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COVID-19 Update: Information for Parents
COVID-19 Update: Information for Parents
Lauren Goins
Friday, March 27, 2020

In adherence to Governor Asa Hutchinson's directive, the Sheridan School District will remain closed through April 17, 2020, to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas. Barring any further directives, the district is scheduled to reopen on April 20 for a regular school day. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate through these challenging times. The following information details how the Sheridan School District will continue operations during this extended school closure. 

AMI Packets 

The next three AMI packets (AMI Days 8 - 10) for each grade are now available on the website. Click here to access the packets. We will begin accepting AMI packets on March 30. AMI Days 2 - 10 will be due on April 15. You may wait to submit them all at one time. AMI packets will be accepted through the methods listed below. Before submitting, be sure to write your child’s name and teacher on the packets. 

-- Mail to student’s campus. 

-- Deliver to any campus drop box located at campus entrances, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

-- Scan and email to your child’s teacher (secondary students can email to their advisory teachers). Images of the pages taken from your phone will be sufficient to email to your teacher.

Transition to Digital Learning Format

Next week, district staff will be contacting families to make arrangements so that we can ensure families have the resources necessary for students to participate in a digital learning experience. We are transitioning to a digital learning experience so that we can provide a more interactive and engaging method for student learning during this extended closure. When we developed the original AMI plan, we had not anticipated using the AMI packets for an extended period of time. The AMI packets were designed to reinforce information and skills students had already learned in class. While that is sufficient for a brief closure, we do not believe it is enough to push student learning forward. Our new distance learning plan is designed to reinforce AND introduce learning material.

Our goal is to make this transition by April 2, 2020. At that time, teachers will begin providing digital instruction through videos, live streaming software, and/or Google Classroom. Exact methods will vary by grade level. You will receive specific details from your child’s teacher. Teachers and staff will make direct contact with families by phone throughout this process to check in and provide additional support.

Free Meals 

We understand there are many families in need within our community, and it is an honor to serve our families by providing free meals to children in the area. We will continue to serve Grab-and Go meals throughout the school closure. Meals will be provided for children up to age 18 at the front entrances of Sheridan Elementary School and East End Middle School. Meals can be picked up from 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Children do not have to attend Sheridan Schools to participate. 

While we greatly appreciate all the volunteers who have helped our district deliver meals to homes over the past two weeks, we have made arrangements for bus drivers to take over the delivery of these meals beginning Monday, March 30. If your child is in need of meals and you cannot pick them up at EEM and SES, please contact the Transportation office at 870-942-5522 or email Rhonda Harris at rhondaharris@sheridanschools.org. If you are already receiving delivered meals from our volunteers, there is no need to contact us. You are already on our list.

Mental Health Services 

We want to continue to support our students with their mental health needs. If your child needs to speak to a counselor or needs access to a mental health professional, please contact your child’s campus.

Campus Contact Information 

Although our campuses are closed, we will have limited staff in our buildings to continue essential operations and answer phones. Should you have any questions or need assistance, you may contact our offices, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Sheridan Elementary School
707 Ridge Drive
Sheridan, AR 72150
PH: 870-942-3131

East End Elementary
21801 Ach Street
Little Rock, AR 72206
PH: 501-888-4264

Sheridan Intermediate School
708 Ridge Drive
Sheridan, AR 72150
PH: 870-942-7488

East End Intermediate
5205 West Sawmill
Little Rock, AR 72206
PH: 501-888-1477

Sheridan Middle School
500 North Rock Street
Sheridan, AR 72150
PH: 870-942-3813

East End Middle School
24554 Highway 167
Hensley, AR 72065
PH: 501-261-6565

Sheridan High School
700 West Vine
Sheridan, AR 72150
PH: 870-942-3137

Alternative Learning Academy and Special Services
510 West Church Street
Sheridan, AR  72150
PH: 870-942-9861 

Central Office
400 North Rock Street
Sheridan, AR  72150
PH: 870-942-3135