,” Streeter said.
Hamburg school officials said they are working on a feeding plan for the students. They will provide feeding boxes on Monday and Wednesday of each week. According to a post on the district’s social media account, for this week only they will make deliveries door to door, in order to give additional AMI packets out.
“Starting Monday, April 6 we will use the 7 designated pickups which are Noble/Allbritton Elementary cafeteria, Portland Elementary cafeteria, Wilmot Elementary, Parkdale, Fountain Hill School parking lot, the Ashley County fairground, Pine Street Park and Mt Olive Church. On Monday, we will provide food for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, we will provide food for Wednesday-Friday.”
Streeter said, “this will allow our people time to sanitize after all food preparation and work on a rotation that will provide a safe environment for our workers. The safety of our people is important to us as well.”
The Arkansas Department of Education has given schools guidance on high school seniors. “If they are on track to graduate at the end of the third nine weeks, they will be considered to have met the graduation requirements for the state of Arkansas,” Streeter said.
“For those seniors that are not on track to graduate, we will work with him/her to support them anyway we can to obtain the graduation requirements if at all possible.”
Streeter said there is a team of people working diligently at HHS pulling transcripts, grades, and any other data that will determine graduation status, class rank, college credit, AP classes, GPA, etc. There is also a group that is helping check on seniors for the purpose of scholarship applications, college admission applications, etc.
“As far as prom and graduation, we will follow the guidelines given to us concerning social distancing and not gather in large groups at this time. We cannot make a determination if or when either of these events will take place,” Streeter said. “Our heart goes out to these seniors.”
Streeter said Hamburg School District will continue to follow the guidelines given to them from the Department of Health and the Department of Education regarding all matters involving students.