Return to Headlines

COVID-19 Updates

Important: If you have questions for FSPS, please email “questions@fortsmithschools.org." Please include your name and phone number. A staff member knowledgeable about your question will respond to your questions as soon as possible.
 

September 24, 2020 - 6:00 PM 

Numbers Indicate a Three-Week Decline in Positive Cases and Quarantines

  Total Positive Employees Positive

Students
Positive

Total
Quarantined
Employees
Quarantined
Students
Quarantined

July 20-26, 2020

** *

*

13 5 8

July 27-August 2, 2020

* *

*

14 5 9

August 3-9, 2020

** 5

*

15 5 10

August 10-16, 2020

6 *

*

** 31 *

August 17-23, 2020

** *

12

37 11 26

August 24-30, 2020

** *

15

77 8 69

August 31-September 6, 2020

** *

15

197 6 191

September 7-13, 2020

24 8

16

137 25 112

September 14-20, 2020

** *

17

110 11 99

September 21-24, 2020

* *

*

75 10 65

* Numbers do not meet the standard (5 or more) for reporting. 
**Cannot report totals based on low numbers in one or more categories. 

September 24, 2020 - 6:00 PM 

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - September 24

The Arkansas Department Health has released its September 24 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

FSPS COVID Dash

Information from the image above

  • 13 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 26 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 135 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 162 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated September 24, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. 

September 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM 

Southside Football Game Canceled for Friday, September 25

Rogers High School has canceled the football game scheduled for Friday, September 25 versus Southside High School because of concerns related to COVID-19 exposure. Fort Smith Public Schools Athletics and Activities Department is actively looking for a new opponent to play Southside High School Football on the 25th. Rogers High School has refunded all who have pre-purchased tickets for the game. “We appreciate Rogers Public Schools Athletics notifying us of this cancellation so we may begin looking for a new opponent,” said FSPS Athletic Director Michael Beaumont.

September 21, 2020 - 4:45 PM 

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - September 21

The Arkansas Department Health has released its September 21 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

FSPS COVID DASH

Information from the image above

  • 25 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 23 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 127 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 151 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated September 21, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. 

September 21, 2020 - 1:00 PM 

AAA Basketball Tournaments Update 

The Arkansas Activity Association has released the 2020-21 Arkansas Activities Association COVID-19 Basketball Guidelines.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Kenny Whitson Junior High Basketball Tournament, the Coke Classic and the Tournament of Champions has been postponed until next school year (2021-2022).

September 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM 

What Learning Option Will you Select for Spring 2021?

It is time to plan for Spring 2021 enrollment. Please complete this interest survey so that Fort Smith Public Schools can best prepare for on-site and online classes. This survey does not commit your student to one program or the other, but will help guide school leaders who are making important staffing decisions for next semester. Thank you for your participation.
 
Es hora de planificar la inscripción en la primavera de 2021. Por favor, complete esta encuesta de interés para que las Escuelas Públicas de Fort Smith puedan prepararse mejor para las clases en el sitio y en línea. Esta encuesta no compromete a su estudiante a un programa u otro, pero ayudará a guiar a los líderes de la escuela que están tomando decisiones importantes de personal para el próximo semestre. Gracias por su participación.

September 18, 2020 - 3:45 PM 

Southside Volleyball Match Canceled for Tuesday, September 22

Springdale Athletics has canceled the volleyball match scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 versus Southside High School because of concerns related to COVID-19 exposure. The game, originally scheduled to be played on Thursday, September 17, was delayed until the 22nd, then canceled today.

Fort Smith Public Schools Athletics and Activities Department is actively looking for a new opponent to play Southside High School Volleyball on the 22nd. 

“We appreciate Springdale Athletics notifying us of this cancellation so we may begin looking for a new opponent. This is another example of how our student athletes continue to adapt in the midst of a pandemic. We are very proud of them,” said FSPS Athletic Director Michael Beaumont.

September 17, 2020 - 5:30 PM 

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - September 17

The Arkansas Department Health has released its September 17 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

FSPS COVID DASHBOARD

Information from the image above

  • 23 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 22 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 114 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 137 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated September 17, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. 

September 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM 

FSPS to Offer Flu Vaccine for Secondary Students at School

Fort Smith Public Schools is partnering with the Sebastian County Health Department this year to offer a flu vaccine to secondary students at FSPS junior high and high schools. Learn more by visiting this information page about FSPS offering flu vaccine for secondary students at school

September 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM 

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - September 14

The Arkansas Department Health has released its September 14 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

FSPS Covid Dashboard

Information from the image above

  • 25 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 21 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 102 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 123 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated September 14, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. 

September 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM 

Northside High School Football Teams Cleared to Return to Normal Football Schedule

The Northside High School Grizzly Football Team has been cleared to return to its normal football schedule beginning Monday, September 14.

September 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM 

Notice for FSPS Virtual Families and Students

Notice for FSPS Virtual Families and Students: If you have enrolled in virtual programming through FSPS, please log in your virtual student to the Pearson Connexus Platform by Monday, September 14 at noon (12:00 PM). Any virtual student who has not logged in to the platform by this deadline will be removed from FSPS virtual programming.

September 10, 2020 - 3:00 PM 

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - September 10

The Arkansas Department Health has released its September 7 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

 FSPS COVID Dashboard

 

Information from the image above

  • 30 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 16 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 92 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 108 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated September 10, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form.  

September 8, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Virtual Enrollment to Close September 9

Notice: Enrollment in virtual programming will close at noon (12:00 PM) on Wednesday, September 9. This is necessary in order to complete the beginning of the year processes prior to state submission deadlines.

▶️ Enroll for FSPS Virtual for Grades K-9: https://bit.ly/PeakVirtualEnroll

▶️ Enroll for Virtual Programming for Grades 10-12 at Northside or Southside: https://bit.ly/1012VirtualEnroll

If you have a question about these options, please email 'questions@fortsmithschools.org' and a staff member knowledgeable about your question will respond as soon as possible.

September 8, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Attendance Area Exceptions Update

Because of ongoing and necessary class adjustments, FSPS will not offer immediate K-6 Attendance Area Exceptions (AAE) in 2020-2021. The office of Student Services will begin accepting requests to be added to the AAE waiting list on Friday Sept. 11, 2020. AAEs may be completed in the future once enrollment stabilizes.

September 8, 2020 - 9:30 AM

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - September 7

The Arkansas Department Health has released its September 7 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

ADH FSPS COVID CASES 9/7

Information from the image above

  • 24 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 13 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 82 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 95 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated September 7, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form.  

September 6, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Northside High School Football Teams Pauses Practice This Week

The Northside High School Grizzly Football Team will pause their practices for the week of Sept. 6 through 12 because of concerns related to COVID-19 exposure. The team will cancel their game between the Grizzlies and the Greenwood Bulldogs scheduled for September 11. FSPS Athletic Director Michael Beaumont will work with health officials and the Northside coaching staff to reassess circumstances one week from today to make decisions about future practices and the game scheduled on Sept. 18.

Beaumont said, “In an effort to work with the Arkansas Department of Health and to gather all information necessary to make the best decision regarding the safety of our students and staff, I believe that it’s best to pause for one week. We knew sports this year would be different from any other year. We’ll continue to make decisions that support the safety of our students and staff, while also allowing our student athletes to compete when conditions permit.”

September 3, 2020 - 2:30 PM

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - September 3

The Arkansas Department Health has released its August 31 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

Covid cases ADH September 3

 

Information from the image above

  • 15 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 9 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 69 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 78 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated September 3, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. 

September 1, 2020 - 8:00 AM

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases - August 31

The Arkansas Department Health has released its August 31 report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases. The report is updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

ADH FSPS Covid Cases

Information from the image above

  • 17 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 7 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 61 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 68 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated August 31, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form.

August 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

ADH Report on Education Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases

The Arkansas Department Health will be releasing a report on Education Institutions with 5 or more active cases beginning Thursday, August 27. The report will be updated and released on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. A district will only be listed if they have 5 or more cases in the district.

FSPS COVID Reporting Dashboard

 

Information from the image above

  • 17 active cases *timeframe is June 15-present
  • 6 cumulative faculty/staff cases *Counts of less than five cases are not reported to protect patient confidentiality
  • 51 cumulative student cases *Counts of less than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality 
  • 57 cumulative total *Student and faculty/staff may not add up to the cumulative total due to unavailable data.

Information provided by the Arkansas Department of Health Report on Educational Institutions with 5 or More Active Cases. This report is generally released on Mondays and Thursdays.

Updated August 27, 2020. Click to access the FSPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. 

August 26, 2020 - 1:00 pM

FSPS Community COVID-19 Information

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) now posts some COVID-19 information for the geographical areas served by school districts on this web page. Keep in mind that the ACHI data is not limited to COVID-19 cases among students and staff members within a school district. Instead, the data includes cases among residents of a school district. Below is a chart accessed on August 16, 2020 for new cases within the community served by our school district within the past 14 days as of August 17, 2020. It also includes the rates of new cases for 14-day period per 10,000 residents in the community served by Fort Smith Public Schools and the testing rate. 

COVId-19 Local Data  

August 25, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Free Family Digital Literacy Classes 

Parents Learn With Us

Do you have questions about your child's virtual learning? We can help? 

