MH superintendent: Keeping schools open a great idea


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Friday that schools in the state will remain in session, unless a student or staffer is infected with the coronavirus/COVID-19.

The Governor, joined by Dr. Nathaniel Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, along with Education Secretary Johnny Key, cited guidance from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta in making the announcement.

To view the CDC’s considerations for school closure, click here.

Locally, Mountain Home Superintendent Dr. Jake Long says he wholeheartedly supports the decision, due to the impact closing school would cause to the community.


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Long also favors the CDC’s stance on school closures.


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Mountain Home Public Schools have already been on a high alert since the start of flu season in an attempt to prevent infectious outbreaks of any kind among students, Long says.


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The school district isn’t standing pat on those measures though, as Long explains.


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While athletic and extracurricular events are on hold in Arkansas, Long says it is important to keep Mountain Home schools running as normal as possible.


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Updates on the coronavirus/COVID-19 status will be issued as needed, Long adds.

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