Fort Smith Public Schools releases summer plan

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The Fort Smith Public Schools has released its summer plan. 

Zena Featherston Marshall with the school system released the plan Wednesday afternoon. She prefaced the plan with a statement about flooding in the River Valley.

Here is Marshall’s statement and the summer plan:

Fort Smith School District Community,

There are several updates that we would like to share as Fort Smith, the River Valley and all of us begin to look toward long-term cleanup and recovery following the 2019 Flood and related events.

First, we hope that you and your families are safe and secure. Safety continues to be our focus as we prepare to address any additional challenges related to the flash flooding that is expected today. We are also mindful of the damage and anxiety that the flood waters brought to our community and will continue to seek ways to support our staff, students, families, and wider community in efforts to recover. 

We’re also aware that some of the tasks that are usually performed during the last several days of school such as semester exams, equipment check-in, and locker clean-out remain to be completed. We are developing plans to get these tasks accomplished in ways that accommodate students, staff, and families in this unusual situation. Let’s continue to be patient as those plans are developed and shared. Here are some details:


β€’  FSPS will begin its summer operational schedule on Friday May 31. All 250-day and extended-contract employees should report to their assigned workplaces. Teachers, if you would like access to your classroom on Friday, the buildings will be open to staff.


β€’ The Summer Meals Program will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on June 3 at 11 of our campuses as scheduled. Please see the attached document for details about this important resource for children who are under 18 years of age. This information is also available in a post made earlier today.


β€’ Extended Learning Camps, Summer School and Transportation will operate as scheduled.


β€’ Students who wish to take one or more of their semester exams will be able to do so in June. Details about this process will be finalized and shared on Friday.


β€’ District officials have submitted a waiver application to the Arkansas Board of Education that, if approved, will release the district from the mandatory 178 instructional day standard and the necessity of making up the final three days of the 2018-2019 school year. The State Board is scheduled to consider this waiver application on June 13, 2019. We offer our special thanks to Arkansas Commissioner of Education Johnny Key, who has been very supportive of our efforts to keep students, their families and staff safe during this time.


We offer our deepest thanks to you for your patience and your assistance as we all continue to navigate this uncharted territory. We are grateful for the work that you do for your students and our community.

Special thanks also to our local, state and federal leaders. They are doing great work that will benefit our area long after the flood waters recede.


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