Fort Smith Public Schools is offering families FREE family literacy digital classes. 

Attend online or in-person tutorials

  • Pearson Connexus
  • Schoology
  • Flipgrid
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Nearpod

Participate in one or more of these opportunities. For more information, contact Fort Smith Adult Education at 479-785-1232.

Free Family Literacy Digital Classes

 

August 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM

FSPS Sterilization Response Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 

View the FSPS Sterilization Response Plan for the 2020-2021 school year developed by the Fort Smith Public Schools Security & Facilities team.
 

August 21, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Low Number of FSPS Educators Cite COVID-19 as Reason for Departure

It has been reported that 215 Fort Smith Public Schools teachers resigned because of concerns related to COVID-19. Actually, “215” represents the total number of certified staff and classified staff - educators and support personnel - who resigned or retired for any reason during the entire 2019-2020 school year. The number of educators with direct student contact who indicated that their retirements or resignations were related to COVID-19 concerns is 14. 

FSPS employs approximately 2,000 full-time staff. Approximately 10-12% of the total FSPS staff retires or resigns from a variety of positions annually. In 2018-2019, 225 staff members retired or resigned compared to 215 staff members who retired or resigned in 2019-2020.

August 21, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Cox Internet Free for Two Months 

Sharing from Cox Communications: Fast, Home Internet
Free for 2 Months, Available to qualified, new Cox internet customers. Learn more by visiting Cox.com/Connect2Compete

August 20, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Helping Students Cope Guide: Social Emotional Supports for the Classroom

Students may have a harder time coming back to school this year than usual. While they may look forward to seeing friends and returning to a regular routine, they may also be coping with significant stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers will need strategies to support their students’ social-emotional needs as they transition back to the classroom. The following guide was written and assembled by a team of medical, behavioral health, and education experts from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, and partners.

Read the Helping Students Cope Guide: Social-Emotional Supports for the Classroom

August 20, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Updated Response Levels for On-Site Learning Document 

The Arkansas Department of Education has released an updated Response Levels for On-Site Learning Document.

August 14, 2020 - 3:45 PM

New: Healthy School Guide from DESE

Take a look at this Healthy School Guide, new from the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. This guide was published on August 11, 2020.

August 13, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Notice: FSPS Reopens August 24, 2020

Notice: Under the direction of Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE and the Arkansas Department of Health, Fort Smith Public Schools will reopen for the 2020-2021 school year for both on-site (blended) and virtual learning. We look forward to seeing students on-site and online soon! To view the FSPS Back to School: Ready to Learn Plan, please visit bit.ly/FSPSBack2School.  
 

August 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

ADH Directive for Community and School Sponsored Music Return to Play

The Arkansas Department of health released its "Directive for Community and School Sponsored Music Return to Play" document on August 5. 
 
The FSPS Performing Arts team continues to plan how to carry out the guidelines. As plans are developed, they will be shared as part of the District's Ready for Learning Plan

August 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

COVID-19 Case Summary for August 11, 2020

There has been a total of 75 COVID-19-related situations tracked in the last month.

  • 17 positive tests reported
  • 48 employees and students quarantined during that time.

August 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2020-21 School Year

To apply for free and reduced price meals for the 2020-2021 school year, visit family.titank12.com. Learn more about the

Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2020-21 School Year here. 

August 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Reducing Transitions Important Safety Measure at This Time

Northside and Southside High School are excited to announce changes to the bell schedule that will reduce transitions for students and staff and provide increased safety during this time. Learn more about reducing transitions here

August 3, 2020 - 2:00 PM

AAA Update on August 3, 2020

AAA August 3 Update

AAA August 3 Update continued

After the Governor's announcement today, we have been given the approval to proceed according to the 2020-2021 AAA calendar and handbook regarding practice and competition for all sports, We continue to expect compliance with all directives as issued by the Governor and Department of Health. More information related to the directives will be issued as soon as it is released. The General Requirements of the current Governor's Directive continue to apply. We will communicate new guidance as new directives are issued.

General Requirements

  • Maintain minimum physical distancing of six feet between participants at all times, except when actively participating in the sports activity.
  • Athletes, Coaches, and All Staff must lbe screened prior to any activity by asking the following questions and excluded if the answer is yes.
  • Have had a fever of 100.4°F or greater in the last 2 days o Have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell
  • Had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 within the previous 14 days
  • Coaches and All Staff must have temperature checked by digital thermometer prior to entry, and those whose temperature is greater than 100.4°F must be excluded.
  • Face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth are required for everyone 1 O years of age or older for indoor sports. Face coverings are strongly encouraged for outdoor sports.
  • Athletes - Face coverings are strongly encouraged when not actively participating in an outdoor sports activity.
  • Face coverings or masks must be worn during indoor sports where a face covering is not inhibitory.
  • Coaches and Staff - Face coverings must be worn at all times for indoor sports and are strongly encouraged for outdoor sports.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained in the locker room.
  • An alcohol-based hand sanitizer or adequate handwashing facilities must be provided for use by all attendees.
  • Sports equipment, restrooms, lockers, water fountains and other high touch surfaces must be sanitized frequently during each event
  • Avoid non-sport related personal contact at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, huddles, high-fives, hand shaking, fist bumping, and chest bumping.
  • For training and conditioning held in an athletic facility, the facility must follow the current Directive for Gym, Fitness Center, Athletic Club and Weight Rooms.

July 31, 2020 - 2:45 PM

AAA Update on July 31, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Cheer and Dance Updates for Arkansas

After the Governor's announcement today, we have been given the approval to proceed according to the 2020-21 AAA Calendar and handbook regarding practice and competition for all sports. We continue to expect compliance with all directives as issued by the Governor and Department of Health. More info related to directives will be issued as information is released. 

Cheer and Dance Updates for Arkansas!

Per the governor and our state health department, participants are currently required to wear face coverings when not actively participating or when maintaining a consistent distance of 6 feet or more is not achievable.

In an attempt to decrease the spread of COVID-19, the Arkansas Activities Association and Varsity Spirit would like to encourage the use of face coverings with cheer and dance.

• All athletes/coaches should wear face coverings when possible unless medically prohibited.
• All athletes/coaches should wear face coverings when 6 feet distance cannot be maintained
• If face coverings are removed during high-intensity exercise, athletes should be spaced more than 6 feet apart
• Per the governor and AAA, stunting/partnering is permitted effective Monday, August 3rd
• Spotters are allowed during weight lifting
• Spotters are allowed for tumbling
• Designate spots for athletes’ backpacks so social distancing is maintained during water breaks
• Assign props (poms, signs, etc.) to specific athletes
• Disinfect shared props after each athlete’s use
• Practice outdoors when possible

The AAA and Varsity Spirit highly value the dedication and efforts made by coaches to serve as community leaders. Let’s embrace the new normal and all do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas! 

July 28, 2020 - 8:30 PM

AAA Update on July 28, 2020

AAA Covid-19 Update
We know there are many questions that we can't give you definitive answers for close-contact team sports on start dates, allowable practice activities for the future, plans for competition venues, etc. We are in communication with the Governor's office and the Department of Health in efforts to provide these answers. We have issued guidance related to the current Governor's Directives. Please review the AAA COVID-19 page. These are the valid directives until new directives are issued. Updates will be provided as soon as new directives are issued. Issuing guidance or setting dates that are contrary to a Governor's Directive is not an option.

July 20, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Board of Education Approves Multiple Items at Called Board Meeting

The Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday evening for a Called Board Meeting to discuss several agenda items, including the consideration of adopting an emergency mask policy for students and staff, a calendar update with an adjusted start date for 2002-2021, and a COVID-19 emergency resolution. 

Read the FSPS Mask Policy

Access the approved 2020-21 FSPS School Calendar

July 13, 2020 - 4:06 PM

FSPS Published Back to School: Ready to Learn Plan

July 9, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Kindergarten and New Student Registration Re-Opens July 27

Kindergarten and New Student Registration for the 2020-2021 school year re-opens Monday, July 27. For more information, visit bit.ly/enrollmystudent

July 8, 2020 - 12:45 PM

FSPS Releases Graduation Guides

FSPS has released graduation guides for Northside and Southside High School. Graduation guides can be found at bit.ly/graduationguides.

June 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

FSPS Office Hours

FSPS Offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Friday, August 7. The district will observe Independence Day on Friday, July 3. Beginning Monday, August 10, the District will resume normal business hours. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 25, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Fort Smith Public Schools Sets Graduation Plan

June 24, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Diplomas Update for Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors, please read this diplomas update on the FSPS website: bit.ly/DiplomasUpdate

June 22, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Fort Smith Public Schools Share Graduation Plan Update

Fort Smith Public Schools continues to plan for safe graduation ceremonies and is providing an update to graduating seniors and their families in light of current circumstances. Read the full graduation update.

June 17, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Fort Smith Public Schools Releases Graduation Update

Fort Smith Public Schools is committed to providing a memorable graduation experience for the Northside and Southside Classes of 2020 and their families. We continue to work toward hosting graduation on July 6 (Northside) and July 7 (Southside). Read the full graduation update

June 16, 2020 - 3:45 pM

K-8 Virtual Learning Academy through Peak Innovation Center

Fort Smith Public Schools (FSPS) works to provide safe and excellent educational opportunities for all students at all grade levels. The COVID-19 school closure has given the FSPS team a unique opportunity to test our ability to deliver online instruction. Because of the great work of FSPS teachers, we are excited to share that FSPS will offer a full-time virtual learning academy for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade through the Peak Innovation Center.

