Coronavirus in Arkansas: School start date pushed back to the week of August 24

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the start date of public schools in the fall will be pushed back to the week of August 24.

The governor said that the start date will be no later than August 26.

“This will give the school districts more time in order to make the adjustments necessary, to make sure the campus is ready, to make sure the teachers are prepared for the blended learning environment that we will be able to go through this year,” Hutchinson said.

“We are fully committed to school, we are committed to on-site instruction, but this announcement will be well-received by some and others not so much,” Hutchinson said. “We will be prepared for this school year.”

Rich Schaeffer is the spokesperson for Springdale’s School District. He said teachers may benefit from a delayed start time.

“This does give them some more planning time,” Schaeffer said. “We’re all at a stage we’ve never faced before in public education.”

Springdale is adhering to a code of flexibility, Schaeffer said.

“Students can choose to come full-time five days a week,” Schaeffer said. “They can do virtual five days a week, or they can do a blend, and that goes from K-12.”

Hutchinson also revealed the guidelines that school districts will receive if/when a positive case is in the school.

You can watch the entire announcement in the video above.

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