Dardanelle Public Schools

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News and Announcements

Public Notice: Monday, October 5th, 2020 is a blended learning day for K-12 students.

This means that teachers will be on campus working but students will have the option to stay home to work on assignments. Students who elect to stay home will not be counted absent. Onsite instruction will be available for those students who prefer to attend school traditionally in the classroom on this date; however, buses will not run their routes. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.
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Free or Reduced Lunch Application

If you have not already filled out a Free and reduced lunch application for your student, please do so at the link above. Students who qualify will get free or reduced lunch or breakfast the entire school year. (The program that allows all students to eat free now will end December 31, 2020). At that time, all students will go to paid if they do not complete the application now.
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Great news! The Dardanelle School District is pleased to announce free meals for ALL students (including virtual) through December 31, 2020.

The USDA’s goal is to assure that all children have access to nutritious meals while the nation continues to recover from COVID-19.

Although students will receive meals at no charge through December 31, 2020, it is imperative that parents continue to complete and submit free and reduced meal applications. State and federal funds received by our district are determined by free and reduced percentages collectively from meal applications. Families who have not completed a free and reduced meal application are strongly encouraged to do so.

By clicking on the announcement, a direct link to the free and reduced lunch applications is included along with a direct link for virtual students to order their meals.

For more information, please call 229-4111.
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Our district point of contact who will be working directly with the Arkansas Department of Health regarding suspected or known positive cases of Covid-19 within our school district is April Hunt.

If you are a parent of a student within the district and your child or
someone in the household tests positive for Covid-19, please
contact April Hunt at 479-477-0292. She will be actively working
with any suspected or known cases of Covid-19 within our
school district in accordance with ADH guidelines. Click on the link above for additional information.
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The Dardanelle School District is pleased to provide Grab & Go meals for enrolled virtual students. Click on this link for the order form.

-Meals are available for grab & go by pre-order.
-Grab & Go meals order forms are available by clicking on the link above or on Facebook.
-Please complete a form for each student. For example, if you have three students, please complete this form three times.
-Deadline for pre-order is Friday at 2:00 p.m. before the next week's meals. Meals are picked up each day.
-Grab & Go pick up is at the Primary School bus lot between 10:00 & 11:00 each day.
-Parents will be allowed to pick up meals for the student(s).
-Students do not need to be present during pick up.
-Grab & Go meals are available only for enrolled Dardanelle Public School students.
-Payment arrangements must be made in advance of meals of reduced or paid students. No payments will be accepted in the meal pick up line.
-Payments can be made at ezschoolpay.com
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Monthly School Board Meeting

The Dardanelle School Board will meet for their regularly scheduled monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm at 102 South Front Street Dardanelle, AR 72834. For additional information, call 479-229-4111.
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Attention Sand Lizard Learners.......

Remember, storms may knock out electricity, cell towers, and internet connection. So…
*Charge devices now.
*Plug devices into surge protectors when using during storms.
*Communicate with teachers before the storms.
*Consider learning activities that do not require technology.
*If you can’t log in, take a deep breath and try again later.
*Call your school if you need assistance.
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A Letter from Dardanelle School District’s Central Office....

The Dardanelle School District would like to express our sincerest appreciation to parents, students, staff, school board, and community members for a productive and seamless first day back to school. Because of the tremendous efforts of all shareholders, we can be certain that meeting the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of students is first priority. The effort over the last few months shows that we can and we will succeed. The preparation and support of the school community has proven that once again, the Dardanelle School District is the best and will continue to strive to be the best.
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Why does the Census matter to my children and to me?

