Dardanelle Public Schools

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News and Announcements

School Choice Information for the 2021-2022 School Year

May 1, 2021 is the deadline for parents to submit school choice applications to the non-resident school district.

School choice applications are available at the administration office located at 102 South Front Street in Dardanelle or by calling Kim Witt at 479-229-4111.

What is my “resident district” or “nonresident district” for school choice?
The resident district is the traditional public school district your student is assigned to attend based on where you live. The nonresident district is the district in which your family does not live. School choice is the process of requesting a transfer for your student from the district in which you live to a district in which you do not live.

July 1, 2021: The superintendent of the NON-resident school district will notify both the parent and resident school district in writing as to whether the student’s application has been accepted or rejected.

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, May 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm at 102 South Front Street Dardanelle, AR 72834. For additional information, call 479-229-4111.

Important Announcement:

Governor Hutchinson has lifted the Arkansas mask mandate. In alignment with his decision, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is allowing local districts to decide how to proceed with masking for the remainder of the school year. With the statewide mask mandate expiring and considering survey results from the school staff, the local Board of Education has voted to lift the district’s mask mandate effective Monday, April 12, 2021.

2021-2022 Learning Options Survey

We are beginning to make plans for the 2021-2022 school year. In order to proceed with our planning, we need an accurate count of the number of students whose parents wish to commit to face-to-face or virtual instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. We want to emphasize that virtual instruction requires a strong commitment from both parents and students. Please complete one form per student.
https://tinyurl.com/3vbv85yt

From the Office of the Superintendent Regarding Blended Learning Fridays Through Spring Break

The Dardanelle School District is designating Fridays through Spring Break as blended learning days for K-12 students. Face-to-face learning will be available for parents who wish for their child or children to attend school. Buses will run their routes.


Blended Learning Fridays are as follows:
Jan 8 Jan 15 Jan 22 Jan 29
Feb 5 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26
March 5 March 12 March 19

Spring Break is the week of March 22-26. No classes during this week.

April 2- Good Friday. No classes.

Reminder

In order to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff, please be advised that if anyone in your household is being tested for Covid-19, your student(s) cannot come to school and should remain in quarantine until the results are received. The school nurse will need a copy of the negative test results for the student to re-enter school.
If your child is considered a close contact to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, they cannot come to school until their quarantine period is over.
If your child has a fever or other symptoms of illness, they must stay home until they are fever-free without medication for 48 hours. Please notify your child's school nurse or the district Covid Point of Contact if your child is out for any of these reasons.

Important Announcement for Monday, February 22

All students and teachers will remain remote for Monday, February 22, to allow thawing of the ice and snow on the rural routes as there are several roads that remain totally covered. Again, the safety of our students and bus drivers remain a top priority.

Important Update:

Due to the winter storm, the district will continue remote teaching and remote learning through Friday, February 19. All campuses are closed. Again, we understand that all students may not have access to online learning. We will continue to remain flexible on assignment due dates. Please be safe & stay warm!

Meals-To-You Program Update

When the pandemic forced schools to close in March, our school district joined with 347 other districts across the country in a partnership with @baylorcollaborativeonhungerandpoverty, @USDA, and the Arkansas Department of Education, to ensure that our students continued to receive essential nutrition they normally get from school meals. From verifying student enrollment and eligibility, to working with our partners to promote and sign families up for the program, the hard work of our district staff made sure food boxes arrived to the right place. For Dardanelle families, meals were delivered from May through August accounting for 3,640 boxes that were delivered to 229 households containing 72,800 meals for 525 participants (all data is provisional and subject to change). This year has brought many challenges but has also revealed how dedicated so many people in our community are to taking care of each other. #mty2020

Are you interested in being a substitute for Dardanelle School District?

Dardanelle School District obtains substitute teachers through SubTeach/ESS. To become a substitute teacher for our school district, please call 1-800-641-0140.

Want To Be A Substitute Cook, Custodian, or Bus Driver?
Applications for substitute cooks, custodians, and bus drivers are available at our administration office at 102 South Front Street. Kim Witt will provide you with a substitute packet. For more information, please call 479-229-4111.