The information below was shared originally as part of the Ready for Learning Plan for the 2020-21 school year. 

    State Guidance

    The district has relied extensively on Planning for Re-Engagement, a publication produced by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) earlier this summer. It includes guidelines that  reflect the expectation that “the most updated guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will be applied to the maximum extent practical,” while noting the space limitations of some school settings and school busses. We have also relied on information provided in the Arkansas Playbook, another publication produced by DESE with tools to support teachers as they plan for the school year. Many FSPS teachers collaborated with teachers across the state to provide input for this publication. Fort Smith Public Schools will continue to follow guidance from the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health. 

    Why are we preparing to have in-person instruction? 
    Arkansas school districts are required to provide options for both in-person and online instruction. FSPS has launched the FSPS Virtual Option program for families who are seeking a 100% virtual format for their children. The FSPS in-person instructional model, in alignment with state expectations, is "blended" with key online tools and strategies so that instruction can continue if individual students, classes, schools, or all schools in the district are closed to in-person instruction and have to shift to the exclusive use of online instructional services for a period of time. 

    2020-2021 School Calendar

    The Board of Education approved this 2020-2021 Calendar on Monday, July 20 at a Called Board Meeting.

    Emergency Policy on Wearing Masks and Face Coverings

    You can view this policy here on our website. 

    District Contact Information 

    Beginning Monday, August 10, the District will resume normal business hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here is the FSPS School Directory. The Service Center is located at 3205 Jenny Lind Road in Fort Smith. If you have a question, please email 'questions@fortsmithschools.org' and a staff member knowledgeable about your question will respond as soon as possible.