AMI Day Information
Ozark Public Schools AMI days are 3/16/20 – 3/19/20
The Ozark School District will be closed beginning March 16-March 29. AMI days 1-4 are March 16-19. Spring Break is March 20-29. Parent Teacher Conferences will be rescheduled at a later date. AMI~Alternative Method of Instruction directions and/or packets were provided for all students in grades Prek-12. PreK-7 packets were sent home with students on Friday. Students in grades 8-12 should check email/Google classroom for AMI assignments. Information explaining the AMI assignments is included in the packets or is attached to email/Google classroom. Teachers may be reached via email, the “Remind” app., or other forms of messaging communication used by students and teachers from 8am-3pm with questions concerning AMI work. “Grab and Go” lunches will be available from 11:00-12:30 on AMI days at two locations; Ozark Upper Elementary Cafeteria at 1301 Walden Dr. or Ozark Middle School Cafeteria in Altus.
Ozark SD Parent Letter 3/13/20
Student and staff safety is of primary importance in our district, and Ozark School District continues to monitor efforts within our state to contain the spread of COVID-19. We also continue to follow guidance and instructions provided from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (ADE/DESE). COVID-19 creates many challenges for families and schools. With this in mind, we are addressing the following topics to help you prepare for the weeks ahead and provide resources you can use to stay informed and guide your children through this new challenge. It is very important that we all work together and stand united during this time of uncertainty. These are challenging times. Please respect the pressure that state leaders and schools are under and the fact that we are in uncharted waters. Let’s support one another and maintain open lines of communication.
Talking with Children about COVID-19
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) has published a resource entitled “Talking to Children About COVID-19”.
Students who are absent because of illness or other concerns related to COVID-19 exposure will be allowed to make up any and all work missed while absent. To reduce the burden on our health care providers as they prepare to serve a higher number of patients, the requirement to secure written documentation from a health care provider in order to excuse an absence for health reasons is suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. A parent note will meet the requirement to excuse a health-related absence. Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, OSD will suspend perfect attendance rules for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, 2019-2020 perfect attendance recognition will be based on attendance from August 15, 2019 – March 12, 2020. Please note that the compulsory attendance law still applies.
Contact Information and Questions
Our District Contact for COVID-19 is Brandy Skaggs, Ozark SD RN at 479-667-4116. As with anything else that has to do with your child, you are more than welcome to contact me or your child’s principal about this or anything else we can serve you with.
~Jim Ford--Superintendent #HPRD