We understand that due to the pandemic, some students and families may not be ready to participate in face-to-face classroom settings when the new school year arrives. With these circumstances in mind, FSPS is offering this complete virtual learning environment for families who would like to have an online learning choice. 

FSPS students enrolled in this learning option will receive high-quality personal instruction provided by local, highly-qualified teachers using an interactive and blended approach to learning. Interaction and personal support and guidance will be key components, as teachers continue to evaluate student work and track student academic progress and attendance. We are confident that this personal approach will help keep all students connected and provide a more flexible learning environment for families. 

FSPS virtual students will be expected to follow the same policies and procedures outlined in the Fort Smith Schools Student Handbook. FSPS virtual students will also be issued a learning device like FSPS students in traditional learning environments. A virtual coordinator will also work directly with families to ensure this learning model is a good fit for the student. Additionally, students who select to attend the FSPS virtual learning academy may be able to participate in activities and services organized in the school in the child’s attendance area.

As with any school model, parent involvement is crucial to a child's academic success. If your family is interested in the virtual program and/or would like to receive more information on the virtual learning option for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the interest survey by clicking the following link: https://bit.ly/PeakVirtual2020. This survey is not considered an official district-wide enrollment form; this survey will indicate that your family would like more information, or are considering this option. Your response will also help district officials gather specific information regarding virtual instruction interest for the next school year, and allow for preparations by teachers and staff. Completing this “interest survey” does not commit you to a virtual program for next school year. 

NOTE: Fort Smith Schools’ new virtual education option does NOT replace the traditional in-person instruction options. In-person instruction continues to be the core instruction model and the heartbeat of school culture. But, because of the pandemic, it is possible that in-person instruction will have to be modified to meet state physical distancing guidelines.

June 11, 2020 - 11:15 AM

FSPS Athletics and Student Activities Dead Period Notice

Fort Smith Athletics and Student Activities will observe 2020 Summer Dead Period June 29-July 3. During this week, gym floors will be re-surfaced and some campuses will have construction work in the athletic facilities. For questions about the Summer Dead Period, please contact Athletics and Student Activities at 479-785-1227.

May 29, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Parent/Guardian and Community Update

Parents/Guardians and Community: 

The 2019-2020 school year has come to a close. While we did not expect to close out the school year remotely, we are very proud of our students and employees for their willingness to adapt in rapidly-evolving circumstances and their commitment to continued learning and education.

We are grateful that the #FSPSProud family has embraced the ‘we’re all in this together’ mindset, leaning in to assist our community in as many creative, fun and helpful ways as possible. We also extend a hearty thank you to the Board of Education for their leadership and guidance.

As we look forward, it is unknown what school will look like in the fall. However, there is one thing we can be certain of: Learning will continue! Fort Smith Public Schools will follow guidance from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to determine the safest way to reopen schools. As we follow the state directives, we will continue to assess the greatest needs of the district, prioritize projects and tasks to ensure a successful transition, and provide continual communication with parents/guardians and students as decisions are made.

We encourage families to visit our website, fortsmithschools.org, frequently to see the latest updates and information. Our COVID-19 Updates page is updated as information is released, and we also share information through text messages and on our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As we make preparations, there are many complexities to address. We ask for your support and patience as we follow state guidance to make the best decisions possible regarding the safety of your children and FSPS staff.

May 29, 2020 - 11:15 AM

FSPS Resumes Regular Office Hours on June 8

Beginning June 8, FSPS Offices will return to regular summer office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday until July 6. The district will resume Monday-Friday services for the public at that time. Read more: https://bit.ly/3drHkE5 or https://www.fortsmithschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=39&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=82674&PageID=1

May 19, 2020 - 12:45 PM

2019-2020 End-of-Year Grades Update

Please visit bit.ly/endofyeargrades for a full update on end-of-year grades for Fort Smith Public Schools.

May 11, 2020 - 12:45 PM

End-of-Year Communication Procedures

Please visit bit.ly/fspsendofyear for a full update on end-of-year procedures for Fort Smith Public Schools.

May 7, 2020 - 11:50 AM

Graduation Update

If restrictions are lifted at the time, Fort Smith Public Schools will hold graduation for Northside High School on Monday, July 6 at Mayo-Thompson Stadium, and graduation for Southside on Tuesday, July 7 at Jim Rowland Stadium. 

The ceremonies have been planned later in the evening because of the normally high temperatures at this time of year. An 8 p.m. start time should ease that burden a little. 

The Fort Smith Convention Center (FSCC) will be the back-up location in the event of inclement weather. The use of the FSCC will require a limit to seating of 4,000 people including graduates. This may also require a change in the time and order of the ceremony to accommodate more people. If the schools use this facility, tickets will be distributed to families based on the number of graduates who confirm that they will participate in the event. Your principals will provide more information about this distribution process as plans are finalized.

We recognize that our opportunity to use the July 6 and 7 dates are dependent upon orders from the Governor that rescind current restrictions on large gatherings of people. We are considering other options in the event that we are unable to use the July 6 and 7 dates.

May 6, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Update: Preschool, Kindergarten and New Student Registration Begins May 18

Fort Smith Public Schools Preschool, Kindergarten and New Student Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin Monday, May 18, 2020. Parents/guardians can visit the Fort Smith Schools Website: > Families > Enroll Your Student for detailed information, including an FAQs document, for each category. Parents/guardians can also access the same ‘Enroll Your Student’ page using this short link: bit.ly/enrollmystudent

May 1, 2020 - 3:30 PM

FSPS Sets Cap and Gown Distributon Dates for Seniors

Fort Smith Public Schools has set cap and gown distribution dates for Northside and Southside High School Class of 2020 Seniors. Seniors will be able to pick up caps and gowns on Wednesday, May 13 (Northside only) and Thursday, May 14 (Southside only). Read the full update at bit.ly/fspscapgown

April 30, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Preschool, Kindergarten and New Student Registration Begins May 18

Fort Smith Public Schools will open online registration portals for Preschool, Kindergarten and New Student Registration on Monday, May 18. Parents are encouraged to use the convenient online registration process to limit the number of people who have to make a trip to a school building for a reason other than to drop off registration documents.

Enrollment document will need to be provided before registration is finalized.
 
Families who do not have internet services or devices at home will have the opportunity to use an alternative registration process that is both safe and fair. These families are invited to pick up a paper registration packet at the school beginning May 18. 

They will need to complete the paper documents and return them to the school as soon as possible. Completed paper packets will be time and date stamped to maintain the registration order. Completed packets received by July 30 will retain registration rank order that is important if class-sizing becomes necessary. 

Paper packets will be available at schools from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., from May 18 through May 28. The Kindergarten and New Student Registration portal will be closed from May 29 until late July when school secretaries become available to help any parent or guardian who needs assistance.

More information will be provided with further details on accessing and using the online registration portals. Thank you for your patience.

April 28, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Construction Update

Hey all you Grizzlies and Mavericks fans, Construction projects are gearing up and moving forward. We are cataloging, packing, and storing memorabilia that is displayed in the hallways and other areas of Northside and Southside.

April 27, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Grab-and-Go Meals Update

Fort Smith Public Schools will continue Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch meal service at its 19 elementary schools. Meals will be served from Fort Smith Public Schools will continue Grab-and-Go meal service at its 19 elementary schools from 11 AM to 1 PM through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. At that time, we will reassess our meal service options and may consider reducing our meal sites to the traditional eleven elementary school locations. The Last Student Day on the 2019-2020 calendar is scheduled for Thursday, May 28.

May Breakfast Menu

May Lunch Menu

April 25, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Graduation Update

The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today that in-person graduations are prohibited until after July 1. They will begin reviewing alternative graduation plans from districts this week. 

Fort Smith Public Schools anticipated that there may be a risk in setting June dates. We will use the July dates that were published on April 10 if restrictions are lifted at that time, which are July 6 and July 7. If we are unable to use those July dates, we will begin to look at other options.

April 21, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Board of Education Meeting Update

The Fort Smith Public Schools (FSPS) Board of Education will host its regularly scheduled April Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27. The virtual meeting will originate in the Service Center Auditorium, Building B of the FSPS Service Center Complex at 3205 Jenny Lind in Fort Smith. No more than 10 people may be present in the auditorium at that time. 

Board President Bill Hanesworth, FSPS Superintendent Dr. Doug Brubaker, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Terry Morawski, Executive Secretary Nadine Brooks and meeting presenters attend the on-site meeting while six Board members including Board Vice President Talicia Richardson, Board Secretary Dee Blackwell, Wade Gilkey, Yvonne Keaton-Martin, Susan McFerran, Dalton Person and the remaining members of Superintendent’s Executive Council attend virtually. 

Fort Smith citizens, FSPS parents, students and staff are invited and encouraged to watch the meeting live on the Fort Smith Public Schools YouTube Channel or watch a recording of the meeting on the Board of Education videos page later in the week following the Board Meeting. 

