COVID-19 LATEST INFORMATION

Free Student Meals Served During Closure – March 30 – April 17
Posted on 3/28/2020

Our Food Service Department is providing hot meals to all district students during the school closure.

We understand that school meals are crucial to the health and well-being of our students. That is why our district is dedicated to providing hot meals to all our students during this closure.

Cabot Public Schools is offering a free drive-through meal program from March 30 – April 17. The Cabot Kids’ Café will be available Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at five different school locations.

Central Elementary
Magness Creek Elementary
Ward Central Elementary
Cabot Middle School South
Cabot Junior High North

A to-go lunch as well as breakfast for the next day will be provided. Students can pick up a meal at any of these drive-through locations. They do not have to attend school at that location.

Cabot Kids’ Café is for students enrolled at Cabot Public Schools. Per USDA requirements, students must be present in order to receive the meal. Unfortunately, we are only allowed to serve student meals at this time.

For health and safety reasons, we are asking patrons to remain in their cars as our staff members distribute the meals. Signs will be posted leading you to form a line in the bus lanes near the cafeteria entrance.

Comida gratis para estudiantes servida durante el cierre - 30 de marzo - 17 de abril

Entendemos que las comidas escolares son cruciales para la salud y el bienestar de los estudiantes. Por eso es que nuestro distrito está dedicado a proveer comidas calientes a los estudiantes durante el cierre. 

Las escuelas públicas de Cabot está ofreciendo comidas gratuitas al pasar en su carro del 30 de marzo al 17 de abril. El Café de los niños de Cabot estará abierto de lunes a viernes, de 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. en cinco localse diferentes:  at five different school locations.

Central Elementary
Magness Creek Elementary
Ward Central Elementary
Cabot Middle School South
Cabot Junior High North

Se proveerá un almuerzo para llevar al igual que desayuno para el dia siguiente. Los estudiantes pueden buscar una comida en cualquier de los cinco locales, no tienen que ir a esa escuela. 

El Café de niños de Cabot es para los estudiantes matriculados en las escuelas de Cbot. De acuerdo a los requisitos de USDA, los estudiantes tiene que presentarse para poder recibir la comida.  Desafortunadamente, solo podemos servir las comidas durante esa hora. 

Por salud y razones de seguridad, favor de quedarse en su carro mientras que nosotros le damos las comidas. Habrá señales indicandoles donde ponerse en fila para recibir la comida. 


COVID-19 - UPDATE - Pre-Spring Break Information
Posted on 03/20/2020

Dear Panther Families,

Our district administrators met Friday morning (March 20) to discuss what the coming weeks will look like. We are doing our best to make decisions that will help care for all of our students, teachers, staff members, families, and our community. 

We understand the extended school closure will create hardships for many of our families and that you may have several questions. We know you would like answers today, and we would like to give them to you. However, we want to make sure the information we provide is clear and accurate as we consider every possible option.

One of the many issues we discussed included the continuation of AMI work. More information regarding a comprehensive academic plan will be announced Monday, March 30th. Until then, no worries about academic work for now.

We understand not every child has access to Wi-Fi or a device. We are working on a plan to support our families and their at home learning experience. A technology survey is being emailed to families. Please complete the survey as soon as possible.

We are also working on providing daily meals for those who count on our nutrition services, as well as information regarding our health services.

As for any school events and whether they will be canceled or postponed, we do not have any answers at this time. As we have previously noted, this is a fluid situation with frequent changes and we will continue to keep you updated.

In the meantime, Cabot Public Schools is currently on Spring Break. Do not stress about AMI work. Read a book to your child, play a board game, or just spend some quality time together.

Please enjoy this time with your children, tell them we miss them, and reassure them that we will make it through this together. 

The safety and well-being of our students are at the heart of our decisions. Thank you for your patience as we chart this new territory. 

Click HERE to watch the video message from Supt. Dr. Thurman.


COVID-19 – NEW UPDATE – Cabot Public Schools Will Remain Closed Until April 17th
Posted 3/19/2020

Governor Hutchinson announced at his Thursday, March 19 press conference, that all K-12 schools will remain closed through at least April 17th.

Our administrative team is currently meeting and will be working on instructional plans for the continuation of AMI Days. More information in terms of operations regarding this extended closure will be released Friday, March 20.

