This page is updated frequently to provide parents and educators with information and resources during the COVID-19 health crisis. Additional information is available on the Arkansas Ready for Learning page.
Resources for Return to On-site Instruction
The Kids Guide to the Coronavirus
Posted August 28, 2020
Check out this kid-friendly booklet that focuses on about the coronavirus and terms like social distancing, pandemic, masks and more.
Read the Kids Guide to the Coronavirus
Help Slow the Spread
Designed for PreK-4 education, Help Slow the Spread features a series of activity sheets and talking points for teachers, parents, and students to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
MAIN COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-803-7847
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Hotline: 1-800-743-3616
The State's COVID-19 Response, Department of Health Updates & Resources
Sign up for Gov. Asa Hutchinson's COVID-19 updates, access health department updates (for best results, avoid using Internet Explorer), and get other information by clicking on the buttons below. View the COVID-19 update recordings at http://bit.ly/2xTvAu2, You can also access health care resources and ADEM COVID-19 Information.
Learning Resources for Arkansas Students
Arkansas Wi-Fi Map
Posted April 23, 2020
The Arkansas Department of Education is working with the University of Arkansas CAST team on building a map to display all free and public access Wi-Fi for our state. View the map:
This tool only improves with participation. This link allows for submission of additional sites:
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and Other Resources
COVID-19 District and School Information
Updated August 19, 2020
Guidance for Arkansas Schools Regarding COVID-19
Commissioner's Memo Updated August 20, 2020
Gov. Asa Hutchinson released a proclamation (revised 8/14/20
) that details action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is the lead agency to work in concert with other state agencies to respond to the COVID-19 virus.
For details on guidance for Arkansas schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, go to Commissioner's Memo LS-20-089 Guidance for Schools Regarding COVID-19
. This memo will be updated frequently. The latest update features the new Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Directive for Large Outdoor Venue and Large Indoor Venue Plans for School Sponsored Team Sports and the updated ADH Directive for Community and School Sponsored Music and Theater.
Additional COVID-19 Data
Posted August 27, 2020
Child Nutrition Waivers Overview
The following document features a list of child nutrition waivers granted to the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These waivers give flexibility in providing meals during COVID-19: Child Nutrition Waivers Overview
. You may also view Commissioner’s Memo CNU-21-006
Digital Learning Resources in Response to COVID-19
In response to COVID-19 concerns, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education - Research and Technology team worked with state partners to create a list of digital learning resources that may assist schools with potential closures. Please visit Digital Learning Resources - COVID 19.
In an effort to field concerns related to school closures and school/student-related concerns of potential positive COVID-19 cases, the Arkansas Department of Health has designated a hotline for school personnel to utilize to report concerns. For all other concerns, individuals should use the MAIN COVID-19 Hotline number. These pertinent numbers are listed below:
School Personnel Designated COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-504-0155
MAIN COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-803-7847
Questions? Districts can email education questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Education Guidance and Considerations
Updated September 4, 2020
LEAs must attempt to provide students with disabilities a free appropriate public education consistent with their individualized education program (IEP), as much as possible, while continuing to meet the procedural requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Arkansas law.
Additional Guidance, Considerations and Supports