Citizens wishing to speak to the Board of Education must complete a Request to Speak form and submit it at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Because of preparations necessary for social distancing the Board cannot accommodate day-of-meeting requests to speak during this time.

Speakers are asked to arrive at the Service Center Auditorium no later than 5:20 p.m. on the day of the meeting and remain in their car. A moderator of the meeting will call to notify the speaker when it is time to come into the auditorium. The board president will recognize speakers shortly after they arrive. Speakers are asked to be seated until that time.

*Because of COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings of people the Fort Smith Public Schools (FSPS) Board of Education will meet online until restrictions are lifted.    

April 16, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Fort Smith Public Schools Extends Grab-And Go Breakfast and Lunch through End of April

Fort Smith Public Schools will extend its Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch meal service at its 19 Elementary Schools through the end of April. Meals will be served from 11 AM to 1 PM during regularly scheduled school calendar days.

  • Meals are free and available to all children ages 1-18.
  • Children or parents may pick up meals.
  • Children may go to any location to receive meals.
  • Child Nutrition Staff will serve meals at the building front entrance.
  • Adults can purchase meals for $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch.

Fort Smith Public Schools encourages following CDC Guidelines for social distancing when picking up grab-and-go meals at these locations. Students will not be able to access lockers, classrooms or other areas of the school during this time. 

Elementary School Locations Serving Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch

  1. Ballman: 2601 South Q Street
  2. Barling: 1400 D Street in Barling
  3. Beard: 1600 Cavanaugh Road
  4. Bonneville: 2500 South Waldron Road
  5. Carnall: 2524 South Tulsa Street
  6. Cavanaugh: 1025 School Street
  7. Cook: 3517 Brooken Hill Drive
  8. Euper Lane: 6601 Euper Lane
  9. Fairview: 2400 South Dallas Street
  10. Howard: 1301 North 8th Street
  11. Morrison: 3415 Newlon Road
  12. Orr: 3609 Phoenix Avenue
  13. Pike: 4111 Park Avenue
  14. Spradling: 4949 Spradling Avenue
  15. Sunnymede: 4201 North O Street
  16. Sutton: 5001 Kelley Highway
  17. Tilles: 815 North 16th Street
  18. Trusty: 3300 Harris Avenue
  19. Woods: 3201 Massard Road

April 15, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Download and Mail School Choice Application

Notice: Due to COVID-19, we are encouraging School Choice Applications to be mailed to Student Services. Download the School Choice application.

Fort Smith Public Schools
Attention: Student Services
PO Box 1948
Fort Smith, AR 72902

The deadline is May 1, 2020.

Student Services Frequently Asked Questions

Read the full information update regarding School Choice Applications.

For questions, please contact Darian Layes, Executive Director of Student Services

April 13, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Employee Well-Being: FSPS Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

During this challenging time, FSPS would like to remind employees about its Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The state of Arkansas replies on New Directions Behavioral Health as its EAP provider. FSPS employees and their households can access EAP services at no extra cost to the participant: confidential counseling, legal services, improving overall health, career development, and more. For more information and to access services, please visit NDBH.com or call the 24/7 Helpline 1-877-300-9103. Download the FSPS Employee Assistance Plan. 

April 10, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Class of 2020 Graduation Information

Class of 2020,

You will definitely have a unique set of stories to tell about your senior year! Your class assumes a special place in history because of the current world crisis caused by the novel coronavirus. Though the current circumstances have created some real challenges over the past few weeks, FSPS is committed to ensuring that you receive appropriate recognition for your accomplishments.

The continuing restrictions on large gatherings and requirements of social distancing will prevent Northside and Southside High Schools from hosting Prom events and other recognition ceremonies for the Class of 2020 in April and May. Northside and Southside will not be able to schedule Prom events outside of the normal school year. 

As promised though, here are Dates for Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies:

  • Northside High School 8 p.m. June 29 at Mayo-Thompson Stadium
  • Southside High School 8 p.m. June 30 at Jim Rowland Stadium

The ceremonies have been planned later in the evening because of the normally high temperatures at this time of year. An 8 p.m. start time should ease that burden a little. 

The Fort Smith Convention Center (FSCC) will be the back-up location in the event of inclement weather. The use of the FSCC will require a limit to seating of 4,000 people including graduates. This may also require a change in the time and order of the ceremony to accommodate more people. 

If the schools use this facility, tickets will be distributed to families based on the number of graduates who confirm that they will participate in the event. Your principals will provide more information about this distribution process as plans are finalized. You will need to pay careful attention and respond to any correspondence that they send in the next few weeks. They will also be sharing important dates and deadlines for completing classes and assignments that will help you to improve your grades, and the distribution plan for caps, gowns and other graduation materials.

We recognize that our opportunity to use the June 29 and 30 dates are dependent upon orders from the Governor that rescind current restrictions on large gatherings of people. Because of this, FSPS has also secured July 6 and 7. Here is the schedule:

  • Northside High School 8 p.m. July 6 at Mayo-Thompson Stadium
  • Southside High School 8 p.m. July 7 at Jim Rowland Stadium

The Fort Smith Convention Center will be the back-up location for these dates as well. 

This unfamiliar time has required taking a different look at long-held traditions and celebrations.  Certainly, your senior year did not conclude as planned; however, the pride and recognition of your accomplishments have been a high priority. We look forward to seeing you in late June or early July to celebrate the completion of this phase of your education and the beginning of another.

April 9, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Spring Sports Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Arkansas Activities Association has cancelled all remaining AAA spring activities, state championships, AHSCA Coaches Clinic, and All-Star games. They published a press release on April 9 with the following statement:

After multiple conversations with the Arkansas Department of Health, the Governor’s Office, the Arkansas Department of Education and with the announcement of the closure of Arkansas schools through the end of the school year, all remaining AAA spring activities, state championships, AHSCA Coaches Clinic, and All-Star games have been cancelled.

“Today’s heart wrenching decision is difficult for all members of the AAA family,” said Lance Taylor, AAA Executive Director. “We sympathize with the students, coaches, parents, and school communities, and especially our graduating seniors, but we recognize that the cancellations will allow our collective focus to remain where it is needed at this time – on the health and safety of all Arkansans. We all must come together to stop the spread.”

The AAA will continue to receive guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Governor’s Office, and the Arkansas Department of Education. The AAA wishes to thank them for their leadership during this COVID-19 pandemic.

 April 9, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Fort Smith Public Schools Asks Community for Hand Print Art

Fort Smith Public Schools is asking students, families, teachers, staff and community members to help ‘share a little joy’ during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating hand print art for those on the frontline caring for the Fort Smith community. Anyone can participate, and FSPS will distribute the artwork throughout the community.

To participate, trace and color your hand print. Write “We are all in this TOGETHER!” as the greeting, and sign the artwork with your first name only. If you are a FSPS student, include your grade with your signature. You can begin working on your hand print creation immediately.

Drop your hand print art in identifiable boxes at each elementary school from 11 AM to 1 PM during Grab-and-Go meal pick up beginning Tuesday, April 14. Artwork will be disinfected after pick-up and handled safely.

FSPS Elementary School Locations

  1. Ballman: 2601 South Q Street
  2. Barling: 1400 D Street in Barling
  3. Beard: 1600 Cavanaugh Road
  4. Bonneville: 2500 South Waldron Road
  5. Carnall: 2524 South Tulsa Street
  6. Cavanaugh: 1025 School Street
  7. Cook: 3517 Brooken Hill Drive
  8. Euper Lane: 6601 Euper Lane
  9. Fairview: 2400 South Dallas Street
  10. Howard: 1301 North 8th Street
  11. Morrison: 3415 Newlon Road
  12. Orr: 3609 Phoenix Avenue
  13. Pike: 4111 Park Avenue
  14. Spradling: 4949 Spradling Avenue
  15. Sunnymede: 4201 North O Street
  16. Sutton: 5001 Kelley Highway
  17. Tilles: 815 North 16th Street
  18. Trusty: 3300 Harris Avenue
  19. Woods: 3201 Massard Road

Grab-and-Go Meal Pick Up is available Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 17 at all 19 elementary schools. Meals will be served from 11 AM to 1 PM during the week, except on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13. These were scheduled student holidays. 

April 8, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Dr. Brubaker Delivers Message Regarding COVID-19 and Community Support

Listen to Dr. Doug Brubaker, Superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools, deliver a message regarding FSPS response to COVID-19 and encouragement of community support. 

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rj8G2_dw8-0

 

 

April 8, 2020 - 4:40 PM

New Technology Chat Support Option for Students and Staff

The FSPS Technology Department is introducing a new Chat Support Option to assist students and staff with technology needs. The Chat Support button is located on the FSPS Technology Department page in the lower right hand corner (blue round chat icon). The chat feature also works on mobile. 

While the chat feature is available 24/7, it will generate a support ticket for any chats created outside of work hours (Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM on regularly scheduled school days).

Students and staff can create support tickets anytime by accessing this website: https://fortsmithschools.freshservice.com/support/home#There is also a knowledge base with helpful information, and information is being added continually. 