Please remember, it is imperative for parents to stay connected to our website, www.cabotschools.org, and our district social media pages (Facebook, Twitter).


COVID-19 - UPDATE - 3/219/2020
Posted 3/19/2020

Dear Panther Families,

We hope everyone has been doing well considering this time of uncertainty. We continue to monitor the latest developments related to COVID-19 and will keep you updated with any necessary information.

First of all, we would like to thank our staff, volunteers, and community for coming together to provide for our Panther families during this situation. Our educators are doing a great job staying connected with our students.

Remember, if you have any questions related to AMI work, feel free to email your teacher as soon as possible since we are heading into Spring Break. You can also email your building administrators if you have any concerns. 

Click HERE for a link to our staff directory.

Here is also a link to K-4 AMI assignments that were sent home.

*5th & 6th grade AMI assignments are available through Edulastics.
*7th-12th grade AMI assignments are available through Google Classroom.

Parents, there are many vendors that may be offering free access to educational tools at this time. However, please be wary of those asking for you to submit credit card information to set up accounts. There is the potential that once the "free" access expires, you could be billed if you don't cancel in a certain amount of time, according to their policy.

Since Monday, March 16, we have distributed more than 1,200 meals to our students and families. Thank you to everyone who contributed, especially our Food Services Department.

  

Remember, Lunchbox Connection will be providing free dinners to our district families during Spring Break, March 23-27, from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Renew Community Church. These meals will be Take-Out Only.

Unless otherwise directed by Governor Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Arkansas Department of Education, students will return to class on Monday, March 30. If the Centers for Disease Control guidance changes, then the governor has stated that plans would be evaluated again. In the event we are unable to return on March 30, the district is working on instructional plans for the continuation of AMI days.

We understand this ever-evolving situation can not only be stressful to you as adults but also for children. The following are resources on how to help talk to your kids about coronavirus and how to help them manage stress and anxiety. 

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

Here is also a list of resources where you can find reliable information regarding COVID-19 and the situation in Arkansas.

CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Arkansas Department of Health - https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

Finally, please remember, it is imperative that families stay connected with us since information is constantly changing. The latest information will be posted on our website, www.cabotschools.org and on our social media pages (Facebook: Cabot Public School District and Twitter @cabotsd). 

We also have a special webpage designated for the latest information.
http://www.cabotschools.org/covid-19-information

We will also be utilizing our automated messaging system when necessary. You can also download our free Cabot Public Schools app to stay updated on the latest school information.


Cabot School District Update 3/17/2020
Posted 3/17/2020

The Cabot School District will close at noon today, Tuesday, March 17 through March 29.

Parents/guardians please call you child’s school before 12:00 p.m. today if you have any questions or concerns that can be addressed at the building level.

We will continue with food service at Central Elementary and Ward Central Elementary through Thursday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lunchbox Connection will be providing free dinners for our district families at Renew Community Church from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. during Spring Break, March 23-27. (TAKE OUT ONLY)

Renew Community Church
1122 S. 2nd St.
Cabot

Unless otherwise directed by Governor Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Arkansas Department of Education, students will return to class on Monday, March 30.

Remember, it is imperative that families stay connected with us since information is constantly changing. The latest information will be posted on our website, www.cabotschools.org and on our social media pages (Facebook: Cabot Public School District and Twitter @cabotsd). We will also be utilizing our automated messaging system when necessary.

A copy of this message has been sent to your email.


COVID-19 - UPDATE - School Closure, AMI, Parent/Teacher Conference, & Meal Option Information
Posted on 03/15/2020

Dear Panther Families,

First of all, we want to say thank you for your patience. These last few days have certainly been challenging. We also want to make sure our families are up-to-date with the latest information regarding COVID-19. 

During the Governor’s Sunday press conference (3/15), Governor Hutchinson authorized all schools in Arkansas to close for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16.

How does this impact Cabot Public Schools?

Cabot Public Schools will be closed from March 16-20, and through Spring Break, March 23-27. Unless otherwise directed by Governor Hutchinson, Arkansas Department of Health, and the Arkansas Department of Education, students will return to class on Monday, March 30.

What about class assignments?