The 2020 Census helps decide how much money your community will get for schools, child care and early learning, health insurance and medical care, early intervention and home visiting programs, food assistance, foster care, housing assistance, and public transport.
Your community uses the census for planning how many schools and classrooms it needs, and where health care services should be.
The Census decides the number of seats your state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and how many representatives your community will have in your state legislature, county council, and even your local school board.
Count all kids and babies at your address on the Census. Then, your local programs will get more funding to serve our children today and over the next decade.
The Census happens once every 10 years. So, if all the children living at your address aren’t counted in 2020, they will have fewer services for the next decade. Don’t let this happen. Count all kids on your 2020 Census form.
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K-12 Re-Entry Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year

The school re-entry plan for the 2020-2021 school year allows schools and parents to prepare for learning while putting student and staff safety first. Click on the link above to access the district's plan.
Questions or concerns? We are here for you.
Please call the Central Office or your child’s building administrator.
The phone numbers are as follows:
Central Office: 479.229.4111
Primary School: 479.229.4185
Intermediate School: 479.229.3707
Middle School: 479.229.4550
High School: 479.229.4655
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Dardanelle Public Schools Public Release – SY 2020-2021 FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Dardanelle Public Schools today announces its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program. Each school will have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The price charged for a paid student breakfast is $1.00; the price for a paid student lunch is $2.00. Please click on the link above for income criteria.
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The Dardanelle School District is now providing filtered internet access through outdoor Wifi to students and community members.

The Dardanelle School District is now providing filtered internet access through outdoor Wifi to students and community members. The outdoor Wifi system is up and running in the back Dardanelle High School parking lots.

To connect to the Wifi, you will need to join the “Dardanelle Open” SSID. No password is required.

Please remember to practice social distancing while accessing the WiFi.
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To ensure students continue to receive healthy meals during the summer, the Dardanelle School District will extend serving meals May 27th through June 30th. Meals are free to all children 18 and under. The meals can be picked at Dardanelle High School via a drive-thru service from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Dardanelle Middle School 20-21 Ready For Learning Parent Survey

Due to the DESE (Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education) and the Dept. of Health COVID-19 guidelines, we are gathering data to make the best decisions possible for our students, staff and community. Please take a few minutes to provide us with valuable data.

Debido a las directrices del COVID-19 del DESE (Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria) y el Departamento de Salud, estamos recopilando datos para tomar las mejores decisiones posibles para nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad. Tómese unos minutos para proporcionarnos datos valiosos.
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End of the School Year Statement from Central Office

The Dardanelle School District’s 2019-2020 school year has ended, and those of us at the central office want to commend the community for working together during what some would say has been the most challenging time in our lives. Even though this has been difficult, it is obvious that everyone in Dardanelle can do hard things. In fact, we can do them to meet and to exceed expectations.

We, as a community, have taken our circumstances and forged some of the most unique and enjoyable experiences, one of which was celebrating our high school seniors through a graduation parade. While we were not able to perform our usual graduation ceremony, the Dardanelle community in the form of students, parents, school board members, school staff, local officials, businesses, and loved ones came together to provide a fun-filled day and what we hope is a new tradition for our future graduating seniors.

When speaking of exceeding expectations, it is also important to recognize our dedicated staff. In mere hours, Dardanelle educators developed a paper and digital curriculum that was differentiated to meet the needs of students while continuing to stay in constant contact with their students over an entire nine weeks period. Our maintenance and transportation department bolted into action and began sanitizing our buildings and buses to ensure that
essential workers and volunteers were safe at school. The child nutrition staff and delivery volunteers did not miss a beat and continued (and will continue through June) to serve breakfast and lunch to students of Yell County. It is safe to say that these are just a few of the countless acts of leadership from the school community, and we believe that these are reasons why Dardanelle is the best and will continue to be the best.

With all this being said, we know that everyone is anxious about what the fall may bring; however, please know that we are diligently working on a re-entry plan for the 2020-2021 school year that will be safe and will focus on traditional face-to-face learning while incorporating blended learning opportunities. This information will become available at some point in July as we are waiting on guidance from the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Governor of Arkansas to fully complete our plans. Please, do not fear as we strive to do what is best for ALL students.

In closing, we wish everyone a relaxing and healthy summer. Please take this time to reflect on the good in our lives and to think of those who need healing. If you can, help others in the community or simply lend an encouraging word. As always, if you need anything, please call us at 479.229.4111.

Dardanelle strong,
Central Office Staff
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