The Information Services page includes helpful links for staff to access various applications: https://www.fortsmithschools.org/Page/276

April 8, 2020 - 4:10 PM

AAA Extends “ Covid-19 Dead Period” For Schools

The Arkansas Activities Association has extended the “COVID-19 Dead Period” for all AAA member schools through May 30, 2020. They published a press release on April 8 with the following statement: 

“Due to the continued spreading of the COVID-19, and after the announcement of the closure of Arkansas schools through the end of the school year, the AAA will extend the “Covid-19 Dead Period” for all AAA member schools through May 30, 2020. 

During this time, coaches shall be prohibited from engaging in any type of face to face contact whether it be practicing, training, weight lifting, tryouts, competition or travel. Further, school athletic facilities will be closed during this period. The AAA will work with the Department of Health, Department of Education, and the Governor's office later in May to announce plans following May 30. 

We continue to encourage coaches to use technology to keep up with their students during this tough time.”

AAA Extends Dead Period for Schools

April 7, 2020 - 8:15 AM

Where to Find FSPS AMI Materials

Fort Smith Public Schools will continue to provide remote instruction for students using the strategies outlined on the AMI for FSPS page: bit.ly/fspsami.

  • Elementary school students PK - 6th will use PBS Arkansas AMI lessons. They should also check their teachers' Google Classroom for assignments. Students will log into Google using their school Google accounts.

  • 7th - 9th grade students attending Chaffin, Darby, Kimmons, and Ramsey will use Google Classroom to access assignments.

  • 10th - 12th grade students attending Northside and Southside will use the Schoology Platform to access assignments.

  • 7th - 12th grade students attending Belle Point will use the Echo Platform to access assignments.

If you have questions for FSPS, please email “questions@fortsmithschools.org”. Please include your name and phone number. A staff member knowledgeable about your question will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

April 6, 2020 - 2:30PM

Buildings Closed, Online Instruction Continues

In a press conference today (April 6, 2020), Governor Asa Hutchinson announced all Arkansas K-12 public schools will be closed to on-site instruction for the remainder of this school year. 

The Governor also stated all schools would continue instruction through Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) for the remainder of the year. For Fort Smith Public Schools, we will continue to provide remote instruction for students using the strategies outlined on the AMI for FSPS page

Over the next few weeks, FSPS will be finalizing answers to the many questions that occur because of these exceptional circumstances. The district continues to be committed to the safety and wellbeing of each student, and the online learning process. Continue to watch for district text messages and new postings to the FSPS website and social media for information regarding AMI, Grab-and-Go Meals, technology assistance and internet services, graduation, plans to pick up personal items left at school and other end-of-year activities. 

If you have questions for FSPS, please email “questions@fortsmithschools.org. Please include your name and phone number. A staff member knowledgeable about your question will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

Parents, students and staff, we appreciate your patience as we work to continue virtual instruction and develop plans to close out the school year under this new directive. Most of all, we encourage you to follow State and CDC guidance to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.

April 3, 2020 - 10:30 AM

FSPS Tornado Shelter Information

Bill Hollenbeck, FSPS Director of Security and Facilities, shares information about tornado shelters on FSPS campuses.

  • Tornado shelters are available at all FSPS elementary schools and junior high schools.
  • When a tornado warning siren sounds, the tornado shelters automatically unlock for residents to seek shelter.
  • FSPS encourages residents to observe CDC guidelines for social distancing when inside the shelters.
  • Residents may wear their PPE into the storm shelters if they feel the need to do so.
  • Tornado shelters on FSPS campuses are an option for anyone seeking shelter during a tornado warning.
  • FSPS Storm Shelter managers will be present to help encourage social distancing.

If you have questions about tornado shelter use on FSPS campuses, please email 'questions@fortsmithschools.org’ and your question will be forwarded to the appropriate contact.

 

April 2, 2020 - 2:30 PM 

Fort Smith Public Schools Partners with Arkansas PBS to Deliver Continuing AMI

Beginning Monday, April 6, Fort Smith Public Schools is partnering with the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas PBS to deliver Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) for students in grades K-6 through the COVID-19 school closure.

The digital learning will be provided on the Arkansas Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) on KAFT - Channel 13. The PBS television programs are designed to continue education with the following broadcast schedule:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • 3rd grade through 5th grade: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 6th grade: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Don’t have KAFT - Channel 13? Click here for a complete channel list.

Students can also access the content on the Engage Arkansas PBS app for iPhone or Android. 

Content is now available in the free PBS Video App for smart devices, including Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV. Enter "Arkansas AMI" in the search section of the PBS Video App to find archived video content for each grade band. New content will be added each day by 10 AM.

If you miss the live broadcast: The AMI instructional content will be available online after 4:00 PM of the same day of broadcast. Recording from previous days are available as well. You can find the content, shows, parent resources and more at: https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI 

Students who do not have TV or WIFI access may pick up an AMI paper packet at any elementary school campus beginning tomorrow Friday, April 3 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, while meals are being served.

Learning guides are available for each broadcast can be found here: https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI The video for the current day is also posted on this site. 

FSPS Teachers continue to be available to assist students as they complete the digital learning AMI. Parents with questions may continue to connect with their student’s teacher via email. 

Students in Grade 7-12 will continue to access their AMI work through the online access points they have been normally using. Visit bit.ly/fspsami to access 7-12 AMI for FSPS materials.

April 1, 2020 - 8:00 AM

HR Update

Fort Smith School Employees can click here for information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. 
 
March 31, 2020 - 1:30 PM
 
Southside High School Track Open During Limited Hours
 
The Southside High School track will be open from 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM daily for walkers and runners practicing social distancing. The field, however, is not open for games or gatherings of groups of any kind. This guidance also applies to cinder surface tracks and fields at other school locations. Reminder: On March 27, Fort Smith Public Schools advised residents to please follow the city and county guidance on playground equipment use for all FSPS playgrounds as well.
 
March 30, 2020 - 11:50 AM
Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas PBS Partner to Provide AMI for Students
The Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas PBS have partnered to provide Arkansas AMI Learning Guides and special TV programming starting today, March 30. For more information, including viewing times, TV channels, FAQs and more, visit https://bit.ly/ArkansasAMI.
 
March 27, 2020 - 11:50 AM 
FSPS Playground Equipment Update
Fort Smith Public Schools is encouraging residents to please follow the city and county guidance on playground equipment use for all FSPS playgrounds as well. We appreciate our community's support during these unprecedented times.
 
"Following the lead of Sebastian County Judge, David Hudson, the City of Fort Smith Parks & Recreation Department has limited access to specific playground equipment at Fort Smith City Parks. Doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Fort Smith is taking measures to safeguard the public health. Following the recommendations from the CDC, ADH, and Governor Hutchinson. This order will include all City owned parks.
 
"Director of the Parks & Recreation Department, Doug Reinert stated “as temperatures warm up we want to go outside for fresh air. However, we must continue to practice social distancing and be aware of our surrounding. Covid-19 can remain on plastic and metal surfaces for days. Therefore, we must refrain from using playground equipment and exercise equipment in our parks. Ride your bikes, hike, go for a walk or go for a run but, remain at least 6ft away from others. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often. Social gatherings of more than ten (10) are banned per directive from Governor Hutchinson”."
 
 
March 26, 2020 - 3:15 PM
Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch for FSPS Students
Fort Smith Public Schools will serve grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at its 19 Elementary Schools beginning Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 17. Meals will be served from 11 AM to 1 PM during regularly scheduled school calendar days. Meals will not be served on Friday, April 10 (Good Friday Holiday - No School) or Monday, April 13 (Professional Development/Student Holiday).
  • Meals are free and available to all children ages 1-18.
  • Children or parents may pick up meals.
  • Children may go to any location to receive meals.
  • Child Nutrition Staff will serve meals at the building front entrance.
  • Adults can purchase meals for $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch.

On Monday, March 30, students will receive three meals at pick-up: Monday breakfast, Monday lunch, and Tuesday breakfast. Thereafter, students will receive two meals at pick-up: lunch for the day of pick-up and breakfast for the next day.

Fort Smith Public Schools encourages following CDC Guidelines for social distancing when picking up grab-and-go meals at these locations. Students will not be able to access lockers, classrooms or other areas of the school during this time. 

Elementary School Locations Serving Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch

  1. Ballman: 2601 South Q Street
  2. Barling: 1400 D Street in Barling
  3. Beard: 1600 Cavanaugh Road
  4. Bonneville: 2500 South Waldron Road
  5. Carnall: 2524 South Tulsa Street
  6. Cavanaugh: 1025 School Street
  7. Cook: 3517 Brooken Hill Drive
  8. Euper Lane: 6601 Euper Lane
  9. Fairview: 2400 South Dallas Street
  10. Howard: 1301 North 8th Street
  11. Morrison: 3415 Newlon Road
  12. Orr: 3609 Phoenix Avenue
  13. Pike: 4111 Park Avenue
  14. Spradling: 4949 Spradling Avenue
  15. Sunnymede: 4201 North O Street
  16. Sutton: 5001 Kelley Highway
  17. Tilles: 815 North 16th Street
  18. Trusty: 3300 Harris Avenue
  19. Woods: 3201 Massard Road
 
March 25, 2020 - 2:25 PM
Class of 2020 Senior Update from NHS and SHS:

Beginning Monday, March 30, parents and guardians of seniors will be contacted by telephone to discuss their graduation standing. Our goal is to make contact with all seniors by April 3rd. Please be watching for this call, as we work to make sure all of our seniors complete their requirements for graduation!

