Local schools remain open as coronavirus precautions continue


As the nation, Arkansas and the Twin Lakes Area take precautionary measures regarding the coronavirus, Mountain Home Public School Superintendent Dr. Jake Long is providing daily updates in coordination with state officials.On Thursday, in response to the six coronavirus infection cases in central Arkansas, the state Department of Health and the Department of Education advised school districts in Grant, Jefferson, Pulaski and Saline counties to close until after spring break.

But, Dr. Long says Mountain Home Public Schools will remain open at this time, emphasizing there have been no developments requiring consideration of closing. He says determining whether a school district will close is a coordinated decision being made at the state level.


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Dr. Long says the Arkansas Department of Education has amended the number of AMI days allowable for school districts, should there be a need to close due to the coronavirus.


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Dr. Long says while originally he had not planned on daily updates to the patrons of the school district, with ongoing developments concerning the coronavirus, he plans to continue the messaging.

In Thursday’s message he says to please keep your children home if they are sick, and if you believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus, please contact your healthcare provider for information on how you should proceed. Students who are ill and unable to attend school will be given ample opportunity to make up missed assignments. Contact your child’s building consistently to provide updates if the student is out due to illness.

Long says if school officials are advised by governmental agencies to close, they will let parents and guardians know as soon as possible and begin enacting AMI plans.

He says employees will continue to be cautious and encourage healthy habits, but officials also recognize adult reactions oftentimes influence those of children, so they are remaining calm and sensible as they navigate this situation, and they ask parents and guardians to do the same.

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