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April 6, 2020 COVID-19 Update
Pike Palmer
Monday, April 06, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement regarding the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.  During today’s news briefing, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that all schools would remain closed for onsite instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  Schools will continue to use AMI for instruction during this time of school closure.  Kirby School District will continue to use a wide variety of AMI instruction and assignments for our kids throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  We will continue to provide meals on Mondays via drive through at school or bus delivery so long as it is safe and allowable.  Our food bank will still be operating.  If you need assistance, please contact Nurse Alissa Kelley or Jaime Johnson.

At this time, all school related events excluding graduation will be cancelled or postponed to a later date.  We will be working on a plan as an administrative team trying to plan for certain events that were cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 virus.  I am very sorry that prom, academic/athletic award ceremonies, field trips, and other events will be cancelled or postponed.  As stated by the Governor, graduation ceremonies will be left to the guidance of the health department and at this point “very much in the air.” If and when schools get approval to reconvene, we will do our best to recreate those lost memories. 

But for now, please practice social distancing and staying away from people if at all possible.  The measures that the Governor has put in place are working. The only way that we can get rid of this virus right now and get back to normalcy is to not spread the virus.  As you have probably heard, Arkansas is dropping in regards to the ranking of the states from highest to lowest of number of COVID-19 cases.  We want to keep that trend going down. Please take care of yourself and your families. We miss seeing and interacting with our students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Kirby School District at 870-398-4212.  If we are away from our office, your call will be routed to one of our cell phones at this number.

Sincerely,

Kirby School District