March 24, 2020 - 4:30 PM

AT&T Partners with Kahn Academy to Provide Educational Resources for Distance Learning 

AT&T joined forces with the Kahn Academy to bring some much needed relief to schools - both large and small - who are attempting to keep educating our state’s youth. The $10 million fund will support parents, teachers and students throughout the COVID-19 closures. It will create a Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund so that everyone can have the tools they need for at-home learning. 

This collaboration will improve and expand online learning resources to meet growing demand from parents, teachers and students, including those who rely on free resources and need Khan Academy the most. It will also support the development of new resources designed specifically for COVID-19 school closures. Available in more than 40 languages, Khan Academy offers educational practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers students to study at home. Khan Academy also offers free tools for teachers and parents to help them track student progress. 

You can sign up for Khan Academy for free by visiting KhanAcademy.org

Read the full press release here: https://about.att.com/story/2020/distance_learning_family_connections.html

March 24, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Grab and Go Meals Extended through the Weekend

Meals provided by the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club have been extended through the weekend, including Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Kids 18 and under eat free. Adults can purchase breakfast for $1 and lunch for $2. Meals in a sack are provided at pick-up sites near the front entry.

Stephens Boy & Girls Club
3101 North 6th Street • Breakfast 9 am-10am • Lunch 12pm-1pm

Jeffrey Boys & Girls Club
4905 N. “O” Street • Breakfast 9 am-10am • Lunch 12:10pm-1:10pm 

Goldtrap Boys & Girls Club
8800 South Dallas • Breakfast 9:15am-10:15am • Lunch: 12:15pm-1:15pm

Evans Boys & Girls Club
6015 Boys Club Lane • Breakfast 9:15am-10:15am • Lunch: 12:30pm-1:30pm

March 24, 2020 - 2:00 PM

FSPS Elementary Art Teachers Create Art Website

Fort Smith Public Schools Elementary Art Teachers have created a website featuring artistic digital resources for parents to use at home with their kids. Click here to access the site: https://bit.ly/fspsart 

The site includes:

  • Digital Art Making Sites
  • Fun Artsy Videos
  • Digital Art Apps
  • Virtual Museum Tours for Kids
  • Instructional Art Videos and T.V. Shows

Continue to visit the site to stay updated on the newest resources being added daily.

March 24, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Cox Communications & AT&T Offer Low-Cost Internet

Two local providers in our area, Cox Communications and AT&T, are both offering affordable ways to connect to the Internet. 

  • Cox Communications, through its Connect2Compete program, is offering low-cost Internet service available to qualifying families. The first 60 days of Connect2Compete service is free through May 15, $9.95/month thereafter. Click here to sign up.

  • AT&T, through its Access from AT&T program, is offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed. New Access from AT&T customers will get two months of free service. Click here to sign up.


Please continue to check the FSPS COVID-19 Updates page at bit.ly/fspscovidupdates for further updates on Internet availability.

March 24, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Spring Preschool Registration, Kindergarten and New Student Pre-Registration Postponed Indefinitely 

The following programs have been postponed indefinitely:

  • Spring Preschool Registration
  • Kindergarten Pre-Registration
  • New Student Pre-Registration 

Please watch the COVID-19 Updates on the FSPS Website for new information for these programs: http://bit.ly/2IixS83 or https://www.fortsmithschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=39&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=78183&PageID=1

March 23, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Class of 2020 Update Regarding Graduation

On March 19, we learned that all Arkansas public schools will be closed to on-site instruction through April 17. This has led to questions about activities currently planned for later in the spring semester, such as graduation and prom. 

As Fort Smith Public Schools continue planning for the future, school and district leaders continue to closely monitor guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance currently includes limitations on gatherings.

We know that you are excited and anxious about traditional end-of-year graduation events. It is very important that there be opportunities to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments as seniors. As this situation continues to unfold, we will share information as it becomes available. Today, we have received clarification on several very important questions.

Click here to read the rest of this update: https://bit.ly/33JS1xI or https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O6KiuSJA5UIyzFcTgZVh1H3WdxGVcjktq5mDchUSlDU/edit

March 23, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What We Can Do To Prevent COVID-19 From Spreading

Watch: Dr. Peter Lin shares the facts about COVID-19 and what we can do to prevent it from spreading. This video was originally published February 1 on CBS News.

Watch: https://youtu.be/kIL5m5XznNY

March 23, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Boys & Girls Club Serving Grab-and-Go Meals

The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club will be serving free Grab-and-Go meals the week of Spring Break (March 23-27). Kids 18 and under eat free. Adults can purchase breakfast for $1 and lunch for $2. Meals in a sack are provided at pick-up sites near the front entry. 

Stephens Boy & Girls Club

3101 North 6th Street

Breakfast 9 am-10am

Lunch 12pm-1pm 

Jeffrey Boys & Girls Club

4905 N. “O” Street

Breakfast 9 am-10am

Lunch 12:10pm-1:10pm 

Goldtrap Boys & Girls Club

8800 South Dallas

Breakfast 9:15am-10:15am

Lunch: 12:15pm-1:15pm

Evans Boys & Girls Club

6015 Boys Club Lane

Breakfast 9:15am-10:15am

Lunch: 12:30pm-1:30pm

March 20, 2020 - 1:50 PM 

AAA "Dead Period" to Continue Through April 17, 2020

On March 20, 2020 at 10:42 AM, the Arkansas Activities Association published on Twitter that it is extending the “Dead Period” for all AAA member schools through April 17, 2020. 

The statement reads: 

“With guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health, Governor’s Office and the Arkansas Department of Education the AAA will extend the Dead Period for all AAA member schools through April 17, 2020. The safety of our student-athletes is our first priority. All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and national officials.”

AAA dead period  

March 20, 2020 - 12:30 PM

COVID-19 Testing Site

A COVID-19 Testing Site has been set up in the River Valley. The testing site is by appointment only. If you are concerned that you or a family member needs to be screened for COVID-19, please call the Screening Call Center at 479-289-6508 and then you will be asked a few screening questions to determine if you need to have an appointment made to the Baptist - Mercy Testing/Screening site. The call center is available Monday - Friday from 8 am to 8 pm.

Dial 211 for Community Services Information

211 is a free 24/7 telephone service that connects individuals in need to important community services in the state of Arkansas. 2-1-1 is the direct link between people who need help and people who can give help. 211 can be accessed by dialing 211 or going to www.arkansas211.org. You can also reach 211 in Arkansas by texting your zip code to 898-211.

March 20, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Mercy, Baptist Health Set Up COVID-19 Call Center

A hotline has been established for Fort Smith and River Valley residents concerned about Covid-19. The number to call is (479) 289-6508. The call center is available Monday - Friday from 8 am to 8 pm.

The call center will allow callers to ask questions about COVID-19 and be screened by trained clinical staff who will determine whether the caller should be sent to a testing site staffed by health care workers from Mercy Fort Smith and Baptist Health.

Callers do not have to be a patient at either hospital to use the hotline.

For more information, visit: https://www.mercy.net/newsroom/2020-03-19/mercy--baptist-health-set-up-covid-19-call-center/ or 

https://www.baptist-health.com/news/baptist-health-establishes-24-7-hotline-for-covid-19-questions/

March 20, 2020 - 9:30 AM

FSPS Schools Closed Through April 17

FSPS District offices and schools are closed through April 17. If you have a question, please email questions@fortsmithschools.org with your name, question and any other details that will help us best answer your question.

We will be posting updates to our COVID-19 Updates on the FSPS Website: http://bit.ly/2IixS83 or https://www.fortsmithschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=39&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=78183&PageID=1 Please visit this page for the latest information from FSPS. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to this rapidly changing situation. 

March 19, 2020 - 9:10 PM

HR Update: Preparing for Extended School Closure

A Message from Dr. Brubaker, Superintendent 

Colleagues,

As a school district and as a community, we have been adapting to changing conditions and working through challenges as quickly as possible over the past several weeks. Earlier this afternoon, we learned that Arkansas schools have been closed to on-site instruction through April 17. The need to prolong that closure will be reassessed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as that date approaches. 

As we prepare for this extended closure, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for all of your hard work. I am beyond impressed by all that I am seeing you accomplish. I admire the many innovative ways that you are working with students in order to continue the learning process and maintain relationships with families. Thank you for your leadership and your ongoing focus on meeting the needs of kids. You are doing an outstanding job. 

I know that you have a lot of questions as we now plan to continue to provide the best possible experience for students over the next several weeks. As we learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on our area and develop plans to support students and staff during this challenging time, we will continue to share that information with you using our COVID-19 Updates page and other available channels. 

Our instructions from the ADH include limiting access to school buildings. You will have temporary access to your school buildings from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. Please practice the CDC recommendation to use social distancing. Try to be quick about getting your materials together and leaving the building. 

I hope that you will take the opportunity to rest, recharge, and enjoy time with your family during the coming week. Thank you again for your hard work on behalf of our students. 

