Students who miss credit recovery days due to being quarantined or with a doctor’s note will be excused. The responsibility of completing the required assignments for the program is not waived. Students may want to attend Fridays to work toward completing these assignments. If a student needs access to the assignment during their quarantine/illness, they need to contact the office for assistance.
END OF YEAR COVID-19 PLAN
Masks and Physical Distancing
As you already know, the Mask Policy was lifted last night, except for on buses. Masks are optional, but highly recommended. Social distancing is still in effect in the classrooms, hallways, offices, cafeteria, everywhere due to the fact we will still be quarantining. We still need to be vigilant on spacing. The only way we will not be quarantining is if we can prove that both a positive and a close contact were wearing their mask(s) properly if they were inside 6’ for 15 minutes in a 24 hour time frame. All individuals will still be required to have their temperature checked prior to entry in the buildings. Anyone that has been vaccinated, or had COVID-19 in the last 90 days will not have to quarantine.
Responding to Confirmed Positive Cases
The Lamar School District will continue to respond to all COVID related cases the same as we have. We will continue to follow the guidence of ADH and DESE. All positive cases will isolate for 10 days and all probable close contacts within 6’ for 15 min or more in a 24 hour period of time will be considered PCCs. The parents of the students determine to be PCCs will be contacted by the POC.
Continuation of Services
Our plan for learning has not changed. You can find information about our plan here. We have updated our building plans with current credit recovery information. There is a comment section below. The information will be reviewed and discussed.
Summer and Back-to-School Planning
The building plans will be updated with the current summer plans. We will provide additional information as we progress on our back-to-school activities and plans for the 21-22 school year. There is a comment section below. The information will be reviewed and discussed.
Please select the link below to provide comments for any of the above topics. Provide the titel of the topic being commented on, on the first line of the comment.
3/17/21 Parent Letter on Masks
There have been questions about the changes CDC has made in their guidance in the last couple weeks regarding the need for vaccinated people to quarantine. The ADH has adopted those new guidelines. (Click Here for ADH Guidlines)
Proof of vaccination will be required
The guidance is now that those who have been fully vaccinated DO NOT have to quarantine if they meet ALL of the following criteria:
Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine requirements after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information - Quarantine
Quarantine is an important way to stop the spread of COVID-19. It means staying home and away from others after you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
If you are a probable close contact to a person with COVID-19, you need to quarantine for a period from the time of the exposure. Probable close contact, generally, means you were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes total while they were infectious. COVID-19 patients are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started, or two days before their positive test if they do not develop symptoms. All probable close contacts should get tested for COVID-19 at least five (5) days after (on day 6) the last exposure to the positive person.
If you are a probable close contact, you need to quarantine even if you don’t feel sick and even if you have received a negative test.
LENGTH OF QUARANTINE
The incubation period of the virus that causes COVID-19 is up to 14 days. Therefore, the safest quarantine period would last 14 days from the most recent exposure to the positive patient.
In accordance with new CDC and ADH guidelines, quarantine can end after 10 days without testing if no symptoms have occurred. Or, it can end after 7 days if no symptoms have occurred and a test returned a negative result. Note that the test sample must have been collected at least 5 days (on day 6) after exposure. Send-off PCR tests are preferred, but rapid PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.
If you are exposed again during quarantine, the period must start over again. If you develop symptoms you must stay home and return to the original 14 day quarantine. If you test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself. You must contact Mr. Gordon concerning the symptoms and be released by him via phone prior to coming back to school.
If you choose the 7 days of quarantine, and before you return (day 8), you must text/email the results of the test, and have contacted Mr. Gordon via phone prior to being released to come back to school.
If you choose the 10 days of quarantine, and before you return (day11), you must be released by Mr. Gordon via phone prior to coming back to school.
Mr. Gordon (POC) 479-733-8132
Blended – Hybrid Fridays
Blended-Hybrid Fridays, depending on building, would look somewhat like the following:
Starting Friday, October 23, 2020 Fridays will become 100% Virtual Learning Days. This means that we are giving parents/children the option to learn Virtually from either home, or school. Students who choose to learn from home on Fridays wouldn't be counted absent. There would be no new content taught, major assessments given and assignments would be an extension of Thursday's lesson, or variations depending on the building. Buses would run as normal, and Breakfast & Lunch will be served to those on campus. Full-time Virtual students would not be affected and remain off campus, unless needed for a specific reason i.e. Testing. Any Virtual student, including those only virtual on Fridays, can still request pick-up meals through the HS cafeteria.
Due to the different number of students that may show up, each Building's plan will look somewhat different, and we will modify and adjust along the way. It is of our hope that we can utilize some large areas in each building to accommodate student’s needs while limiting the number of classrooms used.
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Lamar School District participates in the Arkansas Public School Choice Act 560 of 2015. Any parent residing outside the Lamar School District that desires to send their child to Lamar Schools beginning with the 2019-2020 school year may obtain an application in the superintendent’s office at 301 Elberta Street, Lamar, AR 72846. The application must be postmarked no later than May 1 of the year in which the pupil would begin the fall semester at the nonresident district. Parents are encouraged to have the application submitted as soon as possible as the new School Choice Law has a 3% cap limitation on the number of applications that can be accepted. Applications do not have to be resubmitted for any students currently attending Lamar Schools under the School Choice Act. This notice is prepared in accordance with Arkansas statute 6-18-227.
Lamar School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.