AMI work/instructions have already been sent home with your student. If you have any AMI questions or concerns, you can call your child’s school Monday, March 16, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Administrators will be available to answer any questions regarding class assignments.

You may also contact your child’s teacher through email or other means of communication (Remind, Class Dojo, Google Classroom, etc.).

What about parent/teacher conferences?

We will share details regarding parent/teacher conferences at a later date. 

What about meal options for our students and families?

We understand that when school is closed, it can provide hardships for some of our students and families. Our Food Services Department has established a plan to provide meals for all students.

To-go sack lunches, along with a snack, and breakfast items for the next day, can be picked up each day March 16 -19 (Monday-Thursday), from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Central Elementary and Ward Central Elementary. Dine-in services will not be available.

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street
Cabot

Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road
Ward

During Spring Break, March 23-27, Lunchbox Connection will provide meals at Renew Community Church from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. each night. (TAKE OUT ONLY).

Renew Community Church
1122 S. 2nd St.
Cabot

What about my appointment regarding student registration?

Student registration appointments have been postponed at this time. If you have any questions about rescheduling, please contact Student Services at 501-843-3363.

Also, School Choice applications will need to be postmarked and mailed to our district before May 1, 2020.

Will any offices be open next week?

UPDATED -- All offices will be closed as of Tuesday, March 17 through March 29.

It is imperative that families stay connected with us since information is constantly changing. The latest information will be posted on our website, www.cabotschools.org and on our social media pages (Facebook: Cabot Public School District and Twitter @cabotsd). We will also be utilizing our automated messaging system.


COVID-19 – UPDATE – Cabot Schools Closed March 16-27

Posted on 3/15/2020

At the authorization of Governor Hutchinson, the Cabot School District will be closed next week, March 16-20, and through Spring Break, March 23-27. At this time, students will return Monday, March 30.

More information regarding the closure will be released soon as details are finalized.

It is imperative for parents to stay connected to our website, www.cabotschools.org, and our district social media pages (Facebook, Twitter).

Again, the district will be closed March 16-27.


COVID-19 – UPDATE - Friday, March 13th
Posted on 3/13/2020

Here are new guidelines, questions and answers, as we prepare for the upcoming week.

As of Friday afternoon, March 13th, we have not received an order by the Governor to close school next week.

Please remember, the decision to close districts related to COVID-19 is being made solely by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education.

At this time, we do not have the local power to close school without a directive from the state. Governor Hutchinson proclaimed the Secretary of Health and the Secretary of Education have the sole authority to close public school campuses in regard to coronavirus.

We remain in contact with the state regarding this situation and next steps. In the meantime, the district is implementing several new changes next week out of an abundance of caution for our students and staff. We appreciate the support and patience of our parents.

Questions & Answers

What about attendance next week?

While school is scheduled to be in regular session next week, we understand that we may have some parents/guardians and students with extenuating health circumstances. Please contact your building administrator on Monday to share your concerns. We will work to accommodate our families, but we will continue with school unless directed otherwise.

Why am I receiving AMI work?

In the event there is a school closure, we wanted to be proactive. All AMI work/instructions are expected to go home with your student today. Again, just in case of a school closure your student will know what is expected and everyone will be more prepared when we reconvene. If we remain open, then this will just be a preview of the assignments that will be accomplished in the coming days.

If you have any questions regarding AMI work, feel free to contact your building administrator or student’s teacher.

What about Parent/Teacher conferences?

Parent/Teacher conferences will be handled differently next week. They will still be held Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19 from 3:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., however, they will be conducted via email/school phone/Skype, etc.

Your school will share more information with you on this soon.

Remember, the district will still dismiss early at 3:00 p.m. on both parent/teacher conference days. There is no school Friday, March 20. Spring Break begins March 23-27.

School Visitors?

While we certainly love our parents visiting their children at school, please understand that outside visitors to our campus will be limited to the office area. Parents may not eat lunch with their children next week. Parents are welcome to check their child out for lunch if they choose to do so. Again, we apologize for this inconvenience but we must remain proactive for the safety of our students and staff.

What about sporting events?

The Arkansas Activities Association has suspended all spring sports and activities starting Sunday, March 15 until Monday, March 30. On Monday, March 30, AAA will reassess the COVID-19 situation and announce further plans. This means all our school baseball, softball, soccer, and track events that fall on these dates have been canceled.