Best regards, 

Doug Brubaker, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Fort Smith Public Schools

March 19, 2020 - 2:45 PM

FSPS Remains Closed Through April 17

Notice: Under the direction of Governor Asa Hutchinson, Fort. Smith Public Schools will remain closed through Friday, April 17. More information will be made available as we adapt to this rapidly changing situation. We will publish all FSPS updates related to COVID-19 on the FSPS website. The direct link is: http://bit.ly/2IixS83  

To watch the Governor's announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgVBoWWCfzQ&feature=youtu.b  

March 19, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Serving Free Grab-and-Go Meals

The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club will be serving free Grab-and-Go meals on Friday, March 20, and the week of Spring Break (March 23-27). Kids 18 and under eat free. Adults can purchase breakfast for $1 and lunch for $2. See image for dates, times and locations.

Future School of Fort Smith will be serving free breakfast and lunch on Friday, March 20, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM for kids 18 and under, at their school location, 622 North 7th Street. Adults can purchase breakfast for $2.00 and lunch for $3.00.

 grb and go

March 18, 2020 - 9:00 PM

A note from Dr. Brubaker, Superintendent:

I am in awe of the many ways that FSPS educators are using many different kinds of technology to collaborate, problem-solve, hone their distance learning skills, and participate in professional development, ... all in order to help students continue learning. #FSPSProud

HS students and educators got 1:1 last summer; 7-9 district-wide 1:1 started last year. Elem. led the way with key pilots expanding to 1:1 in grades 3-6 and more tech for K-2. Educators' skill & PD + community investment + ongoing support = benefits for kids! #FSPSTeachersRock 

March 18, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Health at Home

Cindy Mitchell, BSN, RN, and Lead Nurse at Fort Smith Public Schools, has provided a resource for parents entitled: "Health at Home" resources for COVID-19 school closures" by CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health). Click to access these free resources via Google Classroom: https://www.catch.org/pages/health-at-home

health at home

March 17, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Technical Support for Students

Who do I call if there is a problem with a school-issued Chromebook?

The FSPS Technology Department will be available to students for technical support March 18-20 and March 23-25.

If your student has a technical issue with their school-issued Chromebook, please send an email to: studenthelpdesk@fortsmithschools.org 

Please include the student's First and Last Names, the name of the school they attend, and a description of the problem.

If you are unable to send or receive an email, you may call this number: 479-784-8130 Ext. 2303

In the event that a school-issued device needs to be repaired, Technology Department personnel will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rogers Center. The address is listed below.

To help expedite matters, please send an email to studenthelpdesk@fortsmithschools.org prior to arriving at the support location.

FSPS Technical Support

Rogers Center  - Fort Smith Public Schools

2901 Kinkead Avenue

Fort Smith, AR 72901 

March 17, 2020 - 2:00 PM

COVID-19 HR Update

Fort Smith Public Schools is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). The District will begin to transition to remote working for a majority of employees starting on Wednesday, March 18.  We will be under this remote work scenario from Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 29. Under current direction from the Governor and Department of Education, employees will be expected to return to work at their campus or administrative work sites on March 30. 

As of Wednesday, March 18, all school-based employees who are not involved in building cleaning or student nutrition may go home to develop their plan to work from home. After employees are no longer in school buildings, we will begin a districtwide deep cleaning process that will take multiple days. The District has authorized for employees to be paid during this period by completing their work remotely or on-site.

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. There are no perfect solutions, and the situation remains fluid. We are making every attempt to meet the needs of our students and employees. We are working to prepare for sustained remote learning and off-site work if the current COVID-19 school closure is extended beyond March 30.

We will continue to add to the below FAQ as there are questions. Please send questions to communication@fortsmithschools.org.

What days will cleaning be done? Can I be in the school building?

Staff, unless they are serving meals at designated sites, are not to be in school buildings during the cleaning period: Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20.

How do I develop my work from home plan?

Employees who are at home on an existing contract day are considered to be working remotely. These remote employees will be contacted to work from home or could be requested to return to their work site at any time. Staff members are expected to begin the development of remote work plans with their supervisors on Wednesday. Your supervisor will contact you to finalize arrangements. 

Is there a form available for developing a Remote Work Plan? 

We are developing a form that we will provide.

Can I take leave or a sick day on a remote work day?

If employees are unavailable or unable to work from home, they may still choose to take sick leave, comp time, or other forms of leave through March 30. Like any normal workday, employees will need these absences approved by their supervisors.

Who are the Facilities/Custodial staff who will take part in the deep cleaning process? Who are the Nutrition Staff who need to work at student meal sites?

Facilities/Custodial or Nutrition Staff need to contact their supervisor for clarification if they are not sure.

March 16, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Updated: Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 Response

Fort Smith Public Schools is continuing to work with our families to respond to the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds. We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document for you to access more information. You can view this document directly at: http://bit.ly/2Qi4jrE or https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y5NucmfQ3bvtFugQlX31mtDFJ2WkVGfs4bGIn76Ugqw/edit

March 16, 2020 - 12:45 PM

AAA Announces "Dead Period"

On March 16, 2020, at 11:12 AM, the Arkansas Activities Association "published on Twitter" that it is implementing a “Dead Period” for schools. The statement reads: 

Due to growing concerns over COVID-19, and after the announcement from the Governor and the Arkansas Department of Education, the AAA will implement a dead period for all member schools starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. During this time, coaches (licensed teacher coaches and registered volunteers) shall be prohibited from engaging in any type of activity involving student-athletes whether it be practice, training, weight lifting, tryouts, competition, or travel. Further, school athletic facilities will be closed during this period. On Monday, March 30, the AAA will reassess the COVID-19 situation and announce further plans. 

dead period  

March 16, 2020 - 12:30 PM

FSPS nurses available by phone or email to support students

To support students during this closure, FSPS nurses will be available by phone or email.

View contact information for FSPS nurses here. 

March 16, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Breakfast and Lunch for Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 19

Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch will be served at the following sites on Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 19. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and lunch will be served from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Child Nutrition Staff will serve these meals at stations near the building entrance. Meals are free and available to all children ages 1-18. Children must be present to receive a meal. Children may go to any of the locations to receive a meal. Parents can purchase meals for $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch.

  • Meals Available March 17-March 19
  • March 20 is a Professional Development Day (Student Holiday)
  • Closed during Spring Break

Breakfast and Lunch Sites

  • Ballman Elementary, 2601 South Q Street
  • Barling Elementary, 1400 D Street in Barling
  • Beard Elementary, 1600 Cavanaugh Road
  • Carnall Elementary, 2524 South Tulsa Street
  • Fairview Elementary, 2400 South Dallas Street
  • Howard Elementary, 1301 North 8th Street
  • Morrison Elementary, 3415 Newlon Road
  • Pike Elementary, 4111 Park Avenue
  • Spradling Elementary, 4949 Spradling Avenue
  • Sunnymede Elementary, 4201 North O Street
  • Tilles Elementary, 815 North 16th Street

March 15, 2020 - 6:30 PM

FSPS School Nurses 

School Nurses will be present at the following schools tomorrow, March 16 for parents who wish to pick up medications for their children. Because conditions are rapidly changing and we cannot predict how long we will be out of school, parents may want to consider picking up all medication for their children. 

Nurse Schedule for Monday, March 16

All stationary nurses will be at their assigned schools all day. Those schools are Ballman, Barling, Cook, Euper Lane, Sutton, Chaffin, Darby, Kimmons, Ramsey, Northside and Southside.

Itinerant Nurses: 

  • Kelsey Ellis will be at Carnall in the morning and Orr in the afternoon
  • Ashley Stepp will be at Spradling in the morning and Pike in the afternoon
  • Pam McAdoo Tatum will be at Howard in the morning and Woods in the afternoon
  • Carla Baxter will be at Morrision in the morning and Tilles in the afternoon
  • Karen Gardner will be at Sunnymede in the morning and Trusty in the afternoon 
  • Jo Cross will be at Bonneville in the morning and Fairview in the afternoon
  • Terri Johnson will be at Beard from 8:30 - 11:30 AM and Cavanaugh 12:00 - 3:30 PM

March 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Breakfast and Lunch for Monday, March 16

Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch will be served at the following sites on Monday, March 16. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and lunch will be served from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Child Nutrition Staff will serve these meals at stations near the building entrance. Meals are free and available to all children ages 1-18. Children must be present to receive a meal. Children may go to any of the locations to receive a meal. Parents can purchase meals for $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch. 

Breakfast and Lunch Sites

  • Ballman Elementary, 2601 South Q Street
  • Barling Elementary, 1400 D Street in Barling
  • Beard Elementary, 1600 Cavanaugh Road
  • Carnall Elementary, 2524 South Tulsa Street
  • Fairview Elementary, 2400 South Dallas Street
  • Howard Elementary, 1301 North 8th Street
  • Morrison Elementary, 3415 Newlon Road
  • Pike Elementary, 4111 Park Avenue
  • Spradling Elementary, 4949 Spradling Avenue
  • Sunnymede Elementary, 4201 North O Street
  • Tilles Elementary, 815 North 16th Street

March 15, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Regarding breakfast and lunch: the situation remains fluid and we are actively planning the schedule. We will keep you informed of the sites, times and any other information as it relates to breakfast and lunch. Thank you for your patience!

March 15, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Notice: Fort Smith Public Schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Spring Break. Students will begin AMI tomorrow, Monday March 16. More information will be provided about breakfast/lunch sites. 

