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Schools working to feed students body and mind

Elementary Principal Donna Whisenhunt gets her temperature checked before being allowed near the meals being prepared for students at Bobby Barrett Elementary School in Mount Ida. Area schools are doing everything they can to safely provide meals and eduational material to students during the COVID-19 crisis. – Photo courtesy of Bobby Barrett Elementary School Facebook Page

Schools county wide are trying to offer as much support to students this week as they can while students return to work on AMI packets during the COVID-19 induced shutdown of area schools.

Caddo Hills, Mount Ida and Oden school district students return to school, or at least a school schedule, this week after participating in Spring Break last week. 

All campuses are providing five day meal packets for students each week through April 16. 

Caddo Hills and Mount Ida will deliver mail to bus riders at their stops on Monday of every week through April 15. Meal packets will also be available for pick up at the schools for non-bus riders. Everyone is asked to practice social distancing while picking up meals by remaining at least six feet apart. 

Oden students can pick their packets up at the school Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. You are asked to pull through the driveway in front of the school sign. Remain in your vehicles and someone will bring your meal packets to you.

For more information regarding the five day meal packets please contact your students’ campus.

School work continues at home through the use of AMI material.

Caddo Hills Elementary students in grades Pre-K through sixth grade will be using the Arkansas AMI curriculum. Elementary students will receive an AMI packet electronically or in the mail within the next few days. Students can begin viewing academic programming on ArkansasPBS while waiting on their packets.

Arkansas PBS programming times include:

8-9:30 a.m.: Grades Pre-K-2

9:30-11 a.m.: Grades 3-5

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Grades 6-8

Programs will be aired multiple times a day and can be accessed anytime on the ArkansasPBS YouTube channel.

Viewers statewide can tune in to the following channels, depending on their location, over the air using an indoor or outdoor antenna:

Northwest Arkansas – KAFT, channel 13

North Central Arkansas – KEMV, channel 6

Northeast Arkansas – KTEJ, channel 19

Central Arkansas – KETS, channel 2

Southwest Arkansas – KETG, channel 9

Southeast Arkansas – KETZ, channel 12

Arkansas PBS is also available through select cable and satellite providers. More information about how to watch can be found at myarkansaspbs.org/channelinformation.

If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to call the school at (870) 356-5702.

Mount Ida students are asked to continue working from the AMI packet they currently have. A new AMI packet will be delivered Monday, April 6 at either your regular bus stop, or at the High School Cafeteria Porch.

School closures are set to continue until April 17 at which time the situation is to be reevaluated. There is a growing possibility school closures will continue past this date.

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