What about cleaning efforts?

Our custodial staff remains vigilant in their sanitation efforts and has been taking extra precautions in thoroughly cleaning all our classrooms, buildings, and buses. They will continue to do so and will be sanitizing our district when students are on Spring Break as well.

What can parents do to talk to their kids about COVID-19?

Many parents may now be wondering how to address this issue with their students in a reassuring way. The American School Counselor Association has provided this kid-friendly video to help children understand the coronavirus. 

The following are additional resources to help you discuss this with your child.

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

National Association of School Psychologists - Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

What else can parents do?

We are encouraging our students, staff, and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. To reduce the risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and common cold, these simple steps are encouraged:

• Stay home when sick

• Frequent handwashing with soap and water (20 seconds)

• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

• Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing, cough into elbow

In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.

Families may visit the following websites for more information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.

Arkansas Department of Health
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


 

COVID-19 – UPDATE - Governor’s Press Conference

Posted on 03/12/2020

During the Governor’s press conference, Governor Hutchinson only recommended schools in four certain counties to close. Lonoke County was not one of them.

The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, has sole authority to close public school campuses for this declared public health situation.

While we wait on further guidance from the state regarding a closure for our district, we will remain open Friday, March 13th, however, we will be flexible in regards to attendance.

We understand we have concerned parents, students, and staff. Again, we will be flexible with attendance requirements on Friday, March 13th.

We continue to work with state officials and will share additional information as it becomes available.


COVID-19 - UPDATE
Posted on 03/11/2020

Dear Panther Families,

The Arkansas Department of Education released its Commissioner's Memo detailing important information from Governor Hutchinson and guidance for schools regarding COVID-19.

Please notice the link takes you to Executive Order EO 20-03. Number 3 on the second page of the EO includes the phrase, “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.”

ADE Commissioners Memo 3/11/2020

Governor Hutchinson held a press conference Wednesday (3/11/2020) 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.


Below is a press release from Governor Hutchinson regarding COVID-19.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2020

Governor Hutchinson Confirms State’s First Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Case

Signs Executive Order to Provide Increased Support for State Response

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today confirmed the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in Arkansas.

The case has been tested positive by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation. The individual is currently in isolation in a hospital in Pine Bluff. This is an out-of-state travel-related case, and there is no indication that COVID-19 is spreading in Arkansas communities at this time.

Today, Governor Hutchinson also signed an executive order to declare a public health emergency to facilitate coordination and provide increased support to state agencies that are involved in response to the virus. You can find the executive order, EO 20-03, HERE.

“For months, Arkansas has been well prepared to respond to COVID-19. More than two months ago, the Arkansas Department of Health, under the leadership of Dr. Nathaniel Smith, designated more than 70 of its employees to work exclusively on COVID-19. The team has worked tirelessly to coordinate our state’s response to a potential COVID-19 outbreak. Today, I also asked each of my Cabinet secretaries to prepare a continuity of operation plan in the event of an outbreak of the virus. I have also been in frequent communication with Vice President Mike Pence, the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, and numerous other governors for updates and information.

“The State is taking measures to respond to the confirmed case appropriately and swiftly so that information and resources are available for Arkansans. We are taking every measure to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in Arkansas, but the best way to protect yourself from contracting any virus is by practicing healthy habits, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and staying close to home if you are not feeling well.”

Governor’s Media Contact: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.683.3642)

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, you can contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 800.803.7847 or visit https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/.


COVID-19 Information
Posted on 03/09/2020

Dear Panther Families,

As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are top priorities at Cabot Public Schools. The district would like to assure our families that we have been closely monitoring information concerning the coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus identified in humans this last December 2019.

As with any communicable disease or potential outbreak, we work closely with the Arkansas Department of Health and the U. S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to follow their recommendations to ensure we protect our families. The Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is also working in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health to monitor and provide guidance as needed.

Cabot Public Schools will continue to follow updates daily provided by ADH and the CDC. We also encourage our students, staff, and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. To reduce the risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and common cold, these simple steps are encouraged:

• Stay home when sick

• Frequent handwashing with soap and water (20 seconds)

• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

• Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing, cough into elbow

In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.

Families may visit the following websites for more information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.

Arkansas Department of Health
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746