March 15, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 Response

Fort Smith Public Schools is continuing to work with our families to respond to the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds. We have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document you can access for more information. You can view this document directly at: http://bit.ly/2Qi4jrE or https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y5NucmfQ3bvtFugQlX31mtDFJ2WkVGfs4bGIn76Ugqw/edit

March 15, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Update on FSPS Athletics and Activities

FSPS Athletics and Activities has shared this guidance on practices, after-school activities, and competitions. Please remember that as a district, we have been instructed to follow the guidance of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). We are following their instructions as we receive them. All decisions about closing schools are made by the ADH and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Read the letter here.

March 14, 2020 - 6:10 PM
 
FSPS Breakfast and Lunch Sites Named Should District be Directed to Close 

Should Fort Smith Public Schools be directed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to close in response to COVID-19, the following breakfast and lunch sites would be used. These sites listed are the same summer meals sites used by the school district. At these sites, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch would be made available to all children ages 1-18. Again, these are the sites that would be used should Fort Smith Public Schools be directed to close by the ADH and DESE. At this time, there are no plans to close Fort Smith Public Schools.

Breakast and Lunch Sites:

Ballman Elementary School
Barling Elementary School
Beard Elementary School
Carnall Elementary School
Fairview Elementary School
Howard Elementary School
Morrison Elementary School
Pike Elementary School
Spradling Elementary School 
Sunnymede Elementary School
Tilles Elementary School
 
March 13, 2020 - 1:20 PM
 
Important Information About Field Trips and After-School Activities
 
All field trips and after-school and weekend activities scheduled through March 30 have been cancelled. This includes community activities scheduled at district schools. FSPS will continue to reassess decisions as circumstances evolve.
 
Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) Packets Go Home with Students Today
 
Some parts of our AMI plans rely on getting materials out to students in advance. Because this situation is fluid, we want the information to be in place if and when the decision to close school is made. Elementary school students will receive their AMI packets today. There are, however, no plans to close schools at this time. You may also access FSPS AMI materials at this link on the FSPS website.
 
All decisions about closing schools are made by the ADH and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 

March 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Updates on District Procedures for COVID-19

We are grateful for the information that you share with us. We must depend on you to make decisions about what is best for your children. Today, we have had several questions about exposure to COVID-19, and we want to remind you of three important points in our response.

  1. As a district, we have been instructed to follow the guidance of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). We are following their instructions as we receive them. Often, there are details of each case that prevent the ADH and FSPS from making immediate decisions. All decisions about closing schools are made by the ADH and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
  2. 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 is suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. A parent note will meet the requirement. Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, FSPS 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 13, 2020. Please note that the compulsory attendance law still applies.
  3. Because of the high volume of calls, we may not be able to return each message that we receive. But, we are documenting them and reviewing each. This will help us better identify and prioritize areas of concern.

Student and staff safety continues to be a primary goal in our district. We will share information with you as soon as possible as we continue to monitor efforts within our state to contain the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your concern and your support for the weeks ahead.

March 13, 2020 - 8:45 AM

AAA Suspends Spring Sports and Activities

On March 12, 2020 at 9:40 PM, the Arkansas Activities Association published on Twitter that it is suspending all Spring sports and activities. The statement reads: 

Due to growing concerns over COVID-19 virus, the AAA will suspend all spring interscholastic competition starting Sunday, March 15, 2020 until Monday, March 30 2020. On Monday, March 30th the AAA will reassess the COVID-19 situation, and announce further plans.

Fort Smith Public Schools is seeking clarification for how the suspension will impact FSPS sports and activities directly. As we seek clarification, we ask for your patience and understanding as circumstances are rapidly changing due to the ongoing concerns of COVID-19.

AAA CoVid-19 info

 
March 12, 2020 - 4:30 PM
 
Notice: There are no plans to close Fort Smith Public Schools at this time.
 
March 12, 2020 - 3:15 PM
 
Parent Letter Regarding COVID-19
 
Please read this update, "Parent Letter Regarding COVID-19" for resources you can use to stay informed and guide your children through this new challenge.
 
March 12, 2020: 1:00 PM
 
Safety Guides District's COVID-19 Response
 
Please read this update, "Safety Guides District's COVID-19 Response," about our district's response to COVID-19. 

March 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

On Wednesday, March 11, The Arkansas Department of Education released its Commissioner's Memo LS-20-089 detailing important information from Governor Hutchinson and guidance for schools regarding COVID-19. 

ADE Commissioner's Memo

Governor Hutchinson held a press conference this morning and released a proclamation that details action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation can be accessed here.  Because Arkansas has been planning a COVID-19 response for months, the state is well-positioned to begin containment efforts. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will continue to act as the lead agency to work in concert with other state agencies to respond to the COVID-19 virus. 

School and school activities will continue at this time, and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in consultation with the Arkansas Department of Health, shall provide guidance to local school districts and institutions of higher education to address concerns related to the virus and take all actions necessary to ensure the continuation of education. The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall have sole authority to close public school campuses throughout the state for reasons related to COVID-19. The situation will be monitored closely. 

Planning

Should extended closures become necessary, the ADE understands the importance of coordination in planning and responding to needs and will provide as much guidance as possible in how closures should be conducted, including the handling of student and staff absences. The ADE is working with federal agencies and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to identify issues that will need to be addressed if school closures become necessary, such as possible modifications to state testing windows and continuation of meals for students in need.

It is also important to note that The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has extended all approved 2019-2020 Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) applications for up to ten days.

Travel

State employees have been directed to clear their professional out-of-state travel plans with their Department’s Secretary. All citizens are asked, however, to review and rethink travel plans to consider whether plans will put themselves or others at higher risk of transmission. School districts should evaluate school-sponsored travel plans and ask school-district employees to consider risks associated with their personal travel plans, including spring break. 

New Resource for Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is pleased to announce that UAMS HealthNow, its 24-hour digital connection to healthcare professionals, will soon offer free screenings for all Arkansans who have questions about whether they may have the COVID-19 virus. UAMS HealthNow site will have a screening tool with a series of questions about their symptoms, age, overall health, travel and other potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus and guide them regarding next steps, if any. This may include a video session with a UAMS HealthNow provider, advice to contact their local physician for further evaluation and possible testing for the virus.

People who have symptoms and who have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged not to visit a physician office, urgent care clinic, emergency room or hospital without first talking to the facility and getting instructions on how to prevent spreading the virus to healthcare providers and other patients.

This service will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to patients of all ages across the state of Arkansas and can be accessed from a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or computer.  https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/
 

March 11, 2020 

Guidance about Students and Staff Who Have Traveled or Possibly Been Exposed to COVID-19 from the Arkansas Department of Health
 
At present ADH are monitoring travelers who have returned within the last 14 days from countries with sustained community transmission. At present these are the affected countries: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan. As the epidemic spreads, we will likely also monitor travelers from other affected countries. Travelers from affected countries are advised to stay at home and monitor for symptoms until 14 days have passed from their departure from that country, while limiting interaction with others. Once 14 days have passed without any symptoms of illness, CDC recommends these travelers be allowed to return to school and public activities.

  • It is recommended that schools communicate with parents to let them know that the district is aware of the risk of COVID-19 internationally, the district is working with ADH to identify students and staff who may have traveled from the affected countries, and district staff will collaborate with ADH if any such students or staff are identified.
  • Districts are requested to identify any student or staff who may have departed China (or, in the future, any other affected country) within the last 14 days. This information is permitted to be shared with ADH under the public emergency rule. The following information can be printed and given by clicking here.
  • Schools should inform their school nurse if any students or staff have traveled to these countries so that the nurse can advise regarding home self-quarantine and assist with self-monitoring.
  • Please report this information to ADH at 501-537-8969.
  • If a student is identified as having traveled from China (or other affected country) in the last 14 days and has symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), they should immediately be placed in a single room and have a mask placed on them. Others in the room should wear a mask. If physical contact is required, then gown, gloves and mask should be worn.
  • Any suspected case (with symptoms) of COVID-19 should be reported to ADH immediately at 501-537-8969 (M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) or 1-800-554-5738 (after hours and weekends).

March 4, 2020

Dear Parents and Community,

Fort Smith Public Schools is carefully monitoring information about the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19). Sources of guidance for our district include the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We will follow recommendations from federal, state and local authorities to ensure that we are protecting our students and staff.

Because we know that sharing information is among the best ways to address this type of challenge, we have posted a COVID-19 Updates page on the FSPS website. It will have the most up-to-date information that we have as well as important resources like the one from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) entitled “Talking to Children About COVID-19” (Español) (Arabic) (Vietnamese).

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas. Because preventing the spread of COVID-19 is the best approach to maintaining the health of our community, we are:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting schools routinely
  • Encouraging staff and students to wash their hands frequently with soap and water
  • Ensuring that bathrooms have adequate soap
  • Monitoring guidance provided by the DESE, ADH and the CDC

You can also help prevent the spread of viruses by following – and encouraging members of your family to follow – these important instructions:

  • Stay at home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

Student wellness is a primary goal in Fort Smith Public Schools. We appreciate your assistance as we work to minimize the impact of the coronavirus and other viruses like the flu and common cold on our community. 

Sincerely, 

Doug Brubaker, Ph.D.
Superintendent