March 30, 2020
Dear Cedar Ridge Parents and Guardians:
Thank you for your continued attention to district communication regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and our district plans. The health of our students, their families, and our staff members is our utmost priority.
As of 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, there are 473 positive COVID-19 cases in the state. At the authorization of Governor Asa Hutchinson, all school districts in Arkansas shall remain closed through April 17, 2020. At this time, Cedar Ridge School District is scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. Please be aware this could change based on a directive from the Governor.
A member of the Cedar Ridge staff will be reaching out to each family this week to go over meal needs, AMI access, and other important matters. If you or your child have not heard from us by Thursday evening, please contact us at 870-201-2577 ext. 0210 or 0308.
AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction): Starting Tuesday, March 31, 2020, students in grades PK-8 are to follow “Arkansas AMI” on Arkansas PBS (public broadcasting system). If you need help getting the show on your television, please call 501-682-2386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Broadcasting times for each grade are as follows:
Pre-K - 2nd: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
3rd - 5th: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
6th - 8th: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
If you miss the live broadcast, the AMI instructional content will be available online after 4 p.m. of the same day of broadcast. To connect to the website, go to www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI. Students are to fill out the PBS AMI self-reporting checklists, which is located on the Arkansas PBS website, and submit to their teacher. Submissions can be made through email, ClassDojo, or Google Classroom.
Students in grades 9-11 are to continue with their AMI assignments on Google Classroom.
WiFi Access: Cedar Ridge Schools will have network connectivity outside the buildings through an open “Guest” wifi network. School-owned chromebooks will automatically connect to the network. Personal devices will have to manually connect. To view a map of where to access the wifi, visit www.cedarwolves.org/article/222335?org=cedar-ridge.
Food Access: Requested breakfast and lunch deliveries will begin on Monday, April 6th at 10 a.m. for students ages 18 years of age and younger. If you prefer to pick up breakfast and lunch, they will also be available in the Agri building lobby from 11 a.m to 12 p.m Monday-Friday.
Seniors: We understand the concern regarding graduation, graduation requirements, and other senior events. Our desire is for the graduating class of 2020 to have the once in a lifetime experience of a graduation ceremony. As of today, graduation will be postponed until the state of emergency has ended. Grades from the 3rd nine weeks meet the requirements for graduation. If you are not satisfied with your current grades, complete AMI days 1-10 by Friday, May 1st.
Other: Students enrolled in concurrent credit classes will still be required to complete the course per university requirements. For questions, call Mrs. Kathleen Holder at 870-201-2577 ext. 4224. Prom will also be postponed until further notice.
For accurate school information and updates please check the Cedar Ridge Schools website and download the district app on iPhone or Android. Thank you for your attention, your flexibility, and for being prepared. We will continue to monitor and communicate as information becomes available. We are doing all that we can to provide the best care for our children.
Dr. Andy Ashley