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Pivoting to Virtual
Bill Muse
Monday, November 16, 2020

The Marmaduke Junior High and Senior High School will transition to virtual learning beginning Tuesday, November 17, through Friday November 20. The difficult decision of transitioning to virtual learning was made due to the increased number of positive cases and increased number of quarantined students and staff. At this time, the Elementary and Preschool will remain open. MJHS and MHS students will continue to receive instruction through our current platforms utilizing teacher led instruction. Students will virtually attend classes and meet with their teachers through these platforms to receive instruction.  

 

Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, were already planned as virtual days for all of K-12. We will also use Wednesday, November 25, as a K-12 virtual day to make up for Thursday, November 5, when we had to dismiss due to a water main breaking.  

 

The District will utilize these days to sanitize and deep clean. We will continue to follow the mandated guidelines of the Arkansas Department of Health and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education as we are working very closely with both groups to slow the spread of the virus.  

 

All lessons and learning will be done virtually thorough the educational platforms we have been using while students are on campus. Students should be familiar with these since they use them every day, but if they have any questions or issues, please email their respective classroom teachers on these dates. Teachers will be available from 8:00-3:00 on these days. 

Laptops and accessories will be sent home today with students. Students will keep these until they return to school from Thanksgiving Break on November 30. Please bring all devices and accessories to school on that day. If a student was absent today and needs to pick up a laptop, please call the school and we will get one ready for you to pick up. 

Teachers will use email or the educational platforms to communicate with students. Students need to check these throughout the day. Attendance will be taken for each class and the instructions for that will come from the teachers. If a teacher needs to virtually meet with the class or individual students, they will let the students know. If not, the students will need to simply complete the assigned lessons. 

Tuesday-Friday 7-12 grades will have grab and go lunches from 12:00-1:00pm at the pavilion where we handed them out this summer. Friday‚Äôs grab and go lunch will also include meals for the 3 virtual days next week. 

Wifi is available at the pavilion behind the high school.  This is the school's internet, so the school devices should automatically connect to it.  Hot spots are available at the parking lot by the elementary gym and in the parking lot to the left of the high school steps.  Signs are located there with the password. 

We ask that everyone help slow the spread of the virus by wearing a mask properly, social distancing, and washing hands frequently. Please take necessary precautions, especially during the Thanksgiving break.